Session 00 | Oct 19, 2016

Session 00 | Oct 19, 2016

Welcome to the Club 00


Class Work


Uses of Toilet PaperPossible Uses for Toilet Paper 5-min Tree5-min Tree



7- Sit Down For an Adventure

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx

Sometimes instead of getting outside of the box, just sink in and explore what is inside it. You might get lost and not want to leave. Beauty they said, lies in the eyes of the beholder, and that is why I am worried you’ll like what you see and not want to leave just like me. Enjoy!

Inspiring N#1

6- Is There Space for One More ?

Everyday I suffer from being too neat and organized in a messy world, this image gives my heart a feeling of fitting in and being comfortable in my own skin. The organization and clean environment of this place just exceeds my expectations and imagination. Thousands of beings all lined up and ready with no preparation what so ever. Take me there!



5-  Plain Old Chocolate

Permitted only for the Royalties in the ancient times chocolate, has been playing an important role in history and continues to exceed our expectations every day. Most of us today take it for granted but I, on the other hand, am very grateful for this royal experience that makes my mouth water and puts a grin on my face just by staring at an image. It helps one believe that we can still be unique even after being plucked and grinned only to become the better version of ourselves. What a delight it is to have chocolate in all its forms in our lives!



4- Good vs. Bad

In the famous Chinese symbol yin and yang, one can easily identify the positive and negative. I believe that that is never the case in the world we live in today. How can good and bad be so organized when in reality, they rely on one another and sometimes even exist at the same time. The painting below shows exactly that. The black just splashed or smudged on the white canvas conveys how the world really works in mysterious ways. There is no orderly fashion for it yet its existence in such a mess is unique and organized in its own understandable manner. The confusion it portrays, also portrays a sense of rest which tells us that it is okey to just let and accept things to happen and be the way they are.

Vector - Blobs of black ink on white

3- Water Matchstick

Sometimes what you were built for is not always what you end up being. You were meant for far greater things than your goal. The fire driving the matchstick to its funeral was defeated ┬áby the opposite positive with the same fire to drive the matchstick to far greater things. It is bringing the matchstick to life. Like us, architects in the making. We don’t have to wait for the fire to pin us down to a desk, pen , and paper, but instead to follow the water that will open doors for us to be anything we want to. Designers, architects, or anything really.

water matchstick

2-Riad Rcif, Fez

The use of color and alternating pieces of this fountain and surrounding walls spark a feeling inside that I still haven’t understood. But, I love it, whatever it is. The design is strictly followed and hard work is portrayed. It is so fascinating to just stare at for hours and loose oneself.

Riad Rcif, Fez

1-Bamboo house

“there is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

How inspiring is imperfection in perfection?

bamboo house



6 responses to “Welcome to the Club 00”

  1. Neko says:

    Great, thanks! Love the toilet paper mummy :) I only didn’t understand the (4) thing, what was that? :)

  2. Neko says:

    By the way, when you start doing homework, just continue posting right here below the classwork, in the same post (see the posting tutorial where I suggested to put “big titles” for In Class and Homework to separate the two.

  3. Neko says:

    5 – Chocolate: first, I like the way you are counting -down- your images, rather than counting up :) It feels like a “best of” list and sets the expectations that each next image will be better than the previous one. Certainly looking forward to see what the #1 will be :)
    Again, you’ve made a very nice reflexion starting from seemingly rather down-to-earth subject (chocolate), and it’s very good. It shows your great capability of symbolic thinking, and that’s something you should definitely cherish.
    However, I’d like to propose that for your next image you do something very different. Try picking a completely abstract image; the one that doesn’t remind you of anything, but the one that you still find visually appealing. Then try to analyse the image only in terms of visual elements (color, shapes, light, contrast…) and let’s see how that goes.
    You’ve been doing GREAT so far, I’d just like to try and activate another “parts” of your brain. If you feel a bit lost about this new task, don’t worry we’ll talk a lot about it during the next couple of classes. Think of what I asked you to do as an introduction to what we’ll do next in class.

  4. Neko says:

    Images #4 and #3: these are another two very nice examples, but you again commented them on their symbolical meaning. While there is nothing wrong with that, and later in this semester we will dedicate a few classes to symbols and meanings, at this point we want to focus as much as possible to purely visual aspects (color, shapes, light…) and completely forget about what the image represents and what the meaning of the image is. This may sound confusing to you at this moment, but it will all be explained in the next class. Meanwhile, it would still be a good exercise if you try and pick your final examples not because they evoke deeper thoughts in you, but simply because you find them good looking, although you may not even understand what they mean. Right now we want to keep things “superficial” and purely visual, you’ll soon learn why :)
    Thanks for great work and dedication so far!

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