“Never really had a great childhood life nor was my whole life…” Enhance - Worsen Conflict - Peace (PARDON FOR THE POOR QUALITY OF THE PHOTO AND FOR THE NOT SO GOOD ANGLE…)
“Never really had a great childhood life nor was my whole life…”
Enhance - Worsen
Conflict - Peace
(PARDON FOR THE POOR QUALITY OF THE PHOTO AND FOR THE NOT SO GOOD ANGLE…)
I never really had an enormous childhood life nor was my whole existence. Can I just say that approximately my whole life is miserable.
I grew up with my grandparents in my father side. Being with them, I felt so special and as if I am their princess when I was kid. However, when I turned in Grade 2 my parents took me. That was when I started to experience unappreciated. I experience and have been beaten-up several times, been scolded and cursed by my parents and brother. I felt jealous with my brother for he always gets what he wants and our parents treated him so special. Never felt that I belong to the family that I have.
Therefore, I decided to narrate my life back in high school because I think that it was sort of a good one.
To start with, back in high school I was a new student in my school. All of my classmates attended their elementary level in that same school. So expect that they all knew each other and been classmates before. Then I was assign in the first section and I was the only new student. Most of us are girls we only have nine boys in class. Therefore, I am not expecting anything but to be a loner.
I had a hard time coping up with them since they already knew each other. Most of the time or should I say always, I was so quiet and prefer to be alone. Eventually, after a month or two I have to get along with my new classmates and batch mates. I was able to knew and mingle with them.
Then I came across with this group of girls in my section. They act so nice to me and they even approached and invited me to join them for a snack and lunch. We became friends. Not close friends but just friends. Then all of a sudden, two of them fought. Moreover, this girl named Charm told someone she had conflicts with named Arby that I was the one who said those issues and false story. She even blamed everything to me because she was so envious at me. Therefore, I told Arby that I got nothing with their fight. I was not aware that they had a fight and they had been arguing about petty things. Since most of the time I stayed in the library reading books, I was just with them during snack and lunchtime. Therefore, I decided and ended up staying away from them to avoid conflicts and misunderstandings with them.
I was still a normal high school student. I mingle and cope up with my other classmates, had conversations with them and even go out with them. Then there was this one time, a newly created group of girls who approached me. They invited me to be with them. We had snack and lunch together, we go out most of the time, had overnights with their houses, and lot more. So we became close and they are now my best friends.
However, also during my high school life I decided to join different school co-curricular activities like school choir, badminton, volleyball and softball varsity, and cheering and dance troupe. With these school activities, I came across different kinds of people from different sections and levels.
In my experience being a member of school choir we had practice during Saturday morning, we get to sing at school masses or when someone invited us to sing and we were also assigned to sing in the Church, to where it is our schools’ parochial church. Since then I am from a Catholic School, so we sing there during Sunday Morning Mass. We also had various concerts with other choirs in different places.
When it comes to sports activity, I was so active. I joined badminton, volleyball and softball. We had everyday training after class in preparation for various competitions that our school joined. Since our school was a member of an Athletic Association in our place, so we get to compete with other schools and had practice game with them
In cheering and dance troupe we had practice every Saturday afternoon and sometimes during Sundays. I was not that knowledgeable to different kinds of dances so I get to learn lot of new things. We present and perform during school activities and in different places when someone invited us to perform. However, we sometimes do compete.
In lieu of being a high school student in a Catholic School, I also joined and I was assigned to be one who ushers during Sunday Morning Masses. They also thought us the values that we should never forget until we get old and carry it with us wherever we go.
I had a wonderful, adventurous and exciting high school life because of my newfound best friends. Being a normal high school student, I learn, acquired wisdom and knowledge, and I have met newfound good and great friends with my batch mates because we all connect and get along with each other. I also develop myself as a student. I developed and enhanced my talent and skills and even discover new talent. I also get to develop my whole being, my way of communicating, relating and socializing with other people. I have to get out of my shell/safe zone. I have tried and experienced new things which what made and brought me to what and where am I now.
Having those difficulties in life made me stronger. I can say that I am much better than before. However, what still makes me weak and weary at times is my situation at home. I am tired being curse and scolded by my parents. My mind and body are now tired and abused hearing those foul words and feeling those hurt, being beaten-up by them. I sometimes think of leaving and start my life being an independent one. However, it made me think twice because I am still studying. I just said and promised to myself that I will graduate soon and after I graduate, I will strive hard and look for a work. I know I can be a successful Architect and individual soon. I will rise soon. I will be looking forward with my head high and standing with my own feet, having that feeling of being proud to myself for attaining and achieving everything that I dreamt and aimed for.
