1st Amendment Interview

November 20, 2009 at 6:07 am (Uncategorized)

The people I interviewed consisted of an 18 year old American female who just started college, a 33 year old Colombian woman who is married and has two kids, a 34 year old single man who is from Canada, a 35 year old American single man who is a full time construction/ architecture student, a 50 year old American single mother, and a 56 year old Mexican landscaper.  All of them agree with the freedoms, the Colombian woman did not think that this law is actually practice by the government, and the Canadian man questioned if the media should be granted total freedom, two Americans showed great enthusiasm about the law, while both the 50 years old American woman and 56 years old Mexican man just reply with extremely short answers.   

I really enjoyed this activity; I realized that in this case gender did not play a role in the way people responded to the questions.  I saw more differences in the answers according to nationality and age group.  I thought that it would be important to include their answers in this blog because they all seem so interesting.

  The following are the exact answers of the people who I interviewed:

18 year old American female

I would approve it and I do agree. This is the first amendment of the
constitution, so yes I do recognize it. I think the constitution is well written and I think if it were to be changed then it would leave some people out in the cold. If people don’t have the right to speak their mind peaceably then how are we going to petition laws? I agree with the constitution.

33 year old Colombian female

I’ll be brief with my response because I’m writing on my phone. Hope it helps.
1. I agree. I would support this. I think as long as none of the above hurt others in the process.
2. I don’t think any of these are too farfetched. They are basic freedoms of speech and religion.
3. Isn’t part of the constitution? Sound familiar yet don’t think it’s actually practiced too often by the government.

34   year old Canadian male

  1.  I agree with the freedoms listed in that passage. How one expresses themselves and what religion they choose are not a choice, but a belief. Though laws can be passed to prohibit harmful behavior, intrinsic belief systems of individuals cannot be regulated.
  2.  Sometimes I question whether the media, not just print but all formats, should be granted total freedom or in some way regulated. The same individuals who benefit from the freedoms granted by the constitution need to also be protected against abuse of those freedoms such as intrusive acts or harassment.
  3. Yes this is the first amendment of the United States’ Constitution.I’m not American incidentally, I’m Canadian. I’m 34 years old. What type of assignment is this; a survey?

35 year old American male

1)    Absolutely I agree. This is what makes America so DAMN special, forward-thinking, accepting of diversity, receptive to criticism, etc… This is what has allowed our country to evolve so much in such a short period of time. Only 60 years ago, black and white kids couldn’t go to the same school or share a drinking fountain. A couple protests later, and we now have a black president. That could never happen in many other countries.

3) Yes, I recognize it. It’s the constitution’s first amendment! It’s probably just as important if not more important the original constitution. I experienced goose-bumps all over my body when I was in boot camp, and my drill sergeant inspired us new recruits by saying “this is what we are fighting for”. As soldiers and sailors we’re not permitted to practice freedom of speech, but we risk our lives to protect civilians’ right to have freedom of speech and expression.

50 year old American female

1. Agree
2. None

56 year old Mexican male

  1. Agree
  2. They all seem reasonable
  3. I think is in the constitution??

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Forget Design Thinking and Try Hybrid Thinking (BY Dev Patnaik)

November 14, 2009 at 7:58 am (Uncategorized)

I found this article very interesting especially now that I am working on my BTAD.  I always wanted to be an Architect; I wanted to have a BA in architecture and a MA also in architecture, but while talking to my mentor who is an artist, an architect, and now a specification writer in architecture, he advice to me that it would be smart to diversify my career.  He explain that if I had my BA in one profession and my MA in a different profession, I would be keeping my options open to different fields and therefore a broader chance for opportunity.  I think that the BTAD is a good choice because is a more general degree which does not limit me to only one type of job.  I agree with Patnaik when she says that “The secret isn’t design thinking, it’s “hybrid thinking” Right now I am working for a telecommunications company reviewing contractors works on antennas that are built, and although this job might not have much to do with architecture, I am able to have a better understanding of the review because I can read the autoCAD drawings of the antennas and I can understand the language that goes with the drawings.

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Intellectual property Blog post and Comment Assignment

November 9, 2009 at 12:00 am (Uncategorized)

Mayra’s definition of intellectual property:  It refers to the right of owning one’s personal creation or invention and therefore cannot be use or copy by anyone without the permission of its owner.

Obama Campaign Poster: Shepherd Fairey versus AP’s Mannie Garcia

Shepherd Fairey created a poster for the Obama campaign that became quite popular and therefore lucrative based on one of Mannie Garcia’s pictures, without the permission of the owner of the photograph Mannie Garcia, or the acknowledgement that the photograph was taken by Mannie Garcia.

My Opinion to this topic

I think that Fairey’s work in the Obama poster was creative enough that he did not have to hide the fact that the picture was Mannie Garcia’s pictures.  The poster would have had the same response even if the picture was not his.  I think that it was wrong that he took full credit for the work, and I am glad that there is a law that protects people’s rights of their own work.  Intellectual Property is something that needs to be respected at all times, failure to do so will prevent designers and inventors from being acknowledged from their work.

