"The Laskey Award is a particular, alternative scholarship. The award encourages open-ended process, broad investigation, collaborative discovery and educational potential. The Award considers challenge equal to any possible product. The Award supports and promotes a sharable, public, and very alive endeavor. Studio L’s goals provide students in the College of Architecture with opportunities to advance ideas in ways and by means distinct from the normal curricular structure of classes and studios of the school. The Laskey Award process embodies a vehicle for his former students to interact with current students of the School of Architecture. As such the award is a forum to share past and present experience in design." - taken from website
My partner and I won the competition for the summer of 2010. The rules to the competition were to construct an exhibition that used some kind of recycled/reused material. Our proposal was to create a mobile exhibition that embodied the recycling of ideas. The exhibition would be constructed from tossed Sonotubes and travel to an array of public schools across the St. Louis area. The exhibition would educate students about sustainable living and allow them to contribute to the ecological conversation as the exhibit passes from one school to the next.
Soon after the competition was won, our client changed to the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission who were seeking an outdoor urban furniture/exhibit that would be on display during the St. Louis Blues Festival. Sponsored by Studio L and the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, my partner and I engaged the entire architectural process - from schematic design to construction - in two summer months. We set our own deadlines, managed our own budget, educated ourselves with material fabrication techniques, and built the exhibition while consulting with advisors and reporting to various city councils. This experience proved most vital in learning to be a self-disciplined individual and diligent team worker to complete a project in a timely manner.
Location: Saint Louis, MO, US