Good Morning! Today we will reconvene in studio to discuss some explorations into the structure and progress of our projects. Although we are focusing primarily on final design and construction documentation this week, we had to break and explore some mock-ups of connections and processes to manipulate steel. Early this week we dabbled in some welding, as explained in Justin’s post on Monday, and some heat-applied bending, as explained in Ryan’s post yesterday!
Today’s post is an update on the ‘Coburg Square’ group. We’ve spent many hours modeling, sketching, discussing methods of construction, and discussing strategies for our outdoor seating / entry / wayfinding / sculptural element for the ‘parklet’ along the greenway. We all imagine the design process in which trace paper is flying around a wizard architect that is striking designs down with papermate flair felt-tip pens; but, sometimes we as designers forget where we leave our rolls of trace paper to sketch. So, we nab those expo markers and write on the wall that someone designated as an okay thing to do as adults.
“These white boards are gonna miss us when we’re gone” – Mohamed Fahkry, 2020.
We see our project composed of bent steel elements to suggest a light, wavy, grass-like sculptural element that would compliment future horticultural elements on site, like low-land grasses. We also want it to move. Slightly. And make some noise through its material connections. Making our members out of steel provides us the delicacy we want without sacrificing durability. We know this structure will be outdoors and will be used by many people, so honing in on a material is crucial in meeting all of our goals- especially in providing a great product for our community to enjoy.
Below are some images of our explorations yesterday in the shop. We hope to continue experimenting this week as we approach spring break next week. The bend is nigh.