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Jenga 3.0 Proposal

For Jenga 3.0, we formed groups of three people that had context words that fit together appropriately.  I was paired with Brian Peck, who had twist and Jamaan Simmons who had tilt.  Together, we formed “Interlocking Ambiguity”.  After comparing our individual books we read on design, we came up with commonalities within the three.  Order and structure.  Our books were:
Brian: “10 Books on Architecture” by Vitruvius
 Jamaan: “The Nature of Order” by Christopher Alexander
Audra: “delirious new york” by rem koolhaus

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Thanks Dajana!

One of my classmates, Dajana, forwarded me this blog posting that really speaks to my beehive design.  Each canopy unit takes on an individual feel, however combined, they really come together to form something quite spectacular.

You can find the blog here:

Thanks again Dajana for sending this to me! This is definitely one of my inspiration images!

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[iar 202] REFLECTION

Reflecting back on your previous work helps us move forward to making our future work more successful.  In each step, a time for reflection is required for me so that I learn from my mistakes and take my successes to a different level. The learning process will never be complete and in knowing this, I welcome each ability to not only express myself in my work, but also to gain knowledge from the critique process and use it as a path for growth.
With this last project, I have certainly learned a lot about my ability.  I was fortunate to learn some new digital techniques that helped me immensely with my time management  and implementation of a more successful project than my previous. Managing my time allowed me the ability to make a completed model and plan my board layouts.  I felt less panicked and more rested going into critiques and it helped all along in creating my design.
I am excited about moving forward to Jenga 3.0.  I work well in a team environment and I’m thrilled with the team members I am paired with.  We are all on a great path of discovery and our final project will, no doubt, be amazing.

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Jenga 2.0: kit of parts + 1

Jenga 2.0 was a one week project focusing on one of my spaces from Jenga 1.0 concept word “Beehive”.  For 2.0, I was provided with the opportunity to expand the original space by 50%, adding a second story and adding another kit of parts.  My idea was based on a man made beehive that has the appearance of a chest of drawers.  I originally chose to use two solids in my space, and I added an additional solid as a ceiling detail on the top floor of the space.  This detail resembles different levels of a honey comb that have lights hanging from them to resemble dripping honey.  
Here are my boards:

My floor plans in more detail:

first floor plan

second floor plan (loft#1)
third floor plan (loft #2)

 My sections:

main section

right section

ceiling plan


And here is my model:

Overall I am pleased with my progression from the first project and I’m looking forward to moving forward to see where we end up.

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Kit of Parts Review: Kacie Leisure [well up]

Kacie created three different spaces using “well up” as her concept word.. With her models and professionally completed drawings, she was able to clearly communicate each space.


Kacie’s first space, she chose the idea of bursting to be represented in her long and narrow space.  Her idea around bursting, was that when something wells up, it eventually gets to the point of needing to burst.  In this space, she used a wall and two columns.  The wall in the space is separating public and private space and one of the columns has shelves that are stacked on top of each other until they “burst” at the top of the column near the ceiling.  Kacie used materials (wood and granite) to help the shelving unit stand out as the focal point to her concept word.


Her second space uses the idea of well up by incorporating elevation, verticality and linear forms. Entering the space, you are surrounded by a vertical posts that support a loft space.  The use of deep mahogany woods for the solids draw your eyes upwards – thus welling up.  The loft space is used as the private space, and the main level houses public spaces.  The concrete floors contrast the woods in color and luster, thus keeping your focus on the verticality the space has.


Kacie’s third space is the largest space at 32’4 x 22’. She used the idea of extreme and overwhelming feeling or emotion.  She has said that this space was the most difficult for her to design because she needed to base it off of something that wasn’t physical.  She went with “designing to provoke these feelings and emotions involved in welling up.”  The materials used are white marble for the walls and very dark strand bamboo for the floors. There are free flowing, circular walls that create the barriers between public and private spaces.  The idea of family get togethers was behind one of her ideas for this space and incorporating a fire place is appropriate – having a hearth of the home.

Kacie’s grasp of successfully laying out her boards in a clear concise fashion really help her with her presentation and I enjoy viewing her ideas.  She has a good command of digital modeling and using the cam studio to have her physical models look crisp and clean.  All in all – a really professional look.

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Kit of Parts Review: Justin McNair [spark]

Justin created three separate spaces based on the word spark.  Each space represents a different interpretation of the word and his models and drawings clearly communicated his concept word.

energy and tension to create a spark

Justin’s first space is based off of the precursor of energy and tension it takes to initiate  a spark.  This space was the most narrow of spaces and his intention was to have it appear that the space was being pulled in two separate directions. Using platforms on opposite ends of the room emphasized that pull and tension.  He states that “this directional pull is an indicator to spaces of comfort and privacy.”

outward radiating nucleus

His second space is centered around an nucleus that radiates outward.  The spark begins at the center and pulsates away from the center and he used his kit of parts to help communicate this. 
Justin created a large rounded glass block wall that would not only provide light throughout the space but also give a sense of privacy.  A shorter rounded wall was opposite this first wall and a column sat in the center, representing the nucleus.  He used different layers in this space as well which acted as layers of ripples defining spatial functions.

rawness of a spark

Justin’s third space is based on the rawness of a spark, “where materiality and abstract form play a vital role.”  He uses glazed concrete floors to represent a raw crudeness in the space. Lofts and angular walls give the effect of claustrophobic spaces while still maintaining its exposure to the rest of the space.

Justin has a very interesting way of coming up with his ideas for each space and his drawings and renderings were really great. He shows a good command of both digital rendering as well as hand drawing.