AIA Houston’s 2017 Gingerbread Build-off

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 … READ MORE


Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Inventive Marille Pasta

In 1983, Voiello, a subsidiary of the well-known Barilla Pasta, retained the Italian industrial designer Giorgetto Giugiaro to design a new shape of pasta. Giugiaro, a prolific car designer among whose designs one finds the De Tomaso Mangusta, the BMW M1 and the infamous DeLorean, accepted the challenge.

The food manufacturer from Naples … READ MORE




Product Runway 2016.2

LENTICULAR “Pleat-scape”
charrette no.2

Movement = Visual Transformation
Pleats, Planes, Canvas, & Vantage Point.

How to make pleat?
Material?
Movement?
Pleat and dress form?


Product Runway 2016

KINETIC ART
ALEXANDER CALDER

charrette no.1
“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)


From Dallas to Houston

Biding my time in a window seat I thought I’d play a little bit with the tilt shift. It’s always interesting to witness everyday urban and rural logistics from above. From exhaust distortions to rigid geometries and incomplete roads we can witness the paced process of development.


B/A : 10/10

This photographic post follows Brave/Architecture during a 24 hour period. Everyone was tasked with recording two images during October 10th. Each image was taken during two separate one-hour periods recording a specific moment in each person’s day. It is a glimpse into our history during one day on this world.


Caran D’Ache, King Of Pencils!

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!



Function Follows Form?

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


The Work of Eladio Dieste

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