where i live, where i work

August 30, 2007

well, it would probably be nice to share some important things like…where i spend most of my time (when i’m not on my bicycle…oops, i haven’t photographed my bicycle yet). anyway, here is my apartment. i’m subleasing it until mid-december, at which time i’m going to have to find something else (hopefully something a little cheaper and a little closer to school). it’s sure nice to have a studio apartment, though! it’s also good to be cooking for myself again. thesis and china don’t leave a lot of time for things like that, and it’s one of my favorite things to do. my building is part of a complex that surrounds a courtyard, which is where my bike lives. it’s designed with a single-loaded corridor, so i have windows on both sides. which is great for air circulation and light and such. i especially love the big window/door by my desk…i can open it up all the way and feel like i’m working on the deck. sort of. if my view at school wasn’t even better than this (read on…), i’d have a hard time working there instead. oh, and the food at school is great, but i’ll get to that in a minute, too. here are some photos of my place:

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this is the main street on amager (the island that i live on), amagerbrogade. my building is the one on the right-hand side of the street. (i live on the side that turns the corner and goes out of the photo, not on the street side)

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here’s the interior…love that light!

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and my kitchen…

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here’s a view from my balcony of the courtyard space that my building shares. my bike lives in the long shed in the foreground.

ok, so that’s where i live. i like it a lot, and it’s great to have a bicyle again. there’s an amazing bicycle culture here, much like in the netherlands. the public bicycle infrastructure is great, and everyone rides…to work, to school, to the store; young, old…you name it. it is kind of strange that the last place i biked with any kind of regularity was shanghai, and i have to say that the bicycle ettiquette here (very polite, stop for buses, lots of hand signals) is WAY different than in china (everyone for themselves! defensive biking = certain death!). i’ll have to temper my forward biking ways. so anyway, one of the places that i bike a lot is to school, at the royal danish academy of fine arts. i got the valle scholarship this quarter, which supports academic exchanges between scandinavian universities and the university of washington. it’s a great scholarship, and i feel lucky to have received it. i chose to study in copenhagen because i’m interested in a particular architectural evaluation program that was started here (by one of my advisors at the royal danish academy, prof. gregers algreen-ussing) and also because denmark is turning out some crazy and amazing modern-yet-contextual design. you can read more about this and see additional photos on my valle blog, if you’re interested. my school is on the island of holmen, which is situated between the main city center and the island that i live on, amager. lots of islands here in copenhagen! the school used to be located in the central city, but moved to holmen nine years ago and currently occupies a collection of old naval buildings. all of the buildings have been refitted as offices, studios, and classrooms – and they are great spaces. i still can’t believe how amazing my office is (those who saw my thesis location in condon hall will understand…). let’s break for some photos:

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here is the main axis into campus (which is across the street in the photo). the building that you see at the end of the axis is the new copenhagen opera hall, which has generated tons of controversy. it is also located along a significant axis within the city form (part of aforementioned controversy)…if it hadn’t been built in this location, you would be seeing amalienborg palace and frederikskirke instead. i can imagine that the folks at the danish royal academy had a few opinions about the siting of the opera building…

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this is our admin building

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and this is the building that our office is in…a converted barracks, i think

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here’s the other side of that building…the opera hall is just across the canal!

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and here’s the office i’ve been going on about…and emma hard at work in the office! (emma’s been in copenhagen on the valle since may…we’re sharing an office right now, but she’s taking off pretty soon). notice how she’s working hard…and i’m taking photos out the office window. (thanks for the photo, emma!) this is a great place to work. i wish architecture grad students at uw had spaces like this! okay, the annex is great…but does it have a view like….

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…this?? yes, that’s the opera, with the harbor and the dome of frederikskirke in the background. i can’t believe this is actually the view from my office…i love it!

here is the canteen (kantine), which has great food (and lots of smorrebrod choices!). the cafeteria food here is really, really good. i look forward to school lunches…

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and yes, those are pv panels above the skylight! the building generates enough energy to power itself! sigh…

here are some more photos from around campus:

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top: outdoor sitting/lunching space, studio spaces, and the main auditorium

bottom: the exhibition hall, and a light-pattern-detail that i really liked (if you can’t tell by the skies in these photos, it was a great day to be taking pictures!)

and, finally, some maps! i’m going to try to put more maps on the blog this time…

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copenhagen/amager relationship

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home, the city, and school!

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