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Going Higher

January 31, 2016

This weekend we did a short presentation about the B.A.B. to kick off the WU Spring Alberti Program. We’ve been participating in the program since its inception. We enjoy seeing the kids, some we’ve seen grow-up over the years, mixed in with the fresh faces. We talk about our projects, what we’ve learned, and how we like to make things. The kids come up with some terrific, truly unique ideas.

This time we got to show our roof project and imagine the possibilities. We had talked with the students at the Fall session about our ideas about the roof garden. This time, Ms. Gay asked us to talk about something that could help the kids to think about designing in section instead of in plan. Tom and I have always talked about extending the back stair up to the roof. We started thinking- why stop there?

In architecture history, there are many examples of reaching higher.

Some with memorable results

Some with memorable results

When we go on vacation, we often find a high spot to get a sense of the area.

With a view of another famous tower

With a view of another famous tower

Sometimes the view is straight down!

Sometimes the view is straight down!

Even the girls like to get a view from the top

Even the girls like to get a view from the top

So we started thinking of using the stair we need to build to create something more- our own tower! It will be a way for us to get above our tall parapet to see the Arch, take in all of the area fireworks, for bird watching, who knows?

We showed some examples of towers that appeal to us.

Cool tower

Cage tower

This one is entirely too scary!

This one is entirely too scary!

The kids came up with some interesting ideas of their own.

Future architect at work

Future architect at work

Here’s a link to the program’s blog including more pictures of these creative kids.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2016 12:03 pm

    Remember the movie “Stairway To Heaven”? Are you aiming for that? That last one was creepy. It is so good what you do with the kids. Maybe future employees? Good luck 🍀 Love, Mom

    • Sue permalink*
      February 1, 2016 5:10 pm

      I don’t know that movie, but by the look at the movie poster, that might be setting our sights too high- even for us!


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