Archive for February, 2010

Looking back, I realize that I never posted a follow-up on my meeting with Nora Norby at Banner Creations. Ms. Norby was kind enough to meet with me in late January to show me around the fabrication facilities and talk with me about fabric selection, frames and structural systems for fabric-clad structures and offer some […]



So, I decided that it was finally time to learn Grasshopper, the form generator, geometric algorithm tool that integrates with Rhino. It seems silly that I’m not taking advantage of the tools that are out there, so I’m going to try to use Grasshopper to test the movement potential of conceptual forms. I made excellent […]

For the final week of the Body Acoustic course, the assignment was to design and construct a prop and perform with it. I took this as the perfect jump-start to building a full-scale mock-up of the bat wing model I made early in the semester. Here’s a very early mock-up to test the channel at […]

Confession: the library makes me nervous. Dewey and his decimal system makes me very uncomfortable. I often feel embarrassed as I attempt to quietly walk (impossible in squeaky boots) around and around to find the right shelf–quarto, folio, NA, TS. This, I suppose, has led to my less-than-dexterous use of the MNCat search features. While […]

Keeping up with blogging is not my strong suit. So I’ll just have to beg forgiveness for my lack of chronological order and dive in. Here are some of my first models exploring movement mechanisms. They are all based on familiar, everyday objects (fans, scissors, etc.). I firmly belief in the need to understand the […]

Why fabric?


It’s getting to be time for me to have an interim review of my work to date. As I’m inviting guests to come in to critique my work, I’m realizing how very few architecture people work with fabrics as compared to the general architectural populace. Why is that? It’s led me to try to answer […]

“It was quite a chore to figure out how to build it, design it, make the parts work.” These words are from Del, the star of the video below and maker of the amazing wooden structure featured. Just when I’m feeling quite proud of myself and the wing I made this week, Del reminds me […]