Located just outside of Kansas City, the Sunset Drive Office Building Pavilion (or SDOB) is a multi-use pavilion serving the Johnson County Sunset Building and the seven different government departments located within. The initial pavilion design was done by el dorado inc, but due to unexpected budget cuts and high bids the project looked like it wasn’t going to be possible. These seemingly unfortunate events provided an opportunity for Design+Make to adopt the project and work in a real-world, civic setting.
There is an inseparable relationship between art and the built environment. Almost anywhere there are humans, art can be found intertwined with buildings and streetscapes. Art is something that can be mixed in with architecture and community and often evokes a response. Art can also bring humanistic aspects to an environment that can otherwise be cold or unfamiliar—and the great thing about art is it can be anything.
Street art often evokes more thought and emotion than a sculptural piece in the plaza of a civic building. From the book “Street Art, Public City,” Alison Young portrays the image of street art she passed everyday... (more)
This past semester has been very unique for what was once the “ReStart Team.” We came back from Christmas Break looking forward to moving forward with our ReStart design, to begin shop drawings, build more mockups, and work with the people of ReStart to get our project successfully finished. Unfortunately, due to an insurance policy issue, the project was canceled and deemed “ReStart ReStart Stop.” Thankfully, we were able to find a new project with its own unique set of challenges, to work on for the rest of the semester.
This new project was dubbed... (more)
What is culture? It is not something simply assembled by a mixture of dialect, religion, food, morals, and traditions, but rather an ever transforming accumulation of a group or area and the unique traits that set it apart. Culture can be displayed through our person via means of dialect, morals, etc. but what about the culture of our built environment? It is fair to assume one could argue culture, in terms of built environment, could be defined as context(i.e. an accumulation of surroundings which create an identity of place). As designers however, we have an urgency to not define culture of built environment solely as context, but something more... (more)
Throughout our time at Kansas State the dynamic of studio has remained fairly consistent. We have always worked individually on one project at a time. We are able to manage our time, work when we want, and create our own schedule. The Design+Make Studio has made for a drastic change that will help prepare us for our careers within the profession.
Working individually is no longer an option, as collaboration is necessary to generate better ideas and production with limited time. The idea of working on a singular project has been thrown out the door as well... (more)