Day 3! Open Air Museum

So today our first lecture was “Intro to Sketchbook” at 8:30 am. It was mostly telling us the benefits to sketching and how to set up and create a great sketchbook. She gave us a lot of useful tips about different mediums to use, what things to look for, and what things to have on you to help with your sketches. Right after that we had “Interior Sketching”. This was all about how to sketch the important parts of the space and emphasize certain things. They showed us a great examples from the MIT Chapel Building by Eero Saarinen. We looked at Eero Saarinen’s sketches he did before construction to get an idea of what he was trying to create and what his original idea was. It made a lot of sense and was really interesting to see. One of our assignments throughout our time here is to keep a “Visual Journal” ( sketchbook ) so both of these lectures prepared us really well.

After that we had a 30 min break and had to meet a few blocks away for the bus to pick us up and bring us to The Open Air Museum! In the Vernacular Architecture lecture I had yesterday we learned about farm houses in Scandinavia and about some of the interesting building techniques, materials and style used back then. What I found most interesting about that is how some of those techniques and materials have been adapted in some shape or form and are used today. We arrived around 12:30 and started our tour. This place was HUGE, you seriously could get lost in this place. They call it the Open Air Museum because everything is out doors and you walk around freely to what you want to see. We saw farm houses from just about every region in Denmark, the Faeroe Islands, Southern Sweden and Northern Germany. It was so much fun! They had farm animals there too, pigs, sheep, goats, horses! So cute! We did about an hour of sketching, but for the most part we walked around and checked out all the sites. The houses were so pretty and it was interesting to see the way they built in different regions and countries. Since we had that lecture, it was easy to understand why they used certain materials, and why they oriented the houses the way they did, etc. All together it made it “vernacular architecture” very easy to understand in these regions. We left the museum around 5:00 pm and headed back to school. I met with my group for a little bit to discuss our progress on Assignment 1 and then headed home.

For the rest of the night I’m doing my readings and getting a good night sleep = ]

Danish Word of the Day: Udgang. It means Exit. Good word to know.


First Day of Classes!

Today was a longg day..

The morning started great. Because of the jet lag I passed out last night as soon as my head hit the pillow around 10:00 pm. I woke up bright and early at 6:00 am, well rested and ready to start the day. I was nervous about the shower but it wasn’t that bad. The only annoying thing about it is you can’t use the bathroom for like 30 min after because the floor is soaking wet.

Our first class was at 8:30, so Blenda, Brenna and I headed out around 7:30 to be safe. On the way we stopped to get coffee and tea and I found a coffee shop with AMAZING Iced Chai Tea. = ] Our first lecture was on Architectural Models. It hit all of the main reasons to build models, and showed us the history of model making starting back with the egyptians. My favorite part was when they started showing images of famous architects with their models, playing with them, rearranging them and how they chose to build their model to have the project commissioned. After that we were handed our 1st assignment sheet and given our groups. My group was 4 students, but one never came, so now its 2 other girls and myself. One is an Interior Architecture graduate student at RISD and the other an interior design student from Pratt Institute. We were sent up to our studio spaces to start working on our first assignment and met our Studio Advisor who is also one of our Professors. She’s a really sweet danish woman. Our first assignment has to do with building a model of one of the sites we will see on our tours next week. We were assigned the Chapel of Holy Cross in Turku, Finland. We have to present our model this coming monday, so there’s no time to spare. We all got along really well and put together a great design plan to approach this building. Tonight we are all doing sketches and research to start. The research is really important for our study tours because even though the model will be built, when we visit the site within the next few weeks, we will be talking to the class about the building and guiding them through it.

We were going to go home to eat lunch, but we ended up leaving the studio around noon and our next lecture was at 2:30. So we stayed downtown and got lunch. After lunch I went into the library and did research for about an hour and a half before class.

Our next class was “Vernacular Architecture in Denmark & Beyond.” haha.. and beyond. I loved this Professor and the lecture. Vernacular means Domestic, so it was all about how different architectural styles have been adapted and used in different environments.

