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Elie Gamburg a great Architecture professor

an NYIT student in front of NYIT Manhattan Campus 1855 Broadway

I have never taken any class with Prof. Gamberg, but Sw heard a lot of his stories from other friends. He has been known as the best professor for the best students and vice versa. He requires a proper amount of work and its high quality. The lazy student may not like him.

In my opinion, taking a class with Prof. Gamberg should be a good experience for all students. I have passed many design classes and half of them did not required a proper amount of work. In 2009, Sw Eden took a class with a professor, he did not remember that students printed the same things out over and over again every week. He just looked and checked the same old things. Today, I also take a design class. My professor likes students who work hard, but most students do not work that hard. Although he will give a bad grade to those student, Sw Eden still wants to see everyone work at the same amount and the grade is indicated by its quality. This should be the best and the fairest way for all students. Yes, and the way that all student can learn and spend their money correctly.

NYIT Architecture Student at Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, Manhattan, NYC

Sw Eden heard that Prof. Gamberg is just like what I have talked. I would drive all students to work, and grade them by the quality of work. I met him once after his class at night. He was a professor of my group partner. He commented on my model that the box and the weird shape of building spoke different languages. In fact, I did not show him the shape of the skylight which transfer the perpendicular angle to strange angles. Anyway, I would love the professor who gives a lot of work and a lot of critics better than the professor who is lazy. Students paid a lot of money to learn, and they should get what they paid.


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Beinecke Library at Yale

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“Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library” is the full name of Beinecke Library.

Sw Eden, me, visited Beinecke Library at Yale about 2-3 times, and this sounds not that much for those Yale people. I am in New York City, and without a car. Sw had to take the railroad to get to there. Firstly, if you are in the same place as me, just go to Grand Central, and buy a ticket to go to New Heaven. It is about 2 hours in the train, so you can have a lot of fun to write and to read the stuff.

The one who love this architecture so much is my professor, William Martin. He suggested to to went there. First time, I could not get to the place, because Beinecke Library is hidden behind the original library (which is wonderful with ancient style of architecture). I could find it in my second visiting. So! if you plan to go there, just Google Map now! As an architecture student, I could not to let this opportunity go, and it is the reason of the second visit. Structure is 4-pin-joint supports at 4 corners of base, to support all facade. And in the middle core, is supported by the small columns inside.

William Martin, the first guy on the left

The most interesting thing for me is the translucent facade, and all the concrete panels as frames. I went to a class at Silpakorn University, Thailand in the time that I didn’t take any credit there, and I heard a Thai professor talked about this architecture. He said that the foundation of the drop-down part in front of the library was made by sand, so whole architecture will be protected from earthquake. I have never heard on any other places, but it sounds so cool.

To play solid and void for whole building and the ground in the front of it.

“Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library” is the full name of Beinecke Library. Gordon Bunshaft who is the architect for this cool building play about floating. Because it is for rare books, so it have to be over protecting. Inside the fantastic marble box, it has a glass box with many books, which keep the unique temperature and moisture of the air. When we walk outdoor, we will not be able to see the entrance under there. Sw feels like the building floating out from the ground, and the glass box floating between the whole marble milky way.

Finally, if you are near there (not more than 4 hour traveling), you must go there once in your life! It is worth to go, and it is cool to see, then you will be a super hot guy as my favorite professor who loves this library.

Floating glass box in the middle with different structure system

Gallery between the marble facade and the glass box. It became a small nice museum.


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Cardboard Bridge Structure of William Martin


I took the first structure class of William Martin at NYIT after I dropped the old structure class when I was with Prof. Rondo Imas. Imas time is hard for me to do many credits, but Imas is great actually. After the first class, I always took structure classes with William Martin, until the last structure class, Advance Structure II. The early classes, we learned a lot of calculations, and a lot of methods. The last class is different. We design the bridge, and we vote to build the real scale of one bridge.

