2.27.2006

i have added a small slide show of paul and ed's recent trip to winnipeg. the trip was an inspirational one. our warmest (no pun intended) thank you goes out to Nada Subotincic and Mark West for their hospitality and generosity of time.

i have also added some links. . . check them out!

2.26.2006

pine tar
thanks for the suggestion nada!

2.25.2006

nice - wait until everyone sees and hears the new blender i'm borrowing. it's an industry commercialized blender capable of blending large quantities. when i was in manitoba, my dad managed to get it from his friend that made tofu for a living on the side of being an engineer at fomoco. my dad's awesome, i came home one day dejected after breaking bill's blender and even our own. he went out of his way to pick this one up! it totally made my day!! i can't wait to give it a whirl.

this thing is massive.

2.19.2006

nothing feels better than good old fashion labor.

2.18.2006

the first pass

2.17.2006

so i've done some site maintainance. . . please visit my archives. i feel i should be doing some acknowledgements since i haven't done so yet because i'm entering into a "production mode." it's a fairly laborous process so i don't want to forget the people that got me where i am in my work. these are the people who have helped me clarify my intentions and roles that bring purpose and meaning toward my approach to architecture.

some acknowledgements:

mom + dad + doZer
Deanne Bednar (strawbale studio)
Ray Tyrell (local farmer)
Jane Lackey (fibers studio)
Gloria J. Lowe (Detroit rehabilitator)
Paul Puzzello (crandroid)

lastly, the really critical (sometimes cynical) architecture colleagues from UDMercy who have challenged, encouraged, discouraged, and frustrated me for good reason.

graig donnelly
matt gerard
tadd heidgerken
manuel garza
andy sturm
andrew lehman

Automation continues. . .


2.16.2006

so i've limited the amount of stuff i can put on my blog. i didn't realize how slow it loaded until after seeing mikolaj try to load my page. it was slow because of the number of images. . . please check out my archives. my goal of 15*40=x bricks in 30 is appearing real, i'll post the final proj. on the opening of the academy's degree show. for now, i'm signing off. . . it's been fun. feel free to email me with questions/concerns. go make some paper!

some acknowledgements:

mom + dad + doZer
Deanne Bednar (strawbale studio)
Ray Tyrell (local farmer)
Jane Lackey (fibers studio)
Gloria J. Lowe (Detroit rehabilitator)

lastly, the really critical (sometimes cynical) architecture colleagues from UDMercy who have challenged, encouraged, discouraged, and frustrated me for good reason.

graig donnelly
matt gerard
tadd heidgerken
manuel garza
andy sturm
andrew lehman

Ed

2.15.2006

hopefully i can inspire a conversation. . . the challenges of making a viable economic healthy material is difficult. concrete is alkalinic and eats away at virgin nat'l material easily. plaster as well. however, kaolin (kaolinite) clay - pure calcium carbonate, could possibly work since it's a natural mineral. this is used often in conjunction with straw bale housing. however, the economic cost of it is high. it is also complicated to work with to get the right ingredients of kaolin to adhere to the fibers too, as experienced this past summer. although, it's really water proof after it cures. . .

buckeye ultrafiber has patented a coating to their virgin fibers to make them alkaline resistant. i'm wondering if it's just oil.

cob. i don't know why i just don't use mud to seal up these units. . . i can't get over its aesthetic at all.

raw. why not? it can be utilized in interior purposes, but some people are allergic to straw. i think i'm going to start going synthetic. . . but, i think it's twice as difficult to break down in the amount of time i have left.

the possibility of a plywood sandwich sounds promising for building a really cheap sturdy wall. it suits a wall acoustically, possibly with a good r value, and can be thin. although, any microbrial attack can be detrimental.

anyhow, i'm open to suggestions. my next step is certainly to quantify this process. i feel i have somewhat completed the qualitative part of this thesis.

. . . and graduation awaits after 23 years of school, i feel i can retire now. . .i'm going to disney world once i get out.

2.14.2006

finally, something "free-standing"
girth

2.08.2006


this is the amount of waste after cutting (2) entire sheets of 4'x8' birch ply. my goal was to use the the most amount of usable effective material for my molds. could i perhaps chop this up more and utilize it in my mix?

2.05.2006

Agenda:

Accountability as an architect and a responsibility in terms of decomposition of materials that are potential sources of pollution is my concern (i.e.: decomposing houses in Detroit that are continuously polluting). An economical approach toward healthy, durable, sustainable building materials is my goal.

My work is a reaction stimulated by the degenerate city of Detroit, a sprawling redundancy of metropolitan suburbs, and local farms threatened by it. My concern is to sustain these struggling contexts (the city and farms) through the manifestation of a healthy building material provided by agricultural residue. It is capable of satisfying the economy of local farms in need of help and provide a healthy built environment the city needs. Fibers from wheat, rye, and oat are economical resources that are capable of being processed into a building material besides a bale itself. Equally as important as the manifested material is the process of producing it. With the aid of technology, processing of agricultural residue is not wasteful and most importantly non-hazardous to the environment. Contributing toward the ethical approach toward sustainability, a CNC laser cutter was utilized for manufacturing tools required to manipulate the agricultural residue. Technology contributes and makes sustainability easier to practice.
the idea here is to establish a tolerance. 1/32". when working in unison, the hex's will be stronger under compression. it was, again, pressed at 1/5th the actual desired size for testing purposes. i am concentrating on lessening the amount of material to press this geometry. it will lead toward a shorter drying time and an economical amount.

2.01.2006