Intern Intel: Burnt Foam Blocks

By: Ari Borzea
27 July 2018

My week was full of burnt foam blocks.

I learned that I love to build models. I cut hundreds of little pieces of foam for my second design charrette on my project. I nearly lost a finger once or twice and over the course of three hours my “mistake pile” full of burnt pieces had grown to an unprecedented height but I thoroughly enjoyed making the models. It was fun and the little blocks helped everyone visualize the space and how objects would interact with each other. Seeing everyone get hands on and bringing all their ideas to my projects invigorated me.

I was lucky enough to go on a site visit to a project CTA is working on. Walking around and seeing the bare bones of such an old building was insanely cool. The different types of structural supports across the building told a story of everything this building had been through. While we were discussing what would be happening to the building, it was fun to envision what it would look like. It helped me see the reason why I love architecture. I’ve always wanted to make a difference in the world but everything that I am capable of always felt too small or insignificant. However, by designing spaces that exhilarate, inspire, and help people, I can indirectly affect people through the spaces that they interact with every day.

This post is part of a series about Ari’s summer internship at CTA. Find more installments here.

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