SAM Labs 2016
S/U/M designed a MakerFaire booth designed for SAM Labs, a London-based company providing tools and technology for kids to explore and express their imaginations.
What started as a pet project among close friends (all of us having recently had kids) has turned into a 4 year project to reinvent performance jogging with your kids.
kidRunner is the world’s first high performance, all-terrain, lightweight, pull-style kid jogger. It is designed to enable runners with kids to run and explore, while retaining the efficiency and form of natural running. The composite frame and multi-patent, flexible “bow” connects to the runner and creates a smooth, safe, high performance ride for both runner and kid.
City of Baltimore “Hartford Bridge” public art Project, Baltimore MD. Expected date of completion, 2017.
Awarded as the final artist to design, fabricate and install a permanent installation through a pedestrian tunnel within a public park setting. The undulating concrete surface is meant to activate use: runners stretching before an exercise or use as a park bench. Landscaping, seating and lighting will be integrated into the final installation.
A joint endeavor between SUM/OTA+, Lafarge Industries and Concreteworks.
SUM/OTA+ was tasked with the challenge to showcase the exciting design potentials within Lafarge Industries’ new material Ductal: an ultra high strength concrete material that requires minimum internal reinforcing. These wall panel prototypes where fabricated and shown at last years AIA (American Institute of architects) convention themed “Design For the New Decade” in Miami, FL, as well as a “pop up” gallery in South Park, San Francisco, hosted by Concreteworks.
The goal of the designs where to exhibit the dynamic qualities of the material; ephemeral qualities such as “lightness” and “airiness” that come from the latent ability of Ductal to make products which are thinner and require less reinforcement.
The FLUX installation, developed by a team of CCA faculty and students, explores the possibilities of parametric modeling and digital fabrication. Through the use of parametric modeling and software scripts, the installation design can be quickly updated to address new design criteria. From the thickness of the ribs to the overall twisting geometry: a result of the exhibition content and ergonomic considerations, the geometry is controlled through a complex set of relationships that weave curation, layout, assembly and overall effect simultaneously.
1 part scientist/client who works in the bio-energy field
1 part glass virus sculpture collection by artist Luke Jerram
The result is a display and storage unit with geometry derived from the collection within it, casting subtle shadows off of the virus sculptures into the room.
An installation designed and digital milled by S/U/M with William Meeker and installed by our build partner Matthew Pigman of Mackie Builder. Lighting by Mackie Builder.
Taught with Kory Bieg of OTA+, the second semester looked into the social and economic factors of prefabricated construction and why prefabrication has not been the glowing success everyone claimed it would be. From this we developed our agenda: to look at prefabrication alongside social research to align building technology with current social trends. Research into urban tendencies pointed toward the growing trend of mobile food platforms.
Though Rapid Type targets the slow drip coffee movement, the larger agenda of the studio was to explore the gap between highly-designed prefabricated buildings and under-designed food trucks. Prefabrication remains a buzz word in the field of architecture, but has failed to deliver a reliable and cost-saving economic model for building construction. In fact, the only prefabricated structures that have performed consistently well are not buildings at all. The appearance of food trucks has exploded in the past few years and their visibility is only continuing to grow. The studio decided to latch on to this growing trend by offering a new and unique design using proven methods of mass manufacturing. Rapid Type is a full-service mobile sales platform that offers high-design, ease of assembly, and full mobility. The project combines the best of prefabricated building construction mixed with the financial vitality of the food truck movement. The prototype is designed to accommodate a variety of consumer markets.
Our proposal was selected as the winning entry for a public arts competition sponsored by the Alameda Arts Commission for the new Castro Valley, CA public library.
The inspiration for this permanent installation borrows from botanical growth patterns in nature. The installation is comprised of over 600 modulating “leaf” units that find structure in pairs. The material used in this installation are sheets of flexible polypropylene. Each side of the leaf pairs are asymmetrical in geometry that cause the leaves to undulate in particular patterns. Collectively, the leaf surface functions as a light collector: mixing natural and artificial light between its folds.
It is intended that the color palate of the installation be interchanged seasonally, annually or as future interior design work dictates.
John Heida, Mahsa Vanaki, Raphael Stargrove & Will Warne
Fabrication team: Marc Mintsioulis & Charlotte Hofstetter