Stages of design

first_imgYou are hiking in the Julian Alps of northwestern Slovenia. Suddenly bad weather closes in. Blinding snow, high winds, frigid temperatures, even the risk of avalanche. You need shelter. What might it look like?Students at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) confronted that problem in the fall in a studio course called “Housing in Extreme Environments.” They imagined, drew, and created models of a variety of structures. The design parameters for the alpine shelters: house up to eight people, use little energy, and be light enough to be set in place by helicopter.The models are now featured on the Experiments Wall in Gund Hall. When you see the exhibit, be sure to pull out the drawers underneath to get a sense of how design problems unfold from math to drawing sets to models. “We wanted to show the depth of research, and how it manifests itself in different media,” said Dan Borelli, GSD’s director of exhibitions. The winning design looks like a robust succession of compact A-frames capable of withstanding the irregular stresses — “loadings” — imposed by high winds and heavy snow.The “Extreme Environments” exhibit, which represents emerging pedagogy, was launched in a mid-February lecture and closes March 22. It’s curated by the studio’s instructors: Slovenian architecture partners Spela Videcnik, the John T. Dunlop Design Critic in Housing and Urban Development this year, and Rok Oman, a GSD lecturer in architecture.The exhibit is one of three continuing this month on the first floor of GSD’s main building. The others also illustrate common GSD exhibit themes: proposed research and a single design concept.The exhibit on proposed research, “Icons of Knowledge,” is in the Loeb Library space. It explores the intriguing design and symbolic commonalities among national libraries worldwide.In addition, Noam Dvir (MAUD ’14) and Daniel Rauchwerger (M.Des. ’15) will present “Icons of Knowledge: Architecture and Symbolism in National Libraries”, the exhibition they curated at Loeb Library this month. Images from the “Icons of Knowledge” exhibition courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of DesignIn Gund Hall’s main exhibition space, “Dualisms: Abalos + Sentkiewicz” — closing March 8 — is based on thermodynamic design, a concept that focuses on the heat effects of materials and sites; on temperature control, including passive systems; and on the energy used to both build and maintain a structure. Among architects, it complements the concept of sustainable design, where the focus is on renewable materials. “Dualisms” introduces three professional projects — one built, one not built, and one in process. They are from the firm of Inaki Abalos, a professor in residence and the chair of the department of architecture, and GSD Design Critic Renata Sentkiewicz.Conceptual and working drawings — layered and colorful — dominate the exhibit. “If you want to get these kinds of structures built,” said Borelli, “you have to draw — draw them very thoroughly.”The presentation includes table models, a staple of architectural conceptualizing. One shows China’s Zhuhai Huafa Contemporary Art Museum, complete with a courtyard sheltered by tall artificial trees that resemble giant, spreading, silvery ferns.To the casual viewer, the exhibits may seem to clash. But GSD exhibits are always expressions of collaboration, experiment, and faculty-student interplay, said Borelli. “We think very carefully about these juxtapositions.”“Icons of Knowledge” captures another dynamic often found behind GSD exhibits: the evolution of a project through tiers of engagement. Project curators Noam Dvir, M.A.U.D. ’14, and Daniel V. Rauchwerger, M.Des. ’15 — both from Tel Aviv and both former journalists — first explored the idea in a piece in Harvard Design Magazine. It grew into an independent project, and then into the exhibit, which will soon have a second life as a traveling exhibit. (The Loeb show closes March 22.)“This is a continuation of our life in school,” said Dvir, who has partnered with Rauchwerger to form the architecture, media, and design practice We Are Young Architects. The exhibit is also a way to exercise a goal of their practice, he said: to mix media and architecture.The effort began with a database of the world’s national libraries, including grand structures from the 17th century, 21st-century designs, and sheds in sub-Saharan Africa. Among the more established national libraries, the collaborators “found a form that persists” across culture, time, and geography, said Dvir: a rectangular central reading room “where knowledge is both collected and created.”From the center outward, other conventions often emerge. In the exhibit — comprised of models, along with a 36-foot mural with 40 drawings — the national libraries of Greece, Bulgaria, Brazil, and Australia, for instance, all use the same style of both portico and entrance.Meanwhile, library exteriors represent national aspirations in a variety of culturally determined styles. In Saudi Arabia, the façade of the national library is veil-like. In Kosovo, the library is topped with 99 domes, and has no front or back — “a radical design,” said Rauchwerger. But inside, the typical central plan persists.National libraries are still being built at a rapid pace despite the emerging hegemony of the digital age. They remain chiefly expressions of cultural identities. But at the same time, said Dvir, they represent “an extremely interesting case study of the way that architecture is global.”last_img read more

