What small-scale intervention can students build and assemble that will improve underutilized spaces around Meyerson Hall? CO+LAB, a Construction + Collaborative Laboratory, set out with the collective mission to gain comprehensive understanding of materiality + joinery + formwork through experimentation with construction through the lens of community design-build, open to PennDesign students. Using new and found materials, products serve as a material + process showcase for passersby and students alike, programmatically meeting the unanswered needs of our collective student body through constructures.

COUNTER+INTUITIVE, a permanent installation for Meyerson Hall. This first project conducted by CO+LAB was completed on May 11, 2012, made from 10 sheets of plywood after 22 straight hours of assembly, many hours of design time, material collection and preparation.

Build Team:
Alex Holstein
Alyssa Olson
Anna Ishii
Cricket Day
Graham Laird Prentice
Jonathon Dessi-Olive
Kelly Berger
Lauren Mears
Lindsay Rule
Michael Kipfer
Stefanie Loomis
Will Wong

Conceptal Designers
Alyssa Olson
Graham Laird Prentice
Jonathon Dessi-Olive

Project Designers
Alex Holstein
Alyssa Olson
Jonathon Dessi-Olive
Arman Hosseini [3D Model Existing Conditions]

Fabricators + Facilities
Mikael Avery draftworksind.com
Erik Carlsen philadelphiamachineworks.com
PennDesign Fabrication Lab

Cinematographer
Michael Kipfer

2012 CO+LABorators
Adam Achrati
Alex Holstein
Alyssa Olson
Anna Ishii
Arman Hosseini
Cricket Day
Graham Laird Prentice
Jackie Martinez
Jonathon Dessi-Olive
Josh Jordan
Kelly Berger
Lauren Mears
Lindsay Rule
Michael Kipfer
Mike Iskandar
Peter John Martinez
Stefanie Loomis
Will Wong

CO+LAB Creator + Facilitator
Alyssa Olson

Total Installation Hour Breakdown
3D model + design: 16 hours
CNC cut files: 9 hours
Sanding + Cutting + Gluing: 14 hours
Assembly: 22 hours (minimum 4 person crew at any given time)

CO+LAB
+ A Construction + Collaborative Laboratory

+ Our process
A call for proposals
Happy Hour sketch stations
Markers on paper
...time + charrette + Fab Lab + Draft Works...

+ COUNTER+INTUITIVE
A new place within Meyerson

CO+FAB

+ mikael avery
design studio + fabrication lab
draftworksind.com

+ erik carlsen
philadelphia machine works
philadelphiamachineworks.com

+ the helpful ones on the fourth floor
penndesign fabrication lab

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