OUR END OF SEASON SALE IS HERE
We recently came across a really dope podcast called 99% Invisible… it’s all about things happening in the world of design, architecture and anything that makes up our built environment. So far we’ve listened to about 4-5 episodes that are entertaining and educational… stories about the how the revolving doors came to be, what role noise plays in our everyday lives, and, the latest, is about a guy up nameÂ Cameron Smith in Portland, Oregon who is designing and building his own SPACESUIT!
Yes… spacesuit. He is sourcing all the materials and hand making every part of the suit himself. When it’s ready, he plans on floating 50,000 feet up into the air in a balloon, which he is also sewing himself, to see if he can sustain a little trip into space. DAMNNN~ Good luck in the race to space Mr Smith… we got your back. Look out Virgin Galactic!
Check out this guy Hank who bought a bus and made a nomadic, multi-functional dwelling out of it… the gifs won’t load for some reason so have a look here cause it makes the bus make a whole lot more sense!
Hi! Iâm Hank, and I bought a bus.
In architecture school I was tired of drawing buildings that would never exist, for clients that were imaginary, and with details I didnât fully understand. I prefer to work with my hands, exploring details thoroughly, and enjoy working/prototyping at full scale. So for my Masters Final Project I decided to buy a school bus and convert it into a tiny living space. This was only possible because I was fortunate enough to have an instructor, Adam MarcusÂ , who encourages working at full scale, and allowed me take on such an ambitious and unorthodox project.
The bus was purchased on Craigslist for $3000, and has had about $6000 in improvements. Itâs not pocket change, but itâs less than a down payment on a home, and itâs less than I paid in tuition for my last semester of grad school. The majority of the work was completed in 15 weeks, just in time for my final review (although the first seven weeks were almost entirely design and prototyping, with the bulk of the construction completed in the last month and a half of the semester).
Itâs not an original premise, but I donât feel the opportunities have been explored very thoroughly and I wanted to show people the the potential in converting an existing vehicle.
I also thought it was important to demonstrate the value of full scale iteration in architectural education. There are too many architecture students who donât understand basic physical limitations of materials or how they can be joined. This project was a way to show how building a small structure with simple detailing can be more valuable than drawing a complex project that is theoretical and poorly understood. I think we need more making in architecture!