Kiosk Installations begin October 8th!

•October 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment

ELA Old Manchester Project Announcment

 

Inform, inspire, and collaborate!  These actions are the main goals of the 2011 ELA class, an honor’s academy under the auspices of the VSAIA.  Each year, the ELA class selects a specific region within a city of Virginia and develops a project aimed to improve through architecture.

The 2011 group has chosen Manchester, a region of Richmond rich in history and culture, but afflicted by urban drought. A 6-lane highway dissects Manchester into two separate parcels with transitioning industrial buildings to the north and a residential neighborhood to the south. Master plans for redevelopment have been prepared by the city planning office, but little action has occurred to implement the proposed plans.  In order to engage the community, the class project is an interactive kiosk that is designed, built, and marketed by the class.  The kiosk will be introduced into the neighborhood at three separate sites within the Manchester with the intent to interact with residents, business owners, and passersby about the future of Manchester: The Hull Street Library, Tricycle Gardens Urban Farm, and 201 Hull Street, near the Mayo Bridge.

ELA participants will be onsite at each location to spark dialogue between visitor and kiosk.

The kiosk is designed and built by the class.  Designed to fit into a standard parking space, the kiosk consists of four 4 x 8 modules that create a transparent shelter, evoking the regionally historic lath construction.  Within the rectangular shape, the form channels the visitor to a specific framed view.  Within the kiosk, visitors will have the opportunity to leave their imprint on the neighborhood through drawing and writing.  This visual conversation will be recorded and collected for a final presentation at Architecture Exchange East.

The class is also spearheading its own marketing campaign to engage the community and other stakeholders within the community.  In addition to social media sites on Twitter and Facebook, Posters and postcards are being designed for distribution throughout the community and region.  If you are interested in donating to the production or marketing of the project, please contact your local Chapter.

Please visit:

Facebook site: What Do You See

http://www.facebook.com/pages/What-Do-You-See/134894846593899

Twitter site: What_do_u_see

 

If you are in the Manchester Region, on the following dates, we invite you to join us to celebrate architecture, community, and the collaborative spirit we share!

Saturday, Oct 8 – 201 Hull Street

Sunday, Oct 9 – Tricycle Gardens Urban Farm at 9th and Bainbridge

Saturday, Oct 15 – Hull Street Library

 

 

 

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Installation Dates

•September 19, 2011 • 8 Comments

Good afternoon all,

I just received an email from Amrit with confirmation for the site at 201 Hull Street (near the Mayo Bridge), all we need to do is choose a date. I believe we are looking at October 15th for the Library site. So the weekend of October 8th and 9th would be 201 Hull Street and Tricycle Gardens. I would like to propose the following schedule. Please feel free to add your thoughts and input.

October 8 – 201 Hull Street

October 9 – Tricycle Garden

October 15 – Hull Street Library

I think the area around 201/Plant Zero would have a more active crowd on Saturday because of the art galleries in the area. I think the area around Tricycle may be more active/have more passersby on Sunday because of the churches in the area. These are purely speculations and I welcome other thoughts.

I would also like to set up a schedule for manning the Kiosk. Since there are 15 of us, I think at least 5 each day would be a good representation for each install. More are welcome of course as they see will fit their schedule. I have made a form for the dates, please fill in as your schedule will allow.

From what I remember of our previous discussions, each day will include a 2-3 hour installation, a 5-6 hour “open house”, and a 2-3 hour deconstruction. A full day will probably run from 7-8AM to 6-7PM. Please plan accordingly.

I think the best way to do this and keep it all in one place would be to add your dates available as a comment to this post.

Again, thoughts and comments are welcome.

Thank you

Something’s in the …

•September 18, 2011 • Leave a Comment

… details.

Ceiling panels are complete and ready for pickup.

James

What Do You See – Update 09/12/11

•September 14, 2011 • 1 Comment

ELA:

We continue to make great progress on our What Do you See project, but with four weeks left until our first installation, we need to stay focused and productive over these next few weeks. Here is a summary of the ongoing efforts and the key actions items that have been assigned. If anyone has additional items to add or recalls things differently, please reply to all.

