[mi]NERVOUSystem by jonbailey
January.13.2010, 9:56 pm
Filed under: architecture, Competition, Graphic, publications, Studio Talk, Theory, Urban Planning

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final submittal – [Mi]NERVOUSystem by jonbailey

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PreFinal Boards by jonbailey

mathscape by Jason
March.23.2009, 9:55 am
Filed under: Education, Theory

“Project H Design recently completed the installation of a “math playground,” or Learning Landscape, at the Kutamba School for orphans of AIDS in rural Uganda. Part outdoor classroom, part spatially immersive lesson in arithmetic, the project gives students a place to study in at least two senses of the phrase. On the one hand, it’s simply a forum for learning; on the other, it is literally a place to study: the space itself, if I’ve understood this correctly, serves as a model for play-based education.”

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f l o w by jonbailey
March.18.2009, 6:48 pm
Filed under: Studio Talk, Theory

A flow formalizes the general idea of “a variable that depends on time”, and are usually continuous, when the space ‘x’ has some additional structure, or when x = R^n. Flow= x(t), where t equals the variable of time. A flow must satisfy the restriction that the amount of flow into a node equals the amount of flow out, except when it is a source, which has more outgoing flow, or a sink, which has more incoming flow.

As our project grows there seems to be a language developing in the design of our project; those which speak of weaving, flows, and of networks. We are attempting to weave together existing buildings through a literal network of structural steel, which intertwines with the fabric of woven intelligences that inhabit the site. And as our structure weaves through the landscape, and the ecology of Detroit, the topography begins to weave itself through our structure, blurring spaces between interior and exterior experiences. Weaving through our geodetic address are the flows of ecology, structure, human, and intelligences networks. What is left over afterward from the flows will give us a spatial network which will envelope our nonlinear system of learning. -Jon



a nonlinear history by jonbailey
March.5.2009, 8:06 pm
Filed under: Theory

timeline-torus



Lifecycle_Lifestyle by bboss1
March.4.2009, 11:53 pm
Filed under: Theory

Group, I am attempting to put into words our idea as it relates to lifecycle. Maria has read this already and thinks it is headed in the right direction but that it needs, in her words, “real work”. She suggested that I review it with the site team to rework the deffinition of Detroit and school. Any comments are welcomed.
-bennett

Lifecycle_Lifestyle

The scope of our project is twofold; it investigates the lifecycle of an elementary school and a city. As the competition brief states, “The problem of urban growth and decay is greater than the individual building.” Detroit is a collapsing city.

A ‘node’ in the global auto network.

In a network society, when an industry changes or suffers, all nodes of that network can begin to suffer regardless of scale. In the 20th century global economy, Detroit as the leading manufacturer of vehicles in America is now seeing astronomical economic decline resulting in the symptomatic decay of its urban core. This caused many citizens to lose employment and flee the city or live a life of poverty. Some planners and other public intellectuals have proposed the notion of urban farming as a means of rehabilitating Detroit’s urban fabric. This is the concept of interjecting agricultural areas into the inner city. This idea allows a city’s inhabitants to grow their own produce or even sell it for profit. Considering the chain of historical events that has lead to the development of Detroit, the concept of urban farming begins to paint a pretty clear picture of the life cycle that this city is experiencing.

In order for improvement to take place, a real change must be made in the way Detroit’s inhabitants live, work, and think. Our group is proposing a building that will act as an elementary school and a community learning center. The school grounds will be:

1 An “eco-blot” which will be used to cultivate natural produce and indigenous plant life. The “eco-blot” which will be maintained by hired agriculturists will give the students an opportunity to witness and understand the lifecycle of plant ecology from the planting stage through harvesting. It will also serve the larger community as a place to come in order to learn about ways to create and maintain their own urban farm. A new lifestyle then begins to emerge for the citizens of Detroit.

2 The building itself will be constructed as a weaved steel structure composed of customized steel members produced in the factories which once produced only automobiles in a robotic assembly line. As the lifestyle catalyzed by our building begins to take hold of the greater community, our method of weaving structure through existing buildings in decay will begin to spread across the city inhabiting old abandoned buildings in a parasitic manor, whereby creating

3 a symbiotic effect between existing structure and urban growth. This will divert the destruction of many of Detroit’s abandoned buildings while at the same time saving the automobile factories and putting people back to work, thereby igniting the next phase in the lifecycle of Detroit.