Designers in Residence 2012: Lawrence Lek

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We came across this amazing short documentary about Lawrence Lek’s design process and experimentation.  Having gone to Cooper Union, the AA, and Trinity College Lawrence is currently a Designer in Residence at the Design Museum.  Exploring through ready materials and simple connections you can see as he works from his initial drawings to its built form, as he plays with bending plywood.  Check it out after the jump! 

STUDENT: Lawrence Lek
LOCATION: Design Residence - Design Museum
FILM: Alice Masters/Sound: Neil Cheshire
YEAR: 2012


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NEAR UNISON – Dan Dodds

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We always look forward to seeing what comes out Studio 10 at the Westminster University School of Architecture and the Built Environment.  Dan Dodds Near Unison is an exploitative and playful design pavilion for the Burningman Festival, an extreme gathering of people in Nevada’s Black Rock Dessert to celebrate art, self-expression, and community.  Burningman’s crowds are an eccentric group, but this pavilion fits right in, as the pavilion acts not only as a destination point, resting area, but is also a gigantic pendulum to create sand art.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Dan Dodds 
SCHOOL:
 Westminster University School of Architecture and the Built Environment
PROFESSORS: Arthur Mamou-Mani and Toby Burgess
COURSE: Studio 10 - wewanttolearn.wordpress.com
YEAR: 2013

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Party Wall – CODA – MOMA PS1

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Today we are stepping away from the realm for academic architecture, to take a look at an up and coming young architecture design studio, CODA, who recently was selected the annual MOMA PS1 winner.  Young Architects Program at MoMA and MoMA PS1 is committed to offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging each year’s winners to develop creative designs for a temporary, outdoor installation at MoMA PS1.  CODA’s “Party Wall” sustainable and recycling approach re-uses skateboard bi products to create large shading screen within the PS1 site.  F+ is looking forward to checking it out this summer, but you can check out more after the jump!

DESIGN STUDIO: CODA
COMPETITION:
MOMA PS1 – Young Architects Program
YEAR: 2013

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Meditative Pavilion – Martin Elliott

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Meditative Pavilion by Martin is a 1st year project with the beginnings of a language into the exploration of transition and transparency through movement. The project is an abstraction of an architectural winding path that leads to an observation deck for both reflection and meditation.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Martin Elliott
SCHOOL: 
Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
PROFESSORS: U. Sean Vance
COURSE: Arch Design I
YEAR: 2012

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The Bowooss Bionic Inspired Research Pavilion – Saarland University

Nature is our best resource for finding the strongest and most complex structures in the world today.  Saarland University School of Architecture teamed up with research collaborative Bowoos to investigate a bionic inspired wooden shell structure.  The results are this highly digitally fabricated temporary pavilion.  As we continue to see projects like this popping up all over the place, we are beginning to wonder what is the next step for these design studies into digital fabrication, outside of creating temporary structures? Or are we changing bringing ornamentation into built construction? 

SCHOOL: Saarland University
RESEARCH GROUP: Bowoos -  Bionic inspired wooden shell structures.
YEAR: 2012

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Endesa Pavilion – Smart City Expo – IAAC

The IAAC pavilion was built for the Smart City Expo which will act as meeting point for knowledge interchange as well as a benchmark for smart grid technologies in Barcelona, Spain.  The building itself acts in a twofold manner to protect from solar radiation and also harnesses that same solar energy through an active node like system.  The construction itself seems relatively simple with raw in materials; however the form certainly has a presence in its location.  Whether or not the solar panels are enough to obtain all the energy needed, the facade approach and its relationship to site is enough to catch your eye and spark a greater conversation. Check it out! 

SCHOOL: Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
COMPETITION: Smart City Expo 
LOCATION: Barcelona, Spain
YEAR: 2012

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Archipelago – Parametric Pavilion


Today we are checking out a pavilion by the Chalmers University of Technology at the Röhsska Museum of Design in Gothenburg, Sweden.  The project was a semester study into digital fabrication among 33 Students through the use of Grasshopper and Rhino.  Check out the time lapse of the pavilions construction and enjoy the music!

SCHOOL: Chalmers University of Technology
LOCATION: Röhsska Museum of Design, Gothenburg, Sweden
COURSE: Material and Detail
PROGRAMS: Grasshopper and Rhino
YEAR: Summer 2012

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KERF PAVILION – MIT


If you find yourself in the streets of Boston and wondering around MIT you may come across the Kerf Pavilion by Brian Hoffer, Christopher Mackey, Tyler Crain, and Dave Miranowski.  The pavilion is the results of semester worth of research into the design techniques of kerfing wood, the act of adding flexibility to wood through cutting it, and then married with modern day digital fabrication.  The pavilion structure is diverse in use from generating seating and shading all at the same time of supporting the structure.  Check out more after the jump!

SCHOOL:  MIT Department of Architecture
PROFESSORS: Brian HofferChristopher MackeyTyler Crain,Dave Miranowski
YEAR: 2012

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KREOD – London Olympic Games


Only a month away and we are counting down the days to the start of the Summer Olympic Games in London.  For architects however it may be less about the games and more about seeing some of the amazing designs and construction that are brought to light from the games.  However today we are not checking out Zaha’s Aquatics Center, but a small pavilion under construction by a team of very young designers.  KREOD is to become an outdoor exhibition space in the Greenwich Peninsula during the London Olympic Game.  KREOD is a test to how we use digital design, fabrication construction, and approach sustainable design in today’s digital age.  Check it out after the jump!

LOCATION:  London Olympic Games
TEAM: KREOD - Chun Qing Li
YEAR: 2012

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“Golden Glory” – Münster School of Architecture – Modulorbeat architects


F+ heads into the weekend showcasing our first post from the Münster School of Architecture, a studio collaboration between students and Modulorbeat architects.  The studio designed and constructed the pavilion in just six weeks.  The modular pavilion was designed for a nearby exhibition and was programmed to house a functioning metal work foundry and small information center.   Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL: Münster School of Architecture
ARCHITECTS: modulorbeat
COURSE: Workshop
YEAR: 2012


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