Kiosk Construction

  1. Thom and I worked on the Kiosk Friday night and Saturday. The frame is painted and the wall panels are correctly fastened.
  2. The SWVa group agreed to take on the take of constructing the ceiling panels off-site. I believe that Amrit is working to coordinate pick-up of the panels.
  3. Thom and Amrit are coordinating with a shop to have the exterior panels painted/stained.
  4. We have a lot of work left to do on the Kiosk. If you are able to volunteer time during a weekend or weekday in the coming weeks, please contact Thom and Amrit to discuss how you can best help out. (The SWVa ceiling effort is a great example of how to help out off-site…)

Permits/Permissions

  1. Insurance is 99% resolved.
  2. Library Site – Approved (Maggie/Mike to coordinate sketch to provide to Owner)
  3. Courthouse Site  – Still Waiting for Owner Comments (May shift to Tricycle Gardens as alternate 3rd location)
  4. 201 Hull Street Parking Lot – Approved (Amrit to contact Owner)
  5. Tricycle Gardens – Alternate 3rd Site (Amrit to contact Owner)

Marketing

  1. Anna, Blue, and Maggie are leading the marketing efforts. Please contact them with any comments/thoughts.
  2. Pending confirmation of the 3rd site, the marketing blitz should start by the end of this week.
  3. Blue is coordinating the t-shirts. Please respond to her email regarding sizes.

Storage of Kiosk – Between Installations

  1. Kiosk will remain at SMBW until first install. (Maggie/Amrit to confirm)
  2. Kiosk will be stored in Maggie’s truck overnight between first and second installs.
  3. Kiosk will be stored at SMBW for week between 2nd and 3rd install. (Maggie/Amrit to confirm)
  4. Kiosk will be stored at SMBW until ArchEx install.
  5. Future of the Kiosk after ArchEx is TBD. A final installation at VCA was discussed, but no final decision was made.

Installation Dates

  1. Saturday, October 8
  2. Sunday, October 9
  3. Saturday, October 15
  4. Wednesday, Nov. 2 – Set up
  5. Thursday, Nov. 3 – Open for viewing all day; Formal Presentation at 4:30
  6. Friday, Nov. 4 – Open for viewing in morning; Break Down
  • Install attendance schedule –We need to confirm who can attend which dates above, and what timeslots will be
    assigned. I will add a blog post for that specific issue.

Content, Content, Content

  1. The design and construction of the Kiosk has gotten a lot of attention over the last few months, but we still need to develop the content that will be displayed inside the Kiosk.
  2. On Friday, we agreed that everyone should provide at least one content graphic to be included. This may be something from your May presentation or something new, but we need something from everybody. Please post your graphics to the FTP site.
  3. Clay and Anna were nominated to coordinate the content effort. Abbie and Ay-Chiung were identified as possible support.
  4. Damian is working with his firm to provide the final printing of the content graphics on (4) vertical banners.

Final Presentation

  1. James and Damian are coordinating the final presentation.
  2. James, Damian, Thom , and Christopher have been identified as speakers (others that are interested, please speak up…)
  3. James is coordinating the supplemental presentation to the City of Richmond on October 3rd. Others that want to attend or help present, please contact James.

Please share your thoughts, comments, clarifications…

Thanks,

CK

kiosk ceiling details …

•September 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

>>> On Sep 11, 2011, at 10:48 AM, “James Ruhland”
> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Thom, Amrit & Dan
>>>>
>>>> Here is the collection of notes we developed for the ceiling
>>>> pattern and
> construction. Our methods will require an additional set of metal
> studs to be installed in the roof frame. Please review the attached
> detail and let me know if you have any questions.
>>>>
>>>> I have solicited help from an outside source to construct the 19
>>>> frames
> for us. They will likely begin building the frames Monday or Tuesday
> this week. If you wish to halt construction of the frames, you must
> let me know by end of business on Monday.
>>>>
>>>> James Ruhland III, LEED AP
>>>> Community Design Studio, LLC
>>>> communitydesignstudio.org
>>>> 448 Depot Street NE, Christiansburg, VA 24073

