February is the month things really start to get moving for us. It’s an exciting and scary time. We’ve therefore decided to do a little weekly summary of what we’ve been up to each day, along with a photo. We know time is going to fly by so we at least want to be able to look back and see where it’s gone. One of the most important things we learned at university was the value of reflecting on our work, and generally anything we get up to. After leaving university we slowly drifted out of the habit, and now it’s time for us to right that wrong.
Monday 1st February
Monday morning was taken up with moving out of my (SE) room. Many journeys from South London to North London and back again with tired arms carrying heavy bags. Not very eventful, not very exciting, but glad to get it done. Following the weekend which included the late night Tiny Homes competition submission and a game of football on a squishy, sticky football pitch, the role of luggage mule was enough to wipe me out. The rest of the day was spent lounging around; a bit of reading, a bit of napping, a lot of tea.
Tuesday 2nd February
A quiet day much like Monday afternoon. A lot of reading blogs followed by working out ideas of things we can do with ours. Enjoyed a few more pages of Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’. Enough rest took place, more than enough. That said, we did a couple of posts on our influences and inspirations. We need to do more of these – https://estudioesse.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/our-influences/ and https://estudioesse.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/inspirations-sanaa/
Wednesday 3rd February
The main event of the day was my (SE) trip to the RIBA for Royal Gold Medal Student Crit, which I talked about a little that evening: https://estudioesse.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/riba-royal-gold-medal-student-crit-2016/
After the student crit I met with a uni/work friend in Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre. A beauty of a building. There’s no finer place to meet a friend.
Thursday 4th February
Being at the RIBA the day before made me think about before architecture school, in particular how confusing the whole journey towards becoming an architect appeared. We decided to do a post explaining the process, hopefully clearing up some areas of confusing for any prospective students looking at setting foot on the long path:
Friday 5th January
The morning was spent mainly reading ‘Invisible Cities’ and ‘Share Like an Artist’ by Austin Kleon. More blogs were read before setting out to the RCA’s Work-In-Progress Architecture Student Show, which we talk about here: https://estudioesse.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/work-in-progress-student-architecture-show-royal-college-of-art/
On the way back SE took a bit of a liking to the bus seat patterns. We’re keen to do a project based on these patterns, but how exactly that will turn out we cannot predict.
Saturday 6th February
A day filled with bag packing, interspersed with reading, setting up a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/esseestudio , tampering with an illustration of the national theatre we did for Christmas cards, and sadly coming to the end of ‘Invisible Cities’. It’s a book I need to regularly return to. image. finish invisible cities. Last thing last night we made a little post introducing ourselves: https://estudioesse.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/hello-were-estudio-esse/
Sunday 7th February
An early start, coffee and some heavily buttered hot bread powered us through the last bit of packing and loading our worldly possessions into a little white van. I (ES) spent the afternoon walking, sketching and photographing my way around Spitalfields and Whitechapel. The layers of history of this part of London are fascinating, what with the different immigrant communities, slums and Jack the Ripper. We’ll have a post on this shortly.
It’s an odd time for us, it feels like we’re in limbo with leaving our jobs and moving away from London but also trying to be productive and make the most of our remaining time in London. We’ve been trying to get to grips with different blogging platforms this week, but most of all we’re just trying to get in the habit of writing more. While we’re pleased with getting some posts out there, we know they can be better but that’s why we’re here doing what we’re doing; to learn and improve our skills.
Our last week in London and penultimate in the UK. We’ve got a lot to squeeze in, both interesting things as well as some very dull things. We want to go back to the RIBA to have a proper look at the ‘Creation from Catastrophe’ exhibition. We plan to visit Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, designed by Caruso St. John where there’s a John Hoyland exhibition we’d also like to see. There’s an exhibition about the Walter Segal building method at the Architectural Association that we’re keen to see, especially as it’s a building method we employed in our recent Tiny Homes Competition. A final walk around Tate Modern is also in order, and generally just a lot of wandering around London, including a trip to Kensington roof gardens, taking lots of photos doing lots of sketches.