David Baker Architects

2009 BRUCE GOFF CREATIVE CHAIR

Tiny Shelters Charrette


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Traditional hut.

Modern hut by architect Wes Jones.

SHELTER

noun

A place giving temporary protection from bad weather or danger.

• A place providing food and accommodations for the homeless.

• An animal sanctuary.

• A shielded or safe condition; protection: he hung back in the shelter of a rock.



In April 2009 David Baker was invited as the Bruce Goff Chair of Creative Architecture to the University of Oklahoma Architecture School to lecture and teach a short charrette ("workshop" in architect lingo). Nine students participate in an intense two-day class with the theme "Tiny Shelters." Students prepared individual concepts, then formed teams of three to develop more detailed designs, including Barbie Doll-scale prototypes.
Click at the right to watch David Baker's short video about the Tiny Shelters Charrette.

 

 

 

Team 1: Camila Herrera, Collin Fect, Cory Miller. Shelter: Tsuit.

Tiny Shelter Charrette from Db+P, Architects on Vimeo.

Criteria for the design were that it fit easily, without disassembly, through a standard door and that it would be inhabitable by a single person. The intent was to explore shelter disassociated from typical pragmatic concerns (bathrooms, leaking, durability) to allow more freedom conceptually.

The students were talented and hard-working and generated and developed very interesting designs. Fueled by idealism, youthful energy, and barbeque they accomplished a huge amount in a very short time.

Team 2: John Postic, Julie Noblet, Mike Ruark. Shelter: Urban Cocoon.

Team 3: Mai Kawabe, Nick Safley, Skylar Fike. Shelter: Smart Shelter

Graphic concept by student Camila Herrera.


PDF IconTiny Shelters Charrette Syllabus

Graphic concept by student Colin Flect.

Graphic concept by student Nick Safley.

Modern hut by architect Wes Jones.

An emergency snow shelter.

Traditional hut.

Apollo space suit.

Team 1: Camila Herrera, Collin Fect, Cory Miller. Shelter: Tsuit.

Team 2: John Postic, Julie Noblet, Mike Ruark. Shelter: Urban Cocoon.

Team 3: Mai Kawabe, Nick Safley, Skylar Fike. Shelter: Smart Shelter

Graphic concept by student Camila Herrera.

Graphic concept by student Colin Flect.

Graphic concept by student Cory Miller.

graphic concept by student John Postic.

Graphic concept by student Julie Noblet.

Graphic concept by student Mai Kawabe.

Graphic concept by student Mike Ruark.

Graphic concept by student Nick Safley.

Graphic concept by student Skyler Fike.

Poster for the Goff Lecture.

Bruce Goff was an incredible architect who ended up heading the architecture in Norman mid-twentieth century. He was relentlessly creative. This suspended garden canopy is an example of his genius.

Bruce Goff house with unfortunate substitution of plastic shakes for real wood. But maybe he would have liked that?

Refueling at OKC BBQ.

At Leo's BBQ Factory the fampus pie comes in 3 sizes.

Vans Pig Stand sign against the vast, blue Norman sky.

The Oklahoma Federal Building Memorial was designed by Hans Butzer, the professor who arranged the Goff Chair visit, and his wife. These chairs sit on the spots the dead were found.