Day to day, in creative professional offices all around the world, ideas are born, sketched, and communicated through the medium of paper as experiments as fully fleshed out drawings communicate the intents of designers, architects and engineers and move to fully-formed, built reality.
However, throughout the design process, not every approach is taken, and in the course of finding solutions, a multitude of possibilities, drafted, drawn or sketched onto the medium of paper are discarded, redistributed to forgotten areas and eventually disappear. Every drawn idea, whether discarded or found to be a mistake, represents an attempt as designers to push solutions for the benefit of the public and our environment – they form in essence, a ‘wish’ list of desires for better living for the future.
But imagine if we could harness these ideas, and use this incredibly vast volume of paper towards another creative endeavor? By redirecting the approach of these thoughts and sketches, we believe that we could give life to these desires and broadcast them in a positive manner.
Request For Proposals is a joint Diamond Schmitt Architects and Arup installation [deleted: design] where as designers, architects and engineers, we use the amount of paper discarded each day as a means to enact positive design for our environment. If we are to truly think positively for our environment, we must engage in the idea of sustainability in its most basic form.
Our intention for this installation is to reuse and recycle A1 sheets that are used, printed, and discarded every day towards markups, presentation drawings and submissions, and refold them into an origami-like structure which conveys every design idea in its raw form. In this way, the installation becomes a public display of every attempt to solve problems for the public at large – the strive to improve our environment for everyone.
With this opportunity at the Pulp Art Party, we think these thoughts and ideas can be displayed proudly and contribute towards local designers, and artists and promote sustainability within not only Toronto’s design community, but Toronto itself at large.
Good design accelerates the acceptance of good ideas. We think being sustainable is a great idea. DO YOU AGREE WITH US? RFP is YOUR opportunity to make this change happen.
Update: Help us bring awareness about the bees' ColonyColapseDisorder (CCD) with our educational design-build pavilion developed at the McGill School of Architecture. Donate what you can and make us BEE happy:
Honeybees are the insects most responsible for the pollination of flowers, which in turn makes agriculture and food production possible. It has been said that one in three bites of food we eat is directly or indirectly pollinated by honeybees. The health of food crops is tightly linked with the health of the bee colonies, which has recently declined to alarming rates.
The B-Shack pavilion project is a student-led initiative investigating new methods of practice by addressing contemporary issues. The project presents a unique opportunity for the architecture and engineering students of the McGill University to learn through hands-on experience in an academic context. Graduate students in coordination with the Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation (FARMM) are responsible for the design, fabrication and assembly of the parametric pavilion.
Msc thesis awarded Distinction at the Architectural Association.
Development of a material system emulating adaptation capabilities found in natural organisms in response to changes in environmental conditions.
Sensors, actuators, computational and control firmware are embedded in a fibre composite skin.
Self-organisation is a process through which the internal organisation of the system adapts to the environment to promote a specific function without being controlled from outside. Biological systems have adapted and evolved over several billion years into efficient configurations which are symbiotic with the environment. To emulate this self-organisation process by developing a fibre composite material system that could sense, actuate and hence efficiently adapt to changing environmental conditions is the primary aim of this research.
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