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We are currently looking for contributions to our online volume. Have you worked on a project that fits into our theme? Written an essay about process or methods or something related? Just been thinking about something new and relevant that you want to share? Invitations are available for pick up in the design library. Come on and do it! Contact NCSUstudentpublication@gmail.com and submit for publication!...
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Accessing the City: The rise of tactical urbanism by Matt Tomasulo

Accessing the City: The rise of tactical urbanism by Matt Tomasulo

by Matt Tomasulo {abstract} Matt Tomasulo is a graduate of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at North Carolina State University, with a Master of City and Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the founder of CityFabric in Raleigh, which has a mission “to engage as many people as possible in conversation about their city.” Tomasulo’s most recent venture, Walk Raleigh, is a bottom-up campaign to engage residents and community members in a movement to recognize the walkability of Raleigh. Since Walk Raleigh has gained national and international exposure for its “spontaneous / tactical urbanism,” Tomasulo has been asked to speak around the city and country on the subject of engaging communities in recognizing the walkability of their own urban environments. His article, tentatively named Accessing the City will address “how now is such an opportunity for anyone to have a large-scale impact through small-scale interaction. Walk Raleigh will be used as a case study to examine how the contemporary age...
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The Process of Sketching

The Process of Sketching

by Fernando Magallanes {abstract} Fernando Magallanes is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in the College of Design at North Carolina State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Texas A+M University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.  Magallanes travels to Spain and the Czech Republic regularly. His travel, research, drawings and competition entries have advanced his search for historical and cultural influences found in ‘places’.  For him, the physical environment provides lessons for teaching designers about how to understand built environments and how those experiences can impact their own design methods, decisions, and values. Magallanes’ article will focus on the relationship of drawing, sketching, understanding and creativity. His drawings “augment the sense of adventure that drives questions in seeking both content and an essential nature. At its essence, drawing begins with abstracting place through principles and elements of design—color, line, pattern, textures, and value. But the act of drawing also...
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Form and Code

Form and Code

by Casey Reas {abstract} Casey Reas is an artist and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Reas has a masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Media Arts and Sciences as well as a bachelors degree from the School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. With Ben Fry, Reas initiated Processing, an open source programming language and environment for designers and artists, in 2010. Reas is the co-author of the books Form + Code in Design, Art and Architecture and Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, most recently in North Carolina as a part of the Deep Surface exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh. Reas’s work focuses on the relationship between naturally evolved systems and those that are synthetic, through form, code, art and new media. He explores the generative relationship of new technology as applied to naturally static territories....
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The Hand and the Mind

The Hand and the Mind

by Juhani Pallasmaa {abstract} Juhani Pallasmaa is an architect and visiting Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, U.S. as well as the current Plym Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign inChampaign, Illinois. Also a former professor of architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology and a former Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, he is the author of numerous books, including Archipelago. Essays on Architecture, The Eyes of the Skin – Architecture and the Senses and The Thinking Hand, the last of which is required reading for all architecture students in the College of Design at NC State. Pallasmaa is the current director of an architecture studio, Arkkitehtitoimisto Juhani Pallasmaa – in Helsink, Pallasmaa Pallasmaa’s article is a variation of the preface to The Thinking Hand, written for the Student Publication. In the article, Palasmaa considers the interrelationship of technology, handwork and how we think. “During the past century and half”, Palasmaa argues, “the mechanized and automated...
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The Shifting Role of Architecture

The Shifting Role of Architecture

by: Erin White {abstract} Erin White is a graduate of the Master of Architecture Program at North Carolina State University. He has a BA from Bowdoin College in Maine and studied at the Boston Architectural Center in Boston. White has been a chef, a carpenter, a statistician, and novelist before returning to North Carolina to finalize his career in Architecture. This explains the merging of many motivations in White’s work, which envisions new applications of architectural thinking and shifts in the role of the architect in planning, design and community development and connectivity. White’s article will focus on this shifting role of the architect in helping build healthy community food systems to extend well beyond the conventional role of the architect as building designer. “By working at multiple scales and allowing design data to move fluidly, the skills and training of the architect may find important contributions to the complex problems of which buildings play only a small role. Any efforts...
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The Future of Technology

The Future of Technology

by Anna Gonzalez. Currently, we live in two worlds. The first is the physical world; the world that mankind has known from the beginning. It consists of people using their senses to interact with other people and objects and is characterized by: Direct contact: share the same environment, human connection Full disclosure of environmental information Real-time experience Equal access: no socioeconomic boundaries for technology platforms The second world that we live in is the digital world; recently created but with the potential to grow exponentially. The digital world has opened all new doors for connecting and informing people. It consists of limitless information access and interaction between man and machine or man and man through machine and is characterized by: Connection to distant places/people/ ideas- networking Enhancement of human knowledge Quick access to information Ability to rapidly spread ideas. However, with the growth of the digital world, the physical world–the one humans know the best–is being under-appreciated and utilized. Some of our best human capabilities and tools have been put to the...
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Non-Verbal Communication

Non-Verbal Communication

The Occupy movements have inspired countless groups across the nation to come together and join in what is being called “the 99%” to protest the “1%”. This isn’t the only language being created within the movements if you’ve going to any of their general assemblies. A quick look around the crowd during one of their speakers will give you a glimpse of waggling fingers, crossed arms raised, and hands forming C’s in the air. To anyone outside the Occupy community, this would seem entirely arbitrary, but to them it is a system upon which they maintain order during speeches. Reacting not only to the need for quick communication but also to the pressure from law enforcement to keep noise down, the general assemblies have created a system of hand and arm gestures in order to quickly communicate to the speaker what they think of his message. Palms open and fingers wiggling means that they approve of what the provocateur is saying; arms crossed in an X over one’s head means disapproval; a hand forming a C in the air calls for the speaker to clarify what he is saying because he is either using terminologies that...
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Contributors to Process + Methods

Contributors to Process + Methods

The contributors to Volume 35 of the Student Publication respond to what we see as a melding of disciplines. Graphic Designers are exploring environmental applications and experiences, just as Architects and Industrial designers are integrating and anticipating the importance of graphic and visual communication in the work that they do. Landscape architects respond to and incorporate built environments, and continually consider how a landscape is read, interacted with, and manipulated—all aspects of alternative fields within design. This volume richly encapsulates the varied perspectives that the different disciplines take—positioning them as part of a continuum and dialogue in the larger field that is design. Deb Littlejohn Erin White Nicole Dotin Juhani Pallasmaa Casey Reas Eve Edelstein Fernando Magallenas Matt Tomasulo...
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