Eugene Ray SDSU 1970's

Eugene Ray SDSU 1970's
Eugene Ray 1970's. photo credit: Tom Davis

Sunday, January 25, 2015

RADIANT PROTOTYPES / design for affordable housing

+PREFABRICATED HOUSING+
>has been a profound objective in my design effort<
>& my paper researched to save lajolla bungalows<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY/+
+LAJOLLA BUNGALOWS)+
>has been a bright moment in my housing interest<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

+BALI HAI HOTEL+
>bungalows on moorea were not prefabricated<
>but they could have been, saving many $$$<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ TAHITI BUNGALOWS)+
>& resulting in an even better quality design<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+ENVIRON PROTOTYPES+
>was the class i taught at sdsu that encouraged<
>economy via >prefabrication and several of<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+> / WINNING PROJECTS)+
>our students won awards w/ prefabricated<
>techniques as the trump toward economy<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
                                      
 >the lajolla red bungalows of 1894 facing cove beach<
>were my inspiration for an economy housing using<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ TENSILE STRUCTURE)+
>prefabrication as a method to reduce the final cost<
>(tensile nature of the umbrellas was a lesson too)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >it was at lsu in baton rouge teaching my first<
>students that two of my students won awards<
+(GOOGLE :> EUGENE RAY /+
+WINNING LSU STUDENTS)+
>using prefab prototype techniques / the first<
>was luis acosta winning this french award<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >in california i designed several economy prefab<
>bungalow prototypes inspired by the lajolla light<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+ENVIRON PROTOTYPES+
>weight bungalows / this concept provides the<
>add on porches, allowing expansion potential<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>in california at sdsu, several of my students won<
>competition awards using prefab technology &<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ KEENER-TISCARINO+
+& TERADA-BREUNIG)+
>a bright moment was this "kit of parts" design<
>for apartments in an >urban california setting<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
                                      
 >my research had revealed that as early as the<
>eighteenth century, housing in san domingo<
+(GOOGLE :> EUGENE RAY /+
+de GRUY PREFAB HOUSES)+
>was prefabed in louisiana / probably by<
>our nola ancestor jean baptiste degruy<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >a triumph tr-3 roadster was the english sports<
>car i drove for many years that inspired our<
+(CONVERTABLE CARS & /+
+CONVERTABLE HOUSES)+
>effort toward a more "sportif" approach to<
>economy housing for a democratic society<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >my design for a beach resort for baja california<
>mexico, featured several light-wght prototypes<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ ECO MUNDO RESORT)+
>that were children of my research in polynesia<
>including aerodyne openable beach bungalows<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
                                      
 >the glazed house i built for my family in the<
>sansouci forest lent itself to prefab design as<
+(GOOGLE :>> EUGENE RAY /+
+SANSOUCI FOREST HOUSE)+
>the roof panels were prefabbed and the rest<
>of the design could have (built in 2 months)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the beach bungalows designed for baja calif<
>mexico were a >favorite design oriented to<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>/ BAJA BUNGALOWS)+
>prefab techniques / ( the unisphere concept<
>progendered this & is my most favored) !
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >universal spheroid, (unisphere), seen upper left<
>in a catalog of my designs…is the largest and<
+(GOOGLE :> EUGENE RAY+
+/ UNIVERSAL SPHEROID)+
>most healthy of the prefab houses i designed<
>because the garden is inside the spheroid<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >design for a prefab park convenience station<
>is not monumental…but is still an important<
+(GOOGLE :> EUGENE RAY /+
+ / AUDUBON & CITY PARK)+
>chalenge to provide quality at an affordable<
>price / (balboa park is 100 years this year)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >kotaro nakamura, yoshi matsuhisa, chikako<
>terada hart and arathy rangswami (photo)<
+(GOOGLE :> EUGENE RAY /+
+SDSU GRAD ENV DESIGN)+
>all designed excellent prefab prototypes<
>for housing in my >sdsu grad program<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >perhaps my favorite prefab prototype effort<
>w/ my students was "kit of parts" residence<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+KIT OF PARTS IN DOME)+
>designs incorporating gardens under domes<
>which encourage all to assemble the abode<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE+
>(less then >1% of americans<
>can afford to build a house)< !
+U.S. IS A BADLY NEEDED TYPE+ !
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
eugene ray, mfa, architect
professor emeritus, sdsu




