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Emelio Castillo

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On Saturday May 18, 2013, I decided to volunteer in the garden being designed and built in Clover Elementary. As I volunteer I thought it wasn’t going to be that much since two days before other fellow classmates had gone before to work in there. I really like outdoor activities, that is way I got into this field. I work as a gardener all of my life here in the U.S. and have done some landscaping works, so I thought it would be a piece of cake. Yet to my surprise it wasn’t even close. There weren’t many tools around to work on the compacted soil. The terrain was so dry it was hard to work on some spots. I don’t mind hard work at all, but with not the right tools it is even more back breaking. We arrived early morning for a good experience of transforming something that look dull and unexciting to something more appealing and native. Once the plants were planted in it already started to look better, but once we were done putting the mulch, everything looks so much better. I really like how mulch makes objects poop out. It gives the soil other colors and thus makes the plants around it look better. Mulching is one of the things I like the most when i plant shrubs and flowers. It totally changes the way how things look and it dissolves with time, sun and water. Of course only if it is natural, unlike the tire chips that they tried to make into a better use, which created a lot of heat and killed plants. I really enjoy working with other classmates and upper class men, it feels nice doing stuff for small kids. It is amazing how something small can change how the land looks. I would volunteer again if needed. It is actually better than sitting down on a room for three or 4 hrs. Overall I learned some new things and like how we can do a difference in this world with our abilities to design boring, unattractive spaces into something so much better. Hope it happens again. I’m always up for it.

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Le Corbusier was born in Switzerland but later on became a French citizen.ALthough his real name is Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, he is most commonly known as Le Corbusier. He was an architect, writer, painter, designer, and urbanist, he was one of the pioneers of what is now known as modern architecture. He lived from October 6 1887 to August 27, 1965.
One of Le Cobusier’s project was the chapel of Notre Dame Du Haut at Ronchamp. This is a Catholic church, it was completed in 1956, sponsored by Father Couturier. This works as other he has done derives from his principles of standardization and aesthetic outline from his collection of essays Vers une architecture, “Towards a New Architecture”, The roof of the chapel was inspired by airfoils, seen on airplanes for aerodynamics purposes, that’s why its curved on top. Almost all of the building is curved, mostly made out of concrete, with really thick walls, where chunks of the wall are taken out as squares, to make windows around it. Which provide indirect light to the inside of the building. It gives a sense of a being a ship, The Christian Church sees it self as the ship of God, so this building remarks that statement. The building that was in this same location before this church was another church, which was destroyed during WWII, and Le Corbusier as a last symbolic gesture filled the inside of the wall with the rubble from the previous chapel. The building itself its a comparatively small structure. From all four sides of the hill, the horizon line is visible. The place provided a strong spirit like essence, the spirit of the place or genius loci, as a place of worship. The Jura mountains from a distance with the hill dominated the landscape, which is why Le Corbusier felt a sacred relationship between the hill and its surroundings. Overall the structure is placed on a great location in the landscape, as being on top of a hill, showing some dominance over everything else, but not many people know about it, unless your a design student, since even the people in Ronchamp don’t really know how to get to this place of serenity.

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The Red Ribbon, by turenscapes

Image by http://www.turenscape.com/english/projects/project.php?id=336

While looking at this project, memories from Christo and jeanne-Claude came to my mind, since it is kind of like The Running Fence and The Gates project, a continuous path that poops out from its sorroundings

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De Nieche Ooster Cemetery, by Karres en Brands

Image by http://www.karresenbrands.nl/_projects_en.php?id=43

The images that come to my mind when I see this are that of a corridor of a house with shelves on the sides, and decorative bases in them, but is an actual cemetery, which is kind of scary.

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Pink Bench, by Gonzales Haase

Image by http://www.gonzalezhaase.com/works/show/70pinkbench/index.php?show=070150&item=01

I was intrigue by this project as well, since it also resembles a little to The Red Ribbon Park and Christo and jeanne-Claude’s projects, they become really eye catching and this one in particular is used as a bench and as a place for people to park their bicycles, making it more useful.

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Thornton Park in Santa Ana, Ca., is a great place to hang out if you are looking for nature and some time to enjoy a days out. As one drives from Segerstrom Avenue and enters this park, one can see the lake right away. The lake is really nice and the good part is that you can fish in it. The lake had a lot of ducks around it as well. When the ducks are swimming it gives it a different view.You can see all of them moving around and some of the stuck their heads and parts of their bodies inside the water to find food as well. So it really shows nature in a lot of ways. If you are interested in watching some birds as well, this is the place for you too.There are several trees surrounding the lake and the playground as well and others scattered around that have some benches underneath to watch this little winged creatures and rest as well. I decided to sit by a rock around the lake and closed by a small stream that it has too, the sound the water makes by hitting the rocks going down is pretty calm and it makes one feel as if I was away from the city, with some birds chipping it was even more calm and enjoyable. It even has a playground for the little ones if they don’t want to sit around or lay down in the grass. Only downside is that you have to watch out for the duck’s reside left behind, but other than that its a great park to enjoy nature to its fullest, in mi opinion of course.

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On a Sunday morning, I decided to wake up a little late, at around 8:30 a.m. was up and ready to decide where to go in a beautiful sunny day. I sent a text to my girlfriend and ask her If she wanted to go to a park. After she replied, the only question, that remain in my mind was, “which park are we supposed to go now. After some time of thinking and after taking a shower I decide to go to Thornton Park, because it is closed to my house and it has a really nice lake and little stream to enjoy some nature time. I went and picked up my girlfriend at 10:00 a.m., and drove approximately 20 to 30 minutes to her house, first we had o get something to eat, since neither of us hadn’t had any breakfast. So at around 10:45 a.m. we went to a closed by Denny’s and enjoyed a breakfast together for around 40 minutes or so. After that we went to the park and drove for another 20 to 30 min., the traffic wasn’t that bad since it was Sunday. We arrived at around 11:40 a.m. or so, and stayed there for around 2 hours enjoying some time together looking into the lake and the ducks passing by enjoying the day as well. I got up and started to take some pictures at all things and objects that caught my attention, mostly the lake and small creek. It was beautiful scenery, all around, sunny day and comfortable weather. A lot of shade from trees and a lot of grass to enjoy the sun if one wanted to. There were several families on the grass and others playing with their kids. After all it was a nice day to enjoy in nature and with company.