Playful intervention in the Texas heartland
Rebar’s Blaine Merker and John Bela led a 10-day intensive workshop at Texas A&M University in College Station, the oldest public university in Texas. The workshop is part of a unique artists in residence program coordinated by Carol LaFayette, Assistant Professor, Visualization Department.
As a part of Texas A&M College of Architecture’s Artist in Residence Program, Rebar taught an intensive studio that led architecture and landscape architecture students to explore concepts in environmental intervention and play on the college campus. Student projects repurposed common objects from the university’s waste stream and explored ephemeral, inflatable architecture.
Rebar led an interdisciplinary class of artists and architects though an exploration of social spaces, identification of unmet needs, concepts in environmental intervention and play on the college campus. The class developed—using materials salvaged from the university’s waste stream—ephemeral inflatable architecture and other physical interventions on the campus landscape. The students produced innovative and exciting work in a very short timeframe. The process of the class was captured on a class blog and the final public exhibition engaged thousands of students and faculty, enabling them to understand the campus public spaces in an entirely new way.
Date: 2009, March 26–April 3
Client: Texas A&M University
Location: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX