Process / Idea Updates for Studio

Sketches…tons of sketches.  For me it is just faster to draw out my ideas and the Revit model takes time to do what a pen can do in a flash.  Revit is awesome, but I need my ideas more solid before I model or I lose a lot of details.  I have been to the moon and back in the range of direction for the design, which is typical for me.  I really enjoyed making a very fun and interactive space with a whole nautical adventure theme but it was geared heavily toward children.  I suppose since I taught my children to read while we were homeschooling I love to see that fire lit in kids that enjoy books.

You can go anywhere in a book.  My concept of the Nautilus and Fibonacci Golden Spiral inspired my design being very organic in form with one piece flowing into the other.  Community minded in the sense that the parklet space would be used by a wide range of ages and for multiple purposes, I designed with that adaptability in mind.  The pieces are modular but can be bolted down under a kickplate to hide the attachment area so a tripping hazard would be avoided.  The flooring would be constructed of Bison Screwjack pedestals and the Wooden Tiles.  These can be used again in another parklet and are completely adjustable.  IMG_20150213_165235   nautilus shellSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSC

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Posted by on February 14, 2015 in Studio 302 Jo Leimenstoll


Branding in Studio

Learning to brand myself is interesting. I am creating self marketing materials for Pro-Practice and can see that with our projects this semester it is definitely time to think of myself as junior designer and show up prepared as such. I am very excited about the parklet project! I am learning so much from studio.

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Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Uncategorized


First Design Critique for Parklets

Great morning of practice presenting our ideas…need to work on that and practice my key points as I refine my design. My concept is the Nautilus shell and the Golden Sprial aka Fibonacci Number aka the Golden Ratio. I presented my first sketches and created some views for the presentation but they need much more refinement. I enjoy what Revit can do and I am capable of using it but at times my ideas are not
getting to the place in Revit where I feel it is representing my idea fully. Easier to draw. I need to learn how to model components in Revit very fluidly. Practice makes perfect I suppose.

Steve from Scuppernong Books came and listened to our pitches for the parklet and offered valid concerns regarding acrylic use, plants and other uses of the space. I thought he really enjoyed what we had created for him. I want to push my design further and offer a few versions and get them into Revit, with perspectives, elevations and cross sections. Gathering material samples will be helpful. Construction documents will help this come together. Work harder, work smarter! I chatted with Stoel today about some ideas I have to further my design and support my vision. I feel very good about where I am headed.

I saw some awesome projects today!

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Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Uncategorized


Well, I have to say that I have never learned so much in such a short span of time!  We have gone to the sites downtown to measure at both Scuppernong Books and Triad Stage. We met with the owners of both businesses and learned a lot about their philosophy of business, their purpose and their roles in the community.  I again have gained such insight by going into the “real” world and interacting with clients and hearing their needs.  Our proposals are for parklets to be built in front of each business to encourage citizens to either visit their businesses or simply wait, watch and enjoy their surroundings for a while.  We also had a bit of an overview from the City of Greensboro Department of Transportation and Downtown Greensboro, Inc.  They seem as excited as we are!  Next Tuesday we will be presenting our ideas to Brian from Scuppernong Books and Rich from Triad Stage.  Wow!  I have to get my ideas worked out but I am anxious to show what I think would work well for Team Scuppernong.


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Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Studio 302 Jo Leimenstoll


The semester is almost over… and spring is on the way

Actually, Christmas is on the way. New house, new life, new everything. I am so lucky and when I look back over the semester it is a wonder I am even in school. I will work smarter and harder next semester.
Looking forward to Jo Limenstoll’s studio, Think Tank, CC-ED, Undergrad Research Assistant for Dr. Laura Cole, and multiple projects…especially Glenwood Grove! Awesome opportunities. Grateful.

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Posted by on December 1, 2014 in Uncategorized


EELC Presentations

This semester has been great as I was a PAL peer academic leader and a teaching assistant for Travis in our Emerging Energy Learning Community. The students were amazing and so enthusiastic. I wish I could make things happen faster just to keep you inspired. Change is chipping away at an issue until there is no logical argument against what you propose. Never give up. Never ever give up. Persistence Pays!
From Proximity Hotel sophistication to the Earthaven Eco Village we have had a nice journey this semester. I wish you all well and hope to see you around campus next semester!

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Posted by on December 1, 2014 in Uncategorized


Metal Sculpture Critique, Thursday, December 4th

Thursday will be critique day in Metal Sculpture class. I now love the plasma cutter, the anvil and hammer. I have worked with metal this semester with some success, some failure, some fear and now I feel like I can actually make some cool stuff. Metal is heavy, cold, hard and abundant. DH Griffin kindly allowed us to scavenge their hills of metal to look for possible additions to our collections of things we don’t really know what to do with. But it has potential… The sea, the Japanese paintings again, the crashing waves, the support and seemingly impossible curve suspended by its own weight. Two paint colors. The Snail came into being through the plasma cutter and the hammered hanging on is a great balanced piece in hammered steel. Love my teachers Jon and Nam. Patient and not full of crap. Some people never tell you what you did was junk. Do better. Work harder. Thanks.

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Posted by on December 1, 2014 in Metal Sculpture