" Our final piece is as much about the group as a whole as it is about the individual members. Flexible and adaptable to the surrounding landscape, the final structure defines our territory while still maintaining proper working light. "


The working space assignment was intended to challenge us to work as a team in construction of a cardboard threshold. This structure had to support our studio practice. We were free to have separate designed spaces, but only with the intention of  integrating our spaces with the other group members territories. We were asked to examine these questions: What construction would serve your needs? How does one perceive our boundaries? How does our perception of space change? How do you enter, arrive or exit into our space?  

Design Constraints | Consider both the public and personal space in the studio | Consider both the public and personal space in the studio | Use only corrugated cardboard | No digital fabrication or tools allowed | Use glue, joints, or tape to connect cardboard | No color or paint


Before we began playing with cardboard, we were instructed to arrange wood and metal boxes as visual terms. The object was to explore modular construction. This mundane and straightforward component offers an infinite number of possibilities challenging the way we think of part to whole relationships. 

Prototyping | Hours were logged arguing and disagreeing. Nothing felt right. If one person liked an idea, you could guess someone else did not. A group of 6 design students, all with different majors and unique styles ultimately lead us to our solution. Instead of letting our differences obstruct a solution, we decided to work within the constraints of our personalities. We would each mock up a unique cardboard unit. From earlier prototyping, we discovered we could link any shape together. To unify our group, we would set our own project constrains. The strips of cardboard had to be 4 inches thick and black duck tape was only to be used for connection. Each of our own unique shapes would hang above our personal space. 


Abstracted Form Sketch


Unit Sketches