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Straw Structure as the attempt

William Martin cheered my design a lot, but I left 2 points to win the vote. I know that my bridge would work in the real time. There is no problem on it. If I got the most vote, I will never learn more things to solve the problem. My partner who work on the basement said that people selected to one which had most problem. When the whole class finished building the cardboard tube bridge, William Martin cracked the bridge when he stood on it. He said, he would be the first one who tried, because he had life insuarance. At the end of this semester, he said that the bridge supported itself, but not the people. I am sad that we cannot finish it. When I did not get most vote, I found myself wanted to learn to solve the problem as the real architect life. Right now, problem cannot be solved. William Martin may let us continue the work in next semester, but I will not have a lot of time. I just want to graduate then.


Drill Cardboard with Drilling Machine

Before we built the final bridge, I designed a way to solve the problem, and other friends did, too. I do not know the reason that we have to keep the original design to make to real bridge. Why don’t we change a little bit, just add some more tubes, and we will have fun with pizza on the bridge. Not only my idea which could work, but also many friends’ idea I like.

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Drill Cardboard Bridge while building process

“Alright Alright Slow Down”, I would listen to The Academy Is… , then. Bridge can support itself, but not for the people, that is not wrong. I am an artist, and also an architecture student. Architecture is the artwork which people can be in it. If the bridge cannot have people on it, then it became artwork. It is a good thing. Right now, I already love it. There is no water or river for us, but it is our bridge.


Combine stuff we have to make the full scale bridge

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Ultrasound (อัลตราซาวด์) ทางก้น

การ Ultrasound (อัลตราซาวด์) ทางทวารหนัก ใช้หัวตรวจแบบเดียวกับทางช่องคลอด แตกต่างจากการอัลตราซาวด์ทางหน้าท้อง โดย ห้ามมีปัสสาวะอยู่ในกระเพาะปัสสาวะ ซึ่งโดยปกติ สาวตั้งครรภ์ ต้องกลั้นฉี่เป็นจำนวนมาก

การอัลตราซาวด์ทางก้น เหมาะสำหรับการตรวจหาเนื้องอก หรือซีสที่มีขนาดเล็ก แต่ทางหน้าท้อง เหมาะสำหรับตรวจหาเนื้องอกขนาดใหญ่ ลองไปถามคนที่เขาเคยทำทางก้นดูซิ เวลาท่านโดนตรวจ ท่านจะรู้สึกเหมือนเวลาขับถ่ายอุจจาระตอนท้องร่วง

ตึกนี้ William Martin บอกว่าเหมือนผู้หญิงท้อง แต่ข้าพเจ้าคิดว่าเหมือนเต่า
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Rink ก็คือลานเล่น skate หิมะ และ Eero Saarinen คือ สถาปนิก นักออกแบบ (Architect) แล Yale คือมหาวิทยาลัยที่ตึกนี้ตั้งอยู่

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TsAO & McKOWN Architecture visiting

In fact, I had never known about this company until I got into their place with my class. Our professor brought all the student in Professional Practice class to there. I did a little short research by looking around on their website. Although TsAO & McKOWN is an architecture company, they have done various kinds of design work. I dare to say that they are all amazing.

My friends’ behaviors to the nice and cruel professors are so different. Nice students always like nice professors, but bad students always look down nice professors. The bad students may consider that the cruel professors are smarter, so they can show off. These are only about the psychology in the class room that always happens.

We, the architecture students did visit TsAO & McKOWN architecture company. What’s cozy place?! How nice of people?! Wooden furniture in their collection is so friendly as human can feel to the nature. Did we think that they are not good enough when we looked at that artistic rough ceiling. Did we think that they are not good enough when they are talking with us. Please do not have a wrong attitude to the real artists. Check them out, they got the 2009 AIA Housing Award. This can be a much better guarantee better than my word.

I was the first guy in the class who went to the place, so I had a little more time to look around their collection. Their place is good enough to be named, “museum”. I asked them where the restroom was, after I travel to Roosevelt Island and Rockefeller Center in that afternoon. Whole restroom was painted black with a big round lamp on the ceiling. It is very hard to see all things on the floor and on the wall, especially the first come in. The nature of the eyes cannot adapt itself that fast. On the left, there was a long pocket. Surely, everyone will pick it. I did wish to tell people outside if they forgot their pocket in the restroom. Another side of the pocket said that, “Please leave this pocket in the restroom.” I was thinking myself if the pocket’s owner put a measurement tool inside to count how many times this pocket was lift up and down. It should be a cheap tool, as well as the one I use to count my steps when I walk in Central Park.


