Friday, August 29, 2014

Blog Pick :: Issuu.com


Blog Pick :: Issuu
By Steve Marcelin BDS Candidate

As we start a new year, it is always important to keep your portfolio in the back of your mind. Portfolios are the gateway to our professional carrier. Issuu.com gives us the opportunity to publish our portfolio so it may reach as many people as possible.  

What is Issuu?
Issuu is a website that lets you publish magazines, books, portfolios, and many more. The best part is that you can publish your portfolios for free! Issuu gets about 25,000 new publications on a daily bases, and within their collection are many BAC student portfolios.


Issuu is great because you can publish your work on it. More importantly, you should view it as tool to help better your own portfolio. The website allows people to like and comment on the posted portfolios. A student can use that as an evaluation before submitting for portfolio review at the BAC. With hundreds of portfolios at your disposal, you can quickly learn the difference between various types of portfolios.


Another reason you might appreciate this website is you get to see what your classmates are doing in terms of their own portfolio work. By looking at each others work, and how we choose to represent our work, you might find answers that you may have about portfolios. It is the perfect opportunity to look at portfolios that passed segments at the BAC.


I strongly encourage the use of this site. I can assure you that I was not hired by Issuu.com to convince you to use it! Check it out before you get too busy! It is free and makes it easier for potential employers to get access to your work.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Welcome Message from the Acting President


Welcome Message from the Acting President

Dear BAC Students –

Welcome/welcome back to the new 2014-15 Academic Year and the BAC!  This is our second year offering a completely revised set of curricula in the on-site degree programs, and we are planning improvements and further innovations we hope suit your educational needs.  These changes are largely the result of our close assessment of the courses we offered last year.  You will be hearing more about these as you get settled into your fall classes.

In the meantime, I imagine many of you have heard about some major changes at the BAC – changes that go beyond your coursework.  First, we have spent the summer building out existing, formerly under or unutilized space, mostly in our 951 Boylston Street building, to house administrative functions that were located at 100 Mass Ave.  We have now completely moved our operations into the buildings and spaces we own, along with minimally leased spaces for back-office functions.  This move has allowed the staff, faculty and administration to communicate much more easily, and we feel that our commitment to sustainability is expressed more clearly (and in action) through our efficient use of space.  You will find that both the 320 Newbury and 951 Boylston buildings will be open for your use more hours than in previous years.

The other major transition has been one of leadership.  Toward the end of July, Ted Landsmark, who served the BAC as its president for 17 years,  became the BAC’s first President Emeritus, and I was asked to step in as acting President.  Over the past month, we have been able to make quite a bit of progress as we look to streamline our administrative systems in a way that will allow us to better resource educational programs.  It is both challenging and extremely interesting to lead the College after more than five years as its provost.  Given my focus as provost, I believe that my leadership places education at the top of the priority list for the College, and I am enjoying meeting even more students and faculty and hearing about your plans and ideas.  We enjoy a vibrant and enthusiastic, supportive Board of Trustees, and we are well-poised for continued success in the ensuing semesters and years.

The BAC is a thriving community of learners, and we have much to offer both the world of design education and the world of higher education as a whole.  Please join me for a meeting to be held in the Beehive (951 Boylston) on Thursday, September 4th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, so I can meet those of you I haven’t and greet those of you I have.  Feel free to stop in before or after your class.  Pizza will be served.  I’m sure we’ll have a lively conversation!

Best,
Julia

Fall 2014 Library Hours


Fall 2014 Library Hours

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 10:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday:  12noon – 7pm

For more information on Library hours, click here.

Library@the-bac.edu | 617.585.0155 | the-bac.edu/resources/Library

BAC University Membership :: MFA Boston



The BAC has a University Membership to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Come explore and take a break from studio!

The University Membership program grants full-time BAC undergraduate and graduate students free admission to the Museum with a valid BAC student ID.

