Monday, December 15, 2008


Throughout this nuisant transit strike I've been stuck at home to work without my drawings. I was however able to work out some details (e.g. wall sections, corner conditions, foundations, glazing etc.).

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Boat Construction Time-Lapse

A sense of the process and space required to build a wooden boat.

Somerset Chinatown Article

For my elective, Urban Heritage Conservation, I have been researching and working on new options for street furniture and public art as well as many other cosmetic improvements to Somerset Chinatown like colour, signage, lighting, and a theoretical western gateway to the community. Other students are proposing new marketing strategies, public spaces, parking and circulation changes etc. Our class's efforts have just been published in the Centretown News. You can read it online or grab the most recent issue.

Carleton students help Chinatown spruce up its look
Centretown News Online - Saturday, 13 December 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Thesis Design Progress

Writing and theoretical research has been sidelined temporarily to allow for some intensive designing. I have come up with a second draft for my boat building workshop.

This is an older version of the existing site plan of the fort, above. There is string pasted on the board and now covered with vellum to pick up the topography lines as I draw. Choosing the point of entry was in question for a while because of the fort's geometrical regularity, but I soon realized that it was only a matter of convenience.

On my second panel, I have my proposal. It's still schematic; red represents walls that I'm adding, and yellow indicates existing work. The red + yellow square in the lower left marks the main entrance through the powder magazine whose enormous walls still stand. You then circulate east towards the existing defensive wall (the red saw-tooth form). The path then splits in two, with large boats for repairs to the north and small boat construction to the south. The yellow kite-like space at the top is where sails are sewn or repaired, and on the other side of the sawtooth wall, the eastern-most part of the building, are storage and lofting floors for drafting the boats.

In the earthworks of the fort can be found row upon row of gabions which are ancestral sandbags. They are made of small sticks weaved into a basket to contain rocks. The gabions are then stacked upon one another and backfilled to form a rampart. For my proposal I want to use the gabion as the building block for my proposal. My material palette for the whole building will be stone, wood and rope.

I found some interesting images from a boat workshop in the States somewhere, about how they transport the boats within their facility. I'm hoping I can do something along these lines where the boats are brought in by a short rail and distributed with this kind of mechanism.

Dr. Frascari and I discussed water-proofing; a building doesn't have to be water-proof but instead water-resistant. In the past century, buildings have become utterly dependent on vapour barriers rather than finding inventive ways of dealing with moisture. If the building is properly designed it can be ventilated without causing damage to the interior structure. The Querini Stampalia is a gallery by Carlo Scarpa in Venice which allows water to flood in and drain without causing any damage to the structure or material at all. Put in the context of a boat building workshop, it could truly animate the building's use.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Tumblr Blog

Cook Until Browned withered away quietly. In its short life, I created a new page through Tumblr, with the same name and link through this site. I want to keep C+S focused on thesis. As you've noticed, there's very little thesis-related posting prior to this (which is going to change soon). Check out the new Cook Until Browned.

David Field Photography

Beautiful photography + painting + model technique by David Field.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Citrus Clock

New clock design by Florian Dussopt, Julie Gerard, and Jérémie Renaud. From their website:

"This clock runs on the energy of a lemon, which powers it for a week or longer. This pedagogic project is a kind of shortcut intended to remind ourselves that nature, in spite of the various transformations to which we subject her, is still our direct energy source.
The somewhat magical dimension of the operation is in fact simple electrolysis, like a conventional electric battery."

See their website.