Externship: Day 2

Today went as swimmingly as yesterday!

I returned to completing the site model. The few individual choices made were aesthetic in nature, which color to border the model, how much to sand or cut the 3-D prints, and how to trim and border the streets.

More of the office members stopped around to chat. Honestly the location of my worktable probably helped. I moved around 2 pm from a closed conference room to an open white table in the middle of the office. Most of the members of the firm are working not two feet away at open desks and everyone seemed to walk up and down that corridor. Certainly the place to be as the new bee in the office.

Between being asked to file new forms to a secondary introduction to the project I was modeling’s design and decision process the day was plenty busy. Of all the conversations or breaks a few stood out.

I was introduced to the in-house Landscape Architect who walked me through her proposal for a play space in a courtyard. I learned some of the intricate detailing of the play space as demonstrated by example materials. Below is a quick sketch and some illegible notes rewritten on the construction of the play space surface composed of faux grass, a safety surface, elevated support for the above surfaces with drainage holes, and cones or columns to support surfaces and maintain a distance from the orginal floor being built over.


Another conversation started with the many built projects CGA is working and led to the ideological proposals being made as well. This discussions  led to over a process model for a neighborhood restoration, reinvigoration, I was given more reading material, this time online.


Another occurred to reminisce about the dangers of model making. I had recently sliced my finger, a scratch akin to a deep paper cut. Thankfully no blood on the model and a quick papertowel and tape bandage stopped the bleeding in a few minutes. Soon after another member of the office offered up more tools to help complete some of the finer shaving, cutting, and detail edge trimming left to be done.

After all the model work a short stretch break with the people sitting directly across from me was enough to liven up. A quick clean up and a few goodbyes and I checked out for the weekend to explore the city!

Dress to Impress:

I was a little worried about work attire. I did some research (see my earlier blog post Externship Excitment) and reinvented my wardrobe a bit. Below is today’s look:


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