Tyvek Coat

•December 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

http://www.tonic.com/article/college-student-designs-coat-to-insulate-the-homeless/

This is fun. I am curious the comfort of the tyvek on the inside as worn coat style. I know from personal experience with plastic garbage bags and layers of sweat pants (I wrestled in highschool) that non-breathing material can make one pretty sweaty and smell horrible.

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Project H Design

•December 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I love researching some fairly random things, starting to formulate ideas on how to bring them together, then finding (thanks T.Green) a group in NC that is doing almost everything I thought about a few days prior.

http://www.studio-h.org/

http://projecthdesign.org/

Homeless

•December 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Another article on the always present situation of homelessness.

http://www.tonic.com/article/why-many-homeless-people-choose-streets-over-shelters/

Discussion of Marx

•December 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Have not have time to watch this yet, just wanting to bookmark the link. Looks interesting. Unfortunately, not quite ‘Thesis Focused’.

http://vimeo.com/16098398

Sergio Fajardo | Transformative Public Works

•November 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

2009 Curry Stone Design Prize Finalist

Sergio Fajardo | Transformative Public Works

http://currystonedesignprize.com/2009/finalists/fajardo_and_echeverri

My comments for this reflect also the comments for the ‘Participatory Design and Storytelling’ post. The work is brilliant, the question is does it fit into American ideologies…or even the system that American ideologies have created?

“Participatory Design and Storytelling”

•November 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

2008 Curry Stone Design Prize Finalist

Marjetica Potrc | Artist.Architect | Ljublajana, Slovenia

http://currystonedesignprize.com/recipients/2008/participatory_design_and_storytelling

“I mostly work with communities that live in territories that have broken away from the 20th-century ideology of progress,” Potrč has said. “This gives them the freedom to design things according to their own abilities and on their own scale. Their practices reveal a world that is constructed ‘from below.’”

I, as many probably do, believe that this work is brilliant, effective, and empowering. It really is ‘changing lives for the better’. I pulled this specific quote out of the article because I think it illustrates a concern that I have in the way many of us here in the States are using these precedents as application here at home. I think one of the reasons that these projects are so successful is because they are, as Potrc states, “communities that…have broken away from the 20th-century ideology of progress. I think that the general social ideology in the states has not broken away from this idea. The way our governmental, economical, educational, etc systems are set up all focus on ‘progress’. If we hope to get great ideas like these into the states, and to be successful over the long run, I think we need to be also focusing on shifting that ideology. The two questions that I most often confront when thinking about this: How do you do that? and Is it ok to do that? Here at home, I think we need to either agree that ‘progress’ is not an acceptable way to do things and break down those walls, or we need to find a way to get progress to work a whole lot better. I have very little faith in the latter as I believe that the fundamental ideals of progress, at least applied to our capitalistic system, are narrow-minded in a set of beliefs generally not concerned with the well-being of people. For me, this is a partial explanation for the disconnect between architectural education and architectural practice.

Carol Ross Barney

•November 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Going through a sketch book earlier I found a few notes I had taken from a AIA arranged ‘office visit’ to Ross Barney Architects in Chicago. These are both in reference to some work they had done in some poorer neighborhoods in Chicago.

“If you are doing work for a community you have to have a bigger mind.”

“Architecture should happen in these neighborhoods too. In fact, it should happen more for it has a far greater impact.”

The firms website: http://www.rbjarchitects.com/