Thursday, April 30, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Procrastination Nation

Here are some drawings i've recently made.
Well, theyre not really drawings. They're more like doodles.

this one is on cardboard:
post its:

a city-

mnt fuji-

on trace:


another city-
just streets-

a chunk of earth in axonometric-

from the sketchbook:
a city in purple pen-

circulation axon-

quite possibly my favorite drawing? orthgraphic SET-

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Antonio Pacheco

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

SOMething NEW for California

San Francisco Mayor, Gavin Newson, officially entered the race for California Governor this afternoon. Even though I am not terribly well-versed in his policies, I think he is an interesting person and a good mayor. He has pushed to make San Francisco a much more sustainable city (something that other Mayors in California have failed to do). He has also unofficially lead the campaign for the legalization of gay marriage in the state.

I support him.

Grand Avenue Viaduct

Yesterday, I was in the computer lab and I overheard this graddie talking about how he was interested in redesigning the Grand Avenue Metrolink Station in MidTown St. Louis. I immediately linked him to the old Grand Avenue Viaduct and told him about how awesome it was.

The Grand Avenue Viaduct was this really cool suspension bridge built over the Mill Creek Valley way back. It was demolished in the 60s or 70s (like many other awesome things in St. Louis) and rebuilt in a rather disappointing manner. The bridge used to carry the Grand Avenue street car line and was useful as a pedestrian walkway. Sadly, the Grand Avenue Bridge, while housing a metrolink station, is a dangerous and disappointing replacement.

The city is in the middle of replacing many of the overpasses and bridges along the 64/40 highway an the Grand Avenue Bridge will be included in that redevelopment plan.

Anyway, my discussion with this grad student made me think about the future of the Grand Avenue bridge and of the city, as a whole. St. Louis, like a lot of this country, is at a crossroads where decisions are being made that will not only impact many future generations, but decide whether or not our culture and city is viable in any long term way. We've begun to realize that our cities are actually worthwhile endeavors and that in order for us to succeed as a society, vibrant, urban centers are absolutely necessary.

It's an exciting time. Read all the hyperlinks, they're interesting and important.

upcycle, please

Antonio Pacheco

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Drop Knowledge

Recently, I became interested in a new student publication we have on campus, Drop Knowledge. Theyre basically a rag tag group of cool kids who go around exploring St. Louis and reporting back on their adventures to those who are sheltered and timid. So far, they have published two issues, the latest of which was just released yesterday evening.

They interest me for a few reasons:

1) They like exploring St. Louis. It's about time people began realizing that St. Louis is indeed a vibrant, cultural hotbed of the creativity, talent, and innovation that comes along with its status as an rebounding urban endeavor.

2) To clarify point #1, its about time people began writing and publishing about the realization that St. Louis is indeed a vibrant, cultural hotbed of the creativity, talent, and innovation. Those of us who are into the city, for whatever reason, keep our findings, comings, and goings mostly to ourselves and within relatively close-knit groups of friends. The only way St. Louis will be appreciated by the wider populace is via a published and accessible form of communication. My readership is pretty low and definitely caters to an audience that consists of my 15 closest friends, so somebody else has go to take this task on.

3) The DK kids are genuinely really awesome and interesting. Something about being in the architecture school/an environmentally-minded student has kept me locked within roughly the same social circle for almost all of college(doesn't it feel like the same 50 people to go most of the events on campus/in the city?). While I love my friends dearly, it's important to spread your roots into as many gardens as possible. Its rare here to find a group of people who are genuinely and passionately interested in... well, interesting things (its even more rare to find such a group that is willing to do something with those interests). Drop Knowlege is such a group.

4) Their magazine is published only online. While I understand that this fact is incredibly limiting in terms of the demographics DK is able to reach, I think its interesting and innovative. There is something to be said about being able to download an educational, polished, well-crafted piece of visual design.

5) they writing be sick, yo. Seriously. They're good writers and I like that.

So, check out their website and download the magazines!

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Forgive my long absence from the blogosphere, stuff has been crazy. I do this much too often. I accidentally posted this on the huglife blog, but maybe it makes more sense there. So many neglected blogs.

Anyway, here is a ridiculous picture I found today in my building systems book. It's unintelligible, so i am appreciating it purely for its aesthetic value. It's a detail for a roof truss of some sort (think pitched roof-like the one over your house- minus the roofing material). Its interesting to me how something that's pretty mundane/probably boring can be represented so beautifully. Not only that, but it's incredibly useful (these "details" are sort of like orthographic parenthetical thoughts used by architects and engineers to explain to contractors the fine details of specific construction elements like walls, windows, or, as is the case here, roof trusses).
Anyway, this is rad.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Giant Pool of Money

If, like me, you're still sitting around, trying to figure out how the economy got so messed up, you should listen to this. It's a bit dated now, but it's still very fascinating and more than a tad bit infuriating.

Listening to everyone cry and complain about the economy has been kind of confusing for me because I'm... well, a student/unemployed anyway/dependent on my parents and the gov't for income. Most of us don't really have a relationship to the economy or are suffering incredibly because of the downturn and maybe that's why we don't get it.

After all, I'm poor whether or not Wall Street exists. All that changes is the degree of poverty, not necessarily the status or situation.

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