TME Designs Updates

The last few months have been a roller coaster of work and community endeavors.  First, TME Designs congratulates our Gwinnett County client who’s new sunroom addition was completed this summer, just in time for fall weather!  It is truly stunning.

TME Designs also picked up two new residential projects and submitted its first government proposal for work this summer.  We are excited by the momentum and hope it keeps moving forward!  See the following images sketched for the 7500 sf new residence to discuss architecture tone and scope.

TME Designs is also proud that its founding member, Allyson T. McCarthy, who was appointed to the Board of Directors of Caring Works, Inc., in the Oakhurst community of Decatur.  Caring Works is a non profit social service agency working to improve the quality of life for low-income individuals and families by helping to increase their ability to be personally and economically self sufficient.

Alexandr Rodchenko

Alexandr Rodchenko was a painter.  His painting techniques could be considered a basis for architecutural thought and design development.  By using a compass and a straight edge to geometric figures, Rodchenko created space within a two dimensional plane.  To Rochenko, painting did not exist as a simple color representation of reality, but rather an element of spatial structure.  The line and the plane formed these spaces.

My own sketch progression to test the theory: 

The line links what goes before to what follows into a single organism.  It functions as a boundary, an edge or a skeleton forming the frame.  A line signifies passage, movement, collision, connection and intersection.  When a designer takes a line and places it within the three dimensional, that line becomes as least one of the above depending on the nature of its task.

The plane represents construction.  It is the projection of a feasible real structure.  Either planes derive forms by acting independently or by merging together.  If a plan moves forward or backward, its projection may be left behind.  This is a decision to be made by the designer.

This excerpt comes from a study and written document presented for a Russian Constructivism Class by Allyson T. McCarthy

 

The Everglades and the Evolution of Programmatic Space

I had the wonderful opportunity to explore the Florida everglades for an afternoon last month.  Of course, while being in touch with nature invigorated me; I could have done with more distance between myself and the alligators which turned out by the dozens!

Gorgeous birds, turtles and lush greenery exist in harmony.  The low lying brush and marsh provide water for the creatures living here but the occasional green mound is the true treasure trove.  Unfortunately, those areas are nearly impossible for human beings to even navigate with the extent of underbrush.  This is a good thing!

The natives who once lived in the Everglades made multiple camps in the periodic hardwood forests.  The white trunked trees are several hundred years old, according to our guide.  They provided a home for humans by way of shelter and high land.  Back then, your sleeping camp and eating camp were in separate forest spaces; similar to our home today.  When was the last time you slept in the kitchen?  Of course, the reasons the native Floridians kept the two activities separate was a safety issue rather than for comfort however, it is interesting to observe how design evolves.

The tower photographed is owned by the National Park Service.  It is a wonderful example of sculptural architecture but evidences how we humans desire and need the higher ground.  We constructed the soaring tower to watch over the lands at the best vantage point and to feel safe while doing it.  However, while the structure is clearly manmade, standing out like a sore thumb, the wildlife is not discouraged to stay away.  The tower’s ramp sits wide open and the human visitor must look out for the interested alligator.  About a dozen were camped out at the base on this gorgeous winter day.

If you have a chance to visit the Everglades in Florida, I highly recommend the trip!