While I was home in Chicago, my dad wanted to visit and exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center. At the time they were holding a biannual architecture exhibition. And the sheer number of contributors and pieces was astonishing. We spent at least a couple hours there, taking one of their guided tours, and saw some amazing things. It was still probably at most a half of the things that were on display, and we certainly didn’t examine many of the pieces for long.
There were a few inspiring exhibits like one about the re-purposing of hutongs in Beijing. The displayed designs were the work of ZAO/standardarchitecture, and their first piece of work, a children’s library and art center, was completed and has been in use. Another exhibit I enjoyed was one that gave a nod to the Chicago Tribune Tower architectural competition. Instead of sketches, architects who participated had 13 story models for different buildings, with many different designs, colors, and more.
The tour even touched on the Cultural Center itself. It’s a really beautiful building, with a couple of different domes, and many jeweled inlays. There’s a lot of history, as half the building was actually designed for Civil War veterans, and the other half was used as a library. So it’s a large contrast to have such a majestic bejeweled part of the building that was made to be the library (we were told that the inlays were done by Tiffany Co.) while the other part was very dark and somber for the veterans and for the Civil War memorial.
Usually, while writing this post, I would be at Caltech playing volleyball. I begin school eith preseason, which for those unfamiliar (or are planning on joining women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s waterpolo, or cross country) is a 5 week long period before school begins where the sports teams I listed before practice and compete. My life during preseason is basically volleyball 24/7. Two practices a day (during school only one) and game days three days a week. No school work to worry about, spending time with my teammates all day, a nice refresher before school begins.
Every year, the Caltech Society of Women Engineers attends the National SWE conference to network with other SWE Chapters and to hustle for jobs. Last year, the event was in Minneapolis, and the year before in Austin. This time around, it’s in Anaheim which is much more convenient for us. Since it is much closer, we were able to send many more delegates to attend and miss fewer classes in the process of doing so.
It’s truly Autumn in Scotland now. It reached 0 degrees Celsius today, or 32 Fahrenheit for you yanks. They’re setting up the Christmas market downtown (as thanksgiving isn’t a thing here they just skip directly from Halloween to Christmas). Snow isn’t falling, but it does seem to be raining every other day. And it’s pleasant, quite pleasant. The rain turns Edinburgh into even more of a dramatic and beautiful city than usually is.