I was in my second year of architecture school when the movie Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure hit theaters. It was (and still is) a significantly absurd movie, but it was absurd in all the right places and had a most excellent soundtrack. Something that would appeal to a kid in his early 20s pulling all-nighters making drawings and architectural models.
At some point I discovered the soundtrack to the movie on cassette tape and I listened to it religiously until I knew the songs by heart and the order in which they played – the way that anybody raised during Continue reading Bill & Ted’s Excellent Soundtrack
Next weekend will mark the 15th Anniversary of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture Undergraduate Class of 1991, better known to you and me as The HotRats. HotRats from across the United States will be flying into Atlanta to meet over the course of the weekend. In honor of this event HotRat Emeritus Channing McCleod has gifted us with images from his personal library of very early photographs of the class. Photos after the break!
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This week the most unlikely of things landed on the front desk at the office, an oversized paperback titled “HERE No1 2005”, the first issue of a magazine published by the Atlanta architectural firm Cooper Carry. I’ve spent the past couple of years honing my chops as a guest juror for Southern Poly’s architecture program and was eager to pierce the company’s veil of archispeak, especially since several of my fellow HotRats are working there now. Look alive you Emo fairies, it’s jury time.
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Students of Architecture intimately know the meaning of the term “all-nighter” and as an alumnus of Georgia Tech’s architecture program I feel that it is important that I share with you, my internet pals, each of the various stages that you pass through during an all-nighter so that you might better navigate the dicey straits of educationally-induced sleep deprivation if ever you chance to find yourself staring down the barrel of an 8:30am class deadline. What follows is a typical night before the deadline for a typical architecture student….
Continue reading The 22 Stages of Architecture School All-Nighters
Unlike a lot of you, I had no plans for what I would do after high school. No big dreams, no burning desires, no long-held expectations or lofty goals to shoot for and miss. I didn’t have a favorite college picked out and I hadn’t made any plans to spend my parents money learning how to become a drunk at some far off Academy from which I’d flunk out in a quarter or two.
Continue reading The Time My Dad Was an Alumnus of GA Tech
Hey Hot Rats, you’re never going to believe who just called me today.
That’s right, Tony “Cheese Grits” Chapman.
Continue reading Greetings From Newberry
One of the stranger off-campus locations for our class was 501 Ethel Street over in Home Park, the neighborhood bordering the north side of the Tech campus. For the most part the place was a mystery to me as I had only started learning to drink beer and had no interest in anything more exotic, which is pretty much what that house was all about. The only memory I have of the place was when one of the guys got hold of a copy of “Swimming to Cambodia” and Mance watched it so many times that he would walk around school reciting Spalding Gray’s monologue word for word, like the drunken fraternity brother he never was. He convinced me to come over and watch it twice in a row, which proved to pretty cool because in later years I would get to see Spalding perform two of his other monologues live; one in Kentucky and one in Atlanta.
Here’s a picture that may or may not bring back memories for you. It’s the Hejduk Box (pronounced “Hedge-Duck Yacht”). This was near the end of the box’s stay in the new building. I was taking a photography class and Tim Hagan was kind enough to swim through the bottom of my shot to help me get an ‘A’ for the class. Hmmm, on reflection, I ‘m not quite sure how he did that…..but…we WERE drinking a lot that day, and a lot of people were doing a LOT of patently impossible things. I think that Mike Knapick may have stuck 11 x-actos in his leg just to get attention. I just can’t remember for sure……
I found an article about a book that’s recently been published by MIT Press by former Hot Rats professor Annette Fierro. Here’s the blurb about it from Amazon.com–
The Glass State: The Technology of the Spectacle, Paris 1981-1998
From the Gothic to the contemporary, glass has transformed the structural, formal, and philosophical principles of architecture. In The Glass State, Annette Fierro views the many meanings of transparency in architecture. Specifically, she analyzes the transparent monumental buildings that were built in Paris between 1981 and 1998 as part of François Mitterrand’s program of Grands Projets.
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Cameron Beasley writes in with an update about what he’s been doing since school:
“After Tech, I went out to LA for grad school at SCI-Arch. It was great!! I also attended their VICO Program in Vico Morcote, Switzerland (near Lugano). I returned to Atlanta in 1996 to be with my girlfriend, Rita Bazinet. We leased a large building in Castleberry- which we renovated in order to sub-lease space to artists. I started work at Nix Mann (now Perkins & Will) and Rita went to work at IBM in their Interactive Media Studios. We were married shortly after. At present, we own a house in East Atlanta and both of still work for the same companies. I have several personal projects underway in Atlanta – various additions to commercial artist’s studios (Prior Street, Peters Street and Edgewood Avenue) as well as a renovation of an old mill in Scotland.”