Sunday, March 8, 2009

New Harmony in Houston

We are contributing the final chapter to a book about New Harmony, Frederick Kiesler and the Grotto for Meditation. Our essay will be called “New Harmony in Houston” and will discuss the work of our studio at UHCOA with Ben Nicholson that has become a project called the New Harmony Grotto and Garden. The book will be edited by Ben and Michelangelo Sabatino with contributions from Branko Kolarevik, Monika Pessler of the Kiesler Foundation among others.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

NHG Press Coverage

The New Harmony Grotto got the attention of the local media after the completion of the studio. Houston Chronicle, Texas Architect, Daily Cougar and the new President Renu Khator all took notice.

NHG Construction Documents

We have completed our set of Construction Documents for the fabrication and installation of the Grotto, Gate and Bridge in the New Harmony Garden proposed for the UH Campus next to the Architecture Building. We have tried to rethink what CD's mean in terms of Digital Fabrication where we are describing a series of instructions to machines and assembly diagrams to the fabricators. No dimension strings in the drawings, no tape measures on the site...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

UH students try to build the unbuildable

"What would you build if it were possible to build anything at all?

That wild question bedevils architecture professors trying to give their students an appropriate challenge. 3-D design software and digital-fabrication equipment mean that the old rules no longer constrain their students. Walls need not be straight. Corners don't need to meet at right angles."

read the entire article by Lisa Gray in the Houston Chronicle

Grotto Structural Analysis

We are working with Buro Happold to analyze the Grotto’s structure to determine where we need to be concerned about deformation and torsion in the frame. Some preliminary feedback shows the tendancy to deflect toward the curled side.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

The Grotto meets its site...

The model (25% of actual size) was placed on the slab that had been cut and diamond polished in time for our review.