Saturday, January 24, 2015

MARIAN & MARIANNE / radiant, loving, beautiful wives

+EACH MOMENT IS PRECIOUS+
>this nightly blog effort has allowed me to<
>see life in a perspective that is rare and i<
+ART OF LIFE /+
+LIFE AS ART+
>am trying to be objective & fair about<
>history while >learning from memory<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
+JOY & SADNESS+
>are the >2 poles of life that are always<
>with us & are >strong in my memory<
+(SOME THINGS ARE+
+VERY DIFFICULT+
+to WRITE ABOUT)+
>of a life that has been very fortunate<
>in many ways but >also sad in ways<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 +MARIAN & MARIANNE+
>my wives, have been my blessing in<
>life and i am very grateful for grace<
+(GRATITUDE FILLS+
+MY AGED HEART)+
>they have brought into our homes<
>and our lives which i write about<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >marianne was a friend of marian & i  for ten<
>years before marian passed on after a long<
+(MARIANNE & MARIAN @+
+>/ LA VALENCIA HOTEL)+
>battle w/ two types of cancer over many<
>years, >including our visits to polynesia<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >it has been a joy to construct many volumes<
>of metaphysical graphics about marian and<
+(MARIAN IN LAJOLLA+
+& THE SILVER SHIP)+
>marianne who have both been >stars for<
>many cameras over many years of life<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>marian was precious (even though she described<
>herself as flawed)…if i was a better person she<
+(MARIAN'S >GRACES< ARE+
+WHAT I WANT TO HONOR)+ !
>could have overcome the >personal issues.<
>she had precious >graces< i want to honor<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >it is very poignant to pour over the graphics<
>of life with marian, especially in our early<
+(MARIAN IN OUR FIRST+
+YEAR OF MARRIAGE)+
>years of marriage >in baton rouge seen<
>here in our radiant  years 1955 to 1959<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >a typical page of >metaphysical graphics has<
>a variety of images that together are stronger<
+(COLLAGE GRAPHICS+
+AS >SYNERGY VIEW)+
>then if one image was shown alone…this<
>is called synergy, a child of bucky fuller<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >in addition to our pilgrimages to polynesia it<
>was my honor to take marian to norway the<
+(MARIAN @ THE >FAMED+
+NORSE STAVE CHURCH)+
>country of her ancestors and she was very<
>happy and grateful / feeling right at home<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >it was in the south seas where i felt at home<
>especially at this vanilla >plantation house<
+(VANILLA PLANTATION+
+>>INTO A BOUTIQUE)+
>converted into a boutique w/ the pareos<
>hanging out front for a >splash of color<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >many people from california fly to hawiian<
>destinations w/o realizing that air france<
+(TAHITI IS A TROPICAL+
+TASTE OF >FRANCE<)+!
>planes leave for tahiti from l.a. every pm<
>to arrive at >papeete in the earlly dawn<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>nature in polynesia is a >radiant power &<
>my brides like this >radiant dragonfly as<
+(MARIAN / MARIANNE+
+PRECIOUS & BRIGHT)+
>photographed by nilly gill….beautiful<
>bright & precious example's of nature<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>beginning in 1950 when we met, marian was<
>my faithful companion on many photography<
+(MARIAN LOVED OUR+
+LA. PHOTO SAFARIS)+
>expeditions to document our family heritage<
>always looking for >lost family plantations<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >in our first year of marriage i gave marian a<
>siamese cat called "nong khai"…sadly nong<
+(MARIAN W/ HER+
+>SIAMESE CAT)+
>died after the first cold weather…and i took<
>his frail body to bury on a lot we purchased<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >after marian died in the winter of 2003 marianne<
>became a light of hope & warmth that saved me<
+(JOY $ SADNESS+
+IN SPRING 2004)+
>from an abyss of despair ….we eventually were<
>able to marry in a small >pacific grove wedding<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >marianne was raised in westwood village in<
>los ángeles near ucla where derek received<
+(MARIANNE CONWAY+
+RAY, MY BRIDE / 2004)+
>his master's degree….my entire family has<
>embraced marianne w/ much >admiration<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+MARIAN IS MISSED BUT+
>(a precious soul)<
+MARIANNE IS RADIANT+
+EACH DAY is PRECIOUS+
>(life is amazing,<
>/& obsfucated)< !
+WE ARE so >GRATEFUL+ !
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>disclaimer : please know i do not<
>want to present myself as a very<
>virtuous and admirable persona<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+I WAS ALL TOO HUMAN+
+& SUFFER MY >FAULTS+ !
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
eugene ray, mfa, architect
professor emeritus, sdsu












