The picturesque little town of Dalkey is a short DART or bus ride from Dublin city center. It’ s one of my favorite little towns in Ireland… the architecture is beautiful and the harbor is full of life. Watching the seals play is always a treat.
Dalkey makes a nice day trip from Dublin… especially when paired with a visit to Dun Laoghaire. (On Sunday afternoons People’s Park there is teeming with vendors and activity, and the waterfront is a pleasant place to walk.)
Dalkey’s main street…
…with a typially Irish sort of street pattern.
Dalky has a cool nooks and crannies everywhere… here’s a place with one-person offices to let.
And Dalkey also has two little harbors. The seals like to play in Dalkey Harbor.
Ted, Damon, and I have been gearing up for future RoboSlam workshops. We have been looking for sponsors to help us continue and scale up our work. For now, we’ll have to keep things fairly small and simple. We’re not letting the lack of funds hold us back too much! We’ve got to keep our momentum going!
During my Fulbright fellowship, I had several official projects. Along the way, I adopted a number of other projects–like RoboSlam–where I could learn and also contribute.
Ted and Damon are so talented and passionate about what they do that it’s impossible not to want to contribute to the success of their project.
While I was away studying in Rome, Ted and Damon hosted a workshop for people we hope will want to become facilitators of RoboSlam. It’s part of our strategy for getting more people involved in the project.
Ted, Damon and I met to map out plans for a RoboSlam workshop for facilitators.
We upgrade the design and the instructions each time we offer a workshop.
Of course, we drank lots of tea and coffee (see all the cups!?!). Ireland has, I have been told, the highest per capita consumption of tea on the planet.
At the end of the meeting, we went to see the Dean (Dr. Mike Murphy).
At the following workshop, Damon took a picture of the group. It was small but enthusiastic!
Here’s a diagram of the newest robot design.
There’s always something new and imaginative going on in Dublin.
Just before I left for Rome, I had a meeting at the Irish University Association building on Merrion Square. Walking through the park after my meeting, I got to see workers setting up for weekend events for kids.
The the menagerie wire animals and the tree covered in a giant sheet fascinated me.
Here’s what Dublin Castle looks like….
Fulbright events were held in the Throne Room, Picture Gallery, an St. Patrick’s Hall.
The 2013 Fulbright scholars banquet was a rare treat. We dressed in gowns and tuxes and dined at Dublin Castle. I didn’t get the greatest photos, but my snapshots provide a glimpse into the festivities….
In the courtyard…
…with new Fulbright and their families.
Climbing the grand entry stair…
…Joanne Davidson stopped to chat with guests.
We were greeted by the official O’Brian-Moran welcoming committee!
We lined up to find our seating assignments…
…in a fancy hall with a throne (which, somehow, I failed to capture).
The list of my table mates.
…and hors d’ouvrés…
…and people to meet.
Like Nancy, Noel and Alan.
I always enjoy seeing Nancy, who was Fulbright and is now a Curie scholar.
The hall was packed with people…
…and was plenty hot…
…as there’s no A/C in Ireland.
Colleen looked fab!
We settled down at our tables.
And I enjoyed the company of Patrick, Alan, Noel, and the rest of our table mates.
Trinity’s Dean of Undergraduate Studies was a hoot once we broke the ice.
The entertainment was grand…
…as was the food.
And the overall setting couldn’t have been grander.
Many thanks to Daisy for inspiring me to draw so much on my trip to Rome… we have always been very productive at sketching when we travel together. In this post, I’ve included photos of one of our many dinner outings.
On my last night in Rome, Daisy and I headed over to Trastevere–stopping for a glimpse of the basilica (dedicated to Santa Maria, where mass was in session) before heading on to our favorite dinner spot. As is generally the case when Daisy and I are traveling with architecture students, we brought our sketchbooks along to discuss.
I’ve included photos of Daisy’s beautiful work, that caught the attention of our waitress. She studied every page!
Daisy’s area of expertise is architectural representation, as is evident in her drawings! Mine, on the other hand, is educational research… that’s what I presented to Daisy’s students in the lecture I delivered.
As a result of our exchange, I woke up inspired to draw on my last day in Rome.
It was hot, hot, hot, though. I had to sketch quickly to keep ahead of the heat! By the afternoon, the sky opened up and the rain poured down. Thankfully our fore bearers built plenty of sheltered spots in Rome that have lovely views! I made three sketches on my parting day–two are shown below.
Daisy and I stopped in at Sta. Maria in Trastevere…
and the doors were open to celebrate mass.
Two priests spread incense.
At dinner, Daisy showed me her watercolor work…
and her drawings fascinated our waitress.
What a gorgeous pen drawing of the monument to Victor Emmanuel.
We had such fun!
The next day, I visited the Pantheon…
…for a quick sketch.
