Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Early Morning Update

It's been awhile since I have been on here, but stuff will soon be coming!

Just to update you on the status of our 'Jazz Cube' I will just post an image of our working 3D model. Materials and details to be added very soon to this!

Things to notice:
Were trying to utilize a dual-axis system, with the two performance halls facing one direction, and the supporting spaces the other. Though unseen in the model at the moment, The two performance halls will be aligning with the city grid, placing prime importance and hierarchy with them, and the other spaces to be rotated slightly off axis to help (formally) channel people through the spaces within the building.

Hopefully this idea will become more apparent as time goes on -- still a work in progress...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

CY Stephens Auditorium

Class took a tour of nearby CY Stephens Auditorium today -- doing more research on our jazz music hall project

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Facade Design

working to design our facade of our glass cube, integrating ideas of structure from the nearby bridge for our curtain wall/ structural glass.

Bridge Elevation

Integrating our 'two axis' concept

Angles given from the cross bracing -- Black for the straight one, Green for the angled one

Simplified angles, defining some as 'structural' and some as just mullions.

We will take this concept and try and scale it to our cube's glass facade and see if it is as we imagined it. Hopefully in the end you will see the distinction and methodology of the transformation of this idea!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

File to Fabrication 2

Just another Laser Cutter building....

This is the exact template I use right before we place the 1/16" thick chipboard into the laser cutter --- Cyclone colors! Yellow reads as just an 'etching line,' and red reads as a 'cut line.' Simple stuff yeah?


Sunday, October 16, 2011

File To Fabrication

My Own Worst Enemy -- the Laser Cutter

So I have been working with our school's laser cutter for the last few weeks, making digital models and printing them to make 3d models on our in-house laser cutter. I'm getting better, but I'm no expert. My greatest feat yet is the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, a building which faces our site in Boston. I'm building it at 1/16" = 1'-0" scale for our large site model in class. Check 'er out.

The Digital file I made -- drawing it as separate pieces that will hopefully fit together like a glove!

 Final Model!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Madrid Bridge

Took a trip down to Madrid the other day to check out a sweet new bridge. The design is fairly reminiscent of a project I had last year, so I just had to see it. Now at this point, I'm just waiting for the architect/engineer to contact me and thank me for the great idea, we'll see how that turns out....

Remember this guy?  

Little Guy

Check out our tiny little 'Massing' Model  



 Made some sketches of our building/concept for our review last Monday, apologies for not posting until now... (Click any to see enlarged)

View from inside bridge

Ariel View

Ariel View

Interior Perspective B&W

Interior Perspective Color


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Keeping up with the Jones's

Site work is beginning to happen on my design for the Jones Residence! Mass Excitement! Once again I want to thank them for giving this great opportunity, I'm looking forward to this all coming together nicely!

Thanks to Mama and Pops for taking these photos for me while I prepare for an all-nighter in studio!

From the front



Pushing towards the review tomorrow!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Studio works...

Continuing to work away on my studio project, having lots of conversations/collaborations with my group mates and my professor Cham.

Red Wanting Blue

Managed my time enough the other day to go and see one of my favorite bands play here in Ames - Red Wanting Blue. What an amazing time! During the show, one of my friends even asked his girlfriend to marry him, that is how awesome this band is.....and she said yes!

This place was packed to the brim

The man getting down on one knee!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011


A random vignette sketch developing ideas of our project into drawn form, fun!


Pops and I spend a good night drawing on chalkboards for a friends wedding

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sharps and Flats

For those of you who missed it -- a video from me and Mike's performance at our Rome Exhibition night in Ames, Iowa


Well --- i just got back from Boston!

The trip was great, more than I could have ever hoped for. The weather was phenomenal, the people's accents were cool, the sites were great, the cyclones won, and I ate a whole lot of chowder, and enjoyed a few of Boston's own Samuel Adams' while I was there. A lot of stories to be told from this one, but ill just stick to the pictures for yas...

Just arriving in Boston -- taking the 'T' train into town

Driving down to Hartford from Boston for the Cyclone game!

These were our first seats...

And these are the ones we snuck into...

Brewery tour

My glass sketch

Tour guide Dave

Stumbled onto Stanley Cup Champions hockey practice?!

Aquatic Center == sweet

View from our site across the river

Another view from our site across the river