Friday, January 23, 2015

LOVE IN THE SOUTH SEAS 3 / bali hai hotel to silver ship


+MARIAN LOVED BALI HAI HOTEL+
>on the island of moorea and we stayed there<
>on five glorious occasions as i also loved it<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>>>/ PAUL GAUGUIN)+
>and was interested in paul gauguin's work<
>plus polynesian culture, art & architecture<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+THREE NEWPORT BEACH+
>american surfers, "the bali hai boys"<
>built the "bali hai hotel"& designed<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>> / BALI HAI HOTEL)+
>the early over the water bungalows<
>that are very >relaxing & popular<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 

+MARIAN PASSED AWAY+
>in december of 2003 but enjoyed<
>thirty years of european & tahiti<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ MARIAN OLSEN RAY)+
>travel in the summers with me<
>including my london lectures<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >tonight's photos are a combine of archival<
>extracts from our bali hai hotel journeys in<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ ISLAND OF MOOREA)+
>moorea to some photos inside the silver<
>ship made in marian's last decade of life<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the over water bungalows at the bali hai<
>hotel are protected from storm waves by<
+(GOOGLE : BALI HAI+
+HOTEL / MOOREA)+
>a coral reef that encircles moorea island<
>(they are popular and more expensive)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>the original bali hai hotel has been replaced<
>by a second version located on cooks bay<
+(GOOGLE : "BALI+
+>>>HAI BOYS")+
>(two of the three "bal hai boys" still live)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >marian and i loved the old bali hai hotel<
>on moorea which was built across the<
+(OUR BALI HAI+
+>BUNGALOW+)
>road from a beautiful plantation house<
>for growing vanilla (now a boutique)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >early in our life together, marian developed<
>a love for the colors of the tropic syndrome<
+(MARIAN AND I WERE+
+MARRIED 48 YEARS)+ !
>and we found fabulous dresses for her in<
>the boutique of >moorea's bali hai hotel<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the french cooking at the hotel was very<
>good but marian & i also loved a small<
+(ALFRESCO FRENCH+
+DINING / MOOREA)+
>nearby restaurant we could easily walk<
>to called "le case" it was magnificent<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the beautiful "pareo fabrics"are sold all over<
>the island of moorea at small boutiques and<
+(FRENCH FASHION MEETS+
+POLYNESIAN RADIANCE)+
>the hotels….our favorite boutique was in an<
>ornate 19th century vanilla plantation house<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >marian was a brillient scholar, earning a<
>phi beta kappa key upon graduation as a<
+(MARIAN EARNED HER+
+PHI BETA KAPPA KEY)+
>specialist in english literature from sdsu<
>and working as a scripps inst. librarian<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >marian loved our silver ship home & studio<
>and we enjoyed many family occasions w/<
+(MARIAN >LOVED FLOWERS+
+IN OUR"SHIP"LIVING ROOM)+
>the greenhouse type living room providing<
>much daylight & 180 degree canyon views<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>our son derek, as many of you know has<
>two fine vocations…1) a teacher with a<
+(GOOGLE : DEREK RAY /+
+"SAN DIEGO READER")+
>dedication for teaching special ed children<
>2) writer-photographer of >travel poetics<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
 >our daughters bronwen & lesley seen with<
>marian here spent many years in the silver<
+(BRONWEN & LESLEY+
+OUR 2 DAUGHTERS)+
>ship w/ their own rooms.. graduating from<
>lajolla high & going on to >positive lives<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >we much preferred the round dining<
>table to an earlier rectangular table &<
+(SILVER SHIP ROUND+
+DINING TABLE 1990s)+
>especially w/ its expansion potential<
>by adding a central >mahogany leaf<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>marian died in the silver ship but with<
>many happy memories of the beauty<
+(MARIAN AT A BALI+
+HAI 1990s SUNSET)+
>of the south seas and hotel bali hai<
>her very favorite vacation location<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+THE NIGHT MARIAN DIED+
+AMAZING EVENTS WERE+
>(google :> eugene ray /<
>the night marian died)<
+ACTIVATED RADIANTLY+
+IN >>OUR BEDROOM<<+ !
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
eugene ray, mfa, architect
professor emeritus, sdsu

