an elegy of sorts to studio

29Dec08

studio, who are you?

traditionally, you are supposed to be one large room for the sole purpose of being an artist’s workspace…a beautiful breeding ground of creativity, visioning, and inspiration.  but you can also be a bleeding mound of frustration.  you swallow architecture students for eons at a time, enslaving them to that spiraling, nonlinear tornado we like to chuckle and call ‘the design process.’

you are also storage.
and much-sought-after sleeping space.

you were the place where archfamily could engage in midnight duels with naked plotter paper rolls and empty egg cartons as swords and shields; a resting base for us after an exhaustingly inspiring site visit; a home to many a birthday cake celebration, mika dance party, Titanic tears, 6am ken nordine ‘colors’ jam, stacy’s pita chip veg session, a memorable secret santa soiree, and disney singalongs.

jean and jack engage in playful studio banter as the scale figure camels look on

jean and jack engage in playful studio banter as the scale figure camels look on

"Le Chateau Archfamily"

sign reads: "Le Chateau Archfamily" - complete with pillow, blanket, sliding doors, + ipod charger outlet

sky community in the north end

sky community in the north end

communal food table.

communal food table (photo courtesy of ruifeng)

peering through a hole in the walls (ruifeng)

peering through a hole in the walls (ruifeng)

some of my sketch models (and of course some of renee's)

some of my sketch models (and of course some of renee's)

final studio cheers with jan

final studio cheers with jan

i guess you were a way of life?

all in all, dear studio on the fourth floor of building 7, it was a life-changing experience to be with you for the past four semesters of my college career. you’ve been like a hearth and made our whole class more tight-knit and caring than i could have ever imagined. i’ve appreciated your constancy through my undulations of love and hatred, when i didn’t come to visit for entire weekends, and even during times of intense flirtations with other subjects.  during the semester, you were the one i always went to when i knew i had to get something done, but didn’t really know what.  you’ve made me upset, yes, but sometimes i take for granted the times you’ve made me really happy.

however, now that i have switched to course 4B and will be studying abroad in copenhagen, i think the time has come when i really need to step back a little bit and discover whether or not your path is the one for me. i’m so lucky to have learned so much about myself from you — about work ethic, collaboration, motivation, encouragement, and how close people can become when overcoming challenges together.

it’s been great, and i thank you. who knows when our paths shall cross again.

"Point to your site!"

"Point to your site!"



5 Responses to “an elegy of sorts to studio”

  1. 1 john

    it looks like the camels are in a big desert, and the 90 degree incline is just forced perspective b/c they’re so far away to infinity

  2. 2 jean

    I think that’s me telling jack that I’m going to finish my sections first…

    studio will miss you too tiffany =(

  3. Iffany, you’re hilarious – just your diction alone is so entertaining. One of the most honest and cutest letters I’ve ever seen written to “studio”.

    Save a Mika dance party for me, when you return?

  4. 4 Deepa

    oh, tiffany

  5. 5 kevinintheairforce

    aww. cute. *almost* makes me wish i was course 4. until i saw the pillow under the table set up…


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