January 30, 2013

Kent State University CAED New Facility Competition Roundup

After posts the previous two days on our team's modeling process for the Kent State College of Architecture and Environmental Design's new building, see Alan + Philip's joint post on the in-house model making process and Andrew's story of his experience on the level of collaboration between Bialosky + Partners Architects and Architecture Research Office, we thought it be proper to share a few pictures of the final model.  The model, and other media, is now on display (along with the other three team's proposals) in the first floor of the Kent State University Library, through February 15th. Watch the video of the BPA + ARO team public presentation here: https://ksutube.kent.edu/playback.php?playthis=g929c9yz2 A recap of the public presentations, courtesy of Kent State: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzl1JAZreno Press coverage of the CAED design competition:

A collaborative model between Bialosky + Partners Architects and Architecture Research Office on display at the Kent State U. Main Library through February 15th.

January 29, 2013

Is There a Pony in There?: A Week With Architecture Research Office

“Is there a pony in there?” were the first words I heard at the Airline ticket counter on what should have been an uneventful flight back to Northeast Ohio.

I remember during my undergraduate at Kent State hearing rumors of how soon it might be till we would get a new College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) building, and somehow I always placed it being in the far-off future. I was wrong. It has been a very busy last few months in preparation and design for the CAED Competition- and here’s a few highlights of working in NYC with Architecture Research Office during the last week of the competition. Bialosky + Partners Architects and Architecture Research Office Needless to say the scene was fantastic, who wouldn't love working in NYC? My commute to work consisted of walking through the historic Soho District of cast iron facades felt like a step back in time. And working in such an iconic city was pretty surreal. The whole crew at ARO was great, I love going to new places and meeting new people and this was a perfect combination of both. The hardest part of adjusting to the new environment was learning everyone’s name. Thankfully on the fridge in their kitchenette there was a clever celebrity doppelgänger for most everyone in the office - it was pretty accurate and it served as a  great cheat sheet for learning everyone’s name. 1-wm 2-wm I knew from the moment I walked into the office that the physical model I was going to help construct was going to be killer.   The entire office was surrounded by great presentation and diagrammatic models. The first day or so were getting the laser files ready, and over the next few days I became best friends with the laser cutter in the fabrication space. I went from hardly knowing anything about the settings for a laser cutter to knowing it possibly better than the back of my hand. A few things I learned that are important while using a laser cutter are: always tape down the basswood, stay hydrated, avoid wearing warm clothing like a  sweater, and most importantly put on copious amounts of deodorant! Over the week it seemed like there wasn't a moment that something wasn't being built.  Not only did the site and the architectural model need to be created, but since we were flying from NYC back to Ohio, a case to safely transport the site model needed to be created. As we worked on different portions of the model doing trials for roof materiality, façade articulations, and site patterns it was cool to see these isolated pieces of model began to piece together. 3-wm The last few hours before we left were definitely all hands on deck as all the finishing touches and last-minute tweaks were done to the models. Kai from ARO was helping me transport the model and as we got to the airport and I've never seen so many inquisitive faces.  As we approached the counter I heard in a semi-joking voice, "Is there a pony in there!?" As we placed the "pony" box on the scale we thought for sure it was going to weigh less than 100 lbs. As the numbers went up and down on the scale it settled on 108.  We talked with Margaret at the airline ticket counter and discussed our options. Although a large box, the dimensions were not a problem - it was those eight pounds over 100. Margaret started calling supervisors to see if there was any way we could get this on the plane, and after a few phone calls the unanimous answer was still no. I even asked if the box could take my seat on the plane. Realizing that getting on this plane was not going to happen, Kai and I both shook our heads realizing it was time to initiate plan B. Needing to keep the offices in the loop we  started calling our co-workers at ARO + BPA letting them know that our plan B was in effect and a road trip to Kent, Ohio was about to commence. We rented a car and Ethan from ARO and I got ready for the 7 hour trip to Ohio (no worries, both of us had gotten sleep the night before) with an ETA of 3:30am! We passed by many scenic overlooks through the mountains of Pennsylvania ( none of which we could actually see) and were thankful there wasn't a  blizzard or hurricane coming our way, unlike ARO's last two trips to Ohio. Arriving in Kent right on time we dropped off the model, and Ethan and I drove to the Canton Airport to drop him off and to pick up my car. He flew directly back about an hour later only getting to see the great interstates of Ohio, and I went to catch some zzz's. That evening at the public presentation in Kent it was really rewarding to see the results of the collaborative effort of both Bialosky + Partners Architects and Architecture Research Office and to have experienced the collaboration in Cleveland, New York City, and that night in Kent. I have no doubt this will be a lasting memory and will continue to be a highlight of my early career in architecture.