A personal story about intellectual property issues

My little sister and I wanted to have our own brand in fashion.  We wanted to create a clothing line were my sister would start wearing our designed outfits to school in order to advertise and then sell our products.  First we started by sewing but it took too much time and effort so I thought of the idea of just buying white plain t-shirts to decorate them and put our brand name on them, this would an intellectual property issue because I would be taking whole credit for the design of the t-shirts by putting my brand name on them.  So we decided we could not do that and therefore we will have to sew everything in order to put our name on it.








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Book Review

November 8, 2009 at 10:10 pm (Uncategorized)

Julia Morgan Architecture of Dreams

Ginger Wadsworth.  Lerner Publications Company, 1990.  121 pages.

 Reviewed by Mayra Salas in the fall of 2009.

 The book is a biography of a talented woman in the architecture field during the late 1800s and early 1900s.  In this book Ginger Wadsworth targets young women who have an interest in fields that are male dominated.  The book is written in an amusing readable style, making it more approachable and appealing to a younger audience.

 There are ten chapters in the book in which Ginger Wadsworth described the stages of Julia Morgan’s life.  Chapter One, A Privileged Child, talks about Julia Morgan’s childhood in which her family was often pampered by her grandfather’s money; Julia grew up in a wealthy neighborhood with servants, and other luxuries.  This chapter also talks about Julia’s early education and her brilliant scholastic abilities, and her announcement that she was going to attend college.

Chapter Two, From Berkeley to Paris, talks about her experience in her early college years; being a woman taking science classes which were subjects dominated by males.  In this chapter Julia Expresses for the first time to her parents that she wants to become an Architect. This chapter also talks about Julia’s decision to move to France and the struggles she went thru to become the first woman accepted in the architecture school of Beaux-Arts.

Chapter Three, Getting Started, in this chapter Julia returns to California as a celebrity in her home town and she opens her own firm at her parent’s carriage behind the house in which she designed many structures such as the Greek Theater at the University of California and others.

Chapter Four, An Office of Her Own, talks about the earthquake on April 18th 1906 where Julia had the opportunity to rebuild the Fairmont Hotel in which her reputation was established for building structures that were resistant to earthquakes.  This chapter also talks about the reopening of her office in the Merchant Exchange Building in San Francisco, where it became her office for the rest of her career.

Chapter Five, The Client’s Architect, in this chapter Julia earned the title “The Client’s Architect” because she aloud her clients to determined the look of the building. In this chapter Julia was running one of the most prestigious Architecture Firms of the West Coast and at the time the largest in the United States headed by a woman.

Chapter Six, Making a Lasting Mark, in this chapter Julia was commission to build a national chain of YWCAs.

Chapter Seven, Building a Dream, Julia designs La Casa Grande for William Randolph Hearts, the richest man in America at the time.  La Casa Grande was similar to a Cathedral with gardens and pools that were linked by “plan of walks and flower beds or landscape features…. That will bring all…. Together into a harmonious whole” (page76).

Chapter Ten, The Last Chapter, Julia decides to close her office where she had been since 1907, she was 79 years old.  Julia died on February 2, 1957, when she was 85 years old.

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week 5 blog assignment

October 31, 2009 at 9:32 pm (Uncategorized)

The Citruss Press

Citrus PressVisibility of system status:

The citrus press has only one compartment that is the size of a lemon, has holes at the bottom of the compartment for some type of a liquid to run thru, and has handles that grip together. I think that by the look of it, it is easy to acknowledge its function.

Match between system and the real world

The citrus press only opens and closes, it only opens to less than 360 degrees so it can only close one way, where it would press the lemon

User control and freedom

The user can stop the process at any time once is close it can be reopen with no difficulty at all.  Except when the lemon has already been press, then there is nothing the user can do to un-press the lemon.

Consistency and standards

The citrus press is very user friendly because it has two handlers that are use to grip and press the lemon, there is no confusion on where the lemon goes.  It is very obvious for the most part; the compartment for the lemon is round and about the size of the lemon.

Error prevention

The citrus press will not open more than 360 degrees; this will not allow the user to make the mistake to use it backwards where the lemon it is not suppose to be. 

Recognition rather than recall

The shape of the citrus press is very easy to understand; it has a compartment that is the same shape of the lemon and two handlers that are easy to grip.

Flexibility and efficiency of use

Although the citrus press is only made for lemons and limes it could be used for other task such as crushing garlic, walnuts, and other small food products.

Aesthetic and minimalist design

The citrus press is made in different colors, its design is very minimalist because it only has what is needed to function, and it has a smooth feel to it.

Help users recognize, diagnose, and recover from errors

The citrus press will not let the user recognize if the lemon was install correctly in the lemon compartment causing an error such as the lemon not being cut in half prior to pressing and no juice will come out as a result or the lemon was put in the compartment upside down and it splashed its user all over the face.  Once the lemon has been press wrong cannot recover from error.

