5/3/2014

As the semester rapidly comes to an end, it is necessary to stop (well, pause, I have stuff to do) and reflect. When time has allowed, I meticulously study Matthew Crawford’s book, Shop Class as Soulcraft; the tag line provoking a greater discussion: “an inquiry into the value of work.” This post could steal that title, or be something like“The Agency of Physical Labor: Hard Work’s Metacognitive Benefits”, or something less self-important, but regardless a question arises: why does the act of “doing” change the game? An el dorado credo that more or less reads “if you design it, build it, and install it—good will come” has held true for our studio. I think what el dorado, and Crawford are getting at is that as you cross the line from thinker to doer, some magic happens and you start to “get it”... (more)

5/1/2014

Design + Make’s Mobile Office has come to fruition and is taking physical form for all to see. Recently, one of my peers came up to me and asked, so, your masters thesis is a green furniture project? Appalled and frustrated I explained that although furniture/product by nature, our project signifies much more. As the Design + Make sustainability director for the Hardesty Renaissance Mobile Office, it is my job to sever the image of our project as “a green furniture project” and inform the public how it represents Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) /Hardesty Renaissance EDC sustainable mission...(more)

4/26/2014

A quick search on Google for “using pallet wood” will bring up over six million results. It has become a fad to repurpose pallets into another object. There are several disadvantages, however, to using pallet wood. The most important thing to determine before using pallets is finding out if they are heat-treated or saturated with formaldehyde...(more)

4/26/2014

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It has always been part of the architecture profession to optimize the client’s needs during the initial programming phase of design. Through new technology and insight there has been a shift in the ways that architects can aid the client not only in design but in facility optimization as well. These can range from specifically laying out each piece of furniture to managing the functions of an environment. With the new technology and knowledge available, facilities optimization is the evolution of programming...(more)

4/22/2014

Last week, we reviewed our completed work thus far with Prof. Dowell, who brought to our attention theidea of Quality Control. According to Dictionary.com, Quality Control is a system for verifying andmaintaining a desired level of quality in an existing product or service by careful planning, use of properequipment, continued inspection, and corrective action as required...  (more)