Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Another icon of the city is certainly Grand Central Terminal, which figures prominently in numerous films. In fact, now, social media is replete with people’s selfies and this building. Over 20 million people pass through there each year, but to me this is unsurprising as where I come from -Istanbul-  is over 25 million people. Moreover, this number is increasing, unfortunately, rather than decreasing. However, this building was built in 1915. Before this date, there was an enormous train crash and, then, people decided to rebuild it. The old was almost 6 floors, but the new design as you can see from the sketch is a giant space. Moreover, I have never had a chance to use the terminal as you know the prices of tickets. In consideration of being a student, it is appropriate to take the bus, thanks to enterprising Chinese people. I am still alive, by the way.  

Monday, November 14, 2016

The existence of witches raises curiosity as, actually, they existed and are still seen here and there, perhaps. You can see their settlements where they really lived and died, that is, Salem, MA. I participated in my teacher’s tour of Salem with classmates. Of course, we went in October, but were not so foolish as to go on Halloween. The important information which I learned from this visit  is how English molted over time. We can observe this from the changing orthography on the tombstones. It was very much exciting and interesting. Anyway, this sketch is from the harbor, which was of great importance as Salem was a hub of trading in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The mansions and grand houses that spread out from the harbor are witness to this.  

Monday, November 7, 2016

I had never imagined that this dome could weigh 1,200 tons and clad with copper. In fact, the building could  easily be used by more than 1,000 individuals, simultaneously. If you look at the building with the naked eye, what I am saying does not seem correct / accurate, or an exaggeration, but it is. This week’s sketch is of MIT, again, the Kresge Auditorium, by Eero Saarinen. He was a Finnish-American architect and industrial designer. Unfortunately, he left us in his early 50s -at a time when architects normally come into their own. He has a great deal of works around the U.S. Moreover, the MIT chapel, to the rear of the building, was designed by him. I would not say that their design or lines are the best, but I would argue that  it is better to consider what there are around buildings in order to better match their surroundings.