Bathroom / Restroom Lamp


Light bulb at ceiling of Whitney Museum Lobby


Lobby Light Bulb Whitney Museum


Lantern Light Bulb at Lobby of Whitney Museum
What the light bulb lamp look like at Whitney Museum, Manhattan, NYC

I admire their attempt to collect a lot of artwork, but I still have an opposite attitude when I look at other artist’s work. My belief is my brain can take the idea of other people unconsciously right at the first time I look at the work. This means, I will not open the architecture book when I need an idea for my design class. Although TsAO & McKOWN collects a lot of artwork, they do not copy its concept and idea. Most of their design is based on the function and the relationship of their work to the user.

The examples that they show us are one of skyscraper project with a creative mixing-brick facade, and a transparent lipstick box. For the skyscraper project, some students may compare it with their own work in design classes. Most of student in our class had been in the school since the school did not have a laser cut machine. When they worked by hand, professors encourage them to not do the box. Many of us have weird shaped models, and we got good grades. Some of us still dreamed to work on wired shaped building in their real life. Right then at the office, we listened to the real-time 90 degree angle building with 3 or more colors of brick on facade. One of our design professor always blamed that, the colors in 2Ds were just the decoration. Any things we had known about those words; now they are the real-time project. One of the reasons that my friends stopped doing weird shaped architectures is the school has laser cut. The student will design only flat facade and let the laser cut do the work for them. Another word is they are lazier than before.

I did see a guy in the office work on his paper. He just drew something with pencil and rulers, although all knew Auto CAD. This is the same as another guy in HTNB who can be successful in his architect career without Auto CAD. Auto CAD is just the magic pen, but the nature of human, design by hand is the best way that the brain can spread a good idea out. Many computer programs always force the users to use its tools. People just begin their design with the box. The right way to make a new stuff is to develop the concept to be the actual model, and 99% of the concept is not “box”. How the real-time building became weird-shaped again? Most blocks of the street are square, and most furniture is the square, too.

TsAO & McKOWN made it. They gave the answer in their showroom design. They spread the base of their mannequins as a drop of water splashing. How interesting of the arrangement did not disturb how interesting of the dresses on mannequins. We have to trust that men can do stuff women like, and vice versa. I heard many women said that the good womb doctors are male, and the good scrotum doctors are female. When I was in Mahidol wittayanusorn Science School, the teacher who looked for the women dormitory is male, and vice versa, too.

TsAO & McKOWN did design of women’s lipstick. They needed the women to know how short of the left lipstick. They also want their lipstick to be the first choice of a few lipsticks in the women’s bag. I feel like its shape still the architecture-like. Anyway..

TsAO & McKOWN office arrangement looks so simple. I saw their work of simple shape and simple shade of modern design. They worked for China, Singapore and also my country, Thailand. I am not sure if it is Asia Hotel. If people are interested in their work, they do not need to come to NYC. They can just search for their projects online, and go to the real place in their own country.

They did talk about how to contact people from faraway country, and the architect’s life to sleep in the office at night. Architects have to do the site visit in the project of other countries as well as they need to do in their own place. Site visit actually helps in their design and also can prevent many problems and risks. Doing it in different times of the day should be a good thing. The architects still need to understand the difference of cultures and season, too. I heard about Yin and Yang in China. Kevin Johnson, my business writing professor said that Chinese people thought that fry-potato snack was hot for the human body, so they would not consume it during the summer. The packaging designer had to use the water and sky theme on it bag, to show that the snake was not that not. In fact, it is not only design that architects have to understand about the culture. Architects have to have a good relationship to many kinds of people from different parties, and they are also different in different countries.

So…

This is their website, so you can view their work online http://www.tsao-mckown.com/

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