Archive for July, 2010

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lay ground

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Our proposal for the 2010 addition of DesCours in New Orleans. We are proposing to fabricate a contoured landscape utilizing EPS foam cut by a computer controlled robotic hotwire. The landscape would be covered in sod and is designed to facilitate public gathering and lounging. Luminaires are installed and eminate light from select slits in the surface. The final proposal would conform to the specific constraints of an assigned site. EPS foam – and not to mention sod are 100% recycleable materials. The competition will be decided in mid-august. Our complete proposal can be viewed here.

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triangular blooms scripted model

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Following our Triangular Blooms competition entry earlier this year – we decided to develop the script from that project a bit further and produce a few physical study models. Some pics of the first attempt below. The scripting was created in Rhinocerous with Rhinonest used to do some of the labeling and flattening of the pieces. Parts were then laser cut and assembled. The plan is develop and eventually build a full scale proposal – but in a different configuration. The value of using the script is that it can be applied to almost any form – In addition we can vary the number of parts and thickness of the material by simply changing the variables in the script.

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recent publications

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Two recent publications that feature the work of area.. middle_out: practices, geographies and the near now, ed. Jason Young and Fellowships in Architecture, ed. Janice Harvey. Both books are collections of the work of University of Michigan fellows and faculty over the last 20 years or so. The fellowships book is available through Amazon.