January 28, 2013

The Conception of a Model: The High-Tech + Low-Tech of Model-making

Architectural models are not built as portrayed by Hollywood.  Architecture offices often use laser cutters, 3d printers and CNC routers to help in fabricating model components.  Before any cuts are made a large amount of time is spent in digital pre-production; creating topography, contextual buildings and even the design of the project. This digital model is dissected into a kit of parts that can be reproduced with computer controlled cutting and forming tools.     The Kent State College of Architecture and Environmental Design Competition provided Bialosky + Partners Architects the opportunity to use the digital fabrication tools of the laser cutter and CNC router to aid in the process of cutting 120+ chipboard sheets for assembly as part of a site context model. CAED model beginings at Bialosky + Partners Architects CAED model beginings at Bialosky + Partners Architects The laser cut components do not output a model ready-to-go; we still needed to assemble it with great craft and with traditional tools (xacto knives, sobo glue, and the like) to create the final product.  This assembly process still took a fair amount of time: sorting, carefully holding glued parts in place, and stacking dozens of pieces to create the contoured base with realistic topography.  The buildings that surround the project site had also been laser cut, but are also sanded into typology profiles that express context and scale.  Detailing  50+ buildings with roof slopes and profiles was a tedious process even with the use of shop tools to sand and cut the pieces, luckily only a little blood was shed in this part of production.   photo 12 To paint or not to paint the model became the final question.  Everyone had an opinion on this topic and we discovered that the geographic location of one’s architecture school has something to do with it. East coast school = Paint, Midwest school = Not to Paint.  So after 3-4 trips to the hardware store, the right color was found, the model was painted, and was ready for transport. Models, boards and other media are on display through February 15th at Kent State’s Main Library as part of Bialosky + Partners Architects Architecture Research Office’s collaborative proposal for the new Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

January 18, 2013

KSU CAED Presentation Images

Bialosky + Partners Architects with Architecture Research Office are excited to share a few examples of the work our team has produced for the interview and public presentation for Kent State University’s new College of Architecture and Environmental Design. To see the entire display, please be sure to visit the exhibition being held in the first floor of the Kent State University Library starting January 18th. Check the Bialosky + Partners Cleveland Design Blog for updates about our team's design process, project technology and other continuing information. First Floor Plan Auditorium Studies Wall Section   Fin Orientation View of Ground Floor View of Studio Level View of Third LevelView of Northwest Entry

January 17, 2013

TONIGHT! KSU College of Architecture Design Entries Unveiled at Cartwright Hall 7pm!

We've all been waiting patiently for weeks, (and some of us not sleeping for weeks) for the robust competition for KSU's College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Tonight the four finalists take their designs to the stage; each team is granted 20 minutes for a public presentation. The finalists are: Bialosky + Partners Architects, LLC with Architecture Research Office Richard L. Bowen + Associates, Inc. with Weiss/Manfredi The Collaborative, Inc in association with Miller Hull Partnership, LLC Westlake Reed Leskosky, Ltd DETAILS WHEN: 7pm Tonight. Doors open at 6pm. WHERE: Cartwright Hall, Kent State U. (campus map) PARKING: You can park in R1 Rockwell, R2 Business or R15 Cartwright. WATCH LIVE: If you cannot attend, watch the live stream of the presentations at 7pm here: https://ksutube.kent.edu/watchlive.php?playthis=5049

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