Friday, February 22, 2008


I am working on Glendale Galleria, I am seeking new potentials for change and conservation.
Change for culture and conservation for the strong business, it seems to me that there are many interesting left overs to be discovered as opportunities as it would be the objective of my thesis.

-Sepehram Khamjani

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Renzo Piano's circulations diagrams of LACMA/BCAM

As the studio projects entered the physical design phase, I would like to re-publish some of my photographs of Renzo Piano's circulation and massing diagrams of LACMA's BCAM addition, which opened recently in our close proximity. As you will notice, the diagrams are quite different as forms, than the finished building. However, they play a major role on the shape of things to follow.

More from the show in 05/2006

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Initial studies by Zach and Sofia

Monday, February 18, 2008

Back to site analysis; via Rome

Illustrator David Macaulay talks about, how he sketched Rome through the eyes of imaginary characters he created. The presentation is from TED talks and is a great example of how to map out, sketch and analyze physical environment as it relates to story making. The video is about 21 minutes long and worth every minute of it. It is somewhat connected to the guidelines you are working with, in your studio project. While he draws his sketches of Rome, author assumes the roles of zeppelin pilot, scooter rider, a perfect date, a pigeon and even a soccer ball bouncing buildings and plazas.

"Despite a love and fascination for Rome dating to his days as an architecture student, David Macaulay found the path to his book Rome Antics took some unusual (and frustrating) turns. Through failed pop-up designs, scribbled out title possibilities, surreal sketchbook pages (think "Piranesi meets Escher"), and rambling story lines, Macaulay details each step of his winding journey towards completion of his illustrated homage to the city."

TED video of Macauley's presentation
Thank you Nam Henderson