Exercise 101 – Blue Monday and the Aspirations of a New Year

"The Week in Architecture: Blue Monday and the Aspirations of a New Year"

Joshua Gregory

This article evaluates blue Monday, which is said to be the saddest day of the year due to gloomy weather and broken resolutions. Interestingly, the Architecture community has released and achieved many completions this week.

Featured in the picture above is the conceptual idea for the London Centre of Music created by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro's firm.

The London Centre of Music is planned to sit near many important London structures such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge, and the Tate Modern. If compared side by side the Tate Modern and the London Centre of Music have very similar qualities making the Tate Modern and obvious inspiration for the firm's design. Dominating headlines, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro's Hudson Yards skyscraper has just reached completion. The skyscraper, located in New York City, begun construction in 2012 and joined the ranks of the cities newest mega project known as Hudson Yards. Towering at 914 ft the residential tower has 88 stories and 60% of it's apartments have already been sold out. Lastly, the Article features Gensler, a global design and architecture

firm who has proposed a new skyscraper on New York's west side. If completed the tower will reach a staggering 1556 ft; however, Gensler states that the skyscraper aims to connect citizens with the tower in a way that older structures never have.

The Tate Modern - an inspiration for London Centre of Music
New York City's newest mega project, Hudson Yards

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Personally, I believe that the article provides a lot of interesting material for students to review as it dives in depth on architectural headlines of today. It also explores the significance of each building that they discuss.

Read the article here: https://www.archdaily.com/910264/the-week-in-architecture-blue-monday-and-the-aspirations-of-a-new-year

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By Joshua Gregory

Hello, My name is Joshua Gregory and I am an Architecture student. Spring 2019 is my fifth semester here at DVC, but hopefully I am able to transfer by Spring 2020. I look forward to getting to know everyone, and learning a lot from your comments and feedback!

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