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UWI Admin Building - St. Augustine, Trinidad

This is a negative of a sketch I did of the Administrative Building at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad. Here is the original sketch >>>.

Abstract Architecture for the day:

 

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City Hall, San Fernando, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel, sketchcrawl

City Hall, San Fernando

Thanks again for a great event SketchCrawlers! It was my second time and I enjoy this sooo much!!! This SketchCrawl I went to the southern city of San Fernando in Trinidad & Tobago. Here are my sketches and I look forward to the other one!!

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San Fernando Hospital, Trinidad

San Fernando, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel, sketchcrawl

Buildings in San Fernando

Go here to the SketchCrawl page >> or More on Flickr >>>

Abstract Architecture for the day:

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George Eliot
English novelist (1819 – 1880)

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Museum of Port of Spain, Trinidad, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel, architecture

Museum of Port of Spain, Trinidad

6” x 8.5” Pen, ink,  and Sharpie in Ryman sketchbook
 

This is a sketch of the Museum of the City of Port of Spain (not to be confused with the National Museum). It’s located on the corner of South Quay and Frederick Street. I have never been in it, but it always catches my attention. Its simplicity, galleries, the rhythm of the slender posts and balustrades, the punched openings, the roof… I like this building very much. The lower floor appears as a strong form, a rectangular bar with punched openings… The four smaller openings mirror each other on either side of the building, but the facade is asymmetrical. The slender posts extending from the ground to the roof creates a lovely rhythm matching the openings in the walls, balustrades, and the roof. It feels light…shading, cooling and covering the heavier, thicker walls below. A fantastic example of Caribbean architecture.

Abstract Architecture for the day:

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One Woodbrook Place in Port of Spain, Trinidad

Above is a negative of my sketch of One Woodbrook Place in Port of Spain, Trinidad that I did for Sketchcrawl earlier this year. Hope you enjoy! More links to One Woodbrook Place >>>

The global economy has definitely slowed down and in some cases halted the construction industry, making it challenging for many, including architects (and engineers). Architects are sending out proposal after proposal and hoping… Others have been forced to close their offices, and yet others keep pounding the pavements looking for projects and/ or employment. This recession has also brought out the ugly side of some architects, sad to say. Architects and firms that offer unpaid positions to employees, or want consultant services for free… architects who eat their young. There is a blog by that name, whose mission is to expose firms’ exploitation of intern architects (Click here for blog >>>). I often wonder what thought process goes through a person’s mind to be that callous, that inhumane, that immoral, that unethical, that disrespectful to ask that another human being work for NOTHING.

Architects (in some regions) have failed in my opinion, to occupy a seat at the table with the public. They have instead taken seats in ivory towers and been very slow to being present, being on the ground, being visible; educating the public, educating students, clients, governments, and educating themselves. No wonder the public thinks architects “draw plans.” Instead of being professionals with values (like those in the past), some have sold themselves for the Almighty Dollar, looking for the cheap way out. Instead of helping each other, they become crabs in a bucket, pulling each other down while fighting to get to the top.

Being a professional means that you are more than likely bound by a Code of Ethics, and this practice of “no pay” is HIGHLY UNETHICAL. When you ask a professional to work for free, he/she is in fact paying you to do the work. Not even offering to cover their basic needs, respecting that they (and their families) have incurred costs and sacrificed for their education is just unthinkable. Anyone asking a professional to work for free is doing a disservice to their country and the public. A professional asking a fellow professional to work for no pay is even worse and tantamount to cannibalism…professional cannibalism.

The stability, power and longevity of a tribe is directly related to the way it is treated by its members. When many of them seek to take, to enrich themselves and to find a loophole or advantage, the group is weakened. Culture and management are not the same thing–when we strengthen our organization, when we encourage and respect our fellow employees, management follows. Group up, not top down – Seth Godin

When architects resort to eating their young, their fellow professionals, their mentees…offering them nothing for an honest days work…I hope they expect the same. Disrespect begets disrespect. The tribe we get is the tribe we build.

Links to this issue:

http://pimpingarchitects.blogspot.com/

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/business/03intern.html

http://committees.architects.org/idp/interntrap.pdf

http://archiseek.com/2011/aai-condemns-young-graduates-being-exploited/

Thought for the day:

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Mamallapuram, tamil nadu, chennai, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

Shore Temple at Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu (Chennai), India

This is a sketch of the Shore Temple (Mamallapuram) in Tamil Nadu (previously called Chennai), south India. Standing in front of the temple is a woman with her orange sari dancing in the  ocean breeze. I went to Tamil Nadu (Chennai) in October 2008 to spend Divali with my friend, Harish. He is originally from Chennai and was going home from DC for vacation. I left Ahmedabad, along with my housemates who were also originally from there and were heading home. I was bound with bright-eyes and bushy tail to Chennai. Harish and his family (hello Appa) were the perfect hosts for my entire stay. His dad who I affectionately also called “appa” made sure I was always well fed. He always had a snack of some sort for me. One of the many places Harish took me was Mamallapuram. It was beautiful…the beach was too! As one of the Group of Monuments at Mamallapuram, the Shore Temple has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks Harish & Appa!

