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When I first heard about Ciclavia was back in my first quarter as a landscaping Architect in one of our lectures. I soon learn that Ciclavia is an annual event that happens every two years and consists of closing down streets only for bicycles riders in down town L.A. I soon decided that I would try to participate in the next event. I did not know what to expect but seem like it would be a lot of fun. The trail for this year would be to ride my bicycle from Olvera Street to Venice beach. The day soon arrived, it was a sunny Sunday morning and I was about to take my longest ride across the streets of downtown L.A without worrying about any cars. The event started at 10 am and would conclude at 3 pm. That meant that I would have 5 hours to ride my bicycle for 15 miles, easy I thought.  My ride started with a bit of anxiety because amount of cyclist on the street. I wanted to go as fast as possible, so I could get to the finish line in Venice beach but soon realized what I was missing and changed my mind. I started looking at all the different buildings in Down Town L.A and started slowing down my speed on my bicycle. It was like a huge datum line was moving next to me. The scenery was all around great Architecture buildings, parks, stores, public spaces, and me. The Datum line kept moving up and down as I continued riding my bicycle between the new and old buildings in the Down Town area. People would past me very fast trying to get to the finish line. I slowly kept looking at my surroundings and realized the real meaning of Ciclavia. Traveling in a bicycle really gives you a true idea about size and how much our design has changed throughout the years. At least the idea of a community was there because everyone was really nice and helpful.  Only a few people took their time to really enjoy the scenery of down town L.A. The scenery that the bicycle provided could never be compare to traveling in a car. Places like Bunker Hill, the U.S bank building, the Down Town library where some of the other building that I got to see from a different perspective that I never seen before. The amount of detail in the buildings and the very different architecture was nice to see.  The rest of the ride was not as interesting as downtown L.A. because it was mostly houses and shopping center facets that am used to seeing every day in my neighborhood. My happiest moment of the whole ride however, was finally making it to Venice in one piece, 15 miles was not as easy as I imagine.

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Looking at this photograph, it would of never cross my mind that a landscaping architect had any participation in this project. The reality is a very different one, because Adriaan Gauze participated in this project. Adrian was born in Dordrecht, Netherlands in October 28, 1960. Through his early days Adriaan soon realized that design was his virtue. That is way the he decide to Attended the University of Wageningen and in 1987 graduated with a Landscaping architecture degree. Soon after his graduation he teamed up with Paul Van Beek and in the same year founded West 8 Urban design and landscaping company. Some of his local projects in the Netherlands’ were the Schiphol airport, redesign of Rotterdam Theatre and a Master Plan for Borneo Sporenburg, which helped West 8 go international. After a lot of hard work finally, in 1994 West 8 became an international company with offices in New York and Brussels. Adriaan became very famous thanks to his west 8 company and his good philosophy in relating contemporary culture, urban identity, architecture, public space and engineering within one only design. International works like the Governors Island in New York, Toronto central waterfront and other design jobs in Madrid and Rio have made West 8 world-renowned.  His most famous work however, was the Oosterschelde storm surge barrier. Here west 8 contributed in designing the shells at the foot of this project, which was the most difficult to build and most expensive part of the Delta works, which took more than 10 years to complete. West 8 to this day continues to be a well-known company. As of his Co founder Adriaan Gauze’s present life, he has Know become an instructor in Landscaping Architecture and Design and frequently gives lectures at universities worldwide. Seeing and learning about adriaan Gauze has only expanded my knowledge about all the different routes that are out there for landscaping architects worldwide.

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Designed Landscape Forum pg. 47 Javier Senosiain Aguilar “Espacio Integral” 1969

For most cases, land is always modified to accommodate for a new house construction, in this case the  new structure is modified to fit the land.

 

 

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This experience occurred during the second day of our San Diego field trip at the University of California, during the presentation of the Stuart Collection. It all started when I received a small 3” x 8” brochure of the Stuart Collection. There it was on the front cover, a picture of a “small blue house” on top of a school building sitting at a peculiar angle. At first I did not care so much for this piece. But after seeing a couple of the other art pieces my interest to see this house grew more and more. It was a nice sunny day, with a great cool ocean breeze coming from the west. We walked and walked up to the highest elevation area of the school campus when suddenly I heard a rumbling noise in the sky. Immediately I started looking for what seemed to be a fighter jet. I had never heard a noise of a military aircraft that close before. I continued looking for the plane but never saw it; however, I did find something else, the “Little Blue House”. At that moment I remember asking our tour presenter if we where going to be allowed inside the house? “Yes we will,” I recall her saying. As we walked around the school campus we got closer and closer to the blue house, until we reached the engineering building. There at the top of the 7th story building stood a little blue house. Finally! The moment that I had been waiting for was about to begin. As we walked out of the elevator there it was, at the corner of the top of the seventh floor an angle sided “Little Blue House” surrounded by a wonderful garden. Not only was the house real, but also I was going to be able to experience its insides. It was like my mind kept telling my body to level up, but that was never going to happen because the floor and everything inside the house was sitting on an angle, with all the objects inside the house where built to ¾th scale. The walls also played with my mind because at one side it seemed like I was a giant and at the other a total midget. Even after I walked out my mind seemed unleveled, like it was still trying to process what I had just experienced. This experience is something I will never forget.

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City of San Diego, a great destination for a vacation. “A field trip there”that would be  awesome. A visit to UCSD for an art collection. “The Stuart collection”??? Who’s Stuart? Does not sound too fun. Art galleries involved walking and long explanations. Blah blah blah for two or three hours, waking up early for it. Are all bad ingredients for this UCSD visit.

Early morning, there I stood waiting for the tour to begin. A nice sunny day with clear sky. Perfect weather. Would love to be sleeping right now. A Stuart pamphlet. Oh no, another one of these Pamphlet’s. Can we start already? Let me look at this pamphlet before I put it away. Wait!!!!!! What’s this? A house on top of a building. Turn to Page 17. Fallen start. Wow this is amazing.

Let’s start this tour. I want to see this house. Come on. What are we waiting for? First piece a marble water fountain. Not very interested. More walking up and down the hill. I’m tired. More explanations. More walking. When are we going to the “fallen Star” piece?Look everyone; what is that up on top of that building someone said. What? where I ask? Could it be? “The Little blue house” yes finally. Lets hurry and check it out.

We took the elevator to the 7th floor and there it was. A little blue house little the one from wizard of oz. Walked in through a smaller than average door. Stood inside the floor had a weird angle. Immediately my body started trying to level my body. That feeling of falling down invaded me. This fells like home. But this feeling of falling down is making me drowsy. Let me get out. Wow this house is amazing. It’s a great design. This probably took a while to build. Am so happy I came to this UCSD visit. Art collections are not as bad as I thought.