And when I noticed rain was on the way, I headed to the courtyard designed by Bramante, adjacent to Santa Maria della Pace.
I made my last sketch in Rome, for this trip, under the shelter of Bramante’s cloister.
I’m wrapping up my week as “Scholar in Residence” for the University of Oregon’s study abroad program in Rome. It’s been a fun and informative learning experience.
I’m posting images from the studio review we had on Thursday, to give you an idea of what it’s like to be an architecture student or professor.
These students have completed second year of a five-year professional degree program (leading to the Bachelor’s of Architecture degree). They will start third year in the fall.
They’ve done some very nice design work so far in their three-credit architecture studio class in Rome. Their site is an embankment wall, built in the late 1800s to keep the Tiber River from flooding the city as it has done for centuries.
According to Wikipedia:
The Tiber was once known for its floods — the Campus Martius is a flood plain and would regularly flood to a depth of 2 metres (6 ft 7 in). The river is now confined between high stone embankments which were begun in 1876. Within the city, the riverbanks are lined by boulevards known as lungoteveri, streets “along the Tiber.”
Drawings by a student in Daisy’s class.
Amanda’s model of the existing site
Amanda’s new design…
…using the concept of frames.
…and offering suggestions.
An analytic model of the existing site
Nick included a new bridge for access using bikes and wheelchairs…
…and she drew a helpful perspective of the new design.
A detail of Nicki’s site section
Around the table
Miranda explaining the research, precedents, and conceptual underpinning of her design.
Miranda’s model of the existing site
Miranda’s new plan
The model of Miranda’s proposed design
…and Lauren, and Shannon.
Laurel presented her ideas, too.
Laurel’s goals and objectives…
…helped her generate a new design…
…converting the existing site…
…into an urban beach.
Headed out for breakfast and a day of exploring in the breeze and sunshine of Rome. Yesterday’s rain cooled the city down, and it’s amazingly comfortable today. Hoping to get some more sketching in today.
Via dell’Arco del Monte
At the Pantheon
After sketching yesterday morning, I spent almost all of the day editing the article we hope to have published in the Journal of Engineering Education.
I was inspired by emails that Mike Murphy, Eddie Conlon, and I received from the editor of the book we’ve written a chapter for. He emailed us:
The chapter is a very timely, central and relevant chapter for Springer vol II. It would also have fitted nicely into vol I section I. The chapter has a clear, logical, and coherent structure, is well written and very interesting to read. In particular in clarifying the confusion surrounding the engineer and engineering technologist distinction the chapter provides new and useful insights. Moreover there is a good integration between theoretical positions mentioned in the introductory framing of the identity issue and the remaining part. Research problems and methods are clearly stated.
I nearly got clubbed by a Roman!
The chapter is accepted for publication in its present form. Congratulations.
and then the next day:
Your chapter is very good and there is absolutely no reason to change anything. My congratulations to you and your co-authors. Well done.
These messages were a dream come true! They helped keep me focused through many hours of editing yesterday.
At 4:30 PM, I headed out for a tour of the Villa Farnese, a sandwich and ice cream (I hadn’t eaten since breakfast), and a little stroll through the city.
I haven’t shown it here, but I strolled past the site I often use for projects with my Hampton University students. There’s been construction activity on the site for the past two years, because a parking garage was planned. For years, they’ve been excavating here (because there are Roman ruins under the ground everywhere here and they have to study and document them). The signage surrounding the site is now different from it was last summer and last September (when I last visited). I’m hoping this change means someone important decided against installing a parking garage; it would be a travesty to put such a structure on Via Gulia!
From Borromini’s clock tower at Piazza Orologio…
…I headed east for an ice cream at the Frigidarium (2 Euro for two flavors dipped in chocolate!)….
…and I headed onward toward Piazza Navona…
…where I nearly got clubbed by a Roman!
After Navona, I usually continue through the courtyard of San Ivo…
…on my way to the Pantheon (my favorite building in the world!)
Taylor, Katie, Daisy, Cody, and me deep in conversation over a design proposal.
On Tuesday, I delivered a lecture to the University of Oregon architecture students here in Rome. Daisy made me feel like a million bucks with her introduction! We worked together at Hampton University from 2005-2010 and got to know each other well. I miss her, but I’m thrilled that she’s doing so well for herself!
In the talk, I shared examples of the research I’ve been doing and discussed the need for architects to expand their research abilities.
After the lecture, three of the students presented their design progress. Daisy, the other students, and I gave feedback and ideas for further development.
A scheme for getting down to the water…
…as seen from the other side of the Tiber River.
Models are great for helping visualize space.
Here’s Cody’s model of the site’s existing qualities…
…and a conceptual sketch of his along with a list of design objectives.
In our group on Tuesday…
…everybody got involved in sharing ideas.
We had lots of interesting work…