As a student of architecture, most of the fabrication I have been involved in doesn’t go past a 1” = 1’ scale model. Though this has proven to be a valuable design tool, there are far more levels to a built project that can only be addressed during full scale fabrication. Through my experience with the Johnson County Sunset Pavilion I have discovered that there are 7 levels of fabrication involved before a project can be completed.
These words are uttered far too often within the KSU Design+Make Studio. As projects have arisen and some have disappeared, we, as a studio, have gained a vast amount of knowledge about project coordination. Specifically within the Alma pavilion project we have encountered many unexpected obstacles, such as material specifications and poor time planning. Not all of these problems could have been avoided, but I am sure that some of them could have been with... (more)
As Designers we have a tendency to design large open spaces to create large and social gathering spaces. There has been a recent push within the academic world and business world for increased collaboration to increase creativity and production. The question is, is collaboration always the best solution? Is it ever the best solution? While I believe collaboration can help create ideas and produce through “cross pollination” of ideas, it is crucial for humans to be able to work in solitude.
A group of students from our studio recently participated in the Jump In! Architecture Workshop at the Nelson-Atkins Museum along with students from the Kansas City Art Institute. Our job was to describe selected design approaches for the interior spaces of the ReStart inc. housing complex in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City. The small apartment building will serve young people with a mental health diagnosis who have aged out of the foster care system. Building upon our explanations the art students were challenged to form their own ideas on how to integrate art proposals into the space. Being at the start of an... (more)
I have heard over the past several years of school that much of architecture is about building and maintaining relationships. In professional practice class the professor would repeatedly say “clients aren’t paying for designs, they are paying for your relationship”. In the office where I worked this summer there were employees whose job was to develop relationships with current and future potential clients. After years of individual studio projects, the idea of relationships playing a role in a project seemed foreign to me. Working on the Sunset Drive Office Pavilion... (more)