Thursday, January 22, 2015

LOVE IN THE SOUTH SEAS 3 / pareo de tahiti

+FRENCH TROPIC SYNDROME+
>is the term i have developed to describe the<
>spiritual status that has fueled my life-work<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>/ SANSOUCI FOREST)+
>& my ancestors in the french orient forest<
>& caused me to build in >sansouci forest<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+FRENCH ORIENT FOREST+
>i feel confident is the source of my passion via<
>genetic memory for >french tropic syndrome<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>>/ ORIENT FOREST)+
>that fueled my work leading to radiant vision<
>radiant concepts and >radiant architecture< !
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

+RADIANT ARCHITECTURE+
>evolved while we lived in the sansouci<
>forest as i started working more with<
+(GOOGLE :>> EUGENE RAY/+
+RADIANT ARCHITECTURE)+
>color, light. energy, culminating in<
>my work in new orleans & tulane<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >marian and i found moorea was the best island<
>for us to stay while in polynesia because of the<
+GOOGLE : BALI HAI HOTEL+
+ISLAND OF MOOREA / 1993+
>"bali hai hôtel" of bungalows on the ocean run<
>by three americans / ( radiant organic design)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >read the story of the three americans from<
>newport beach ca. who started the bali hai<
+(BAKED PIG COOKED+
+IN >EARTHEN PITS)+ !
>hotel in 1960 on the net / ("bali hai boys")<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >these vintage photos of polynesian islands<
>probably date from the 1920s or earlier &<
+(FRENCH CULTURE >W/+
+TAHITIAN IS RADIANT)+
>document the euro-polynesian synthesis<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >these photos are part of a cache of vintage<
>south sea polynesian photos i purchased<
+(DOMICAL & CONICAL+
+>VITAL STRUCTURES)+
>at the koby swap meet (thanks to ralph)
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>the art & sensuality of aboriginal polynesian<
>culture was synergized w/ french culture in,
+(MARIAN >LOVED TAHITI+
>(so did i / art-life-love)
+MOOREA & BORA BORA)+
>modern tahiti, moorea and bora bora the<
>three islands we visited in our five visits<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >radiant beauty was powerful and everywhere<
>in the french tropic syndrome that synthesized<
+(ART WAS EVERYWHERE+
+IN TAHITIAN ENVIRON)+
>the best of the polynesian & french artistry w/<
>art, architecture & crafts exciting & sensuous<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >marian and i purchased modern postcards at<
>the bali hai hotel where we stayed in a very<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ BUNGALOW DESIGN)+
>organic open but screened bungalow group<
>constructed by 3 surfers of newport beach<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 >marian and i loved the art that went into the<
>beautiful "pareos de tahiti" fabric wearing &<
+(GOOGLE : "PAREO DE+
+TAHITI" >>FOR INFO)+
>tying and enrolled marian into classes that<
>instructed the intricate potentials available<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>the beauty of healthy human bodies, pareos<
>amid the french tropic syndrome was very<
+(ART & ENVIRON WERE+
+RADIANT >SYNTHESIS)+
>powerful and love making was important<
>in the daily schedule of >island activities<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

                                      
>i have constructed five archival books of<
>collage graphics devoted to the radiant<
+GOOGLE :>>> EUGENE RAY/+
+METAPHYSICAL GRAPHICS+
>organic beauty of tahiti, moorea and<
>bora bora >transcendent manifests)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the organic world of polynesia synthesized<
>with >french artistry is reminiscent of the<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ TROPIC SYNDROME)+
>best of louisiana alchemy of the african<
>w/ the >french artistry of family history<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

+DEDICATION+
>this series of blogs is dedicated to all<
>of our good friends in louisiana and<
+(THNOC & SDSU+
+> TOP THE LIST)+ !
>california who have believed in our<
>effort and have >aided it so well< !
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+(THE PLANT KINGDOM+
>(radiant architecture<
>of organic alchemy)<
+/ ESSENTIAL / VITAL)+ !
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
eugene ray, mfa, architect
professor emeritus, sdsu