>>> From: Christopher S. Kehde [mailto:ckehde@lewarchitects.com]
>>> Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 11:21 AM
>>> To: James Ruhland
>>> Cc: Thom White; Thom White; Amrit Singh; Dan Zimmerman; Anderson,
>>> John
B.
> (Roanoke); Liu, Ay-Chiung; Blue Blanchard
>>> Subject: Re: kiosk ceiling details …
>>>
>>> James & the NRV’s,
>>>
>>> I believe that part of the design intent for the ceiling is to
>>> conceal
> the metal studs to provide a continuous finished ceiling plane. The
> proposed method has the benefit of staying as high as possible but
> would leave the unfinished studs exposed. On site you had described a
> system that hung just below the ceiling stud. Is there a variation
> that
could still do that?
>>>
>>> Thom/Amrit,
>>> What are your thoughts?
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>> CK
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone

>> On Sep 11, 2011, at 11:50 AM, “James Ruhland”
wrote:
>>
>>> Chris
>>>
>>> We sketched several option for a suspended ceiling. Given those
>>> sketches
> we believe this method will be the simplest and cleanest installation.
> This proposal also uses minimal material and no additional hardware.
> This proposal also allows for field adjustment/alignment/flexibility.
>>>
>>> James Ruhland III, LEED AP
>>> Community Design Studio, LLC
>>> communitydesignstudio.org
>>> 448 Depot Street NE, Christiansburg, VA 24073

>> From: Amrit Singh [mailto:ASingh@smbw.com]
>> Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 12:01 PM
>> To: James Ruhland
>> Cc: Christopher S. Kehde; Thom White; Thom White; Dan Zimmerman;
>> Anderson,
> John B. (Roanoke); Liu, Ay-Chiung; Blue Blanchard
>> Subject: Re: kiosk ceiling details …
>>
>> I understand this will maximize efficiency – easier detail to
>> construct –
> however i think it’s the wrong approach. A floating plane concealing
> the metal stud will emphasize the interior box and any other graphic
> displays. The metal studs are important as a joining element but do not
> need to be celebrated. I believe we should look at another detail more
> in line with Chris’s comment.
>> Thoughts?
>>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 11, 2011, at 12:16 PM, “James Ruhland” wrote:
>
>> Any other method we could figure out included tracks be fixed to the
>> roof
> structure or a significant amount of installation time/adjustment. We
> assumed you (the construction team) would want to minimize both of these.
>>
>> If your initial concept was to conceal the roof structure all
>> together,
> then I do not recommend a series of translucent panels or a clear roof
> structure – shadows will make everything show up on the muslin.
>>
>> Given the remaining timeframe I strongly recommend we use the
>> simplest
> solution possible.
>>
>> James Ruhland III, LEED AP
>> Community Design Studio, LLC
>> communitydesignstudio.org
>> 448 Depot Street NE, Christiansburg, VA 24073

> From: Amrit Singh [mailto:ASingh@smbw.com]
> Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 12:41 PM
> To: James Ruhland
> Cc: Christopher S. Kehde; Thom White; Thom White; Dan Zimmerman;
> Anderson, John B. (Roanoke); Liu, Ay-Chiung; Blue Blanchard
> Subject: Re: kiosk ceiling details …
>
> The initial concept was not to conceal the roof. Through the process
> of building and refinement we’ve decided to conceal the roof members.
> I don’t mind the reading of abstract lines in the muslin. If you’d
> like I can work up a detail this week for review – I’m thinking more
> in line with a clip into the stud track.
>
> I’d like to get the thoughts of members on the design team as well.
> Can you please provide comments?
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>

