On Friday, February 11th the Atelier 3+U met with
William Marquez, principal, With Purpose http://www.wpurpose.com
Paul Puzello, principal Method Design Architecture http://www.Methoddarch.com
Donna Sink, principal MW Harris http://www.mwharris.net
Dick Lutin, president ACS Sign Systems http://www.acssigns.com
Wes Janz, founder onesmallproject.org
The discussion started with a critique of the design submitted for the StreetFest Competition put on by the New Museum and Storefront for Art and Architecture. The design competition critique then lead to a roundtable discussion focused around future exploration and continual development of the project thus far. Listed below is a summary of notes from the conversation.
Competition Design Critique
-Needs a structure Idea was to rent a frame and have the blocks hang from the frame like panels -Push the Program Explore the options of writing, projecting, and hanging from the system -Furniture Look at taking design to create furniture, which will have the furniture be the experience -Bizarre to transform the material into a square form and then to stack them -Make sure to use the material for its properties Weaving will not make the material stronger, but is aesthetically pleasing -Wacky idea… -Struggled to see the design used effectively as a Street-Fair -Experiment with the idea by placing it in a neighborhood and observe how people interact with it -Potential in the Roof design Focused too much on the walls and the roof is the important element of street-fair design -Continue the triangular pattern on the roof so it covers more to protect from water -Concerned about the amount of plastic bags that would be necessary to meet the design -Have an interior frame for each individual block -Have the renderings show artwork and functions of the spaces -The rendering were repetitive, and not showing new information -Exploded diagram of assembly was helpful, but needed to be twice as big -Concern that the base unit filled with sand or a heavy material would not function as anticipated -Do not try to design with just the RCA dome material
-“Creativity depends on failure” -“Is it the experience or does it accept the experience” -We did not sell the upcycling idea -Do not be afraid to fail -Design for a specific site -How can we encourage community involvement in architecture and art? -Continue research with the material properties and document success and failures -Step away from the computer and test the material with models, laser cutting, sewing, rasterizing, weaving, etc -Look at what the fabric wants to be -The fabric needs a frame -Explore creating installations -Where do we want the studio to go?