Design Like You Give A Damn 2013

The Design LIke You Give A Damn 2013 conference in San Francisco was a great success! Students presented their current research and work while describing the future goals of the studio. The audience took well to the ideas of micro units and compact housing strategies. A denser city makes for a more sustainable and livable environment. 

Refining Energy Performance

 The Design Groups and Consultancies had an all day discussion with Dr. Godfried Augenbroe, head of Building Technology at the Georgia Tech College of Architecture. Each group presented their designs and findings thus far - it was lively, with lots of debate around orientation, building form, site response, energy delivery and most importantly, energy performance evaluations.


Thanks to you all for the sustained focus yesterday - that was a total of 5 hours of dialogue on such a great subject - well done.  It's important now to keep up the momentum and take advantage of the input yesterday immediately. Work as teams to address the key challenges now!!

And many, many thanks to Dr. Augenbroe for spending the afternoon with us in studio.
We look forward to seeing everyone in the classroom and the Hinman studio next week.

- Michael Gamble


Final Review: Update

Final review is set for all day 12/5/13!!

Final requirements listed below.

Sarah Watson is joining us from the Citizens Housing Planning Council in NYC.

Final Review Requirements

Graphics/Digital Output

Narrative Drawings

Case Studies

HPB/NZH Assignments

Demographic Research

Drawings and Models

Urban plan at 1:100 diachronic/synchronic as needed

Urban transects 1:100

3d printing up to 1/64

Site Plan 1/32”

Total Building plans/Unit aggregations 1/16”

Total Building Elevations 1/16”

Building/Site Sections 1/8”

Unit plan at 1/8” to ¼”

A few thoughts to share

Dear Class, I've reached out to Dr. Augenbroe and Professor Gentry regarding participation in this Fridays proposed review- a great idea, and thank you all for suggesting.

As each team now works to refine the site and typology response, let solar, shading, view shed, and micro-locale bear on the diagram. Simply adding skin to the plan/section diagram is not enough. What enclosure or programming strategies can mitigate direct southern exposure? Balconies, louvers, light shelves, deciduous trees, vertical gardens, perforated textile walls, etc. Likewise, airflow might begin to soften hard corners and suggest operable window types (casement, awning, transom) and specific views begin to shape apertures, and interrupt otherwise flat/thin facade membranes.

There's a big leap from the diagram to a beautifully articulated architectural project. Be bold! I would suggest a charrette session whereby wall types are woven into the diagrams: wet/dry, servant/served, opaques, perforated, ventilated, hot to cold gradients, private to public gradients- more than I can elaborate here. I spoke with a few teams about structure, too- here you have to trust the deep knowledge of structure that many of you hold, but are sometimes a bit too timid to scribble down. Be spontaneous, try sketching out structural ideas, not "cadding".

Anyone can draw a basic structural grid - extend your reach! See you tomorrow at 2.

Michael Gamble


Group Presentations in ZED-H

Each of the 5 combined Design and Energy Consultancy Groups Presents!

When: Friday, 10/18/13  11-1230

Where: Room 258

Who: Each team, same order as midterm: BBC, J^2, EDA, NJT, BKM

What: 5 minute overview of your BUILDING proposition – diagrams, plans, sections, elevations, model shots – remember the audience: teams eager to engage in the energy assessment of your proposals

+ 5 minutes of Q/A from the audience.

How: flash drive – please do not log-out and log-in, it is a momentum killer

Why: If I have to answer this, we are in trouble!!

The consultancy teams are formed and will be announced later today.  Each consultancy will serve one of the studio teams.

As Tim Gunn likes to say “make it work, people!”

-Michael Gamble

Midterm Presentations

Teams presented their current research on demographics and housing analysis through schematic designs and models.



Dr. John Peponis

Dr. Sung Kim

Professor Jude Leblanc

Professor Michael Gamble

Ms. Amelia Godfrey



BBC:   Nick Coffee, Jim Boyer, Katie Braswell

J^2:    James Van Horn, James Bramlett

EDA:   Eli Damircheli

NJT:   Namrata Dani, Junying Shi, Tyrone Marshall

BKM:   Bunny Tucker, Madona Cumar, Kaitlyn Pahel



Demographics Research

Presentations on initial research into Atlanta City demographics and making proposals for target audiences for our housing designs.



Professor Richard Dagenhart

Professor Ellen Dunham Jones

Professor Michael Gamble



BBC:  Nick Coffee, Jim Boyer, Katie Braswell

  • Multigenerational Housing

J2:  James Van Horn, James Bramlett

  • Young Professional Apartment Lofts

EDA:  Eli Damircheli

  • Young Professional / Student Apartments

NJT:  Namrata Dani, Junying Shi, Tyrone Marshall

  • Opportunity Housing

BKM:  Bunny Tucker, Madona Cumar, Kaitlyn Pahel

  • Community Housing



Resource Furniture Showroom Visit

8/30 Friday 

Meet Michael at 8:45 am 

SE Corner of Third Avenue and 58th Street NY, NY 10022 

9:00 am

Resource Furniture Showroom 


Sarah Watson will give talk/discussion on demographics and research 

10:00 am 

Resource Furniture Showroom 

Showroom tour 


Tour of LifeEdited apartment 

David Friedlander 

1:00 pm 

PSFK Studio 

Scott Lachut will present the PSFK Future of Home Living trend report with brief discussion of My Ideal City


Arrival in Manhattan

 8/29 Thursday 

Arrive via ATL LGA and taxi to hotel. 

Meet Michael at 1 pm 

Museum of the City New York 

1220 5th Ave, Manhattan, NY 


#6 Lexington Avenue train to 103rd Street, walk three blocks west, or #2 or #3 train to Central Park North/110th Street, walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then south to 103rd Street. 

Tour Making Room exhibition and then head south to Chelsea for walk on Highline and discussion of neighborhood redevelopment and housing.