All posts tagged Craft
We made a visit to SF for the 2013 KA Connect conference and managed to stop by Kreysler & Associates, and PATH while we were there.
We learned today that we won three awards in the 2013 A+ Architizer Awards; a Jury Award for Modeling, and the Popular Choice Awards for Modeling and Fabrication.
Space frames are an amazing type of structural system, but they’re often composed of hundreds or thousands of parts. We’re exploring a version of a space frame structure that has a drastically reduced number of pieces that are constructed with a minimal amount of material waste. The hope is that we can find more use for space frames besides long span structures.
Recently, we’ve been having discussions about the effort that goes into making the formwork for casting an object and how wasteful that mold making process can be depending on the amount of shaping that is desired. This is one in a series of posts where we’ll be looking at how an early focus on the fabrication process can influence the design of a object or system and the potentials that might arise from this approach to design.
If you’ve ever been in LMN’s office then you know we like to build big models so we can really get our heads in there. These larger models (1/2″ = 1′-0″ or bigger) allow us to explore the finer details of a design while still using the tools that we have available in our office. As we learned with our 3D printer, sometimes the acquisition of new tools opens up possibilities that we wouldn’t have considered otherwise or at least makes the exploration process more feasible. I’ve heard this described as sometimes the tool shapes you while other times you shape the tool. With this in mind we set out back in March to build a CNC router.
A few of us in the office (kbeck, scrawford, svandyck) put together an entry for the partition category of this year’s ACADIA/FLATCUT competition. We made it into the group of finalists (despite formatting our boards incorrectly), but unfortunately we were not selected as the winner (probably because we formatted our boards incorrectly, only kidding). The competition put forth an interesting challenge: use both rigid and flexible sheet materials to create an assembly (light, furniture, or partition) that highlights the properties of each material while minimizing the amount of waste. Included are the images and text from our submission as well as the final boards.
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011: Part of the continued AIA Seattle 2011 Series on Craft comes the full day forum entitled WhichCraft? Dialogs. A full day of panel presentations and dialogues will explore the multiple definitions of Craft for architects and help to explore directions for future work. In the morning, Dan will take part in the panel discussion called “speculativeCraft” – including specialists from Boeing and Walsh Construction – which will be moderated by Kimo Griggs of the University of Washington.
The UW College of Built Environments is hosting a two day symposium on High Performance Craft. The event will bring together a number of practitioners and thinkers working at the intersections between emerging technologies and building materials, new and old.