Friday, September 30, 2011

A weekend project: LAPICERO

While working for a big architectural firm, I noticed so many plotter paper rolls in the garbage. These cardboard rolls or “plotter tubes” like are known in the architecture field are amazing. They are made out of brown cardboard and they’re extremely strong. After asking permission, I started taking them home. One by one, they populated a corner in my studio room. And although, I tried to avoid looking at that corner of the room, I knew that one day I will use them for something cool.
So one weekend, I just grew tired of seeing them taking over my corner and I decided to making them into an art piece that will hold my pencils/pens etc. and that will take care of the problem of having my pens/pencils all over the place.

With the help of my lovely husband, we cut the plotter tubes in different heights to give it dimension and texture. We hot glued them all together and placed a back to hang it on the wall. I placed it above my drafting table and since then, all of my pens and pencils live happily in one beautiful LAPICERO.
One of my favorite websites; inhabitat was having the Spring Greening Competition. So I decided to submit my LAPICERO project. To my delight I was one of the finalists! Check it out!

My LAPICERO project was also featured on StumbleUpon website and it had more than 700,000 views from people, WOW! That’s insane but pretty awesome as well! Recently I googled “LAPICERO” and a lot of websites and bloggers featured my weekend project. So, to all of you, Thank you! :)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A little bit about me.....

My name is Griscel, I am originally from Mexico City, I consider myself very lucky, I have an amazing family. I am the youngest of five (Ana, Marco, Caro & Jorge) and my parents (Aida & Antonio) are the rock of the family. I moved to the United States when I was thirteen years old, I lived in Connecticut with my family for ten years, I married an amazing man from Uruguay (Enrique). Then we moved to Boston, MA in 2006 so I could go to Architecture school. And now I am still here, I love this city!

I recently graduated from Boston Architectural College, people say "BAC: the easiest place to get in but the hardest to get out" so I feel very accomplised and happy to be part of the 1% of people that complete the Architecture program at the BAC.

This blog: El Corredor Griss! I always wanted to have an outlet to explore/research/explain my interest and now this is the perfect way to do it. I love Architecture, Design, Art, Books, Crafts, Food, pretty much anything that inspires me. So please stick around and follow my blog!

Thesis Project: "Exploring the Interaction of Performer & Audience through Space"

WOW! First posting, this is exciting! I will start with my thesis project from the Boston Architectural College: "Exploring the Interaction of Performer & Audience through Space"

Every day we interact with others and take on the role of "performer" (sender of messages) and "audience" (receiver of messages), and we easily swap back and forth between these roles. The more effectively we are able to take on both these roles, the more effective our interactions can be. Buildings need to be able to do this as well.
The objective is to create a building that can similarly send and receive dynamically, engaging the community as its audience and performer interchangeably, while allowing its users to also participate in the exchange. Thus creating an energetic environment that brings in (a sense of) culture and participation to the community.

"Exploring the Interaction of Performer & Audience through Space"