Monday, August 1, 2011


So it's been a super long time since Ive posted on this blog. Ive been focusing mainly on my music blog which has been going well. Since my last post I have begun working for Glen Irani Architects designing and drafting up a new house in Los Angeles. At the same time, I have been developing my electronic music project KRUSHT pretty seriously. I joined up with the label AMDISCS and have been playing shows in LA and will be playing a few on the East and in San Francisco soon. Below are three of my music videos directed by Brian Keith Sharrock & Kevin Fitzgerald. Im releasing a new EP in September or October and will keep this blog posted about developments in architecture and music!

KRUSHT in Spirit of 76 from Brian Keith Sharrock on Vimeo.

Krusht–Talking About the Stars from Kevin Fitzgerald on Vimeo.

KRUSHT in Stay from Brian Keith Sharrock on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011


The Svalbard Global Seed Bank is a structure built by the Norwegian Government beginning in 2006. It is designed to store important seeds from around the world in a safe location in case of regional or global crisis.
-The Norwegian Government funded the structure completely, spending 9 million USD on the project.
-Storage of seeds in the seed vault is free of charge.
-Operational costs will be paid by Norway and the Global Crop Diversity Trust.The primary funding of the Trust came from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UK, Norway, Australia, Switzerland, and Sweden.
-Approximately 1.5 million distinct seed samples of agricultural crops are thought to exist. The variety and volume of seeds stored will depend on the number of countries participating – the facility has a capacity to conserve 4.5 million. -The first seeds arrived in January 2008.
-Prior to construction, a feasibility study determined that the vault could preserve seeds from most major food crops for hundreds of years. Some seeds, including those of important grains, could survive far longer, possibly thousands of years.
-Running the length of the building's flat roof and down the front face to the doors of the building's concrete entry is a beautiful work of art that marks the location of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault from a great distance. In Norway, government-funded construction projects exceeding a certain cost are required to include some kind of art work. Koro, the Norwegian State's agency overseeing art in public spaces, engaged the Norwegian artist Dyveke Sanneto make a lighting installation. The piece highlights the importance of light, and the qualities of light, in the Arctic. The roof and vault entrance are filled with highly-reflective stainless steel, mirrors, and prisms. The installation acts as a beacon, reflecting polar light in the summer months, while in the winter, a network of 200 fibre-optic cables gives the piece a muted greenish-turquoise and white light.'


Had to grab thiss off iso50

Experience Human Flight from Betty Wants In on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Up & Down the Coast

Krusht - 'American Boy 1969 (Boards of Canada w/ Estelle & Kanye West)'

Rollerskaters - 'In the Dark'

Grouper - 'False Horizon'

Blackbird Blackbird - Hawaii

January Travels

Friday, January 28, 2011

Ryan McGinley

Deerhunter - 'Helicopter'
Photographs by Ryan McGinley

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Desk in Venice

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Krusht LP promo video

KRUSHT LP PROMO from kaveh arbab on Vimeo.

Krusht LP, coming Spring 2011

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Featured Work : Gabriel Huerta

Gabriel Huerta is a classmate of mine here at the AUD. Before picking up at UCLA, he was working with Tom Wiscombe at Emergent Architecture. The influence is evident in the work, yet in this project, located in Malibu, we see an investigation in to more personal formalism and spatial strategies. The section pulls and dives in and out of the landscape creating a strong integration between multiple spatial typologies. These moves end up becoming disarmingly modest within the landscape, allowing the visitor to surrender to natural and interior environments simultaneously.

Check out some more of his work here.

This project was done under direction of John May.

I also have to post this song by my friend RUMTUM , it fits so well.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Topanga Canyon

Wednesday, December 8, 2010



photo by Gwen Titley

Monday, November 22, 2010

Artists Pushing Themselves Through Narrative

The narrative, the narrative. This has been coming up quite frequently in my life recently. It seems that the strongest pieces of work I have seen in the past couple of years have been heavily based in narrative. This method of production allows the artist, architect, philosopher, etc. to explore what truly drives them in elaborate depth. The narrative allows us to see where things come from and trace a series of strings that lead to moments of clear & complex realization. I had previously posted Jimenez Lai's 'Briefcase House' which brings the narrative of a man who lived in a year of solitude to an architectural realization and conclusion about how to live in space in a focused way. Neither the author/ architect or the audience would have understood this architectural space clearly without understanding the story that caused it.


We construct our actions upon narrative, understanding our place in the world based upon the history that leads up to this moment in time. I attempt to understand my place in time historically, what is my gene pool? what drives the essence of the American spirit (who were our founding fathers and how do we engage in this type of a father - son relationship)? tectonically, how did our geography emerge? where is it going?
If we are to understand that the world is 3000 years old we are clearly going to misunderstand the implications of global warming and live in a surreal & false reality until we find ourselves drowning in melted ice water on the coasts.

Bringing it back for a minute, this painting completed recently by my friend Ross Caliendo shows very well that one eureka moment, that one frame in a timeline of a narrative where the author understands fully where his subject is coming from.
In this piece, 'Company Card' we see a business man sitting at a sushi bar. I imagine that Ross saw this man while sitting at a restaurant and received a strong emotion from his presence. At first, he was not sure what that emotion was, but had to ponder it because it struck such a strong chord. He looked at the man's demeanor, his attire, his expressions, listened to a conversation he had on the phone and began to construct a narrative that explained where that man came from. Ross saw him as a man who had been stuck in the cycles of his life and hated it. He was married to a woman he didn't love and his favorite moments in life were when he could eat sushi by himself downtown and watch soccer on the flatscreen. But today, the soccer game was a re-run because it was the off season, he had eaten crab sushi one too many times and the flavor had simply disappeared. His suit was new and slick, but everything around him had become dark, he was exploding inside of his head.


