My Third Spring Break

Well I have really been quite terrible about keeping everyone updated on my happenings. But then again, everyone said that this year would be the most difficult and time consuming year of all and I have yet to disagree. A majority of my meals last weekend consisted of chicken tenders from the commons and breakfast sandwiches from Au Bon Pain. After a grueling couple of weeks, I have finally reached that beautiful checkpoint of spring break. YAY! So, here is what I have been so busy with that I didn’t have the time to let you all know:

Studio Stuff

Our latest studio project was a to design a mixed-use community with different housing types and a commercial district. I designed a community that gave creative and educational opportunities to lower-income people. I wanted to call it “the starving artist community” but felt like that was too on the nose. Haha. Anyway, here is a pdf of my project boards if you are so inclined to view them 🙂

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Our next project will be on the “scenic” Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY. If you are unaware (as I was) this canal is not scenic. It smells. And apparently has a dark sludge residing in its murky bottom which is affectionately called “black molasses”. We’re going on a site visit soon, so that should be interesting.

Photography

The last assignment we submitted for photography was a “narrative.” The goal was to create scenes that told some kind of story that the viewer didn’t understand. Think sci-fi fantasy kind of deal or The Twilight Zone but in color. Here are the two photos that I submitted:

My next assignment is to choose a photographer (famous) and imitate their style. I chose Ansel Adams who photographed beautiful landscapes of California and the South West in black and white. I almost feel bad trying to copy them because mine are no where near that caliber. Also, I need some mountains.

Apartment Life

So you may or may not know that my lovely little apartment is not equipped with a washer and dryer. I recently decided to start washing my clothes in the bathroom and hanging them on a clothesline. This has proved largely inefficient due to living in a basement that is always slightly humid so that nothing every really dries. So, my dear mother decided to purchase me a tiny electric dryer and a crank washer. I am very excited to be washing clothes in my apartment and will update you on how everything works out!

Have a nice day!

 

 

It’s Too Early to be This Busy

Hi friends who still read this blog even though my frequency of posting is dismal. Three weeks of the semester have already come and gone, and many things have happened since my last post. I haven’t even told you what classes I’m taking!

The most frightening thing about this semester is that all the professors have told us that third year is notorious for it’s difficulty and stress level. Not a great thing to hear right out of the gate. Luckily, I am only taking 14 credits. It was going to be 15 because I tried out for a private piano lesson class but messed up pretty bad at the audition and ended up getting the good ol’ boot. But don’t worry! Something even better happened which I will tell you about later. The classes that I’m actually taking are two LARCH studios that deal with community design and planting design which I mostly enjoy but have some gripes about which will be detailed in the next paragraph. I’m taking some writing/history of LARCH class which is very confusing and vague. And, finally, I’m taking an awesome photography course. It’s an intro for learning how to use a DSLR (Digital single lens reflex) camera. It really enjoy it so far, although I’m pretty terrible at taking pictures and having to manually adjust all the settings.

Here are a few of the pictures I have taken with the camera that are not super terrible:

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Anyway. So my gripe about Planting Design class. I spent my entire weekend in studio working on a project for the class. I had almost no time to do anything else for my other classes, which sucked. We have never had to stay in studio that long so early in the week! Sigh. At least my design looked pretty slick! Here is a PDF of it: roane-hopkins_z_mixedplantingbed I was pretty proud of my renderings.

Other good news. I got a new laptop! YAY! and it WORKS! Very exciting! It’s an Acer Aspire R and it is great! Not much else to day about that but I just wanted to let you know.

Last weekend, PSUkulele traveled to the Hershey Medical Center to play ukulele for people. What a wonderful experience! You may or may not recall that we also went last year and played in the lobby and the cafeteria. Well, this time was a little bit different in a very cool way. Instead of playing in the lobby, we were suggested to play outside in front of the pediatric wing, because it has this big wall of windows looking out on a sculpture garden. Although it was a little misty and cold outside, we stood by that sculpture and sang as loud as we could to the windows. I don’t know if any of the patients could actually hear us but we could see a few little head peeking out of the windows and waving to us and it was so cool. While we were playing, a mother walked by and told us were were cute and asked if we wanted to play up on one of the floors. The woman who coordinated our visit told us that we weren’t aloud but we convinced her otherwise. We weren’t allowed to play in the patients rooms but did get to play in one of the small lobbies on one of the floors. A few patients and visitors came over to listen. After we wrapped up our singing, we went to a local crepe place which was delicious!

