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NYU 2031 – NYU in NYC – We are looking at you.

Event on Monday May 10, 2010 6:30 PM
Site at the south side of NYU main core at 3rd ave and Mercer street.

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The speaker said that the number of NYU undergraduate student grew 5% a year. Form now, 2010 till 2031, it would grow 40%-50% which mean at least, they would have more 300 students in campus. And those students would need a dormitory. Currently, the capacity of NYC dormitory at 14th street is 250 students.

NYU would take whole NYU superblock (between Houston and 3rd street) and and make three-building complex as the village of NYU. These three buildings sit on a raising garden which is private area for student’s activities, such as sport and community. This means from the street views, its sidewalk might be like the southern side of Fordam University at 60th street. NYC claimed that this design was to respect the prior surrounding neighborhoods which are more than 5 kinds. They also have an intention to use the original structure from the old buildings and renew them for this project, because they concern much about carbon-dioxide and global warming.

Some onlookers were curious if they could build just one fat building or one thin skyscraper. The reason that that should not make one fat building is the quality of sun, and the reasons that they should not make a skyscraper are the core is expensive for the high building (can cost about 50% of whole building), if it was very tall, it would need a sky lobby which this system need to hire a elevator director, and the students would go to class late. And some of them also worry about impact to the grocery store s from the raising garden.

NYU needs to be a perfect New Urbanism like, Yale university. New Urbanism is very green by it has residential and school in the same area, so their students do not have to waste the environment in transportation. Most of undergraduate students who come to live in the dormitory are freshmen from outside New York City and other countries. They will move out in their second year, but NYU dormitory makes their harbit to find a new resident which is near the school. At the end, these students would became a part of neighborhoods. A woman created a conflict in the meeting which is she did not like if NYU students who moved out from the dormitory and still stick around her area. NYU students are various types, does not like Copper Union. She said that most of NYU students would have more time for parties, playing around, running around, playing skate board and making a noisy, and they do respect the original neighborhoods. As NYU would create a raising garden to respect and flexible to the neighborhoods, it might work for this issue. They prevent the neighborhoods from their students’ activities. On the other hand, they could not control the students who moved out from their dormitory for being a part of neighborhoods.

Finally, I believe that most of NYU students are quality. This project will be a wonderful movement of NYU itself, and of us, the architecture students and new-age architects. We always look forward to see a new thing. We cheer you, sir.

Visit the project online at http://www.nyu.edu/nyu2031/nyuinnyc/
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MMC Plaza : Public Property of Marsh & McLennan Companies

Sw Eden visited MMC Plaza of Marsh & McLennan Companies in a sunny Wednesday afternoon. This place impressed me by how kind its owners are. The width of it can be the width of a building, and the length of it is the width of a street block. That is 45th street in Manhattan, New York City, and every square foot should be more than $1,000. In fact, the landowners could make a lot of profit if they built a commercial building. It is just two blocks from Time Square, and many rich people are around there.

Sculpture at Marsh & McLennan Companies Plaza (MMC Plaza), Manhattan, New York City
View MMC Plaza and Memorial set on Flickr

Sw Eden would like to comment it architecturally. MMC Plaza divides its city block into two with a nice pedestrian walkway and hangout space. They grow some tree to green people’s feeling. The only shop on its east side is a flower shop, which is very appropriate for the people around there. They are working people/officers, and they would have enough money to decorate their love life with these beautiful flowers. A New-York-like piece of sculpture sit on top of the flat-stepped waterfall. Sw Eden called it, “New-York-like” because it is made of many perpendicular (90 degree) angles which is just like New York City grid, but it can be looked in many different ways and as many different shapes which is like all the New Yorkers. “New York is one of the most open cities”, quote from Angelo Falcon on ‘The Latinization of New York’, AM New York newspaper, May 5, 2010. When Sw Eden was in Language school, the teacher kept saying that this city was the melting pot or mosaic.

Pedestrian Walk at the east of the plaza.
View MMC Plaza and Memorial set on Flickr

Below the New-York-like sculpture, there is the stepped waterfall which can add a natural sound of water to hide the traffic-noise pollution. This mean the architect did not just slow the walker speed down to the hangout area, he also prevented the plaza users to feel about the rush city.

Two different zones which the architect created to match up two sides of MMC Plaza is about 3 feet difference. The east side is higher than the west side. As Sw said that the only store in the east side is the flower store. The floor level of this flower store is the same height as the east pedestrian walk. For the west side which is 3 feet dropped down, I guess it is for continuation with the indented lobby area of 1166 46th street. It is not only the height of the space which speck the same language with the company, the architect used this lower height to create the harmony of the allowed sunlight to get into the building smoothly.

