Designing the Impossible

It’s the first week of my time here in Charleston and I’ve already got sunburned from going out to Folly Beach, but after today I have a strange feeling that won’t happen again for quite some time.  Now don’t get me wrong it is going to be a great semester and I’m going to have a blast but I’ve already said goodbye free time.

Today we had our first meeting with our client the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art.  We were asked to make some kind of something to go into Marion Square that reflected and/or was inspired by the work of an oddly overlooked theoretical architect named Don Zanfagna whose work is going to be exhibited at the Halsey Institute.

We walked into the gallery at the Institute and on the table was some of Zanfagna’s sketch books for us to look over to get a better understanding of this extraordinary man.  As we were looking we were told about all the things Mr. Zanfagna had done over the years and how some of his ideas were extremely advanced for his time.  These Ideas are what our client is wanting us to incorporate into our design.  This is why I said goodbye to freetime, because while looking at the sketch books and while listening to the things about Mr. ZanFagna I noticed that he liked to incorporate things like rainbows into the structure of the building and everything he designed was super eco-friendly, Actually  super eco-friendly doesn’t do this man’s work justice, like if he had built one of these houses then LEED would have had a heart attack because these things are like the Biosphere 2 except without the failure.

Jane Poynter: Life in Biosphere 2

So we were basically given the task of doing something no other architect has ever done, to create something that is completely self sufficient, and do it all within one semester.  Yep we got this, we can totally pull this one off all we have to do is completely over through the big oil companies from the avondant amounts of energy we will not only save but produce, allow people to live on places like Mars (just like Biosphere 2 was supposed to do), and also invent new technology that allows light from rainbows to hold up houses, like in the ships in the film John Carter.

I don’t know about you but that doesn’t sound like your average do it your self project but i’ll be damned if i’m not going to give it my all to produce the very best Zanfagna Influenced design ever.

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