Communication. You have heard it mentioned many times on this blog. My fellow students have expressed their amazement at the breakdown of communication when working with a group. Or the newly found importance of maintaining effective communication with a client. It undeniably influences every aspect of our lives...And now you will hear about it even more because the horse isn’t quite dead yet.
It is easy to see that the role of communication is changing rapidly in the twenty-first century. In the... (more)
As we approach the end of the year we also approach the very exciting time of the renovation of the architecture building here on campus, Seaton Hall. It has been in the works for a few years now and is finally being put into action. With the college’s recent purchase of the data center near the airport, the day after commencement the move-out process begins. As exciting as this is for the students and faculty, it’s also extremely stressful. The temporary space is miles away from campus and secluded from anything nearby. Will students have to transport themselves? Will there be a shuttle system? Parking? Workshop space... (more)
Much has been discussed over the past several months over the Johnson County Pavilion but little has been said about the building which the pavilion serves. The Johnson County Sunset Office Building hardly has the look or feel of a typical government building. The building uses natural materials, contains a garden, indoor water features, and large windows that give vast amounts of natural light and views of nature. To most people these features may not stand out but these are very deliberate design decisions that are synonymous with an... (more)
Over the years, the KSU Design+Make Studio has built projects of various types and scales. The studio has seen a broad range in the way projects are carried out through completion. I am speaking of certain constraints that are encountered when dealing with different municipalities, codes, and other variables. Currently, our studio is working on two pavilions: they are of slightly different scales, in different phases of completion, and are located in different cities. The Johnson County Sunset Office building pavilion is situated on a government campus in Johnson County, Kansas. The second pavilion is located in Alma, Kansas, a town of... (more)
The start of the Spring semester meant the start of final fabrication for the Johnson County Sunset Office Pavilion. Before the Winter break, the team had developed the shop drawings, set a schedule for completion, and acquired much of the materials we would need to construct the pavilion. One of the main concerns for the team was to insure a smooth process upon our return after the break. The efficiency of our team has benefitted and will continue to benefit from the creation and further revision of the shop drawings. The Means Illustrated Construction Dictionary Third Edition Unabridged defines shop drawings as drawings... (more)