Europe is filled with stunning little villages all over the place. One of my favourite things is exploring these places with my parents. A big part of my childhood was spent doing it with my mum and sisters through Italy. It wasn't something I appreciated until later in life. But here we are getting lost in Spain hunting out bridges in strange places. Go to a Europe, get a car and get lost. Its awesome!
After meeting up with Dad and grabbing our rental car we decided we needed to get out of Madrid, and thought we would just find food on the way. About 1 hour North of Madrid, I could see a small town on the map and we decided to pull in. We arrived here.. Torija. The strangest small town I have ever been to. A large village full of houses on NO ONE around. We saw a total of possible 6 people as we spent 30min exploring the city. They have a huge fricken castle though!!! A strange, strange place. The girl at the bus stop sat there waiting the entire time we were in this town, must be only one bus a day, you wouldn't want to miss it!
I have been trying to find words.. But no matter how much you think you are prepared for in life it will challenge you to the enth degree. Fin Dunning was taken from this world far far too soon, he was a good friend and the closest I have ever had to a younger brother. I will miss you Fin, you always had a cheeky smile on your face and a belly full of nutella. You are a truly great person and one who never shied away from a challenge. It's our challenge now, and we need your strength.
Rest in Peace Brother - Finlay Dunning
29/03/1995 - 20/09/2015
I wrote this around 1 year ago and never had the courage to post it. Posting it made it seem too real, I just couldn't do it. Fin, we miss you. Im doing my best to look after your brother, but you know how stubborn he can be.. he tried to buy a boat last week! with no where to put it! but don't worry, he'll be out there on the seas soon enough. He just wants to be like you! I love you Fin.
Starting off with a stunning spring Aarhus day we headed along the coast north of Aarhus. I was loaded up on my Crowe-Rishworth, Tom was christening my Empella Cross bike and Nick was rolling on a bike we made the day before out of 3 abandoned bikes we found in the trash. Needless to say with in the first 25km Nicks makeshift bike got a puncture. Turns out the tube in the rear wheel had 4 patches in it!!!
As well as applying for Aarhus Architecture School I also applied for 3 others throughout Scandinavia. One oh which was KTH in Stockholm, This was actually to be my first choice! and I got accepted.. But the cost was just too insane, making Aarhus my only viable option.
It was amazing to go and visit the University though, absolutely beautiful site and buildings giving the feeling of a real university power house!
The crazy danes have a tradition of burning witches to celebrate Midsummer, while the swedes wear pretty dresses with flowers in their hair and dance around a giant penis. No one wanted to go out and check out the bonfires with Nick and I as they claimed the weather was too shit, well shame on them, it turned out to be foggiest but most spectacular night Ive ever seen. It was straight out of some horror movie with bonfires lining the coast as far as the eye could see.
Samuel sums up everything that represents Studio MAD. 3 years ago, never having sailed in his life, he said 'that looks like fun I should buy a boat'. Then being the over achiever he is, he decided that he could design one better than anything he could buy. But whats the point in just designing a boat for your thesis and drawing some pretty pictures of it? In Samuels mind there isn't. He went on, during his 6 month thesis, to build his design, from scratch. The studio is called Making Architectural Design, however Samuel took it a bit too literally. The dude is a Madman? or a Genius? or are they the same thing? The most incredibly hard working individual I have ever met and I am stoked to be able to call him my friend. Samuel you are RAD and you are definitely MAD.
In early July I traveled to Madrid to meet up with my Mum and Dad. We spent the next 10 days traveling up from Madrid, through Pamplona, to Bilbao and then in to the Pyrenees in the south of France. A truly awesome and action packed trip with the two best people in the world. I have a serious amount of exploring photos from this trip which ill slowly post over the coming month or so, so expect a lot of daily posts!!!!
These where taken on the last day of studio MAD. An amazing bunch of people and an absolute amazing studio, the best possible place to spend my first year in Aarhus. Sadly studio MAD has now been shut down and the tutors that made it such an amazing place to be have gone on to teach and fuel the minds of the bachelor students. Studio MAD you will be missed, we had the most fun and built the most stuff with the best people. Working hard is easy when its fun. Thank you studio MAD and everyone that made it what it was.