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steven landau

new york, ny, United States

Design instructor

Member since September 08, 2008

  • pre fabrication


    In response to Goal & Objective1.0, posted by Lawrence,
    in the thread Goal & Objective1.0


    Hi Lawrence, I am really interested in this idea. I really like modular structures like this, and I think you might be able to do something great here. I took a look at the Blox site. It's cool the way that the building modules start flat, then you fold them to make the individual Blox, and join them together to create structures. The final product, however, is not very useful. with a better design, it might have been possible to make more different things, and by adding a few other elements, it could become really useful. For example, by adding some cushions, you could make a chair, or by adding wiring and a light bulb, you could make a lamp. I would like to see an entire system that allows people to design and build their own furniture using a module that they assemble from a kit, like IKEA, but with more opportunities for self-expression. IKEA is great, because it makes the end user assemble the product, so the item is very compact and can be shipped around the world cheaply. But IKEA also imposes its own design aesthetic on all of its products, and that leads to a very uniform appearance to all of the houses that are filled with IKEA products.

    Lawrence, you have identified a great potential product (or group of products) here. Now, you have to figure out the recycling issue (what recycled material will you make your modules out of?), and then do some more research into things like principles of Origami and structural engineering, to develop the most efficient and flexible system possible. You also might want to look at other examples of pre-fabricated building systems, such as the one developed by the architect Walter Gropius in the 1940s and '50s. I recommend that you study that carefully, because it will provide you with many important lessons. There is a great book about this subject in the library called, "Dream of the Factory-Made House: Walter Gropius and Konrad Wachsmann" steven

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