3-D Design: Structures and the Built Environment

Appropriate for freshmen and incoming first year students

We are surrounded by three dimensional design; from the architecture of our built environment to the tools and objects around us, to the human-altered landforms and plantings of our larger environment. All of these elements can be considered and affected by design choices which we make. In the class we build structures which can be considered from structural, aesthetic, and functional points of view. Some of these projects are built to very specific parameters so that trade offs can be observed and measured. We smash a lot of things, but learn a lot about problem solving along the way. The course includes a field trip to the Black Cat Farmstead in western Wisconsin where we install a large site specific project. Past projects have included a collaboratively-built ninety-three foot long illuminated lantern across the pastures, as well as a series of kinetic structures. The food is great too.


The Collaborative Lantern, 2015 from Richard Lee Graham on Vimeo.