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  • 200705210934Life in Pomona_05/20-05/26

    05/20

    I am very disappointed that I do not success in geting the funding support for the CAAD Futures'07 Conference from NSC (National Science Council). I have failed in such applications for three times. I and Henry have a lunch together in Crane Sushi. Henry, who is a local architect in Walnut, is one of the sponsors for the exchange program in Cal Poly Pomona University. Besides enjoying the delicious Japanese meals, we have a very nice talk with each other. By the way, he is very curious about my age. When I tell him my actual age (42 year old), he is so surprised that I look so young. I am very happy to hear that.  

    05/21

    After having the lunch in Diamond Bar, I go to IDC to take care of CYUT students for their design projects, especially Ben's and Eason's. Until their final review (June, 5), there are only 15 days left for them to prepare their presentations. As to Joyce and Jason, the final review is held on May, 30. Also, Joyce and Jason have research papers for Prof. Luis's lecture class. The due day is June, 8. Thus, we will have a meeting tomorrow for discussing their topics of their paper works. By the way, Kristina and Bob often work hard and have the very late sleep. I really worry about their health.

    05/22

    Joyce and Jason come to my apartment to discuss their paper works for Prof. Luis as well as the plans to visit New York and San Francisco. I also encourage them to hurry up to finish their graduated thesis. It is not worth taking 4 more years to get the master degree. When I ask them what the excellences that they learn from CPPU students in this period, they all agree that having confidence is the most important excellence that CYUT (or Taiwan) students should learn. However, how to foster the ability of confidence? I think that students should do their best to solve problems independentlyIn the indepentent problem-solving process, they can learn lots of experience to foster the ability of confidence. We almost spend 2 hours to have a nice talk with each other. After browsing Jesse's web-site, I am eager to give my children a big hug.

    05/23

    Due to the final review for thesis designs is coming soon, two CYUT students do not take Prof. Wu's classes today. I apologize to him for such situation. After taking his classes, I and Prof. Wu go to the gallery in the College of Environmental Design to see the exhibition of the luminary designs, which are for the competition of lighting design hold by Lesley Wheel Memorial Scholarship Fund. In the competition, there are two CPP graduated students win the honorable awards. We aslo plan a lunch tomorrow in order to let six CPP students, who will join the exchange program in the next year, understand the related information of the exchange program. Certainly, the four CYUT students, Janice, Beau, Davie are invited too. We hope that they can share their experience with the new exchanged students besides knowing each other. At afternoon, I go to IDC to take care of my students as well as go to my office to work.

      

    05/24

    For publishing my paper " Idea Hitchhiking in the Idea Association Process" for the CAAD Futures'07 Conference Proceeding, I receive a formal documentation about the consent to publish & transfer of copyright via an email. Such situation is very different from the conferences of other CAAD organizations, such as CAADRIA, eCAADe, ACADIA, SIGRADI, etc. This is why CAAD Futures is a very important and high standard CAAD conference in the world. I still do not understand why NSC does not support me for attending this important conference in Sydney. In order to prepare these documentations in time, I go to IDC to look for Davie to help me to scan and print. Thanks to Davie. Until now, I already have 15 international conference papers are published in the different proceedings and a cumulative index of publications named CUMINCAD.By the way, the registration fee is very expensive. It almost costs me 500 USD (595 $AU).

    Interestingly, I have been here and taken Prof. Wu's classes for almost 10 weeks, some CPP students just know that I am a professor (not a student) until now. I don't know if I should be happy or sad. I did not see Ben's deign work on this Wednesday. Therefore, I ask him to my apartment tonight to look at his working schedule and design work.

    05/25

    Today, Prof.Wu invites all the exchange program students, including CYUT students and CPP students( the last and next year), to have a lunch in the Kellogg West. There are six students that will go to Taiwan in the next semester. Four students will go to CYUT. Two students will go to NTUST. In this lunch, I and Prof. Wu introduce each students to know each other as well as the misson of the exchange program in Taiwan. Of course, I  o my best to advertise the resources and advantages of CYUT in order to attract the new students. We have a nice talk with each other. After having the lunch, I go to IDC to take care of CYUT students's design work, especially in Ben. I should say that every good design always is accomplished sucessfully through lots of struggles and compromises in the design process.Thus, designers should pay lots of energy, time and thinking (most important) to work. Thanks to Bob and Kristina, I enjoy a very tasty and expensive sushi (Toro Nigiri) in their restaurant. Due to the next Monday is a holiday (Memorial Day), I will go to San Francisco to visit Jack in this weekend.  

          

    05/26

    Bob drives me to the Burbank Airport (also called Bob Hopt Airport) in the morning. After aproximately 1 hour 10 mins, I arrive at the Oakland Airport. Jack (my classmate in Cornell University) picks me up in the airport, and then go to the Chinese restaurant for the lunch with his family. The meal is very sumptuous, including oysters, crabs, fish, etc. Thanks to Jack, his mother and sister. We first drive to Palo Alto city to visit Stanford University. The campus layout is origanized by the different Spanish style courtyards, which are sourrounded by the very elegants arch-like corridors. The axial courtyard (the biggest one) with the gorgeous church in the axis plays the important role for the main entrance to the campus as well as the symbolic image in this campus. In addition, the landscape of this campus is designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. I really wish that my children can study here in the near future.

         

    Before visiting the San Jose city hall, Jack takes me to Rivermark Community in Santa Clara City designed by his office (Dahlin Group) and Google Headquarter. In Rivermark Community, there are the sequential open spaces from public domail and private domain. The opens spaces not only create diverse residential activities but also provide the identification in this community. Such idea seem to come form the residential squares in London. Google Headquarter, where several interesting buildings sourround a central garden, creates a very green, comfortable and vivid working spaces integrated with diverse recreation for employees. I really like such working environment. 

         

         

    The San Jose City Hall is very huge design project, which is designed by Richard Meier. Even though I don't like its building form, the open space he creates is very interesting and effective availability for the citizens. In this building, Richard Meier seems to explore the new tectonic construction and material besides his famous "white" architecture. Jack also takes me to look at his new house in Emeryville City. I really like this house (with the light green and the dark green geometric composition) and its front landscape. Unfortunately, we can not enter it right now. We then go to a shopping center designed by  the Jerde Partnership to have the dinner in California Pizza Kitchen. The idea of the pedestrian-free shopping street inside the site is very interesting to me. We stop at his another house in Alameda, which is a small island near San Francisco. BTW, Jack aslo takes me to see the new project "The Cathedral of Light" designed by SOM in Oakland City by SOM. The Cathedral is under construction now.  

         

           

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