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  • 200705291547Life in Pomona_05/27-06/05

    I will record our lives in Cal Poly Pomona Univ. to share the exciting and valuable experience with you.


    Due to Jack is afraid of the traffic to SF downtown, we go to the downtown early. After parking the car on the street (free parking on Sunday), we then start our walking trip. First, we visit the waterfront developemt in Embarcadero street. Along the waterfront, several piers, which are transformed into the sightseeing passages, create the very familiar interaction between people, water and city. Ferry Building, which is renewed from the old building, is located in the center of the district. It not only functions as a ferry terminal but also provides commerical activities within the building. In addition, it is the focus point for the imortant streets (such as Market St. and Washington St.) in the downtown. Such idea described above is similar to Quincy Market in Boston. Before Ferry Building, there is the terminal stop for streetcars. There are different kinds of streetcars. Jack tells me that these streetcars all came from the different countries, such as France, Italy, etc. This interesting urban strategy gives me an idea "a city as a museum" which can be integrated with different kinds of urban lives. By the way, there is a convenient transporation system in SF downtown, which is very different from Los Angeles.


    Jack worked in KMD Architects (the big architecture firm in SF) before. For visiting the Chinatown (the biggest China Town in U.S.A.), Jack is familiar with taking me to pass through a serial pedestrian streets between the office buildings, which are designed by SOM. In the interior streets, there are many retail stores and courtyards along the linear space, which functionally connects different office buildings as well as effectively provides people to enjoy dynamic commercial activities safely. I really appreciate such kind of urban spaces they create. During the walking process, we also visit the Transamerica Pyramid (the most famous building in SF) designed by architect William Pereira in 1972 . Its unique spire-like form composed with lots of triangle structure units is the most important landmark in SF.


    We also visit the Hyatt Hotel disigned by architect John Portman, which plays the important role in the idea "an atrium as a urban room for public lives" in the hotel design. Thus, people that live in the hotel can enjoy two different urban atmospheres in SF, internal and external urban scenes. In the Chinatown, the townhouses (retails accompany residential spaces) are aligned with the grid patten streets with the very steep slopes. Such grid urban pattern on the mountain site provides the very different spatial experiences compared to mountain cities in Italy and Taiwan, such as Siena and 九份. Interestingly, we sometimes can see the ocean view in the diffrent steep streets. Sometime, we can see the Cable Cars across the streets. Such spatial experience provides interesting dialogue between the city and the water landscapes.


    On the way to SFMoMA designed by the architect Mario Botta, we visit the Union Square which is the central shopping, hotel and theatre district in SFIn the district, there is a very gorgeous dome-space within the top floor of the shopping mall named Westfield, which is near the Union Square. Jack tells me that the dome-space is remodeled from the exitsing dome of the building. Such concept makes me very appreciated. We also go to the Market Street to see the Cable Cars terminal. There are lots of visitors on the line to wait for taking the cars. This street play the important role to coordinate two grid patterns with two differnt angles. In addition, this street also provides a "visual corridor" to the waterfront and the Ferry Building.


    SFMoMA is near the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), which is the place to be for anyone wanting to catch up on the latest trends, with theater, film, dance, and art performances, plus a wealth of teen-friendly entertainment (such as Cartoon Art Museum). This center is designed by the architect Fumihiko Maki. Beside this center, there is a green open space named Yerba Buena Gardens . The garden is a great place to relax after a troop round SFMoMA, these beautiful rooftop gardens are the ultimate urban Eden, such as waterfall, pools, flower gardens, etc. The Yerba Buena Gardens not only integrates these different cultural facilities in this district, but also provides a friendly public space for people. Due to our schedule is very limited, we do not go inside of SFMoMA except the lobby area.


    After almost 3 hrs walking tour, we have a quick lunch in Subway. Then we drive to different districts to see two famous design projects. The two design projects are the Federal Building and De Young Museum. which are designed by Thom Mayne and Herzog & De Meuron respectively. Besides Fumihiko Maki, these architects are all the winners of Pritzker Architecture Prize in different years. Besides its entrance space, I don't like the Federal Building, honestly. Even though it has a high-tech architectural forms and details, its cold surface and open space can not make good uses of urban activities for people.   


    De Young Museum is located in the the Golden Gate Park, which is designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. This museum composes of two simple architectural volumes: the vertical observation tower by rotating each floors in different angles, and the horizontal exhibition space with several hollow spaces within this horizontal volume. These hollow spaces not only integrate with the sourrounding landscape, but also provides outside activities, sunlight and landscape into the buildings. The building surface (copper material with 3D bubble like patterns), which reflects the digital techology and its fabrication, creates a very simple but dynamic facade. I should admit that I like the building very much. Unfortunatelt, we do not have time to enter this museum and its observation tower.


