The current interdisciplinary show at the Sol Koffler Gallery features of the work of several students from the Interior Architecture department. The show, “Thresholds: On the Verge of Something Else, Something Other”, will be up through October 23rd.
Brian Kernahan’s Narrative Museum Studio went to London for Spring Break 2011. Sheilah Carroll (MIARCH ’12) has documented their visits through many of the museums that London has to offer. The studio studied unique and innovative ways of displaying objects, focusing on the narrative that those objects were telling. The class visited a total of twelve museums and one exhibition design firm during the four days. Please follow the link to read Sheilah’s full account of each day and see images of their visits.
Samantha Rose shares her experience working with New Urban Farmers:
Pawtucket, RI doesn’t necessarily scream “spring break destination.” And yet this former industrial town to the north of Providence was where fellow IntAR student, Caitlin Santone (MIA 2012), and I spent part of our vacation. On a one acre farm/community garden converted from an old basketball court, we joined RISD Professor Anastasia Congdon and a half dozen architecture students to create an aquaponics system for the surrounding housing project. The farm itself was the brainchild of New Urban Farmers, an organization dedicated to “the renewal of farming throughout Pawtucket and Central Falls.” Last year, New Urban Farmers transformed this unused, hazardous area into a spacious garden where families now learn and grow together.
Our project, initiated by Prof. Congdon, utilized the newest addition to the garden, a 36’ wide x 18’ high geodesic dome. This dome served as the greenhouse for the aquaponics system, a sustainable food production method that combines aquaculture (raising fish) with hydroponics (growing plants in water). Our design for the system responded to the height, strength, and shape of the dome with angled tanks, hanging beds, and wedged benches; created from mainly reclaimed and recycled materials. Over the course of the week, RISD students and local families worked together to dig trenches, make fish tanks, construct and raise the beds, and build a series benches to cover the tanks (for safety and seating).
By the end of the week, we had a completed prototype (2 beds, 1 large tank, and 7 benches) and New Urban Farmers plans to replicate the system throughout the rest of the dome. All in all, it was an incredibly rewarding experience, we got to see a project through from concept to fabrication and, more importantly, create a space where parents and children can work together, grow their own food, and live more sustainably.
For more information about New Urban Farmers and upcoming projects, visit:
Samantha Rose in a graduate student in her 2nd of the 3-year Master of Interior Architecture program.
The Make It Better conference on art design and the future of healthcare was held at RISD this past weekend. The conference focused on ways issues of health and wellness can inform the work of artists and designers. Jessica Fanning (MArch ’11) was part of the panel discussion that opened the conference, Start Here: RISD Students Make it Better. In the video below Jessica expounds on her project and its approach to health.
For more information: Make It Better
Brent Brown came and spoke about his community architecture projects in Dallas as part of the Interior Architecture guest lecture series. Focusing on under-represented and low-income communities, Brown works to include their voice in city planning, no easy feat in Dallas. His non-profit bcWorkshop was awarded SEED’s Structures for Inclusion 11 national award for their impressive project on Congo Street in Dallas. Brown’s inspiring design work and attitude made for a very outstanding lecture.
To learn more about Brent Brown’s work:
Brady Gunnell (INTAR ’11) has a solo show up at the Andrea Valentini Gallery. The exhibit consists of new works on paper, and works in sound and video.
This Tah is My Tah This Tah Was Made for Me and You
On Display until January 5, 2011
Andrea Valentini Gallery
200 Allens Avenue, Providence, RI
This weekend Brown’s department of Art & Architecture is hosting the a conference this weekend that looks great, Human Scale: Bodies, Space, Perception and Interaction.
Beatriz Colomina of Princeton University will deliver the keynote address, “Frederick Kiesler: Architecture, Body, and Psyche”.