About this project
We are the Numisius Colony of Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity at NewSchool of Architecture+Design. Alpha Rho Chi is a professional architecture fraternity that strives to promote artistic, scientific and practical proficiency in its members in the architectural profession. We are attempting to establish a chapter at our college, located in the East Village neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. The design team is a group of architecture students from 3rd, 4th year undergrad as well as grad Students and Numisius Colony pledges. We are working parallel with ECOR USA, a local, sustainable, eco-friendly alternative wood panel fabricator, to design and build a pavilion for the center lounge at the Art San Diego 2013 Contemporary Art Fair. The ASD Fair is the first and only contemporary art fair in San Diego, and showcases contemporary art from local artists and universities, and from across the world.
Our Numisius Colony was contacted by ECOR USA and ASD Fair to design and fabricate a pavilion for the center lounge. We broke into teams and had an in-house design competition. Taking into consideration the theme of the art fair--[collide] or creative intersections--and the various programmatic needs of the space, our designs centered on versatility, modularity, dynamism and complexity through materials and placement. The concept of a field of objects to define a space--like stars and solar systems composing a galaxy, or electrons orbiting a nucleus to define an atom--rather than borders or walls to define the space was the creative jumping off point. A winning design was chosen and presented to our client, Ann Berchtold, Executive Director of the ASD Fair. The selected design features two modular bench sections that can be arrayed and configured multiple ways to suit the ever changing needs of the space. These two modules can be arrayed finitely to create a seating or a lantern object; together to create an infinite configuration of a barrier object; or singularly to create stand-alone seating elements. Each module will be back lit, creating a glowing structure. By incorporating the seating elements designed by ECOR USA into this field of objects, a collision is achieved.
Why We Are Building:
The Numisius Colony is honored to be selected to design and fabricate the pavilion for the center lounge at the Art San Diego Fair in collaboration in ECOR USA. As a colony of Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity, it is encouraged that we engage in professional architectural events to obtain chapter-hood and further our knowledge of the field. And, as students of architecture at NSA+D, this is an amazing opportunity to explore using sustainable materials and design methodologies in the realization of a design-build project, along with the challenges and rewards of working with clients, deadlines, and responsibilities.
How You Can Help:
The Art San Diego Fair 2013 initially provided $2,500 for the center lounge, but as a challenge to ourselves, we decided to raise our own funds and give those allotted funds for ECOR USA's use. So far, NewSchool of Architecture+Design has donated $5,000 for our design. But we are passionate architecture students, wanting to provide an awe-inspiring pavilion for the patrons at the ASD Fair. In order to realize our design to the utmost, we have decided to raise additional funds to purchase better quality, sustainable materials, and higher quality multicolor lighting to provide a dynamic environment. We, NewSchool students, are donating our time and labor for the fabrication and installation of this project. We are asking you for your support in making this project a reality.
Thank you for your consideration and we hope that you will pledge your support for the creative arts through a donation today!
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Risks and challenges
Currently, we have begun protoyping the modules with funds from our Numisius Colony budget to work out flaws and improve connection techniques. We are waiting to purchase the bulk of our sustainable and structural material to begin immediate fabrication. The risks involved in this project include not raising enough to meet our goal or being unable to purchase in bulk the amount of materials needed in time for fabrication. If this happens, we will have to use cheaper, more readily available/less sustainable materials, or to cut down on the number of modules produced, creating an empty center lounge that does not live up to our initial design goal.
If we are unable to complete this project, and fufill our requirements for the Art San Diego Fair, we will fail our requirements to become a chapter of the Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity. The Numisius Colony will have to reapply again at a later time, costing us more fees, and destroy a valuable connection for us architecture students with a client in our first (for some of us students) real world design-build project.
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