Back to School at 40-something – The All-Nighter!
This week is mostly a blur. The thing I’ve been trying not to do all term, the thing I’ve been planning against, taking steps to avoid, hit me – not once, but twice! This thing, of course, is the dreaded “all-nighter”.
You work straight through the night into the early hours of the morning and when dawn breaks and the birds start chirping, your heart sinks as you realize you have to greet the new day with no sleep. It’s ridiculous really – the physical and mental punishment – but when you’ve got to meet a deadline, there’s no other choice.
The first all-nighter was Sunday into Monday as I was preparing a public presentation of my theatre design project. The school invites 30 architects, professors and artists from the community to a round-robin evaluation of the students’ work-in-progress. For 15 minutes you have the opportunity to present and discuss, one-on-one, your ideas and show your work (sketches, plans, sections, elevations, models…). There is no grading component to the exercise; it’s strictly about feedback. Consequently, the more product you have, the better the discussion, the more helpful the criticism. I found the round-robin method of evaluation particularly helpful, especially when compared to our usual in-class critiques, which because of the number of students is often lighter than one would like. I didn’t necessarily agree with everything that was said, but found it to be an amazing way of exposing the creative mind to many different points of view in a short period of time. Well worth the lack of sleep.
I’m noticing that with every all-nighter I seem to be making a physical and mental adjustment. As undesirable as 24 hours with no sleep may be, my tolerance seems to increase with each event. It’s not my intention to continue working through the night, but it is encouraging and even comforting to realize that if I have to, I can.
This week meet a couple of classmates from Newfoundland:
Justin Kennedy, 25
About: built like a tank, with the sense of humour to match, but don’t judge this book by its cover – that would be a huge mistake! that architectural intuition runs deep.