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Culture of Making NEEDS

Space

  1. Realign space use relative to equipment and curricular needs.
  2. Establish comprehensive and detailed MASTER PLAN identifying needs and solutions for space, machinery, optimization and infrastructure.
    1. This MASTER PLAN, and its subsequent documentation, should be developed to guide all changes to the building in a cohesive, yet highly adaptable fashion. So as to avoid constantly adapting singular areas of the building through extensive construction, singularly functional elements/construction should be avoided. Instead, zones within the MASTER PLAN should be constructed with a high degree of adaptability for future change. This will allow the MASTER PLAN to act as a driving diagram at one level, yet as a set of details at another.
    2. In order to provide larger areas for fabrication within the existing building shell, it may be necessary to reassess the use of expansive studio spaces. It may be necessary that studios become tighter (single bays rather than double bays) in order to accommodate the expansion of larger fabrication spaces. This may effect the curricular and pedagogical aims of the faculty.
      Metal shop used as storage, 18 April 2013
  3. It is necessary to develop a lab, or series of labs which can be used on a permanent basis for the development and storage of models developed in the construction courses, as well as for lab instruction.
  4. Staging areas for materials (for both security and access).
  5. Creation of variegated shop access zones for students (i.e.: 24hr work areas, small equipment areas, mess areas, secure machinery not space when supervision is not available).
  6. Intersect master plan with existing fire suppression project.
  7. Develop a detailed plans for all shops that allocates enough space for productive use of machinery as well as material handling, assembly, storage, and flexible uses. An ideal shop should enable industry standard materials (like a 4' x 8' sheet) to enter the shop and be worked safely and efficiently.
  8. Expand total area of all shops to better enable safe and effective workflow. This should include safe material handling as well as ADA mobility requirements.
  9. Enable ADA access to college shops.
  10. Increased assembly space.
  11. Addition of high bay fabrication space.
  12. Addition of exterior fabrication space (all materials).
  13. Enclosure and placement of digital fabrication tools.
  14. Creation of tool cribs to better facilitate organization and use of hand tools.


Equipment

  1. Establish wet rooms and dry rooms.
  2. Establish proper dust collection for CNC. (Fred has secured dust collection system from former art building shop. All we need to do is pick it up.)
  3. Fume hoods that support project needs.
  4. Safety in location and quality of new lighting and power.
  5. Assembly tables and support infrastructure for lifting and moving large scale fabrications.


Curricula

  1. Consider support of design/build initiatives.
  2. Re-assess the heirarchical, plate driven nature, of placing studios to aid in the passing of knowledge from generation to generation. It should be considered that studios should be spaced in such a way that undergraduate and graduate studios are mixed, allowing the self-propogation of knowledge to be engrained within the culture of the school.
  3. Develop connection to the laboratories and to making across as many aspects of the curriculum as possible.


Personnel

  1. Consider additions to staff to support new laboratory capabilities and operations.
  2. Consider other university partners.
  3. Create time and support for Fred Porteous and Mike West to acquire software education.
  4. Importance of proper staff training on equipment and techniques.
  5. Utilize input from staff operating shops.
  6. Utilize input from student shop workers.
  7. Streamline organizational relationships and responsibility portfolios of existing shop staff.


Policy

  1. Create a culture of fabrication, a CULTURE OF MAKING, within the college that is developed within both our physical reality and our curricular ambitions.
  2. Create a shop equipment check out policy to track location of tools and equipment as well as insuring recourse if not returned.
  3. Create a faculty committee to oversee planning proposals and outcome decisions about the shop relative to curricular aims and increased transparency within the college.
  4. Create a faculty committee to oversee income, expenditures, and budgetary matters for the shops to increase transparency and target more directly curricular aims within the college.


Culture of Making WANTS

Space

  1. Create a new art building near the 3D annex to unify the School of Art in a new state-of-the-art compound freeing up the existing art and architecture buildings for the expansion of the College of Architecture. Would enable tower to be opened primarily for integrated studios. Move administration to ground floor of art building to facilitate interaction with campus and public. Activate the courtyard by ringing it with laboratory spaces that will benefit from a connection to large scale fabrications space. Specialized studios and program specific spaces can relocate to former art building further freeing up studio plates.
  2. Create large covered work area in courtyard north of model shop.
  3. Create the ability to unload 18 wheeler into the building or courtyard with a curb cut at Flint north of building.
  4. Add room 07 to shop since noise limits ability to use as proper seminar space.
    1. It is necessary to develop a lab, or series of labs which can be used on a permanent basis for the development and storage of models developed in the construction courses, as well as for lab instruction. Due to the fact this room is already equiped with presentation equipment, and because of its existing proximity to the shops, this may be the best room for construction labs to be held.
    2. Due to exit requirements, this room may find difficulty being added to the shop without the doubling of costly systems.
  5. Address performance limitations of holding lectures in current ground floor gallery space.
    1. Re-assess the location and technological requirements of the lectern, as these have now been shown to have been slightly problematic in multiple lectures (location of, range of pointer, etc.)
  6. Use courtyard to promote making and testing.
  7. Create a materials library (Look at UT Austin).
  8. Use old emergency generator building.
  9. Work with School of Art for shared use of Embankment Studio and former outdoor ceramics yard.

Equipment

  1. Move existing exhaust outside to control noise.
  2. Trolley crane and roof over courtyard north of building.


Curricula

  1. Laboratory master plan a potential topical studio.
  2. Develop linkages between fabrication facilities and as many as possible segments of the curriculum. Studio is a good start, however there remain ways that history, theory, and technology courses can more directly engage the empirical learning within new fabrication facilities.


Personnel

  1. Expand full time staff and student monitors to increase the amount of open hours for the fabrication facilities.
  2. Develop training guidelines and processes for staff and monitors. Encourage expansive development of new training.


Policy

  1. Card swipe access to shop areas to increase access and allow larger community of college to use shop areas with associated safety provisions in place.



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