Week 9: Artist Interview

Sheila Rodriguez

This week I visited the galleries, and this one, “Uprooted” by Sheila Rodriguez, stuck out to me in particular. Each piece in the gallery included photos laminated onto pieces of wood, with tangled up string flowing down from the ceiling and to the floor. The central piece, also had newspaper ads filling areas cut out as windows.

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The word “home” is contingent, in flux, without permanence

Sheila’s parents “married and remarried often” which meant that she moved many times as a child. This led her to have a very different relationship with the homes she lived in compared to people who spend their whole childhood in one house.

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The association with the home place most probably represents an intermediate stage between complete attachment and complete un-attachment.

I think that, with the string, Sheila was trying to convey this message. The pictures are only temporally attached to the wall. Their time in the gallery is limited. The string, however, is permanently bound to the images of the homes. For Sheila these attachments are the memories made during the time spent in the home.

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Week 9: Activity

Architecture & Urban Planning

Cognitive Map

First off, my map isn’t oriented North-up. I think of the school with an upper-campus/lower-campus mindset, which makes upper-campus feel like North to me.

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I also limited the map to the places I go this semester. Every semester, I develop a new cognitive map that connects all of my classes together. For instance, one of my semesters I took a couple classes in the LA buildings, and would go to the Horn Center to work on physics labs with a friend, so my cognitive map was focuses more on the opposite side of campus.

Adopt a Building

Originally, I was going to focus on the Vivian Engineering Center (VEC), but I was unable to find any info on the building. I couldn’t even find who it was named after. So, instead I focused on the Student Recreation & Wellness Center (SRWC), aka the Rec Center. The school’s gym has been listed on numerous top-x lists including this one where it tied for 7th for the 20 Most Impressive College Gyms and Student Rec Centers.

Opened in 2010, The Rec is one of the newest buildings on campus. It includes 5 basketball courts, a pool, a rock-climbing wall, a sand volleyball court, an indoor track, and multiple rooms for group classes. The building received a LEED Gold certification, making it the first certified green building for the university. The certification includes recognition of the buildings focus on sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environment quality.

CSULB Campus Redesign

For my redesign, I felt like if the campus were to start from scratch, it would make much more sense to move all of the academic buildings to the north part of the campus. I wanted to have all of the classes closer together. The way the school is set up now, the college of engineering is all alone in the corner, and feels disconnected from the rest of the school. My design brings all of the classes together, and moves the dorms to the south section. The dorm buildings would be multi-story and would closely resemble a hotel. My idea would include shops and restaurants on the first floor, with the rooms on the other floors. I created spaces within the building where there would be lawn areas for students to hang out and study. The areas around the building, along the roads would provide lots of parking for residents as well as commuters.

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As for the north side of campus, the academic buildings would be built along these circular paths, leaving areas in the middle for popular community buildings like the gym and USU. Also these areas could be filled with different gardens. My idea is that each garden would be themed like the Japanese garden already on campus.

Parking would still be around the perimeter, but would be much closer to classes to cut down on the walking and hill-climbing.

Week 9: Classmate Interview

Alexx Dunk

This week, I talked with Alexx Dunk. Alexx is from San Diego and is a senior biology major. She really enjoys skating and snowboarding. And I definitely believe her when she says she loves it because even after she has broken several bones including her arms, nose, and hip, she still does it.

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Alexx has two guinea pigs that she thought were both females, but turns out one isn’t. She was happy with just the two, so now she’s not sure what to do with all of the guinea pigs she’s about to have.

She enjoys cooking, and her favorite meals to make are breakfast, any way to cook eggs and bacon.

Alexx also enjoys doing art outside of class. She mainly uses sharpies, paint, and cutup newspaper and magazines. She says that shes been doing this thing with “colorful blood” and it sound really cool. I told her she should show it off on her blog.