    In addition, Jack takes me to visit a new campus design project for University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), which is the famous medical school in USA. Jack tells me that the planning of this campus is designed by Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti. In this campus, several buildings sourround a central green open space named Koret Quad. In the axis of the open space, there is a very geometric and colorful building which is designed by the Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. Before having the dinner with Jack's friends, Jack drive me to the Treasure Island to have the panorama view of the Bay Bridge and SF downtown. Then we have the dinner with Jack's friends in a Indonesian restaurant which is near the campus of UC Berkeley. After the dinner, we take a walk to see several buildings near the College of Environmental Design, such as the musical library, the film gallery, etc. Even though I am exhausted a little bit, I really enjoy this architectural tour today. Thanks to Jack.




    Before taking the plane back to Los Angeles, Jack shows the photos which were taken in Cornell University 13 years ago. These photos recall my many memories in this campus. I am so surprised in that we all look so young at that time. Time flies! In this trip, Jack carefully plans a very exciting and rich architectural tour for me to visit San Francisco. I really appreciate him. Bob and Kristian go to the Burbank airport to pick me up. Then we go to have a lunch in Montreal Park. Thanks to their carefulness, they not only prepare Udon (the Japanese noodle soup) for my dinner but also buy the chocolate ice cream mixed with nuts (almond) in the Cold Stone. I have mentioned that I like to enjoy these food one week ago. BTW, Prof. Axel Schmitzberger invites me as a critic in their thesis reviews on June 5 and 6. I am very honored to be the critic, but I can not attend the review due to my schedule.


    05/29 - 05/31

    Three day architectural trip of Las Vagas will be coming soon.


    Today, I am invited to join the two final reviews by Prof. Axel and Prof. Wu at two different schedules. One is the third year design studio at morning (am:8:30-pm:12:30). Another is the first year graduated design studio at afternoon (pm:1:30-pm:4:30). The theme of the third year design studio is "Cahuenga Elementary School". Because there are too many students (almost 60) who are instructed by 4 professors (Alex, Juintow, Irma and Emil), the final review is divided into two separated sections. I join the section of Alex and Juintow. Besides us, there are two other invited critics from outside campus. Before the lunch, we review approximately 12 students' works. BTW, I find a beautiful model in the fourth design studio before I leave for joining another final review. 


    Even though there are lunches for students and faculites in the two review venues, I still go to Panda Express in Camoue Center for my lunch. Then I go to the gallery in the College of Environmental Design to join the final review of Prof. Wu's design studio. Besides me, there are other faculties loining the review, such as Judith (Chair), Paul, Kip, Sasha, Mitchell, Pablo, Michael, etc. The theme of this design studio is " An Outpost Facility for Eagle Mountain Wilderness Heritage Site". These graduated students' backgrounds are not architecture before their graduated studies in CCP. Due to I will leave for Taiwan in the next week, I check out my room in the Village this morning, and personally say "good bye" to most of faculties of the architecture department besides Dean Hanna. I really appreciate their kindly assistances for me and CYUT students during this 11 weeks, especially Prof. Wu, Prof. Sasha and Prof. Luis.


    Besause I did not sleep well yesterday,I get a serious headache today. Thus I have a medicine, and spend most of time to sleep. Bob tells me that my former TKU student (石千泓, RH), who works in Disney Company now, invites me to the Disneyland to have a new ride of the submarine voyage on Sunday. The theme of the ride is about the scenes of the finding Nemo. Unfortunately, I can not attend the free riding in the Disneyland for my schedule. Anyway, I appreciate his invitation very much. We also make an appointment to have the dinner tomorrow night in the Crane Sushi.


    Due to See's Candies in Pasadena is not open today, Kristina drives me to buy its chocolates in the Westfield shopping mall in Arcadia.My mom likes its product "Toffee-ettes" very much. When we walk in this mall, I recall many our childhood memeries that we and 薇如 lived and played together. How the monderful time is! I should admit that I really can not bear to let her live in USA alone, even though Bob accompanies her. Then we come back to Alhambra to have the lunch in a Vietnam restaurant. I still feel uncomfortable today, so I take a nap for a while. At night, I and RH have a dinner together in Crane Sushi. We enjoy the delicious sushi combo, beers and beef teppanyaki, and have a nice talk with each other. BTW, Kristina gives me lots of discount for the dinner. Thanks to her.


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