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Video: Desert shelters at Taliesin West
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much shear is necessary in such a tiny box? Enough to keep it square. The out-of-parallel posts are easily visible in the photos. Just as with a piece of furniture, once joints become loose, movement can become a progressively greater problem, resulting ultimately in catastrophic failure. I wonder if there is any supervision of these students by their teachers, in such matters. An architecture school ought to be able to do better . . .

The bolts connecting the 2x beams to the posts are well-spaced to resist rotation of one piece against the other -- but there's only so much resistance available at those joints. Diagonal cables, fixed panels, or slender diagonal rods or cables would be the usual strategies. A more-or-less hidden alternative would be L-shaped, T-shaped, or X-shaped flat steel angles inserted into the connections and bolted or screwed to the members. Just a few of these flitch plates would do the trick, depending on the length and width of the legs of the plates.

I like the design. The perch up under the roof is perfect "prospect/refuge," and the means of getting there, stepping off from earth-bound masonry to cantilevered steps, is fine. There appears to be no pitch to the covered portion of the roof, so who knows where the water goes -- presumably, more or less equally on two opposite serrated edges. Could be quite a show . . .

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DRN



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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The design is elegant, but a bit exposed for a shelter to be used in all weather from early October to mid-April. The desert does have breeze at times, and wind driven rain, or haboobs which can raise gritty dust to coat those clean white sheets. Birds? I'd have made some provision for closure of the sleeping box...even a shepherd's tent has some semblance of that. Maybe that has been considered, but was not shown for the photo shoot.

I'm reminded of the elegant, but ridiculously exposed house for Ludd Spivey in FL...the donut shaped upper mezzanine prospect was not indicated to be enclosed or enclosable, nor was its circular "hole" to the living room below. Dust, bugs, birds, humidity, tree droppings and the occasional tropical storm might have done some damage to the house's contents and occupants.
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=2409&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=spivey&start=45&sid=937edbc73e125ceb941caa3078146792
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks scorpion-proof. But one's self is about all that it accommodates. Nuisance necessities like storage for anything that cannot stand being left exposed to the weather have not been addressed.
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