This past Saturday, the BRAVE team participated in AIA Houston’s annual Gingerbread Build-off. Having taken home the Grand Prix de Show in 2016, we felt the pressure to come up with a unique concept that spoke to our design aesthetic while also having a feeling of playfulness throughout (and hopefully come home as back-to-back champions!).
Inspired by French landscape architect Yves Brunier and using pasta as our main ingredient, we created a pasta house and landscape that was unlike any of the other entries. We used two layers of gingerbread covered in frosting as the base, applied a layer of vanilla fondant on top, and used pushpins to meticulously create a grid on top of the entire surface. We then pre-measured a variety of pastas and hand-placed each in our surface grid to bring our unique vision to a reality.
The competition was tough and, unfortunately, we did not come home with the ultimate prize. We did, however, have a great time in the process! Thanks to AIA Houston for another knockout Gingerbread event.
Scroll through the gallery to see our team, our process, and final product!
This spring, BRAVE/Architecture participated in the IIDA’s fundraising event Product Runway and was recognized with the Best New Arrival Award! B/A’s design challenge and art movement for this year was Kinetic Art and Alexander Calder. Our concept designs, which began in February, can be seen in previous blog entries. The final design is a lenticular abstraction of Calder’s mobile with a layering of pleats, allowing the rigid structure of the pleats to move more freely… READ MORE
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to be given a tour of the Shotgun Chameleon by the designer – and former BRAV-ite – Zui Ng. It’s immediately clear from the outside that it stands apart from its neighbors, but the difference is experienced on the inside as well. All plywood walls encase the family in a warm interior while specific window locations create the “framed art” that would otherwise hang on the walls. The view from the living room toward the street… READ MORE
Movement = Visual Transformation
Pleats, Planes, Canvas, & Vantage Point.
How to make pleat?
Pleat and dress form?
“Transition” as driving concept.
Think of the stages of change – multiple phases of change.
Litertal to abstract. Abstract to literal.
Calder to abstract. Abstract to Calder.
How to make the transitions work with the hard & soft materials?
Color = Black, White, Grey, and one accent color (Calder uses primary colors)
Recently, I was assembling a number of drawing instruments to show my students what I considered good design tools. In doing so, I pulled my old Caran D’Ache Fixpencil 22 (Swiss Made!) from an old box of tools. I keep that pencil since my days as an architecture student in Buenos Aires. Since I did not have any 2B lead refills, which is the hardness I recommend to young designers, I set to the Internet to order some.
While looking at various websites, I discovered Caran D’Ache had recently released a commemorative version of the fabulous pencil. To mark its 100th anniversary, and among other commemorative pieces, the Maison Caran d’Ache issued a limited edition of the iconic Fixpencil 22. Designed and first released in 1929, the Fixpencil is the first mechanical pencil ever equipped with the Maison’s patented unique clutch mechanism.
Just like the original model, the new Fixpencil 22 comes equipped with a lead sharpener. The commemorative edition also sports architectural scales in inches and centimeters, and comes with a tube of extra colored leads.
With renewed enthusiasm, I will use both—new and old at every opportunity!
Sicardi Gallery has recently been featured on OffCite.org. The blog was launched by the Rice Design Alliance and the Cite editorial committee to feature reviews, architectural news roundups, photo essay outtakes, and podcasts, and more. You can view the full post of Sicardi Gallery here.
Uruguayan engineer, architect and master builder Eladio Dieste (1917-2000), whose oeuvre comprises a large number of buildings of refined elegance, is credited with the introduction of a thin-shell structure for roofs in double-thickness brick he called the Gaussian vault. These elements derive their structural qualities from a double curvature catenary arch form that resists buckling failure. Many of the techniques… READ MORE
The design of film titles has intrigued me from a very early age. Possibly since watching Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968. Or even earlier, seeing the opening sequence of John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix. I watched both movies with my grandmother and grandfather respectively when originally released.
Title sequence is so… READ MORE
While it is hard to imagine adaptive reuse projects by masters such as le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe or Frank Lloyd Wright, it is not as unusual to see some of the current stars working on such typology. Examples abound: from OMA’s Prada store in New York, formerly the SoHo branch of the… READ MORE