Designing for the Loons

The loon is Minnesota’s state bird. This aquatic bird is mysterious and intriguing for a number of reasons including its physical stark appearance with its black and white markings and red eyes and one of its sounds, the ‘tremolo’, that resembles maniacal laughter. I am currently facilitating, with colleagues, a community-engaged project to design a…

Design Representation

Representation in design has at least two functions – one, to capture a design idea or multiple ideas as part of the design process for the designer(s) or others and two, to represent the finished design as a communication to others. The first is critical to the development of the design and the second has…

Nomadic or Settled?

Reading a book Living in Motion: Design and architecture for flexible dwelling by editors Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, Alexander Von Vegesack (Vitra Design Museum, 2002). It examines flexibility and dynamic qualities from work designed by Modern architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Rem Koolhaas, Shigeru Ban and others and mobile and flexible vernacular dwellings from…