When the going gets tough.

The students have just begun the first week of designing in teams.  And, I know, this can be a very challenging task.

When I was a student in the Yale Building Project, building team unity is one of the toughest assignments of all.  I always laugh at an article that was in the New Haven Independent.  An excerpt is below:

“How do five teams of 10 first-year students actually design a house? “The design process is pretty crazy,” concedes Sally Hambright, the student project manager. “There was definitely a lot of give and take,” she said with a laugh indicating gross understatement. The original assignment required students to come up with their own plans, and the designs were judged on their merits, with the “best of” features finding their way into the final project.”

I know its tough.

But, it is doable.

And, anything worth doing is hard.

Below are some of the best images from last week’s pin-up…Enjoy!

Mr. Drews developed a wall system made up of simple cut lumber that slots together creating a front, vegetable wall and back lounging, seating space.

Mr. Kozic came up with a series of movable pieces that could be arranged in multiple configurations on the site.

Mr. Streeter developed a fun building block type system. I think the kids would be a huge fan of this one!

Ms. Buchanan was able to nest the programs of water collection, vegetable wall, storage bins, and compost spaces into one continuous wall.

Ms. Robbins developed a wall that had a great ephemeral quality. The challenge will be making it a reality.

Ms. Bertani's wall was a visual matrix of all the different types of spaces that are needed to grow a vegetable garden.

Ms. Corbett was able to develop a very flexible system that could weave around the existing trees and garden plots.

Mr. Mora's image of his wall was a favorite of everyone. It has a really great 'low-brow' quality.

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