The Reflective Practitioner and Ramps



The easy thing to say here is that my own practice as a professional in the field of landscape, both in design, and the practice of building structures (whether they be hardscaped elements, or the sculpting of trees) has significantly shaped my practice in every other field that I have engaged myself in. The right angle triangle is a ramp. My practice has been ramped, led from the ground up, through an initial foray into a field that I at first knew nothing about, and had to learn through observation, and (perhaps more importantly) practice in the field itself.


This has laid the groundwork for my practice in my approach to my art, and the ways in which I allow for it to be constantly redefined through experience. The iterative process, however, can become difficult in the sense that it will sometimes also not allow enough space for the technical rationalist to break through, and accomplish the task at hand. 






As Rafi and I begin to delve more fully into reshaping, and guiding lab519 toward the Fab Lab space it so wants to be, we are beginning to document the process here:

It’s a beginning, and a work in progress, but you’re always welcome to come visit.

— Christian —

Unfolding Space: Fab Lab 519


Rafi and I have begun considering how we might be able to create a flexible space in CRLT’s room 519 that can function as both a Fab Lab/Hackerspace for the LS teams, as well as a place for the meeting of minds.

As we move forward in determining the possible uses of the space we will be inviting all of the LS students and faculty to participate in interviews to determine what possible uses of the space people envision. To help facilitate this process I have taken measurements of the room, and primary furniture such as storage units, and work table.



This information is being incorporated into the building of a scale model, which at this point needs only assembly. The model will be a hands on component of the interview process whereby participants will be invited to build and arrange furniture within the scale model space as they discuss their needs for the space. This will all be captured in video from an overhead perspective. Pics and videos of the model soon to come.