Flower shop at the east of MMC plaza
View MMC Plaza and Memorial set on Flickr

MMC Plaza is still show the good responsibility for the owners to what they created. They always have the security guard walk around to keep the plaza safe. They are not the cruel guys as many other places in New York, because they are so nice to the visitors. I talked to one of them shortly before I left. MMC Plaza also has custodians to keep the space clean for whole day. You can imagine what people do to the Central Park after they finish eating.

A big glass memorial inscription says, “Our Lost Colleagues Are Above All ,…..”. They define all the families and loving people and following with the list of the name. I do not know much about detail. You should do a little research on Wikipedia. I love that it has two layers lay on top of each other nicely with the name and signature. All these are really nice impressive space in our midtown. You must look at it once you are the NYers!

**Why don’t we walk 10 feet from here to get cheap books/CDs at Book Off store? (Click to read more)

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. 1166 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
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Fort Tryon Park, Icy Winter, Manhattan



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)




Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)

And this video of melting ice in the same day.

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The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Gothic Architecture and drawing

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

If I look through the eyes of new visitors who come to New York City to get the sense of Western world, they will never be disappointed to visit The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. And this church is the most interesting place in New York City in the list of website for visitors, too. This shows the influence from European life and religion before those people went to this new land. The religion founds many things around people’s life; for example, music, routine, artwork, architecture and also politic in ancient time. In this case, here is Catholic Church.


Facade of Main doors The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Sw Eden

The huge piece of Gothic architecture which is sit on 3 blocks of changing slope from Morningside Driveway to Amsterdam Avenue, mostly was seen from east side of the town before other views. People walk from Central Park or from Subway around Central Park North and walk up this slope hill. They pass a small park, Morningside Park which has plain landscape and simply ballfeilds, but very deep from street. Surely everybody will get the feeling of how large the church is, from both attempt to walk up, and from the Morningside Park. The experience to walk down to the Morningside Park and look up to the church is more than the street walker’s sight. And this is not only about how large of the church, but also how high and powerful of the Catholic God. Before the time of Jesus Christ, the God was much cruel. He could kill the country which let a human tough an abandon box.


Synod House of St. John Church at south-west corner of Cathedral Avenue or 110 st by Sw Eden

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is already a big contrast to the way people look at New York as a modern city. On the plan of its block, there is The Avalon Morningside park apartment at the south-east corner. That corner is the first sight of most people to the church as previous paragraph said. Some complain that this apartment hides the view and hide how classic the view is. Some complain about the height of the apartment that it is sin. I visited New York first time on 2006, and I visited this church, too. The Avalon Morningside Park was built in 2007. To be an optimist, the modern materials of facade of this apartment give a big contrast in its block, as well as the church gives a big contrast to other modern buildings in the city.


Rough Sketch Saint John Church on Amsterdam Avenue around 112 st by Sw Eden

Most people like to walk on 110th street or Cathedral Avenue that make their eyes cannot contain over all part of the church so well. They are too close to the church. If they walk on 113rd street, their distance can hold all part of the main building very well. This view should be recommended for giving first impression to people who have never visited here. However the space between the feet of people in 113th street and the large wall of the church is parking areas and something under-construction. It is different from the space between 4 – 5 buildings in the middle which is calm and plentiful with trees. The plan cannot be changed, but it can be improved to give a good look from 113th street.


Facade at north side The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine or view on 113 st by Sw Eden


Angel on the highest roof or roof above Altar of Saint John church view from Morningside driveway by Sw Eden

The main entrance has three prominent tympanums and large stair. Firstly, the right-side tympanum is the story of Jesus birth. Mary (Virgin) is the main person on this side. Secondly, the left-side tympanum is the crucifixion of Jesus. It includes Mary and Mary from Magdala. This shows that Virgin Mary is very important to Catholic believe. Some of them worship Virgin Mary more mainly than Jesus. Although she is the mother of Jesus, Jesus called her, “Woman” rather than, “Mother” during his last 3 years. Thirdly, the middle tympanum is Jesus in the book of Revelation. The things that can be noticed that this is revelation are seven circles around Jesus in King dress. Moreover the space between Jesus and two doors, there are 4 animals in the book of revelation, too. They are strange human, strange lion, strange eagle and strange horse. All must have 7 eyes and 6 wings, but on the tympanum which has limited space, all of them have only 2 wings and 2 eyes for each.


Left-Side Tympanum of main entrance The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine or the death of Jesus. There are Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene, drawing by Sw Eden


Middle Tympanum main door of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine or the image of Jesus in the book of Revelation


Tympanum of right-side main door The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine or the birth of Jesus. Virgin Mary is in there drawing by Sw Eden

Around the main door, there are 12 disciples standing at people’s head level. This may be concern about a part of Act in Bible, which God is the head if the man. At this part, some of them seem to be graphic-like rather than human-like sculpture. Mainly for all art at the facade, humans have to stand close to them, because the width of the street does not allow going further. So surely, humans have to life the head up.