> From: James Ruhland
> Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 16:48:24
> To: Amrit Singh
> Cc: Christopher S. Kehde; Thom
> White; Thom White; Dan
> Zimmerman; Anderson, John B.
> (Roanoke); Liu,
> Ay-Chiung; Blue
> Blanchard
> Subject: RE: kiosk ceiling details …
>
> We have a fabricator ready to build the frames starting tomorrow. Any
> revised details or plans must be sent to me ASAP – otherwise that
> window will close.
>
> James Ruhland III, LEED AP
> Community Design Studio, LLC
> communitydesignstudio.org
> 448 Depot Street NE, Christiansburg, VA 24073

> From: “Blue Laurel Blanchard”
> Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 17:36:46
> To: James Ruhland; Amrit Singh
> Reply-To: blblan11@vt.edu
> Cc: Christopher S. Kehde; Thom
> White; Thom White; Dan
> Zimmerman; JB
> Anderson;
> Ay-Chiung Liu; Blue
> Blanchard
> Subject: Re: kiosk ceiling details …
>
> I’m on the road, so this may be a little disjointed, bear with me.
>
> I can appreciate the design intent, but I also think we are
> underestimating the time and effort it would take to fabricate and
> install (both initially and at each construction) something with
> multiple
suspended pieces.
>
> As James mentioned one of the largest considerations we took into
> account for the double metal stud was the ability for flexibility as
> the multiple pieces of the kiosk will not always be perfectly aligned.
> We believed this system would allow for the cleanest finish as a
> suspended system would require significant onsite adjustment to ensure
> a
clean finish.
>
> With that, I have made a quick sketch of a potential alternate system.
> The sketch is rough as we are traveling, so here’s an attempt to
> explain it. A c-shaped type clip would be installed perpendicular to
> the existing metal studs. The frames of muslin could then be slipped
> into the clips (or more accurately, the clips would be bent around the
> edge of the frame). The clips would coincide with the frame making them
mostly concealed.
>
> Some caveats: the clips may need to be strategically placed to
> coordinated with the RCP. This may require a little extra care and
> consideration of orientation during installs. I have no idea if a clip
like this exists.
> There may be a plumbing type clip that we could use if we routed the
> interior of the frame to click into a round clip…I hope that makes
> sense…, but this may not be possible to fabricate. The clips would
> have to be flexible as the panels would not be and the clips would be
stationary.
>
> I will review all of this when I get home and try to make a better
> sketch and explanation. That will not be till this evening.
>
> Those are my thoughts for now. Thanks for your patience.
>
> Blue
> Thank you,
>
> Blue L. Blanchard, LEED AP

> From: Blue Laurel Blanchard [mailto:blblan11@vt.edu]
> Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 1:43 PM
> To: James Ruhland; Amrit Singh
> Cc: Christopher S. Kehde; Thom White; Thom White; Dan Zimmerman; JB
> Anderson; Ay-Chiung Liu; Blue Blanchard
> Subject: Re: kiosk ceiling details …
>
> Another caveat: this sys will require rather precise measurements and
> panel locations as the metal studs are set at slightly different
> centers. Which means much less flexibility in the fabrication of the
panels.
>
> Any thoughts and critiques are welcome. thinking out loud….
>
> Thank you,
>
> Blue L. Blanchard, LEED AP

> From: James Ruhland [mailto:jruhland3@chpc2.org]
> Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 3:15 PM
> To: blblan11@vt.edu; Amrit Singh
> Cc: Christopher S. Kehde; Thom White; Thom White; Dan Zimmerman; JB
> Anderson; Ay-Chiung Liu; Blue Blanchard
> Subject: RE: kiosk ceiling details …
>
> In the spirit of keeping things simple, is there any reason we
> couldn’t just have a single piece of fabric stretched in place over
> each
roof section?
> i.e. no frames.
>
> James Ruhland III, LEED AP
> Community Design Studio, LLC
> communitydesignstudio.org
> 448 Depot Street NE, Christiansburg, VA 24073

