Working within an advanced architectural studio Rapid type is a mobile coffee platform. Creatively designed and thoroughly researched. Read more
This project was successfully funded on April 29, 2011.
About this project
WE REACHED THE MINIMUM... NEW GOAL $3300! THIS WILL FUND THE LIGHTING AND STEEL FOR THE COUNTER. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE PROJECT WOULD BE COMPLETED... NOW IT GETS THE "BELLS AND WHISTLES."
VERY BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THAT HAVE SUPPORTED!
This design/build studio is based on a grant from Mitsubishi to explore potential design uses, strategies and assembly techniques that are specific to using Alpolic. Beginning with an exploratory design phase we developed multiple solutions that test the limits of the material to unfold unconventional, yet feasible opportunities offered by the unique composition and quality of Alpolic. We designed assembly prototypes that not only assumed a necessity for structure, material seaming and connections, capacity to make a larger form and enclosure, but also had to accommodate the conditions afforded by CNC fabrication.
We then conducted precedent studies to understand the successes and failures of prefabrication as an architectural solution by diving deep into branding and marketing strategies. With this research, we generated business plans and program possibilities that take the practicalities of budget, target audience and deployment into account.
Ultimately, the tectonic strategies and precedent research fed into the design of a complete global form solution of a unique geometry generated by distinct exterior and interior surfaces. The intricate interior exploits the folding and bending properties of Alpolic to create a dynamic and exotic space as a draw for a service based environment, particularity speaking to the popular appeal of coffee.
While the donation from Mitsubishi was extremely generous it does not cover the construction costs other than the Alpolic. These cost include but are not limited to; plywood, fasteners, steel, lights, and electrical equipment. This is where come in, the money that we raise through kickstarter is for the purpose of construction of our final design. Please help us see our hard work come to life!
As time is of the essences we are raising the funds to coincide with the building. As we build we will be posting images and video of the process to gather excitement around our project. As you may have noticed that the fundraising ends at 11:59p.m. on April 29. This is because April 30th is our Final Review.
Please feel free to check out our website at
Thank you very much!
Masters of Architecture Candidates, 4th/5th Bachelors Degree Candidates from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and our Professors
Yes. We are already in the construction phase of the project and are fronting the money to make it happen. We hope that with your help through kickstarter that we can focus on building our design. There is a team of highly motivated and skilled individual working on rapid:type.
That actually depends on you. As we are architecture students in an advanced studio, we are used to not sleeping and are trying to finish the project by our final review which is the April 30th, the same day as the end of our kickstarter. As we see contributions come in we can confidently start buying materials.
The party will follow! Stay tuned!
Yes. Many of the students are skilled fabricators as well as designers. The professors have both taught numerous design build studios that have ended with built projects such as (OP)Space and FLUX.
Pledge $1 or more
A personal thank you in the form of a phone call from one of the design team, and invitation to the exhibition of rapid:type, q&a time with the design team, and yes a big hug!
Pledge $25 or more
A personal hand written thank you from the design team. Which will include: an invitation to a private exhibition of rapid:type, time to meet the design team, q&a time and some refreshments. Oh and definitely a big hug!
Pledge $50 or more
A personal CNC'd thank you from the design team in Alpolic. Also included: an invitation to a private exhibition of rapid:type, time to meet the design team, q&a time and some refreshments. Oh and definitely a two big hugs!
Pledge $100 or more
YOUR NAME CNC'd on the rapid:type pod under the list of founders. A personal CNC'd founders plaque with a big thank you from the design team in Alpolic. Also included: an invitation to a private exhibition of rapid:type, time to meet the design team, q&a time and some refreshments. Oh and definitely a three big hugs!
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