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The first exhibition

It was a success, although the crowd was a bit underwhelming, I was extremely impressed about how everyone pulled through, I was very lucky in having dedicated and ambitious teammates so that we could deliver the center piece of the exhibition (in my humble opinion). Now let me divulge some secrets about Percy, we chose bones as a element for him because we wanted him to be a critique towards the sites we were given, New York and Liverpool, cities which both thrived on the slave trade, and were at a time two of the biggest slave trade centers of the world. The two sites are set in the docks so the correlation is even more obvious with the idea that Percy would illustrate how both cities were built on the bones of the slaves, and that fact was slowly overwritten, to the point of people not being aware of it anymore. A friend said he could name 10 streets in Liverpool named after slave traders/owners, but being embedded so deep in routine and normality, people eventually forget the atrocities committed in for the comfort of others. The architectural device we created through Percy will help develop buildings that will be strongly correlated with the past of the two sites and will make people aware of it. Some might say that what is history it is already written and nothing can be changed, but keeping a close eye on it will prevent it from repeating itself. There are a lot of mistakes that humanity made along it`s history, and most of them should never happen again. Architects should enforce this idea through the statements of their architecture, people can be made aware of the past through subtlety as well, not only history books, tangential learning could be a key element in making a whole demographic aware of a real problem that could be affecting them without even knowing. But I`ll leave that rant for some other time in the meanwhile enjoy the exhibition, there are photos of us setting it up, and of the final look of it.

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A face

It is high time I put a face on this blog, and besides that it’s also a task for uni, I need to upload photos of me as a regular and me as an architect, so there you go, I`ll have a picture of the “real” me and one of the architect.

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We all have split personalities and personae which change depending on the circumstances which range from the people around us to social, political and cultural context. But unless you actually have a real problem, your different personalities are just faces of the same coin. A photo is an extremely deceptive tool which completely alters reality. You can completely manipulate your appearance with a photo, photographs are not sincere to the object or person, they capture an instant, they lie. A photo does not make you an architect, you start becoming an architect as soon as you decide that you are an architect. I was actually going to take a more interesting photo, but I couldn`t find any ridiculously high mountain range near Preston or any skyscrapers in order to heroically climb on top of and stare into the horizon, so I just had to settle with pushing the “instant architect portrait” button in photoshop (ctrl+shift+u).

 Other photos I have to upload are photos of my workspace at home:

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My workspace at the university:

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And me working with my team:

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