Our last lecture was “Intro to 20th Century Scandinavian Architecture”. It was another really great lecture. I knew most of the architects he had spoke about but I learned a great deal more about them and their buildings. During this lecture I was introduced to many architects I had never studied before, and we were shown some beautiful buildings in Copenhagen we will be visiting and most likely run into on our travels. This class requires a large amount of readings, but all really interesting articles, etc.

To be honest at this point I was dying. Though it was another beautiful day in Copenhagen (76 degrees and sunny), sitting in this hot building for the last 6-8 hours was becoming uncomfortable. Everyone was waving there papers around fanning themselves, the desk were really close together, and the tallest kid in the class decided to sit in front of me all 3 lectures, so I could barely see the board. I had to keep bobbing left and right, taking bits and pieces of each sentence because of all these obstacles. Haha. As you can imagine, this would get frustrating after a while.

We got out of class around 6:00 pm today and headed for home, we were all exhausted. On the way home I picked up a loaf of fresh bread & brie and we cooked up some of the fresh vegetables we bought yesterday. It was awesome = ]


So Jeff brought me to the Rochester Airport again, and thankfully the flight was on time. I took off in an 18 seater, this plane was very small and thankfully a quick flight. I made it to Toronto, went through customs and before I knew it, I was boarding my flight to Copenhagen. We left a half hour late because of “baggage issues” which worried me, but when I landed in Copenhagen my luggage was there. = ]

The Copenhagen Airport was sooo beautiful! There were beautiful wood floors and the walls were lined with large geometric pieces made with bright colors (very modern and resembling art from the De Stijl movement). After I picked up my luggage, I called my SRA ( Social & Residential Advisor) and he informed me of how to arrive at my housing (the Kollegiums) from the Airport. He told me to take the Metro, which thankfully was located right in the Airport. The ticket was 24.00 DKK (which is about $4.50 US Dollars) and when I got at my stop my SRA (Magnus) was there to pick me up and walk me to my building. I unpacked, got settled in and then had to figure out how to get to school. So I pulled out my handy-dandy map of Copenhagen and just started walking. I ended up taking the long way to the metro, which I didn’t mind because it just gave me more time to look around and it was beautiful outside! It was sunny and about 71 degrees, which is really hot for Copenhagen. When I reached the Metro Station a nice man helped me print out my ticket, showed me which metro to get on, and pointed me in the right direction when I got off. All of the Dane’s I’ve met so far have been so nice and friendly.

I made it to school and received an envelope with all of my papers and cards. I was given a Metro Pass, a student ID card (which gets me into the school buildings), a food stipend card, a book bag, and scholarship check. The woman told me my first class starts tomorrow at 8:30 am, suggested I speak to other students about what I’ve missed and then told me I was all set for the day. I finally got to meet up with my friends Blenda and Breanna which I was really looking forward to! They caught me up and informed me about some of the things that I’ve missed, and told me it wasn’t much or very important.

So we set off and walked around the city for a few hours. We stopped and picked up some things we needed and went grocery shopping. We all purchased a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to snack on and to cook with. When we got home I wanted some of the grapes that I bought. As soon as I bit into one, it tasted weird, so I looked up the definition of “Stikkelsbaer”…it means goose berries.. I now know I do not like goose berries..

To end the day the three of us are going out for ice cream = ]

Off To A Great Start…

This morning started great….I had a great night sleep, woke up and finished packing, and then went to Margie’s for a great roomie breakfast. Jeff and Annessa brought me to the airport and stayed with me to check in and of course with my luck….my flight to Toronto is 3 hours late which forced me to miss my connecting flight to Copenhagen.. So, Jeff being “Super-Dad” called Air Canada and tried to figure out what to do to get me to Copenhagen as soon as possible. The only option was for me to fly out at the same times tomorrow unfortunately.. We debated driving to Toronto to make my connecting flight but it was cutting it close so we played it safe and took the flight for tomorrow… Jeff then proceeded to try and persuade the customer service woman into upgrading me to First Class but, apparently she didn’t have the power to do so, so he is emailing the customer service representative for Air Canada. First Class and free drinks? That would be nice = ]. So I am now enjoying one more night at the house with the roomies. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Suck it Air Canada…

so this is what I did instead..