Present your current BAC student ID to access:
-Free admission to the MFA
-20% off concert tickets
-10% off MFA Shop purchases
-$5 film tickets (regularly priced screenings purchased in person)

For more information on visiting the MFA, click here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gateway Open House


Gateway Open House
Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 12noon - 2pm
Beehive, 951 Boylston Street

The Practice Department is excited to introduce a series of new Gateway projects for Fall 2014! Gateway offers students a unique opportunity to participate in a range of community-based projects across the spectrum of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and design studies.

At the Open House, students can learn about this semester's Gateway Projects, meet Gateway community clients and advising faculty, and fill out an application for the project(s) of their choice.

This semester's offerings include 10 new projects of a variety of scope, scale, and focus: urban design, housing, sustainability, landscape revitalization, interiors, detailing, historic preservation, and more.

Gateway students resolve real design problems for real clients, all while making a difference in the community they serve. Work may include, but is not limited to:
  • Developing real projects from the ground-up
  • Working closely with peers
  • Connecting with professional mentors
  • Meeting and recreating relationships with clients and community leaders
  • Developing the skills of leadership and collaboration

Gateway exemplifies the BAC's mission of design education through experiential learning and offers the opportunities to:
  • Earn Practice hours!
  • Generate strong portfolio work!
  • Hone presentation, graphic, and communication skills!

Students of all disciplines and backgrounds are welcome to attend Open House. To learn more, visit the Gateway webpage or email practice@the-bac.edu.

RECAP :: Fall 2014 CityLab Intensive - Weekend 1


RECAP :: Fall 2014 CityLab Intensive - Weekend 1
By Daniel Clarke, BDS in Digital Design and Visualization Candidate

The Fall semester for BAC officially started this past Friday, August 22, 2014 with the CityLab Intensive, a highly focused and fast paced, hit the ground running type of mini boot camp that emphasizes critical and creative thinking skills through an exploratory process of sketching, writing, mapping and diagramming the world, in our case, Boston’s Rose Kennedy Green Way and Chinatown. 

I am not very familiar with Boston.  I have been to Boston many times, but mostly it’s been at night and for music.  Afterwards I leave the city and therefore I have never felt that I have gained a true sense of Boston.  The Boston I discovered Friday and Saturday was a very alive, active, accessible and friendly city and this was the first time that I had been to Faneuil Hall, The Rose Kennedy Greenway and to Chinatown.

We started our explorations at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.  It was very crowded and at once you could tell it was more of a tourist destination, peppered with street performers, shopping and food, of course, it’s a market.  I did not leave S. Market Street, which is a patchwork of older and newer brick, granite slabs and blocks.  I started a few sketches and felt that I was not capturing the variety of surfaces and textures of this street so I switched to taking pictures.  

After Faneuil Hall, we gathered across the Greenway at the Harbor Pavilion where Shaun O’Rourke, lead us to 4 sites along the Rose Kennedy Greenway.  Our first site was in a large open field in the Greenway.  I remember it being very loud and we had a strong onshore wind and many people were in the park.  Tall narrow screens stood at the edge of the field which provided slivers of shade across the grass which I could imagine people picking up blankets and baskets, moving feet at a time,  following the shade across the field throughout the hours of the day.  We all spread out and found our spots to sit and sketch.  Along with our sketches, we were asked to think of words that describe how we were experiencing the site.  After 10 or 15 minutes we regrouped and followed Shaun across the street towards the waterfront and walked south a bit to a small park.  It was an island surrounded by a street on all four sides.  The ground was made of granite pavers, uneven and it all sloped downwards back towards the Greenway.  Across the street opposite the Greenway was the harbor and the wind blew hard through this place.  It was shaded by many low canopy trees which made it cool and comfortable.  There was a wild little garden area in raised beds the whole place felt easy.  We listened, contemplated and sketched and before anytime seemed to pass we it was time to move on.  We then continued south to an area of the Greenway where there is a tunnel entrance for traffic merging onto northbound I-93 and sketched an imaginary section cutting across the Greenway through the tunnel entrance below us. 