In the way of club gymnastics stuff, we have an away meet coming up at JMU and I am no where near ready. haha.

That’s about it.

Oh, the reason I was fine about not getting into a piano lesson is because I got offered an opportunity to do paid research with the Stuckeman School! Yay! Ok I’m tired, goodnight.

 

Skipping Out on Finals This Year

Not really. I actually only had a take-home final so I decided to come home. I am very happy to be home with my pets and my lovely parents (sister to arrive at a later date). However, the last few weeks were incredibly stressful. Also, Happy Thanksgiving because I forgot to post on the great day of giving thanks and watching dogs with makeup run around on a carpet. Saw “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” over the break. Loved it. Good stuff. Anyway. You may or may not be curious about what I’ve been up to in studio. I have be very terrible about posting things about my ongoing projects but this year has literally been terrible in terms of time for doing things other than studio.

Anyway, we have been doing a cool project in the Spring Creek Watershed (which is located in Centre County, PA) all semester. We are learning ArcGIS which is a cool and very difficult to figure out mapping software that lets us analyze and create different maps to help explain different features of the landscape we are studying, which is the Spring Creek Watershed. For most of the semester we did a bunch of analysis mini porjects that identified and analyzed things like the area’s topography, the different streams and how they were connected, the uderlying geology and how that informed what kind of soils were present in different parts of the landscape. I know it may sound boring but I thought it was super cool. So after a TON of analyzing things, we started coming up with a design solution to a problem in the watershed. I talked about forest fragmentation. Here is the final board for the project. There is a typo some where on the board. Don’t judge me. I was tired. Just click on the link cause I am too lazy to convert it to a JPEG.

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Also, if you’re curious, here is my honors project final that is a design of an agroforestry buffer.

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Enjoy the rest of your day!

When Your USB Makes You Irrationally Angry

It wasn’t doing anything wrong. My USB was just sitting happily in my backpack. But looking at it reminded me of all the work I had to do and had yet not yet done. The deadline looked over the 2nd year LARCH students as they struggled through rendering after rendering. Sleep deprived eyes staring intently at the glowing screens. This project was the biggest thing we’ve had to put together thus far. Needless to say, we also spent a record number of hours working out all the details to put together our presentation boards that were due in less than a week. I’m sure anyone in the major can attest to the stress of upcoming deadlines. I mean, so much fun. Actually we are all emotionally drained. Sitting on your butt all day can be tiring. Anyway, here are some cool pics of my presentation board and such.

Here is my final presentation board:

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If you actually want to read it (although it isn’t the most captivating thing I’ve ever written) you can read the PDF version here: Roane-Hopkins_Project 2

And here are some lovely close-ups of my drawings:

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This is master plan of the full site with the different farm areas

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This is a smaller-scale plan of the 5-acre campus with buildings and a parking lot

Here are some cool perspectives that I drew (not quite to scale)Cafe persepcifaijPerspective front

 

Also, there was one day that I just gave up on life so my section drawing turned into someting…else…Just kidding section

 

In other news, there is now a giant hole in North Halls.

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Have a nice day!

 

Post Script:

I started this yesterday. So I must add on that it SNOWED today. In APRIL! SNOW! What?

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Also, my friends and I went to Sadie’s Specialty Waffle Shop (Or something like that. I can’t quite remember the name but if you’re ever in the area, check it out! So delicious!)

Actual Designing

Hello again! I am back from break but it really feels like I never left. Here is a lovely add on that my friend wrote on my little dry erase board:

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After weeks and weeks and weeks of site analysis, we are finally getting in to designing our CSL Site. Did I tell you about the project we’ve been working on all semester? I’m not sure but I may have forgotten to mention it because it’s been SO MUCH site analysis. (Side note to anyone who is a landscape architect, I DO understand the importance of site analysis and its necessary function in actually beginning design by understanding different relationships and qualities of the surrounding envrionment, but there’s just SO MUCH!). Anyway, Our CSL site is a small campus with 4 buildings on a bigger plot of land that’s a ways behind the arboretum.

Our little campus is part of a big master plan of the site that will have orchards, a vegetable garden, and some big farm fields, as well as forest and prairie restoration, Obviously, this is all theoretical. Here is the no-so-beautiful master plan that I currently have for my site.

Just kidding, I didn’t take a photo and I think you can probably carry on with your life without ever seeing it.

