Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Sad news this holiday season, our profession experienced the highest job losses of any during 2009. MSNBC reports that 17.8% of us are unemployed, which over the first 3/4 of the year totals to 189,000 architects without work.
We're expected to grow 10% by 2018.... a statistic that hardly does any help for us now or the next 8 years.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
We've been hard at work the past few weeks here at the offices of dbd Studio, and late last night we completed the installation of our most recent project. A custom bookshelf specifically designed and built for a condo in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington DC.
The owner had a severe lack of storage for household items, as well as no display options for objects collected from his worldwide travels. The large bookshelf serves as both an art piece in itself and a functional storage/display system.
Concept Rendering (click to enlarge)An organic curving surface was created in Rhino that stretched from floor to ceiling and overhead, terminating at the existing bulkhead. 17 sheets of 3/4" birch plywood were then CNC milled to notch together and form the undulating, gridded mass.
Construction Diagram (click to enlarge)
dbd Studio (Design/Build/Develop) is located in the Washington, DC area specializing in restaurant/retail and custom furniture. CNC milling by Brand Vizion of Chantilly, VA.
Special attention was paid to avoid interfering with the recessed lights, sprinkler heads, air vents and fire alarms along the hallway ceiling. The vertical plywood components were spaced to avoid them or notched to allow them to function.