Official SUNY ESF DLA Off-Campus Blog


1,000 views and counting by t.devlin
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



Urban Parking 2.0 by esfdla
December 15, 2010, 4:27 pm
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

The City of Copenhagen bike office has recently installed several of these fiberglass cars throughout the city to serve as cargo bike parking.  The cargo bikes are parked inside the cars….the symbolism speaks for itself.  Each car can hold four bikes, and are designed with hooks and nets for coat storage and solar lighting for the dark Copenhagen winters.  Currently a temporary installation, they may become permanent based on the frequency of use.   New ideas to improve bike culture are constant in one of the world’s most bicycle friendly cities.

Until next time,

Tim



Urban Form by esfdla
December 15, 2010, 10:29 am
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

Originally from an article in the Toronto Star, the images above depict the urban form of nine major cities known to be pedestrian friendly.  Many of the cities above have had SUNY-ESFDLA off-campus groups over the years.   Looking at the images above, it is apparent the organizations of the cities are all drastically different.  There is no one perfect form of street fabric for a city to be pedestrian orientated.  Many different networks are capable of producing wonderful places and pedestrian friendly environments.

Until next time,

Tim



urban play by esfdla
December 6, 2010, 4:34 pm
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

Too often we take the approach of  designing “undesirable” activities such as skateboarding out of the landscape, instead of designing the activity into appropriate urban spaces.  When moving through the urban landscape on any form of wheels other than the automobile, surroundings are processed as opportunity.  To someone who skates, a loading dock, set of stairs, and ramps are seen as an opportunity to experience the cityscape in a way a pedestrian cannot.  The video above illustrates this point as skaters move throughout the urban environment of Copenhagen.  The video also illustrates the urban character of Copenhagen.  Take a moment to notice the material choices, public art and sculpture, and how the sun light reflects against the structures.

Indtil næste gang,

Tim



cool sounds, nice pictures, and a wonderful city – Copenhagen X by esfdla
October 26, 2010, 9:09 am
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

The video above was produced by Copenhagen X, a division of the Dansk Arkitektur Center that opens people’s eyes to new architecture and development in the city.  While studying abroad in Copenhagen last summer I came across many exciting development projects that bring in new ideas while acknowledging the historical architecture of the past.  I continue to encounter products of Danish design including the iconic egg chair and artichoke lamp, Bodum french presses, and Carlsberg beer throughout my adventures.  Denmark really is a country that lives much larger than its geographical boundaries.

Enjoy,

Tim



Decapitated, Blown Up, Painted, and Shipped to China…All in a Day’s Work! by esfdla
October 18, 2010, 9:08 am
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

In relation to the previous post about small icons of monumental influence, The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue) of Copenhagen, Denmark has been famously defaced many times.  The acts of vandalism in almost every case have been related to a political or social agenda.  Defacing this small statue, less than 5 feet in height, has become  a popular attention attracting method of expression on a global level.  To view some of the mermaid’s most memorable moments of vandalism, please CLICK HERE.



Week 14 Report | August 22nd – 28th by t.devlin
August 26, 2010, 11:11 am
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

No, this is not an IKEA building!  As an entry in the encyclopedia of Universal Design elements I am producing, I have produced this mixed media collage of the DR Byen Concert Hall.  The DR Concert Hall is part of the University of Copenhagen  campus in Ørestad North.  The context of the hall is very unique as it is located where Ørestad City, Copenhagen, and the residential suburbs of Amager intersect.  The hall is a landmark of the area due it the unique form it takes, and is highly visible from the M1 Metro line that passes the hall and from many more areas.  Located on the island of Amager, DR Concert Hall is an anchor of North Ørestad.  The location of the hall is accessible by metro, vehicle, bus, bicycle, and on foot.  The DR Concert Hall is a venue for all genres of music and a critical way finding element for the surrounding area.  The distinctive blue color and geometric from contrasts all other architecture in the area, and is frequently used by many as a tool for orientation.  With concerts open to the community, the University is able to engage the public.  At night, the blue facades serve as large scale projection screens, reflecting the events of the inside on to the exterior.  Every seat on the inside of the hall has been tested by recording equipment for it’s acoustic ability.    Day or night, the DR Concert Hall is visible from many locations in the surrounding area making it a critical way finding.   To read Tim Devlin’s full week 14 report, CLICK HERE