I actually didn’t know where to start with on my critic on Theories and Manifestoes of different Architects and/or Designers. But I think I believe that I would begin on stating my opinion or side regarding each of their insights as a whole or in general. For me Architects and/or Designers formulate their theories based on their study and/or learning process. But are those beliefs or ideas or concept are can be justified and classified as a realism or an idealism. Maybe they formulate those theories in a realistic manner where in they see or their ideas are in the physical world. They come up and formulate forms based on what they see around them. Their ideas are more concrete because their basis has its own physical attributes which can support their ideas. The essence of their ideas is defined by its form. Because in order for your ideas and concept exist you have to have a form because it is going to be the driving force of its existence. Your thought will be going to have its purpose because everything should have a purpose why is it built etc. To give example, Calatrava for me is probably the best one to choose. He has this wide range of imagination, great concepts and ideas but he always makes sure that what he is conceptualizing and formulating is can be constructed. His works are iconic. He visualizes ideas are in the physical world or in reality. While in the idealism way of thinking or view sees that concept is more pure ideal or ideas. They focuses on concept or they have this abstract concept, for them idea is the reality and it is the universal principle. They believe in that ideas are eternal that it can be subject to changes repeatedly, concept is the identity of what they are doing and concept is the highest form of idea. They do not need any form to justify their work because for them true knowledge and/or intelligence is the ability to grasps forms in one’s mind. For them you do not need any form or physical stuff to justify your ideas and concept because they believe in that concept and ideas they have, it can stand on its own; the form that realists people talk about was believed by them that it was just only in the mind. To give an example, like Zaha Hadid she conceptualize and design buildings and structures to the point that it is too impossible to be build and constructed. However, her works makes it stand and be above and known among others because of the concept she used and applied to it is what makes it a real and pure one. Her works, even though was not build or constructed its buildingness or structureness is what makes that building or structure a building or structure because of its concept, her idea behind it. Her works are not beautiful because of its form or appearance but because of its concept. The principle makes it the way it is and you cannot dispute it.
In the given readings on theories and manifestoes of different architects and/or designers, I would honestly say that I really could not understand what I had read. Words, quotations and sometimes the whole text are too profound. Nevertheless, I can say that for every theories and manifestoes that an architect or designers has, it is their way of learning. Every time they are designing or conceptualizing something, for sure they would still allow themselves to study and explore more about it. Being an architect and designer, you should never stop from learning. Architecture is really a learning process because for every work that you will be doing there are always new things to apply learn. Things are so random. They never stop from having changes. They are all so unpredictable. There is no certainty among them so we should never stop from discovering new things because with this we learn something new, which would help us develop and improve our works and ourselves.
Architecture is not just a form of art but it is also a medium used by an artist called Architect. It is their medium and way of showing and communicating to people how does our history change everytime it falls from a certain kind of era. Through Architecture people gets and learns how to investigate and be more curious about the ruins of the past became the basis of our present and how these ruins turns, developed and evolved to what we have now. Evolution of styles varies as it goes along to different cultures, places, events, how people see and judge them, how Architects from the past express and shows their ideologies and creativeness through and by means of Architecture, and how they interpret and incorporate beauty, aesthetics and utility to a certain structure they are designing, as what the architects before did.
The list of pictures of different kinds and types of famous structures in the PPT that we are asked to give critic about was categorized or grouped accordingly. In the first set of pictures, at first I find those images to be a list of edifices that will stand out on its own and in its place. Its height, form, design, intricate details, etc. makes each one of them to be unique and really makes all of them standout among the structures or buildings around them. They maybe sometime stand out because and due to their not being connected to the type and design of structure to where they are built but as we all know every structure or building was built because there’s always a purpose of constructing and designing it even though it doesn’t have a function at all. It is only designed, constructed and built maybe because of a need of something that can be seen in that edifice. There are lots of reasons and purposes why a certain building or structure was built. And second as you can see the list of those structures are the main attraction/ landmark of a certain country. If you see Petronas Twin Tower, Sydney Opera House, World Finance Center, Burj Al Arab, Eiffel Tower, Bird’s Nest and Water Cube you can easily distinguish to which country it belongs because it is like a representation of their country; maybe its economy, power and authority, etc. They depict a statement and they all became the iconic structures of a certain country.
On the second part, it made me remembered one of Peter Eisenman’s concepts and one of his ways of designing and planning, the Grid. It represents or it shows how grid was used in order to design that certain structure. It is also like a skeleton of the structure, the members or supports became visible not to show its incompleteness in construction but to be part of its aesthetic design. It may also serve as a function to that structure and transparency of its form and function to the public. It depicts how architects or designers played with simple lines which resulted to a series of intricate yet simple design. Intricate because it is visible to the people how the structure was constructed and simple because they just played with simple shapes and lines.
On the third part, in my own opinion I can see how those structures were easily connected to the older buildings situated there though it was only built recently in the modern era. We can see how architecture evolved as the years passed but still embodies the main character and culture to where it will be situated. It goes and unify along with the other structures beside it.
When I first heard and knew the word Architecture it sounds like it is an intricate college program and profession. So when I am about to enter college my first choice in the degree program to take was BS Architecture and Civil Engineer to be the second. I both passed in the entrance exam but I ended up choosing BS Architecture. On the other hand it made me doubt myself if I can really do well in Architecture. Now that I am almost halfway being an Architecture students I had been thru ups and downs, experienced hopelessness, sleepless nights, stress and depression but I still need to endure lots of hindrances and sacrifices which I know would help me a lot to improve myself. Based on my past experiences as a student I discovered that we Architecture students/Architects should really know and learn how to be a good designer. For me, in order to be a good designer I should go back to basics then apply all the learning, knowledge and ideas then turn it into a more complex one to come up with a really good design. I should expound my imagination because I should not only satisfy myself but most especially my client/s, I should make them proud. My works and design will represent me and it’s going to be my pride.
As I continue being an Architecture student I’ll be surpassing loads of major courses. One of those major courses is THEDES2 which I expect to be one of the most intricate courses that I’ll be dealing with in my program. But I expect that I’ll be learning and gaining more knowledge about Architecture to the easy, finest and small details and information to the complex ones. I know that I will learn a lot, broaden my knowledge and I will improve as an Architecture student with the help of THEDES2.