The Boston Architectural College's Design Studio, "Design Museum Boston Studio" met last week to present and discuss their work to design a mobile pavilion for Design Museum Boston. The students, each working individually, presented the second iteration of their ideas.
The concepts were beautifully diverse, to include a Jenga-inspired, push-pull system, Johnson-esque glass boxes, a pedestrian bridge constructed of bamboo, and several others. The requirements for all designs is that they must be easily dis/assembled and transported, must be secure, and weather-resistant.
In their submissions, students were asked to show and discuss how they would accomplish all these requirements, while also putting forth an interesting, functional, and well thought out concept. As a student in the class, I can attest that its a real challenge. As architects we always take for granted the fact that we will have established wall and roof systems that will close our spaces from the elements...this project takes that away from us. We need to design something light and mobile which requires getting away from conventional building systems. Its a refreshing project because it really forces us to think outside the box.
This week, the class will be entering 'Round 3' and taking their designs even furthur. Not only will they be refining their conceptual ideas, they'll really be focusing on the technical details of how their pavilions go together as a collection of parts.
Standby for more updates as the weeks progress...and to lay to rest a major point of contention...pavilion can be spelled with either one or two "L's" ;)