We have submitted this monument as this was our watchword throughout the process of committing to and executing this pro-bono effort. Each year the Tilt Up Concrete Association (TCA) holds a convention and looks for an opportunity to do a community need project that will also demonstrate the possibilities of tilt up construction as a method.
The Sugar Land Parks Department had teamed with a philanthropic group, the Legacy Foundation, to seek out funding for a Memorial for the Veterans of Fort Bend County with a sense of urgency as many veterans of the Korean War in particular were reaching an age where it was time to honor their service in particular, even as the monument was to be ecumenical in nature. The head of the Legacy Foundation happened to be a tilt up contractor and a team was formed.
We began the process as architects with an internal design competition to let the intern staff participate and see the value in in putting forth pro-bono work. An intern in our Washington DC office won the competition with the basic concept we then executed and refined as an office. The Contractor, Parks department, a Historian and the TCA acted as jurors for this effort. We bonded as a firm.
The Parks Department in conjunction with the Planning Department received permission, after our presentation to the City Council, to expedite permitting and inspections. The entire project was built in 29 days with almost nonstop construction and an onsite staff led by two former veterans who worked for the contractor. We bonded as a community.
Approximately 1,000 souls turned out to dedicate the Monument on Veterans Day even as the paint dried- and many eyes did not. It was a deeply touching experienThe Rick Owens shop is located within one of the most desirable shopping destinations in the world, Selfridges Department Store on Oxford Street in London. We worked closely with fashion designer Rick Owens and his team to create the custom environment. Extensive research went into the surface treatment inspired by the designer's on-going interest in the raw and the tactile. The interior makes use of technologically advanced fabrication techniques and materials. Inspired by Richard Strauss' opera, Salome, (a longtime muse of Owens), the highly articulated walls of white serve as a backdrop for the designer's distinctive ware. The interior surfaces were a three dimensional representation of the musical composition. Realized through six-axis robotic milling, the sonic contours were derived from the musical score. A spectrogram of the composition served as a source from which a mapping of frequency was translated into points and vectors. This provided a framework for the digitally modeled three-dimensional surface. The data was then used to robotically carve the interior surfaces. The white textured walls offer a distinctive visual backdrop within the department store for the product on display. The contrast of the natural raw foam alongside the robotically milled foam offers a counterpoint that is in alignment with the philosophy of the iconic designer.e for all of us. We bonded as a culture.