Help and documentation

The citrus press does not come with any help documentation.

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October 26, 2009 at 6:37 am (Uncategorized)

MAYRA SALAS: Brief history of social networking sites.

Individual computers became linked to each other creating a phenomenon that triggered social interaction, and later social networking which formed web based communities of people who communicate via email, instant messaging or blogging to converse about various topics.



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New Media and Your Background

October 23, 2009 at 5:15 am (Uncategorized)

One of the topics that intrigue me the most was the relationship of the new media and audience/user, well I think that the message that the new media gives to its audience, although it can be vice it is also a door to hear about complete different sides that we did not have access to before because we could only depend of what the gate keepers wanted us to know thru Television or radio stations.  Now that anybody can blog their point of view from anywhere in the world we have a wider selection to the same story from different perspectives giving us the opportunity to independently seek truth.

Photography and cinema are a huge part of Architecture because thru these mass communication examples, viewers are able to see the change of design throughout history. 

New media helps designers to stay up to date with what is going on in other countries; their improvements, styles, and aesthetics.  Also to stay informed on the latest technology for new drafting products and just word of mouth of what it is best for the industry at the moment.

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October 18, 2009 at 12:04 am (Uncategorized)

The first mass media communication example in the movie 2012 is the movie 2012 itself. The movie is a Columbia Pictures production, produced by Harald Kloser, Mark Gordon, and Larry Franco.  The movie will be played throughout the world reaching the masses of Europe, The Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America.  The news is another example of mass media communication.  The trailer on the movie’s official website shows the event 2012 in the news in different parts of the world.  Public speeches from the government and religious establishments were another mass communication example; the Pope, the president of the United States, and a Mayan leader were preaching to the masses about the event of the year 2012.  I also saw a monk heating a huge bell with a trunk to advised people about the catastrophe they were about to encounter, and that would also be consider a mass communication example.  I would consider the Mayan Calendar as a mass communication example too, because it was an instrument that was used by the Mayan civilization and later adopted by the Toltec and Aztecs that foretold a message about: the seasons of the year, constellations, and even the prophecy of the year 2012.

I am skeptical about the event foretold in the movie 2012 because of the previous experience with the year 2000.  I am the type of person that will not believe anything unless is supported by a scientific explanation.  During the time before the year 2000 I remember people were talking about the end of the world or the Y2K problem with computers which was the one that made sense to me and caused me to pull out of bank all my money from my savings account thinking I was going to lose it.   According to the History Channel website, the year 2012 is supposed to be a time where two great things will happen: The earth has a precession at its north axis and the Sun and Earth are symmetrical and are at the center of the Milky Way. These incidents happen only once every 25,000 years.  The last time this incident happened, the phenomenon melted the ice age.  I think that anything is possible, the documentary I saw in the history channel indicated that the phenomenon of the year 2012 has been a prophecy from different sources in the world including the Mayan Calendar and Nostradamus but nothing has been proven yet, and at this point it could all be superstition therefore I don’t believe it.

The movie 2012 is just a movie about an event that has no reliable sources.  It is a compilation of different prophecies which are not proven yet to be true.





History Channel -2012 Extinction

  • Title: Radial Pyramids and Radial-Associated Assemblages of the Central Maya Area
  • Author(s): Marvin Cohodas
  • Source: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 39, No. 3 (Oct., 1980), pp. 208-223
  • Publisher(s): Society of Architectural Historians
  • Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/989567

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Week 4 blog assigment

October 17, 2009 at 7:11 pm (Uncategorized)


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week 2 blog assignment

October 12, 2009 at 3:13 am (Uncategorized)

Musi-Tecture: Seeking Useful Correlations between Music and Architecture

For my article reading assignment I found a very interesting Journal in which the authors use a concept call Musi-Tecture.   In this journal the authors indicated the strength and direction of the relationship between Music and Architecture.  The authors created a Musi-Techture educational package for students based on the assumption that it would make better designers by the use of familiar analogs.  After testing the package on music students and architecture students they found that they were both more inspired and enthusiastic about their assignments, and they finished their projects at a faster speed.  To me this was very inspirational because I understand the correlation between the two concepts.  I have always been interested in design but music plays a big role in my life too.  I draw, paint, and dance, when I listen to music I find myself more motivated while drawing or painting.  I can see myself becoming a better designer using this method.  When the authors showed the two category taxonomy for Musi-Tecture (page 40), every word described the influence and the process that a musician or designer goes thru.  Rhythm, shape, structure, aggression, excitement, elegance, boredom and confidence are all part of a design. I am a graduate from the architectural graphics department who wants to pursue architecture as a career, I think that the method of Musi-Tecture should be incremented as part of every design program to help students become more creative and enthusiastic about their projects.

  • Title: Musi-Tecture: Seeking Useful Correlations between Music and Architecture
  • Author(s): Gregory Young, Jerry Bancroft, Mark Sanderson
  • Source: Leonardo Music Journal, Vol. 3, (1993), pp. 39-43
  • Publisher(s): The MIT Press
  • Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1513268

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