The Studio 45: Chocolate Giants

by Tim Alatorre

Carisa Nakano, B’Arch ’10, LEED AP, shares her experiences doing her senior project in Ghana, her thoughts on the World Expo in China, and Haley isn’t sure if she wants to own Uncle Frank.

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Show Notes

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  • Carisa was in Sandy Stannard’s Studio
    • the stuido topic was architecture and nature
    • her thesis project was cocoa farming and education center in Ghana
  • Carisa tells us about her thesis project!
    • The concept of real site and real project for thesis
  • Carisa talks about her recent trip to China for the World Expo
    • The effects of global travel and experiences of different cultures

Cal Poly News

General News

  • Architecture in the subway
    • Apple may be practically selling its products in the Chicago subway, but New York is devoting at least one subway station—West 4th Street, to be exact—to architecture through the end of this week. Rolando Pujol reports that the “Made in New York” exhibit uses the station’s advertising spots to display 200 projects designed by New York–based architects and other designers. “They give a panorama of not only what’s happening in New York, but what New York architects are doing worldwide,” says AIA New York executive director Rick Bell. Five of the projects can be seen outside the turnstiles; the other 195 require you to pay a subway fare.
  • Wright stuff for sale
    • It seems that there’s always a Frank Lloyd Wright house for sale somewhere, but if you have the dough (and wouldn’t mind living in the Frederick Law Olmsted–designed community of Riverside, Ill.), Mark Boyer reports that one of the classics is on the market. The Avery Coonley House is available for $2.89 million, and the sellers of the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home have reportedly fixed up the house’s mechanical systems, bathrooms, artwork, and landscaping. No word on whether the roofs leak, though.
  • AIA gets organizational award
    • The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) has given the AIA its 2010 “Organisation of the Year Award”. World Architecture News reports that the entry, “Building the Designer Democracy Movement, was noted as providing ‘an impressive history of public participation, and clear evidence of the creation of a public participation culture within your organization.'” The award was given at the AIP2’s Core Value Awards presentation in Scarborough, UK. “This award represents an important recognition for the profound role architects are playing in bringing the profession into the mainstream of popular thought and culture,” AIA president George H. Miller, FAIA, says.
  • Building Information Modeling as the Core of Sustainable Design

About the Author

Tim Alatorre