Maggie I. is a graduate student studying design and innovation. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. She is spending the summer learning more about compressed earth block technology, and designing modular building systems for rural communities.
The final stretch of my time as a Maguire fellow has brought about two critical stages of the design process: modeling and exploring applications. For the past several weeks I've been working to create a small collection of models. Since the aim of my projects has been to make modular construction more accessible, the models needed to express the modules in their simplest form. They are commonly known as "massing models," and essentially reduce a more complex shape into its most basic geometric volume. In order to ensure the different modules could fit together, I created the first module to be just over 10'x10' (well above the international standard for a bedroom). From that basic module I derived two more [...]