Week 4: Just another day with the Johnstons!

review with the Johnston'sAfter Week 3 we burned all our creative juice to have a full presentation ready on Monday to review with Ray and Mary Johnston. The class trekked down the Burke-Gilman trail to the Johnston’s office on Lake Union. In their conference room, all 5 groups pinned up their boards and things got serious. We looked critically at all the different strategies to find the advantages that would meet our goal to design a high performance greenhouse.

When we finished presenting each scheme, the discussion that followed was to somehow take the strategies that performed the best and go HYBRID! We concluded with three hybridized schemes:

  1. MOTHERSHIP – freestanding greenhouse, station for mobile pods.
  2. PARASITES – adaptive structure that grows off of an existing shed on site.
  3. SATELLITE – independent or dependent mobile pods.

These schemes probably won’t all be built, but the intention is that we will build just a section this quarter,  giving Twisp the plans for a complete system that they can grow later. In all, our discussion concluded with a more focused goal of a system that could be either mobile, seasonally adaptive to multi-use, mass produced for revenue, and meeting the Living Building Challenge.

Wednesday, we gathered in studio to continue our design and discussion,  collaboratively bringing together our ideas and starting to get some heavy decisions made.  Oh boy, week 5 is going to be some intense collab/fab-ing. Stay tuned to hear what goes on next.  As Tim Gunn would say, we gotta “make it work!”

ALSO we got some other FAB design work done this week. We laser-cut a FAB- ulous silk-screen template for t-shirts.


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