Window of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Sw Eden

After the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine renovation was finished about last year, 2008 (I visited last time before this year at Christmas of 2007), the nave was open. People can see directly to the choir, and stand in the middle and look around the cross arch roof. The scale of the roof and window is very large, and surely it is not human scale. All should be about feeling of God. In fact, Bible said that God created human as his image, so God should not have bigger body than regular people. The high roof and barbaric glass do not allow much light to come in. It should be about that feeling, too. But the church already put the spot light on the column. Catholic really concern about feeling, if compare with Buddhism country as Thailand. Thai ancient house also has high roof. The house can seem like church in this way, but in fact, it is reduce the heat at human level, because the heat always moves to the top. The paradox to Bible does not happen just for God scale, it is also about light in the space. All Catholic architects might think about the beginning of the book of genesis which is really short and small part of Bible. Most parts of Bible talk about bright and light rather than the dark over the water. God also blame people that they hide themselves from God in the darkness, because they are afraid that God will see something wrong on them. So almost all Catholic churches are strange from the reality in Bible. That is truly different from Protestant church which is more like human scale and much brighter.


View to West of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Sw Eden

In the day I visit this Church

I walk in to the Church. I heard a soft chorus from faraway at around the cross part. High roof, make the sound of chorus has an incredible range especially emotion of praising their God. There is no microphone around those students. It is sad to me that their number is bigger than the number of audience. They are too fantastic to have that little number of audience. There are thousands chairs in the church, but they got sat less than one-eighth. I was interested to look for other events or performances, and I found that too many performances would be in here nearly every day. A question suddenly popped up in my head. This church should be very rich. Nowadays, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine became more commercial-like church to atheists’ eye (or maybe, in Christians’ eyes, too). They can saw it in many movies about fighting of God and Satan. This church also require visitors’ donation 5 USD for each. It should get a lot of money from government and membership prizes already. But it is still worth to visit.


View to East of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine (Look at Altar) by Sw Eden

I had walked into other Catholic Church and attended some Christian churches’ activity for studying Bible. All church has nice rolls of wooden chairs. Nowadays, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is strange that there are no wooden chairs for audience. Only wooden chairs are in abandon area. All chairs are steel and plastic. I do not feel strange just about modern chairs in this fantastic Gothic building, because I got a really strange experience when I open the door of restroom. Its restroom sits like a container box at north side of the cross part (Middle of the church). The true bright light from fluorescence inside the restroom came under and between the edges of the door. I got into this area and close my eye a little while. Inside the church is so dark, and the restroom is much brighter. The book of revelation said that after the punishment to the world, there is not sun anymore, but the new land will be bright. If we compare this situation to the restroom, the darkness of the church is seem to be how the world looks like during the disaster, and the restroom is new world for happiness, and for people who do not know God yet. God will give them 1,000 years to know God, but in fact, that is only 1 day for Him of waiting, as the words in letters of Peter.


The Cross and Altar the place of chorus people by Sw Eden


Sketch of Choir and Altar of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Sw Eden

In conclusion, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine has difference in itself. Other architecture makes the difference in its block. The scale makes difference to the city around there. And the church is also the different style to the business and hurry city as New York City. To be New York is to be as mosaic. If the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine was not exist, New York City would not be perfect itself.


Plan of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine and Detail of each room by Sw Eden


behind St. Saviour room of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Sw Eden


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Anti-God Belief

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Anti-God Belief

Anti-God is different from Anti-Christ. Some people divide between God and Son (Jesus Christ). They might be different people, but when both combine with spirit, they will be trinity. Anti-God people think that God did not love his son enough, so he sent his son to get torture in the world. In fact, it is Jesus’ work to prevent to world from the sin. This means this type of Anti-God is not that bad people who agent the testament.

I know a friend from Philippine, she had changed her religion from Catholic to be Christian. This type of Catholic in Philippine is strange enough until I do not want to believe that it exists. Those people torture themselves as Jesus Christ got. They think that it is merit to be painful as Jesus. By the Christian theory, they are totally worst, because Jesus’ pain is to stop all other pain which will happen to human being.

Read more about Jesus with his resurrection


Jesus Christ Drawing by Sw Eden (on Flickr)


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Love is . . .

People will think about love between boyfriend and girlfriend, when they click on this blog. In fact, I like to talk about God’s love.

Real love is love that we can devote ourselves for. Not just donate the money, but it is about mind, time and everything. Real love does not have to be given to only the person. We can give this kind of love to the things, the pet and the country, too.

For examples
– Currently in Thailand, a big group of people can devote their lives for their nation and the King.
– People keep important coins or rings to remind about their legion and their region.

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