I’m working on proofreading two publications at the same time. One is Spanish, and the other is Japanese, so the proofreading methods and progress also reflect the country’s character. In Japan, the first proofs are red (red, black, and blue marker, to be exact) that look tough to be solved. On the other hand, in Spain, we don’t understand Spanish’s red color, so we leave the Spanish to them, check the English quickly, and since they don’t have the first proof of Japanese, we have to do it ourselves. It was interesting to find out some kanji not used in Japan. However, we are finally at the stage where the color proofs are coming out, and they will print in mid-February. The book is divided into three sections: Chapter 1: Windows, Chapter 2: Frames and Re-frames, Chapter 3: Fujiyoshida experience, and Chapter 4: Flow and Stagnation, with a total of 27 works. They told me that the buildings contained should be built in the last ten years, but the early window works are essential to talk about my windows, so they kindly included my work from 2001, the house with the ribbon windows #2.
I replaced the shower curtain. I changed it to transparent because the previous milky one made space look small. Transparent one let the bathroom become spacious. It may get dirty with scale soon, but it’s an experiment.
道の駅の地盤調査の速報が入っていくるが、表土３０センチから下は玄武岩でN値５０。建築人生長いがこんな硬い地盤を見たのは初めてである。received a preliminary report on the ground survey of the roadside station, which showed that the ground below 30 centimeters of topsoil was basalt with an N value of 50. The first time I have seen such a hard land in my long life of architecture.
There are differences in countries and cultures in human society, and there is an idea of multiculturalism that recognizes them on an equal footing. On the other hand, there are various worlds in the natural world, and there is a way of thinking that recognizes the differences and treats them equally, which is called multi-naturalism. For example, the world of insects, the world of fish, the world of Japanese, and the world of Chinese are different and equal. There is a student who is thinking about what will happen if she thinks about architecture based on such an idea in her master’s thesis design. What kind of design will be born, though it sounds interesting?
Yesterday, I downloaded the 40 or so thesis projects of the undergraduate students and watched them all. We increased the number of presentation boards by two than previous years and asked for a 3D representation equivalent to a model, but I realized that it is not easy to acquire such skills, unfortunately. Today, I read eight of the master’s thesis design abstracts from my lab. They were all interesting, but not many of them gave me an idea of what the design was all about. I do wonder what kind of impact Corona has had on the field of architectural education. I’m not pessimistic, but I’m not optimistic either.
Our house is on the left at the end of a dead-end street. For some reason, when I enter this alley, I feel like I’ve been there before. This morning I found out why. My parents’ house in Oizumigakuen was also built on the left side at the end of the cul-de-sac. My parents’ house’s front door was rarely locked because only the residents came into the cul-de-sac.