> From: Thom White [mailto:thom@wparch.com]
> Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 3:34 PM
> To: James Ruhland; blblan11@vt.edu; ‘Amrit Singh’
> Cc: ‘Christopher S. Kehde’; ‘Thom White’; ‘Dan Zimmerman’; ‘JB
> Anderson’; ‘Ay-Chiung Liu’; ‘Blue Blanchard’
> Subject: RE: kiosk ceiling details …
>
> I see multiple problems with that… keeping the fabric clean and
> undamaged in transport, etc.
>
> Upon further consideration, the panels suspended is still the best
> choice for the Kiosk. I will take responsibility for their
> installation and clip design. If your fabricator can begin making them
> tomorrow, when do you expect them to be ready? I would like to have
> them in Richmond as soon as possible.
>
> If there are no objections, the sizes I stated earlier will work just
fine:
> A at 23.5″X24″, B at23.5″X36″, and C at 23.5″X12″.
>
> Please tell me what size material you have been thinking of using for
> the frame structure?
>
> Thank you.
>
> thom
>
>Thom White, AIA, LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE
> thom@wparch.com
>
> WORK PROGRAM ARCHITECTS
> 208 E. Plume Street
> Monticello Arcade, Suite 2
> Norfolk, VA 23510
> http://www.wparch.com

> From: James Ruhland [mailto:jruhland3@chpc2.org]
> Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 4:07 PM
> To: Thom White; blblan11@vt.edu; ‘Amrit Singh’
> Cc: ‘Christopher S. Kehde’; ‘Thom White’; ‘Dan Zimmerman’; ‘JB
> Anderson’; ‘Ay-Chiung Liu’; ‘Blue Blanchard’
> Subject: RE: kiosk ceiling details …
>
> The current proposal is:
>
> A: (5) 23.5″ x 24″
> B: (8) 23.5″ x 36″
> C: (6) 23.5″ x 12″
> All frames constructed from 1″ x 2″ nominal lumber; 68 (thread count)
> uncut unbleached muslin with sizing stretched and stapled to the top
> side of each frame; clips by others
>
> Please verify this information is correct, then I will turn it over to
> our fabricator. They will construct a prototype of a ‘B’ frame, then
> report to me for approval before building the remaining 18.
>
> James Ruhland III, LEED AP
> Community Design Studio, LLC
> communitydesignstudio.org
> 448 Depot Street NE, Christiansburg, VA 24073

> From: Thom White [mailto:thom@wparch.com]
> Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 4:34 PM
> To: James Ruhland; blblan11@vt.edu; ‘Amrit Singh’
> Cc: ‘Christopher S. Kehde’; ‘Thom White’; ‘Dan Zimmerman’; ‘JB
> Anderson’;
‘Ay-Chiung Liu’; ‘Blue Blanchard’
> Subject: RE: kiosk ceiling details …
>
> James,
>
> This sounds good, and I appreciate your taking time to work on this
> today and for coordinating the fabrication.
>
> I just spoke to Amrit and have the following clarification items:
>
> – The 24″ widths for each panel size will work as you had proposed. I
> forgot about the plywood shear panels installed between each bay.
>
> – Amrit and I agreed that the variety of panels that you proposed
> works well and looks good. We’ll stay with that concept. No further
> design
required.
>
> Therefore, the final ceiling panel sizes to be fabricated are:
>
> A: (5) 24″ x 24″
> B: (8) 24 ” x 36″
> C: (6) 24″ x 12″
>
> Amrit will be traveling in your vicinity next weekend. Please
> coordinate with him on timing and location for pickup of the panels.
>
> Again, thank you guys for working on this, and big thanks to the
> fabricator as well. These panels will look great.
>
> thom
>
> Thom White, AIA, LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE
> thom@wparch.com
>
> WORK PROGRAM ARCHITECTS
> 208 E. Plume Street
> Monticello Arcade, Suite 2
> Norfolk, VA 23510
> http://www.wparch.com

On Sep 11, 2011, at 4:56 PM, “James Ruhland” wrote:

