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 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