Studio V – Fall 2013

Small buildings have always had a particular appeal.  Micro-works of architecture inspire an enduring charm that exceeds their function, even if that function is to just be a pleasing decoration in the landscape. There are a variety of reasons for our infatuation with these little forms, but mainly, the miniaturization of architecture reduces it to [...]

Open Source Architecture

I have been holding on to this nugget for a few weeks now. Jon Thompson of Thompson Young Design turned me on to this TED Talk after he sat in on one of our early design reviews. Jon has been a great critic in the past three reviews he has been involved in, and I [...]

Where’s the Roof?

Excuse the tardiness of this post. I have been digesting the thoughts below for several days/years and have been having a hard time expressing my thoughts clearly. Now, don't expect what's written below to be clear. As Otto said to me during potty training, "I'm just trying my best..." As you've read over the last [...]

Conceptual Design Review

This afternoon we will be holding a review of seven conceptual designs for this semester's GAP Shed project. Each student in Studio V has been working independently for the past week cultivating their thoughts into a coherent scheme. From this presentation of ideas we will compare and contrast the different concepts and choose to pursue [...]

Applying Knowledge Intuitively

As Nicole wrote about on Friday, we held a presentation that afternoon to discuss the many factors that will directly influence the design of the GAP Shed prototype (You can see the presentation slides here). We had a great group join us in the conversation. Ray Huff was there to add his creative and logistical expertise, not [...]

Jack of All Trades, Master of One

A "Jack of all trades, master of none" is a figure of speech used in reference to a person that is competent with many skills but is not necessarily outstanding in any particular one. This person is a generalist rather than a specialist. Now, as a student of architecture, I was introduced to Leonardo da Vinci and [...]

Studio V – Spring 2013

Welcome to the CAC.C Studio V blog.  This blog will be updated daily by the students and professor of Studio V as a way to document our design/build process, and keep all those who may be interested in our progress of the semester’s project informed. STUDIO V focuses on architecture and tectonics, particularly the relationship [...]

Living Legends

This was a pretty exciting weekend for Studio V. We have been working all semester in preparation for the ZanFagna inspired symposium Bio-Logical Architecture: Past, Present, and Future. Since we couldn't bring the dome to the symposium, the special guests of the symposium came to the dome. Saturday morning William Katavolos and Linda Weintraub, the two [...]

Just Enough Time To Catch Our Breath

We are at a time of the semester that is very gratifying. We have completed the build portion of this fall's project and everyone is very excited and relieved that things finally came together. Although there were many problems and roadblocks along the way, and at many times we almost through in the towel, persistance [...]

Not Enough Hours in a Day

I often hear amongst the students that "there are not enough hours in a day," to get all the things done that need to be done. That may be true, but I have been stressing to them lately that it's how they use those hours in any given day, with efficiently and with purpose, that will [...]