Here is a bit more about the Shore Temple and Mamallapuram below:

The Shore Temple, is erected on the beach not far from the great relief of the Descent of the Ganges. The temple was planned in such a way that the door of the sanctuary opened to the east, in order to catch the first rays of the rising sun. This in itself resulted in a rather peculiar arrangement, since it necessitated the placing of the maṅḍapa and the temple court at the rear or west end of the main sanctuary. The terraced spires crowning both shrine and porch very clearly reveal a development from the form of the Dharmarāja rath. In the Shore Temple, however, the dependence on the vihāra type is less marked, owing to the new emphasis on the height and slenderness of the tower, like an attenuated version of the Dharmarāja rath. Actually, the characteristic Dravidian form of a terraced structure with the shape of the terminal stūpika echoed in lesser replicas on the successive terraces still prevails, but these recessions are so ordered as to stress the verticality of the structure as a whole. Such hallmarks of the Pallava style as the pilasters with the rampant lions persist in the decoration of the façade of this structural monument.

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Shore Temple - Tamil Nadu, India

From the Māmalla Period there date the remarkable rock-cut temples of Māmallapuram or ‘Seven Pagodas’ on the sea-coast below Madras. The work here was under the patronage of the king, Narasiḿha. The principal architectural monuments consisted of five temples or raths that are really free-standing sculptural replicas of contemporary structural buildings carved from the granolitic outcrops on the shore. These monuments are of the greatest importance for the later development of Dravidian architecture because they reveal the dependence of the later Hindu style on pre-existing types of Buddhist architecture. Especially revealing for this latter aspect of the style is the Dharmarāja rath. It has a square ground storey with open verandahs, which forms the base of the terraced pyramidal śikhara above. It has been rightly suggested that this typical Dravidian form is an adaptation of a Buddhist vihāra, in which successive storeys were added for the accommodation of the monks. The terminal member of the structure is a bulbous stūpika, which is repeated in smaller scale on each of the lower levels of the terraced superstructure. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of this and the other raths at Māmallapuram lies in the open verandahs on the ground-storey. The pillars are of a distinctive Pallava type with the shafts of the columns supported by the bodies of seated lions.

Reference: The Art and Architecture of India: Buddhist, Hindu, Jain by Benjamin Rowland

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One Woodbrook Place, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

One Woodbrook Place

Hi all… Today’s post is a negative of one of my sketches of One Woodbrook Place in Trinidad. I apologize for not having a Visual Recipe for you today…it has been a bit hectic. Hope you enjoy this and have a wonderful weekend.

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Tatil Building,Port of Spain, Trinidad, vernelle noel, thinking insomniac

Tatil Building in Port of Spain, Trinidad

6” x 8.5” Pen, ink,  and Sharpie in Ryman sketchbook

I did the sketch above of the Tatil building in Port of Spain, Trinidad during the 30th Worldwide SketchCrawl 2011 in January. This building was designed in 1962 by Anthony C. Lewis, with offices set well back from the outer structure, providing shade and cooling by unrestricted air circulation.

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You are special, and the world needs you

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of this, and remind others too. At times we may get stuck in the rut of trying so hard to make things happen and its distance or absence may discourage us, or beat us down. Never give up! The onus is on you to continue trying, especially if you believe in what you are doing, and can see its contribution. It is also important that you encourage others and remind them of that fact, that they too need to keep trying. Stick it out because you never know when the solution, formula, idea, or person may show up and make everything just seem to work out. Continue doing meaningful work, and remember that YOU CAN.

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Phone on bed

6” x 9” Pen and ink on handmade paper sketchbook

In November 2008, I met a gentleman who came to India to work with us on a project. I saw his drawings for a proposal and was very impressed, you could tell he had a good hand. We became friends and when he returned to the US, we would chat and draw… We would choose an object or view that we had in front of us at that very moment, sketch it, take photos of our sketch, and send it to each other to compare. It was mutual and simultaneous sketching via phone/ emails/or Skype. I did the sketch above during one of our chats. Thanks Matt!

Stay tuned for more…

Have a productive day!

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Cross Section through step-well, vav, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

Cross Section through step-well

Above is a drawing of a cross section through a step-well in Gujarat, India. I have written before about the step-wells in Gujarat (click here) and their magnificence. They amaze me and I have experimented (on paper) with their form, and principles in some of my design studies. In Gujarat (western India), rainfall is scanty and water sources are sacred. Tanks and wells were constructed on a magnificent scale and in large numbers. These step-wells look like palaces. The lower you go into the well, the cooler it gets…with wall replete with sculptures. It is estimated that there are at least 100 step-wells in Gujarat. On 26 January 2001 an earthquake rocked Gujarat and either destroyed or damaged monuments of Gujarat’s rich past.

Reference: The Guide to Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent by Takeo Kamiya

The Adalaj Vav in Ahmedabad – Treasure of Delight and Detail >>>

Have a wonderful day!

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