The last area we stopped was the ending of our day.  We sketched some more and then each group gave presentation of their collective reflections of the site.  It was a place where the pathway opened up from a lush garden walkway to a circle of benches under a ring of trees.  Across the little road that cut the Greenway were the food trucks and umbrella shaded tables. 

The next morning we gathered at the Boston Society of Architects for lectures about the history and operation of the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the history of Boston’s Chinatown. 

After lectures we walked south a few blocks to Chinatown, located at the southernmost point of the Rose Kennedy Greenway.  There are so many little surprises in Chinatown.  I had never heard of a Chinese Masonic Lodge and artistically colored telephone booths dotted the blocks.  After the morning lecture about the history of Chinatown, I came into the neighborhood with a deep sympathy and a little sadness.  Sabino and I interviewed a Vietnamese store owner who predicted there would be no more Chinatown in 10 years.  I almost believe her but I don’t want to.

We found a great view of the skyline, sitting on the steps to a restaurant looking across a half empty parking lot at a row of Victorian buildings, each personalized by the generations of tenants that have occupied them and some still do I’m sure.  Hovering above is a high rise under construction complete with crane.  To the right, a new high rise apartment, to the left, the Tufts Medical Center buildings.

I found CityLab to be a great experience.  I had never participated in a design exercise of this scope and I left each day with my head buzzing full of ideas, question and new possibilities.  Everyone I engaged with was very enthusiastic, supportive and encouraging.  The BAC leadership was outstanding, caring and supportive.  I am really looking forward to next weekend’s CityLab and the rest of the semester.

Daniel Clarke, BDS in Digital Design and Visualization

To see photos from the first weekend of the F14 CityLab Intensive, click here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Learning Resource Center Tutoring Schedule :: Fall 2014


Learning Resource Center Tutoring Schedule :: Fall 2014
Starting Tuesday, September 1, 2014
Schedule Subject to Change

WRITING Consultations
Mondays-Thursdays: mornings, afternoons, and evenings
Fridays: mornings and afternoons
By appointment only

DROP-IN: MATH & PHYSICS
  • Monday  2pm - 8pm
  • Tuesday  2pm - 9pm
  • Wednesday  2pm - 9pm
  • Thursday  5pm - 7pm

DROP-IN: STRUCTURES 1, 2, & 3
  • Monday  2pm - 8pm
  • Tuesday  2pm - 9pm
  • Wednesday  2pm - 9pm
  • Thursday  5pm - 7pm

Private, one-on-one tutoring can also be arranged for:
  • Math
  • Physics 
  • Structures 
  • AutoCAD 2D & 3D 
  • Revit, SketchUp, Rhino, Adobe CS, 3dMax
  • Freehand, Orthogonal and Perspective Drawing 
  • More!

Please call 617-585-0174 or email writingcenter@the-bac.edu to inquire about availability.  The Learning Resource Center is located on the First Floor of 320 Newbury Street.

New Bike Racks Have Arrived


New Bike Racks Have Arrived

As you may have noticed, the old bike rack in the front of 320 Newbury disappeared last week. Not to worry though! We have begun to install an even better bike rack system conveniently located behind 320 Newbury in the Green Alley.  We are still waiting on a third section of the racks so be excited that once we’re done, you will have more than 3 times the amount of bike rack you had than before! In the mean time use what's out there now!

Welcome back!

Competition :: Vision42


Competition :: Vision42
Registration Deadline - Monday, September 08, 2014

The Institute for Rational Urban Mobility is hosting a design competition that encourages entrants to imagine an enhanced public environment for one of the most iconic streets in the world-42nd street in midtown Manhattan.

Submit your plans to transform the street into a world-class boulevard complete with a high-quality public spaces and a light-rail tram. In addition to the $10,000 winner's prize, the jury’s top selected projects will be featured in The Architect’s Newspaper.


For more info and to register visit: http://bit.ly/1ghNqFs
or contact wmenking@archpaper.com

Monday, August 25, 2014

BAC Library Now on Twitter


BAC Library Now on Twitter

The BAC Library is now on Twitter. Follow us for announcements, new resources and updates from the Library. @BACLibrary