State awards $161,000 to preserve iconic landmarks on Vermont farms

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas on Thursday announced $161,000 in Historic Preservation Barn Grants for 19 farms to help preserve their barns for future generations. In a ceremony at the Elm Brook Farm in East Ryegate, which received $10,000 to repair its cow and horse barns, the governor noted that the program aided two of Vermont s most important industries, agriculture and tourism. The grant program, administered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, provides owners of agricultural buildings with matching funding of up to $10,000 for a variety of capital repairs. Eligible projects include repairs to roofs, foundations, walls, sills and overall stabilization.In making decisions on funding, the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation prioritizes projects, giving particular emphasis on working barns to keep them in service and significant agricultural buildings in critical need of repair. Our farms not only provide jobs and a bond to our agricultural past, they help sustain our tourism industry by preserving our working landscape, Governor Douglas said. I am very pleased that the state can assist in preserving these magnificent structures for future generations.The grant program, administered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, provides owners of agricultural buildings with matching funding of up to $10,000 for a variety of capital repairs. Eligible projects include repairs to roofs, foundations, walls, sills and overall stabilization.In making decisions on funding, the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation prioritizes projects, giving particular emphasis on working barns to keep them in service and significant agricultural buildings in critical need of repair. The competition for these grants is very strong, because there are so many more worthy projects than we have funding for, Governor Douglas said. Even in these difficult times, we must make investments in our infrastructure, and these grants encourage the barns owners to invest in their upkeep and preservation.Since its inception twenty years ago, the program has provided more than $1.4  million and leveraged many millions more to bring new life to roughly 200 historic agricultural buildings.  Every year we lose barns to a variety of conditions, but these modest grants help stem that tide, Douglas said. The owners of these barns are to be praised for taking action to preserve them.For more information, visit the Division for Historic Preservation site at: http://www.historicvermont.org/financial/barn.html(link is external)Advisory Council for Historic Preservation 2009 Barn Grants:Cummings Farm Barn, East Montpelier: $10,000 to jack and straighten barn, straighten and/or rebuild stone foundation, and re-grade and create drainage.Damkot Barn, Jericho: $10,000 to replace roof.Davitt Farm Barn, Maidstone: $1,900 to repair high drive.Elm Brook Farm Barns, Ryegate: $10,000 to replace sill and install new section of foundation for the cow barn and to replace foundation and siding for the horse barn.Fish Farm Barn, Tinmouth: $10,000 to repair/rebuild center section of barn.Gaylord Farm Barn, Waitsfield: $10,000 to repair frame and replace deteriorated siding and windows.Harlow Brook Farm Barn, Hartland: $10,000 to rebuild stone foundation and repair/replace sill, repair posts, floor, siding and doors.Kittell Farm Barn, Sheldon: $9,350 to rebuild stone foundation, repair sill, joists, posts and siding, re-fasten and paint metal roof, and add drainage.Lamoille Farm Barn, Cambridge: $10,000 to repair foundation, replace sills, re-flash/repair cupola, and repair frame, siding, windows and slate roof.Mix Barn, Tunbridge – $10,000 to replace sills, repair frame, roof and foundation, re-sheath walls as necessary.Morey Farms Barn, Troy: $2000 to repair frame, rebuild stone foundations, replace roof, and install windows and doors.Pratt Barn, Richford: $9,750 to repair frame and foundation, and partial roof replacement.Regier Barn, Cavendish: $6,250 to repair stone foundation, replace deteriorated sill, repair frame, and paint metal roof.Simplicity Farm Barn, Brookfield: $10,000 to jack and straighten barn, repair foundation, and repair/replace sills, frame and siding.Vermont Woodworking School Silos, Fairfax: $7,250 to repair/replace bases, walls and roofs.Weathervane Barn, Greensboro:  $4,500 to repair cupola and remediate powder post beetles.Willowell Foundation Barn, Monkton: $10,000 repair frame and replace roof.Woodlawn Farm Barn, Royalton: $10,000 to replace roof.Ziegler Barn, South Londonderry: $10,000 to repair west corner of barn, repair frame, sills, posts and floor, rebuild foundation, and install new roof.Source: Governor’s office. East Rygate. July 23, 2009.last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to narrowly beat Wake Forest Saturday

first_img Published on November 9, 2017 at 7:14 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) returns home to the Carrier Dome for the first time since upsetting then-No. 2 Clemson on Oct. 13. The Orange takes on Wake Forest (5-4, 2-3) Saturday at 3 p.m. SU is coming off a 27-24 road loss to Florida State and the Demon Deacons are coming off an 11-point loss to No. 3 Notre Dame.Joe Bloss (5-4)Under pressureSyracuse 31, Wake Forest 27A bowl is not impossible should Syracuse lose, but the pressure of having to win both of your final games to ensure eligibility is something nobody wants right now. SU needs this. Unlike last season’s matchup between these two teams, the hurricane-free environment of the Carrier Dome will help. The Orange should finally surpass 30 points for the first time in a long time by making use of its favorable offensive matchups. And its helmets will look cool.Tomer Langer (5-4)Home againSyracuse 30, Wake Forest 27A fun little nugget that I saw in the game notes provided by SU Athletics: The final score for three of the last four games for Syracuse has been 27-24 (two wins against Pittsburgh and Clemson and a loss to Wake Forest). That seems like the right range for this game, but both these team’s have high-powered offenses so I’ll give each a little bit more. Syracuse has looked like a dominant team at home this year outside of it’s still-confusing loss to Middle Tennessee State. I think that being back in the Dome is enough for the SU to pull out a victory. That being said, this prediction is entirely dependent on the health of starting quarterback Eric Dungey. If he can’t go, I’m not if the Orange can win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatthew Gutierrez (4-5)RadioactiveSyracuse 35, Wake Forest 34One thing bodes especially well for Syracuse: The Demon Deacons pass defense was shredded last week at No. 3 Notre Dame. Granted, UND is 8-1 and in contention for the national title, but this much is clear: SU can exploit the WFU defense, which allowed 330 passing yards last week — 200 more than UND’s season average. With big games by Dungey and Co., the Orange wins narrowly to get one step closer to a bowl. Commentslast_img read more