Architectural Theory

Friday, August 26, 2005

Mint Julep

This is an excellent mint julep recipe, if anyone is interested.
You will need:

2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water (branch water is ideal)
Fresh Mint
Crushed Ice
Kentucky Bourbon (2 ounces per serving)
Make a simple mint syrup* by boiling sugar and water together for 5 minutes; cool. Place in a covered container with 6 or 8 bruised mint sprigs. Refrigerate overnight.
Make a julep by filling a julep cup* or glass with crushed ice, then adding 1 tablespoon of mint syrup and 2 ounces of bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost outside of cup or glass. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig..
*This makes enough syrup for about 44 juleps.
Extra Tips:
• Always use a premium Kentucky bourbon
• Use crushed or shaved ice and pack in cup.
• To bruise mint, place in a cup and gently pass the back of a spoon between cup and the leaves a time or two. You want the mint to release some of the fragrant oils.
• Add a straw cut to protrude just above the rim of the cup and serve. You should be able to get a faint whiff of the mint sprig when you're sipping.
• Keep the covered syrup in the refrigerator (after removing the mint leaves) if you don't plan on drinking all the servings.. Enjoy later....

Terms Defined by Dr. Carpenter

civic engagement:
social and educational exchange between members of society
an intense and concentrated collaborative design session utilising community input to define the goals of a community design project
a group of people who are socially interdependent, who participate together in discussion and decision-making, and who share certain practices that define the community
community design centre (CDC):
a non-profit organisation that enables communities to increase their influence, control, ownership and management of community design and development activities.
design-build (DB):
There are two distinct definitions for design-build, one in Practice and one in Academia. It is important to differentiate between the two:
in Architectural Education is defined as the interrelation of conceptual ideas with project fabrication assembly. During this process, ideas are revealed through the process of making. DB is sometimes performed through team efforts or individual exploration depending on the lead professor’s project interest and learning objectives.
Practice DB:
in Architectural Practice is defined as a contractual relationship between an owner and an entity that offers both design and construction services, which often saves the owner money and produces completed buildings at a faster pace than the typical architect/contractor paradigm.
design-build studio (DBS):
A university course in which students build selected designs, typically for a community. Collaboration, conflict resolution, finance management and communication with clients are common and necessary elements of these courses. (Emerged in North America in the 1970s and are presently active)
live project (LP):
A university course that incorporates actual practice-based methods into an educational environment for clear learning outcomes. (Prevalent in Great Britain in the 1960s and 70s)
an act of benefit to society or a specific community
service learning:
courses and studios that provide an enriched educational experience for students through community-based projects

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." -Friedrich Nietzsche Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 23, 2005


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