To me, this is one of Ross' best works yet, the color is dazzling and the emotion raw. This was the first time he had experimented with the use of narrative in his work and is just beginning to comprehend its success.

We now see Kanye West producing the best work of his life. In this short film, 'Runaway', we see him begin to explore the origins of his music through narrative, telling the story of a Phoenix who came crashing and burning in to the world. Kanye is the Phoenix, telling himself things he wants to fully understand. For example, in one instance he says "First rule in this world baby, don't pay attention to anything you see in the news". The Phoenix is brought in to our civilized world and introduced to the elite. As Kanye and the Phoenix are sitting at an elitist dinner, one of the members says,
-"Your girlfriend is beautiful"
Kanye replies "Thank you"
-"Did you know she is a bird?"
" I never noticed that"
-"You know, keep the monkey in the zoo"
Kanye turns his back to the elite and goes on to perform 'Runaway' to engaged and beautiful ballerinas.

My friend Mohamed Nazmy reminded me today of Ayn Rand's work. She does not explain her philosophy through Manifesto or dry analytical description. She explains her philosophies of individualism and objectivism through narrative, bringing us in to existential understandings of her perspectives. Perhaps this is why her work continues to stay so strongly relevant through contemporary times.

As I have just recieved surgery and am resting here in my room, I am finding time to ponder so many events that have happened over the past 8 years of my life. I have begun to write down fragments of these events and hope to develop them in to a more complete narrative. I am interested to see what I may discover.

"You know what I hate most about your world? Anything that is different, you try to change, you try to tear it down. You rip the wings off the phoenix and they turn to stone. And if I don't burn, I will turn to stone."

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Arctic Surfing

Some intense surfing in the arctic via Colleen Sweeney... what if the ice blocks hit your head?!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Voice of Oxlord

The Voice Of OxLord from Eric Coolidge on Vimeo.

My good friend and former band-mate, Eric Coolidge, is in the process of developing his thesis work. This most recent video is the second in a series about 'Oxlord'. The audio and visual misalignment create a compelling affect on the viewer, effortlessly keeping our attention for the entire 2 minutes. The determination in the primitive aesthetic and sound makes me want to know more about this character, which we can do here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Peakfuelforecast November Images


This video introduced to me the concept of 'wingsuits'. It is a fairly simple concept. Apparently there is technology being developed around jet powered wingsuits that have mini jet engines attached at the feet. In 2005 a wingsuit jumper with jets achieved 30 seconds of flight without losing altitude.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Latest work from Bureau Spectacular : Briefcase House

Jimenez Lai, principal of Bureau Spectacular and my mentor, has just released his latest project, 'Briefcase House'. His built projects are generated through illustrated narrative. The narratives project formal understandings of space and time use. In this most recent work, Jimenez cuts deeply in to the psyche of a person dedicated to their life's work, extracting subconscious imagery in to a rich illustrative scene. The full story can be seen here and was also published on Archinect and Archdaily.

I felt that this particular scene demanded soundtrack, 'Planet Party' by Games was my conclusion.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Gehry Lecture at UCLA

images © Patricia Parinejad
Last night Frank Gehry came and gave a good talk at our school. What caught my attention most was his project for Luma Park in France. The project consists of two towers composed of stacked military-technology aluminum blocks whose arrangement creates intriguing openings for windows, entrances etc. Gehry was explaining how, with this organic material stacking, they are doing research to anticipate what types of creatures will inhabit the nooks on the exteriors.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


A massing study for the housing project...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Last year, Joseph Kosinski (Columbia M. Arch graduate), the director of Tron : Legacy came to give a joint talk to the UCLA AUD with Greg Lynn. The coolest part about the talk was when Kosinski told us about Daft Punks specially built sound studio which he gets to go to and sit in a custom chair in the middle of a surround sound system and listen to what they are generating for his movie.

Their studio is here in Venice, Kosinski drives down from his house in malibu in his gun metal grey porsche pumping Daft Punk that was made for him the night before.

This is by far the coolest trailer I have ever seen.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Our project this quarter is a residential complex in Korea Town. The focus of the project is to add and/ or alter the community infrastructure with new programmatic concepts. I am continuing my focus from last quarter which is to create formal massings that have performative value. Last quarter, our project was in the marshes of Malibu which were polluted by a privatized sewage system in the community. I used the section of the architecture to allow for a stepped living machine system which filtered grey water from the building back in to the marshes. This system was articulated on the underside of the architecture which was a continuation of the L.A. market project I did under Predock/ Denari.


This was a step forward in the performative formal process. For this residential project, which sits in a concrete landscape as opposed to a green landscape, I am attempting to use a stepped spiral form which will pull filtered grey water down towards a 'wet urban landscape' within the existing. Looking at these Indian stepwells and the gardens of Babylon, ancient historical precedents begin to suggest formal and environmental projections. However, continuing my focus on performative surfacing, I want to step away from the aesthetic of 'stepping' which is propagated by Bjark Ingles Group and allow the surface to articulate the function of the form elegantly, creating a more complex and hopefully beautiful aesthetic environment.

Is it possible to flatten or mirror these historical precedents in to a more interesting environment?