And this is the 5-acre campus with the 4 buildings. Pretty nifty.

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And, North Halls has now become a full-fledged construction zone. Wooo. (That was sarcasm, it actually sucks). There is way too much noise and activity in our usually quite little part of campus. The entire parking lot is blocked off so no one can use it as a short cut, or park in there. Move out day will be terrible. Also, while the parking lot is being turned into another dorm, the ugliest unfinished water tower ever is being constructed behind Stuckeman as I type. The once lovely view of Hort Woods and such is an ugly mess of welding. There are fences everywhere. I hate it.

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I saw a very sad thing the other day coming home from gymnastics practice:

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Doesn’t that just make you weep? Ah.

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Breaks in the Spring Time

I’m on Spring Break! (although you probably could’ve guessed from the title). It has be wonderful so far! Remember when I told you that my plant died? or maybe I didn’t, I can’t remember. Anyway, I bought some new plants and they are so cute!

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I also made this clock, which has a technical error in the design, but I won’t tell you what it is because I didn’t notice at first.

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And, did some lovely sidewalk chalk drawings:

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This was meant to be sarcastic but my mom read it and proceeded to drive over it

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Vitruvian Sitck Figure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, I can now pogo stick without hands, which I think is pretty impressive. (I hope you’re jealous)

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While I have you, let me tell you some stuff that’s been happening on campus before break:

My friend and I almost went to THON
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The BJC all lit up

There seems to be this vibe during THON that you will be at THON at some point in the weekend because why wouldn’t you go. Well, after a long bout of indecision, my friend and I decided that we should go to THON and see what’s happening. It was maybe 10:00 PM by the time we got to the Bryce Jordan Center (aka the BJC). We went at a really bad time, when the pep rally was happening. We knew it, but for some reason we went anyway. Well, lo and behold, the stadium was at capacity. But, they’d given us wristbands and every hour, they would send out a text for which numbers could enter the building. So we waited. We walked around and people watched. At 11:00, the text was sent out and our numbers were not in the range which meant waiting until 12:00 AM to see if we could get in. I understand that for THON weekend, 12:00 is not that late, but hey, we were impatient and had a ton of work to do, so we went back to the dorms.

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More exciting, PSUkulele performed at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball. It was a fun time!

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(PS follow @PSUkulele on Instagram and Twitter!)

Studio Happenings
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So, super exciting but not really, the little block of north campus I call home is being turned into a giant construction site. On one side of Stuckman, the entire parking lot is closing for construction and they are building a new dorm. On the other side, the are building a new water tower. So far, it looks ugly. They have begun welding and won’t stop for the rest of the semester, and because they we all keep looking up at the pretty sparks from the welding torches, they put paper over the lower windows so to deter us from blinding ourselves (even though there is apparently no real danger of that happening). The good thing is, we are all artsy fartsy people, and we turned the stupid paper into a mural.2016-03-04 11.52.522016-03-02 12.24.29

 

The Not-So-Horrible Stadium Cleanup, and Other Things That Happened

So last weekend the weeked before last (becuase I had actually started writing this post before last weekend) I had my SECOND stadium cleanup of the year and I promise you that I won’t go on a super long rant this time. We actually finished an hour earlier (1:00 PM instead of 2:00) because we had way more people and were slightly more organized. There were also almost no streamers which was wonderful and it hadn’t rained the night before so all the food and stuff wasn’t soggy and wet. And that’s all I have to say about that! (Suprised? So am I).
So since I have really put off this post for a long time, I am just listing the things that have happened in the last 2 and a half weeks:
1.The homecoming parade featuring Keegan Michael Key. Also, my uncle was in the alumni blue band.
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2. Stadium cleanup

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3. I took this pretty picture of a dead bird in the sunset

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4. I went to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (and they were AMAZING and so punny!!!)

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5. We had our first field trip in ecology. We are learning about the spring creek watershed

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6. PSUkulele played at Hershey Medical Center
Then we went to Hershey’s Chocolate World where they were handing out trick or treat bags to all the little kids and they gave me one.
On the ride home, we saw a double rainbow

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6.5. It was also parent’s weekend and my lovely family came up to visit 🙂

7. I spent all of my Monday and Tuesday in studio working on a project that was due Wednesday

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We were designing a garden that celebrated rain. This project was a big part of the reason that I hadn’t been posting.

8. We went on our second ecology fiend trip

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And now you’re mostly caught up!