The pain and suffering of the long hours and little sleep has all been worth it as I have been awarded a first class degree in architecture after three years. A good start to a very long time to go.
Earlier this month I was nominated for the the George Jackson Educational Foundation Travel Award. This is an annual award given to students from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design based on their academic achievement and proposal for travel.
I would use this trip to travel to Berlin, Germany to further my research into the identity and culture of people during the 1930′s a time when the far right and the far left had different ideas but left their mark on the city.
Last year I ran for the Alzheimer’s Society in the Bupa Great Birmingham Run with a target of 200 hundred pounds, I ended up raising over 400 pounds and won an autograph from the legend that is Haile Gebrselassie. It was a great introduction to the world of half marathons and the fantastic people who run alongside and cheer people on the route, it is friendliness that I have never experienced before and I love every second of it.
In 2012, I will be running for the British Heart Foundation in an ever growing series of runs. I am hoping that over the year I will raise over 500 pounds for the BHF Hope Tank project and hopefully help in the many heart problems that plague my family and many families like us. It is a brilliant cause and I look forward to it motivating me throughout the year and get a new PB in Birmingham this October.
I am hoping to get a new mini video camera that I can capture some of my runs and training to show progress over the year. My website will keep track of my progress and the expected niggles that go on with it. I will create a poster for my fundraising effort in the coming months that will inform and no doubt delight you.
I have set up a new JustGiving page that will see me through the year, you can visit it here – http://www.justgiving.com/HeartRoss.
This pretty much sums up my year, a photo taken immediately after my first half marathon. I was so tired and didn’t know where I was, a good reflection on my architecture training again.
My first graded review was set up as above, the review went well with my only feedback being a spelling mistake.
The design is an ‘Oat Ark’ with community/identity events that happen inside it, but it has a wider impact giving energy to the empty square.
I will post up details and high quality images of my sheets/models in January.
Year 2 – First project – A landscape on a future cultural site for Birmingham.
The project took inspiration from Wassily Kandinsky Composition VI painting to create a central focus (Steven Holl Knut Hamsun Centre.) The landscape aims to shift focus and provide centres of high and low intensity. It links to the outside of the site with the new Library, BT tower and NIA.
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.
Recently I have not found time to post regularly as I would like, but after the 18th of this month I should be free to express my rants more often for you to read. First look at a new video created for my univesity course. Enjoy.
Different cultures and backgrounds converging onto Birmingham Central Library from New Street Station. This film was created for the BCU Architecture course under the meta theme of Habitation. Please comment and tell us what you think.