Cranbrook is about building—not the noun, but the verb; not the object, but the action. Even if you're into Arduino, Processing, Kinect, and openFrameworks, you still need to build upon your ideas. It is believed to be the path to reality. Whose reality? Mostly yours, of course.
In the case of mine, I started to meet difficulties by executing my plan today. It turned out that butt-joining balusters into 4' x 8' frame really depends on the connection materials. The cheapest standard metal connectors available in Home Depot don't do their homework that well, they bent under torque. I decided to improvise by making sandwich (kebab is more like it, actually) joints out of two of these connectors, just to stabilize the frame. It works, but consequently it means doubling the price for fixtures, a price I'm avoiding to pay. I'll visit Home Depot some time this week and try to work other construction alternative for the other frame I haven't assembled just yet.
On the other hand, my idea to join the floor panel with the frame works out just fine (despite the fact that I had to borrow some screws from Doug “The Savior” Skidmore). I hope it will also work for the roof panel.
Anyone has any input/opinion/advice on these issues? I'll be glad to hear some, just jot it down in the comment section. Thanks.
A school blog on Arch Dept, Cranbrook Academy of Art. By farid rakun, admitted Fall 2011.