Today

Improvised some miniature shelters in a vacant lot across from my apartment building. Sort of shrine-like, sort of post-apocalyptic. Not exactly sure what’s going on here yet.

Shelter – Part 1

All images from Shelter by Lloyd Kahn.

I love the contrast in materials and the whole makeshift aesthetic of this. Love the thought of molding the soft clay into the gaps of the wood. And the crazy straight and curvy lines of the wood.

More material and textural contrast.

This boat looks like a bird.

Developments In Housing

Developments in housing is an ongoing collaborative project between visual artist Laura Wills and creative engineer William Cheesman. Wills and Cheesman regularly collaborate on site specific installation projects that explore the construction of semi permanent make shift shelters using locally sourced/ found materials. Themes of travel, makeshift dwellings and nomadic behaviors are poignant to the research making process.

Couch Cushion Architecture

Compilation and critical commentary by Build Blog. Original posts here and here.

A brilliant synergy between the weighted foundation and the light tensile structure, this project impressed us with its attenuation of structure and bright interior spaces. The courtyard and formal entry are also well thought-out and provide a clear means of way-finding. Grade A+


At first glance the composition appears unintentional and the construction shoddy. But further investigation reveals a clear delineation between indoor/outdoor space with a design focus on protection through the use of barrier. Planes are shifted off the orthogonal to accommodate function; as a side effect it relieves inhabitants from a harsh Euclidian geometry. Grade B


An ambitious architectural statement, this structure takes its design queues from middle-east cave dwellings. The calculated addition of bold colors and rich textures softens the eye and puts one at ease despite the unknown variables in its structural system. Grade: B


Drawing from the saw-tooth roof structures of industrial Europe, the orthogonal volume cleverly employs a swing hinge access door, popularized by the mid-century modern masters. Grade: B+


A rare example of cathedral buttressing, this project also employs a heavy medieval base. The interior incorporates a steel frame and establishes a “belt and suspenders” structural system. Technicalities aside, the project suffers from an inconsistent material palette attributed to coordination issues with the supplier. Grade A-


Good God gentlemen, you’re a mess! You need walls, you need a roof. Get to work man! Grade: F


The crisp, orthogonal structure is, in a way, camouflaged by the informality of the landscaping. While a clear bifurcation exists between site and structure, we give high marks to the close coordination of architect and landscape architect in using similar materials to exaggerate the divergent design concepts. Grade: B+

Difficulty & Discomfort

I’m getting ready for a show at NURTUREart (it opens at the end of April), and these days it seems like I’m kind of feeling around in the dark. Here are some words of wisdom and sympathy from Jessica Stockholder via Art21:

“I think there are lots of different kinds of thinking. Your hands learn to do things that you could spend a whole day trying to write about and articulate. What’s intuition? It’s a kind of thinking. It’s not stupidity. And so I think there’s a discomfort associated with trying to put all those different ways the brain works together. So I kind of like to avail myself of that discomfort.”

“It’s odd to be in the studio and not know what you’re going to do. I think being an artist and choosing to put yourself in a circumstance where you don’t know just how things are going to work out and what you’re going to do is very exciting and rich and also difficult.”

Here she is painting on a shag carpet: