Architecture field trip: Planning

There are a lot of things in New York to be explored. Whether you are an architect, an engineer or an artist, you will still find the city very fascinating, like the random people who makes small talks in the metro, or the mosaic of old and new infrastructures that scattered around the city. Very often you will see an old, extravagant, gigantic structure in between two glassy modern buildings along the roads of New York. Choose any street and avenue* in New York and start walking in any direction — and you are sure to see completely random things that will blow your mind.

An extremely random encounter of collection of cooks.

(Personally I have an immense fear and disgust of pigeons in New York. They are EVERYWHERE and they storm towards people like armies for food. One time I was outside of the Met with a box of halal food and I was practically running around, making tiny shrieks as the pigeons keep on following me.)


But I am an engineer. I have an obsessive-compulsive disorder of putting things in order, of organising disorganised stuff. If I am going to explore the city, there needs to be some sort of a plan that I can carry out. At last, I stumble across a leaflet from Cooper Union. My school offers a series of public programs every semester, and Cooper students can join in for free. Originally I was searching for an app development course in the catalog, yet I stumbled across this program here:

I saw this on a leaflet, not the internet, but the content is essentially the same.

It is a series of talks on New York architecture history. At first I thought this would be a starting point for me to learn about architecture (despite being an engineer student), but there is just this one tiny tiny problem — I fall asleep in lectures. No matter how interesting the topic is, I still sleep because I can’t interact with the lecturer. And then my brain automatically shut down. Besides, my class schedule clashes with the talks too. So I have an idea:

If you can’t talk the walk, you should walk the talk

What’s a better way of learning about architecture history than going to the site and see the architecture for myself? Though they say that Cooper is a very harsh school and students have no time to go out and have fun, at the end it depends on the person to make time to do stuff. So in the following blog posts, I challenge myself to find one day per week to go and see the buildings that are discussed each week in “The City Transformed, Part II”. I have already done the first week’s challenge, so stay tuned for the next blog post on one of the major architecture designs in NYC — the beaux arts.

In my first architecture trip in New York, I encounter a series of marble snowman unexpectedly. Here shows an awkward me trying to climb to sit on the snowman’s top but failing.

*For those who don’t know, “streets” are vertical roads while “avenues” are horizontal roads in New York. Other street names, such as Broadway, are neither vertical nor horizontal.

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