> Hang on.
>
> Amrit just called me and asked me to revise the grocery list. He
> suggests
(8) 24″x72″ panels with a series of internal divisions mimicking the first sketch. He tells me he discussed this with Thom before calling me. Please confirm his latest instructions.
>
> Just so you know: at this point I am no longer concerned with the
> design
of the ceiling. I am only trying not to get caught in a position of being blamed for getting the ceiling fabrication messed up. You may freely assume that anything you tell me from now on will have to be as formal as any instruction you would send to the fabricator.
>
> This entire thread of emails is turning out to be an interesting case
study: “How to Delegate Work, Then Not Delegate Work.”
>
> Does anyone mind if I post this entire thread to the blog?
>
> James Ruhland III, LEED AP
> Community Design Studio, LLC
> communitydesignstudio.org
> 448 Depot Street NE, Christiansburg, VA 24073

From: Amrit Singh [mailto:ASingh@smbw.com]
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 5:03 PM
To: James Ruhland
Cc: Thom White; blblan11@vt.edu; Christopher S. Kehde; Thom White; Dan Zimmerman; JB Anderson; Ay-Chiung Liu; Blue Blanchard
Subject: Re: kiosk ceiling details …

Disregard my previous call to you. It may be an interesting study but design is a constant back and forth.

Sent from my iPhone

From: James Ruhland [mailto:jruhland3@chpc2.org]
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 5:08 PM
To: Amrit Singh
Cc: Thom White; blblan11@vt.edu; Christopher S. Kehde; Thom White; Dan Zimmerman; JB Anderson; Ay-Chiung Liu; Blue Blanchard
Subject: RE: kiosk ceiling details …

I understand design is a constant negotiation of time, cost, quality and goals. However there was an original disconnect between the design intent and the group delegation intent that I missed. I assumed the design team had relegated authority to the SWVa ELA four to confer and construct the ceiling.

In practice, it turns out I had wrongly assumed that was the case.

James Ruhland III, LEED AP
Community Design Studio, LLC
communitydesignstudio.org
448 Depot Street NE, Christiansburg, VA 24073

James,

You must have missed something because I see no disconnect. A design was discussed in the field, and then it was also discussed that the design would be further refined and then discussed again to confirm acceptance and feasibility…which was done. You found a fabricator, which is much appreciated, and imposed a tight deadline for resolution or risk missing the window of opportunity. You assigned a Director status to me for the Kiosk build, so as the Director I made a direction, based on all factors. If this is unsatisfactory to you, please accept my apology.

Thank you,
thom

Thom White, AIA, LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE
thom@wparch.com

WORK PROGRAM ARCHITECTS
208 E. Plume Street
Monticello Arcade, Suite 2
Norfolk, VA 23510
http://www.wparch.com

ELA :: What Do You See :: Updates – 08/29/11

•August 30, 2011 • Leave a Comment

ELA:

Our blog and full group email communications have been quiet for a few weeks, so I am sending this note requesting updates from our task groups to keep everybody informed of our progress.

  • Kiosk Construction – Amrit/Dan/Thom/Anybody:
    1. What’s the latest construction news?
    2. Has anything happened since our last session?
    3. Are there any plans to continue construction before September 10th?
    4. Are we targeting 100% completions on the weekend of the 10th/11th?
    5. Are there any key details to resolve before then?
  • Marketing/Permissions – Maggie/Blue/Anna/Anybody:
    1. Please update us on your discussions with the
      site owners/managers.
    2. What’s the status of the insurance discussions
      with VSAIA?
    3. How’s our marketing blitz?
    4. Do we have marketing materials that we should be
      distributing to our local chapters and firms?
    5. Do we have balloons for Dan…and my kids? 😉
    6. Anything else?
  • Other key info to share/discuss:
    1. The September 9 session will be in Richmond, at the Virginia
      Center for Architecture.
    2. The location for October remains TBD.
    3. Anything else?

Thanks!

CK

New Conceptual Project in Manchester on the River

•August 19, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Check it out (Posted for Amrit!)

bam offers a perspective on an infill project in the Manchester neighborhood between the canal and the river. Could be interesting to incorporate (with permission, of course) into our discussions.

http://bam-architects.com/work/detail/111_hull_street