Official SUNY ESF DLA Off-Campus Blog


1,000 views and counting
January 26, 2011, 12:31 am
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010, Martha's Vineyard 2010

As of Sunday, the 23rd of January the Official SUNY-ESF DLA Off-Campus Blog reached the 1,000 view mark, and the number of views continues to climb each day.  I would like to thank the viewers for their continued interest in the blog, and I hope the information is of use and inspiration to the next group of off-campus students.  As my off-campus experience has ended, I have started a blog of my own; perhaps you will find it of interest:

Landscape / Life

Best of luck to the upcoming off-campus groups,

Tim

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T.G.I.F.
November 19, 2010, 2:37 pm
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

While all of the Interns are working on projects that will be of use to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission while benefiting and enhancing their skills, leaving work on a Friday afternoon is a great feeling.  Here is a look into our office life:

Somehow we continue to find ourselves in the same position for the late morning coffee break…

T.G.I.F.

Tim



The art of the outdoor shower – a vineyard tradition
November 18, 2010, 2:32 pm
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

Martha’s Vineyard has undoubtedly changed and evolved through the past decades, but a few traditions have remained constant.  Perhaps the most popular tradition on the island is the outdoor shower, considering they keep sand out of houses while allowing the user to continue to enjoy the natural beauty of the island.  Outdoor shower design takes many forms ranging from utilitarian to strikingly architectural.  Below is an outdoor shower from a home in the town of Aquinnah designed by Hutker Architects to give the user privacy while preserving the outdoor experience.

Below is a sketch of the outdoor shower at the Martha’s Vineyard Commission Interns house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Material choices, form, detailing, and over style of the outdoor showers in Martha’s Vineyard are seen as an opportunity to extend the design intent of homes and bridge the outdoor and indoor environments.

Until next time,

Tim



Green Vineyard Communities
November 16, 2010, 2:10 pm
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

The chart below breaks down hybrid vehicle registrations, green power consumers, and residential photovoltaic installations for each island town.  The information for the chart is from CiGoGreen, and serves as a baseline for quantifying green activity on island.   The successes of renewable energy installations and green victories on the Cape and the islands can be attributed to a collaboration of different disciplines.  While offshore wind farms continue to be a source of controversy, there is plenty we can do at home on land to lead more energy efficient lifestyles.

Live well and be well,

Tim



The Cape and the islands go green
November 15, 2010, 3:47 pm
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

The Cape and the Islands Go Green (CIGoGreen) was developed by the Cape and Islands Renewable Energy Collaborative and features prominent examples of green thinking and building projects in the area. CIGoGreen takes a holistic approach encouraging renewable and energy efficient lifestyles and collaborates with many local businesses and organizations.  The maps below produced by CIGoGreen show noteworthy projects on the Cape and islands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Closer Look at Martha’s Vineyard –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about CIGoGreen and green locations, buisnesses, organizations, activities, and opportunities please visit the CIGoGreen homepage.

Until next time,

Tim



hollywood + landscape
November 15, 2010, 2:04 pm
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

How Hollywood Changed the Island Forever

Filming for Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster thriller Jaws began in 1974 on the island, with locations mapped out below.  The various film locations across the island were pulled together to form the fictional resort island of Amity.  As one of the first real blockbuster films in the movie industry, Jaws put Martha’s Vineyard on the map well before the Clintons and Obamas decided to vacation here.  Spielberg selected the landscape of the island to film because it was a real New England beach the public could identify with.  The setting on an island added to the thrill of being surrounded by water knowing terror could strike at any minute.  The idyllic natural beauty of the island is the main attraction, not the built elements.

Perhaps one of the most challenging parts of filming was the repeated mechanical failure of the shark, named Bruce.  Bruce had previously been tested in studio pools and corroded and malfunctioned when it came in contact with the salt water causing Spielberg to adapt his filming strategy.

Check out the original trailer from the movie below –

Many locations on the island visible from the trailer are still well visited today.  While there are no formal tours of film locations or kiosks full of Jaws paraphernalia, the film has had a lasting presence on the island.  Many island residents were extras in the film, and paid $5 a day to run from the ocean in terror.    While many island residents are tied to the film and some have Amity set memorabilia in their homes, it is readily apparent the island wants to be known for its whaling history, iconic camp ground cottages, literary heritage, and natural beauty, not for being the location for one of Hollywood’s greatest blockbusters.  While Jaws went on to win three Oscars and a Golden Globe, every film location in the landscape was required to be fully restored to the state it was in before filming.

Here is to hoping you may one day have the opportunity to swim in the waters where Jaws once terrorized thousands of beach-goers,

Tim



Ocean Park District Zoning By-Laws – The Illustrated Version
October 12, 2010, 8:53 am
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

The exploded axonometric above is an illustrated version of the Ocean Park District Zoning By-Laws which regulate all structures in the Ocean Park District of Oak Bluffs.  The area is of high historical significance and structures are withheld to abide by strict zoning requirements to preserve the architectural and visual character of what is known to be one of the most historically significant and eclectic residential compositions in the country.   Once you click to enlarge the image above, it will become evident that many of the by-laws are very detailed and strict.  They are not intended to hinder creativity and expression, as they are to be channeled into the level of wood detailing and unique color combinations of the houses.  To read the Copeland Area Regulations if full, please CLICK HERE!

On another note, the labels in the exploded axonometric are in the font “Futura”.  All work produced by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission is in the Futura font.

Live well and be well,

Tim