We are working again with Jim Isermann and the University of Houston Campus Art and Facilities on a large outdoor public artwork on the new UH Cougar Stadium now under construction designed by Page Architects. The pattern of interlocking U's and H's is set within 8' square pre-cast panels that will be erected as walls and ground work at the southwest corner of the facility. The new Metro lightrail station will be online soon and the passage onto campus from that point will connect to the project. We have been working with Gate Precast, the fabricators of the pre-cast panels on the Perot Museum by Morphosis, to develop these unique panels with recycled crushed red and black glass to evoke the school colors. Our lighting product, Ringo, will also be included to illuminate the work. Installation will be June 2014.
Some shots of completed project from Matthew Geller
Our Digital Fabrication Seminar is focusing on the completion of the New Harmony Grotto this semester. We initated this project in 2008 with Visiting Critic Ben Nicholson and substantially completed it in 2010 when the donor, Jane Blaffer Owen, passed away. We seek to resolve the interior space, footbridge, site work and the gate that Kiesler designed for the original project. Ben visited the College recently and gave a lecture to the students along with Michelangelo Sabatino who are completing the book related to the project called Forms of Spirtituality. Ben's talk starts 30 minutes into the program.
Connection is the bimonthly architecture and design journal of the AIA's Young Architects Forum. This particular issue delves into informatics, the technology and applications of digital design and information/data-driven approaches to fabricating, building, and managing. Check us out on pages 24-27!
Mobile Grid and Metalab were hired on by Coca-Cola with DEKA and NRG to design and fabricate EKOCENTER, a 20' shipping container repurposed as a market kiosk, water purification center, and source of electricity aimed at enhancing communities and empowering women entrepreneurs in socio-economically challenged countries around the world. The prototype was unveiled in South Africa with Muhtar Kent (CEO) and Condoleezza Rice. Videos can be found here: Gotas de Vida; EKOCENTER Partnership; Coca-Cola and Multi-National Companies launch EKOCENTER
The installation of Greenway Blueway Byway Skyway.
Fabrication drawings for Nautical Swing with Matthew Geller to be installed at Hunters Point Shipyard have been completed. Looking forward to this one finally getting off the server in 2014!
We finally have the opportunity to collaborate on a bridge design or at least half a bridge. With Matthew Geller we are providing a cantilevered structure with viewing platform next to a hiking trail and over a ravine to be installed in North Carolina. The project is called Greenway Blueway Byway Skyway. The primary components have been assembled by Iron Access in Houston, the same fabricator who assembled the parts for Tumbling House. We'll be installing this at the site in mid-December.
Radiance at El Paso Airport Design Development drawings
Coverage of the wide recognition received by Metalab and RE:Site for Memory Cloud appeared on ArchOne, the e-news publication for the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.