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Uploaded on Aug 9, 2011
The UWM KI Collaborative studio investigates contemporary educational space as a breeding ground for spatial, tectonic and material innovation. Funded by the international furniture manufacturer KI, and conducted at the UWM School of Architecture & Urban Planning, the multi-semester effort brings together faculty, students, engineers, fabricators, and industry specialists in an integrated design research opportunity entitled "Learning Landscapes: fabricating the architecture of education." The Drift Public Seating project contemplates the nature of public space in education environments, the role of furniture within gathering spaces, and how such space may be transformed to encourage new paradigms of collaboration and learning. The form was inspired by the geography and climate specific to the midwestern landscape, known for its sublime snow drifts and sand embankments. By expanding the role of surface, texture and embodied functionality, the seating proposes a shift away from purely maintenance-driven agendas and toward greater user-engaged criteria.