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Sydnor Scholer + Sophia Lee

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May 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm

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Part 3: Mountainside Living Group Prototypes Away

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Team Mountainside Living met with June King and Tammy on Monday to briefly present the Table and Screen ideas. June King and Tammy were very receptive to our ideas and asked us to move forward with both of them. So we did.

Team Table: Delia + Ryan

Continuing on with the shake cut experiments from last week, Delia and Ryan made several more cuts in order to work out how to avoid the knarly warps that occur from drying. They are also moving forward in terms of the rest of the table through material acquisition trips to construction sites owned by Abrahamse & Company. Our contact there, Leslie McDonald, has been incredibly helpful by finding sites and providing contact info. Thanks Leslie!

Team Screan: Sydnor + Sophia

Sydnor and Sophia have been looking at pallets as a means of constructing the screen. It not only provides structure, but also is a good proportion and shape for the purpose that they set out to achieve which is creating a safe edge in the backyard. They explored the shape of the screen through sketches, physical models, and Rhino. Team Screen has also been experimenting on a salvaged pallet through surfacing techniques (testing the conviviality of industrial hand sanders vs. jack planes and block planes) and the attrition of other salvaged woods to create painterly compositions.

While this team was at Mountainside Senior Living, they also tried prototyping the screen to get a feel for height and location. If sitting at the existing picnic tables, they noticed that about 4′ (130 cm) is pretty good because it covers the parking lot but not the mountain views in the distance.

As an aside, Team Screen was also very interested in the Pallet Floor built by no other than Rotor itself:

Final aside: there is a short article about Rotor on the front page of Metropolis Magazine.


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April 10, 2011 at 11:11 pm

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Part 2: Abundant Life Ministries Prepares Board Presentation

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Team Abundant Life has been hard at work to provide integrated careful insertions to improve the qualities of the outdoor space by this facility. Each team has developed a series of proposals for review which we will glimpse briefly below.

Team Stumpin’: AJ, Lauren, Michael

This proposal addresses conditions in the front yard that detract from its desired use as Community Summer Basketball Camp Austin. Presently, it lacks a boundary between the road and yard rendering it dangerous for ball play and the planting bed blocks easy access to the porch.

To improve the edge between the road and yard, this team has designed a buffer zone using existing on-site tree stumps that would be cut to about seat-height and arrayed in a linear fashion. They would remove the planting bed from in front of the porch next to the stumps to further thicken the edge and discourage ball-play near the quieter sitting zone.

Team Outdoor Playground: Kelly + Kara

Kelly and Kara teamed up to work on an outdoor space for play and gathering.  Their proposals are based primarily on construction  of a vertical living framework and a horizontal stage. These are based on some basic observations and discussions with Rydell:

  1. They noticed the potential for bringing learning space outside, providing more room and a different learning environment for kids involved in the tutoring and summer programs.
  2. There was an expressed interest in enlivening the front yard and making it more welcoming to neighbors and the CALM community.

Taking these observations, they propose creating outdoor spaces for play and gathering, with the simple understanding that the joining of two planes can make a space. They are still working out what will be constructed and hope that these proposals and survey will lead to our next step.

Team Ottoman + Shelf: Abigail

Abigail has been looking at space creation from the most basic furniture molecule that then aggregates into large spatial systems. The first is an ottoman which is detailed such that it stacks into a shelf. She has been rigorously studying methods of manufacturing these modular units that could in theory be mass-produced.

Good luck with the presentation everyone!

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April 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm

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Part 1: The End of an Era

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Alas, all things are transient and fleeting. Against many desires, we took down the Woodflows Exhibit this past Monday.

Everyone in the studio has been amazed at the positive feedback we have received so far. Amongst many of its accomplishments, it has shown the true potential of the Naug space. We have already heard that this space now feels quite barren without our work there.

Woodflows, rest in peace.

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April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

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