Maggie, Maguire Fellow in Dallas

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.

Modeling and Exploring

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 [...]

2017-08-09T09:55:32+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Maggie, Maguire Fellow in Dallas|

V-Lock Blocks

As we reach the end of June, it’s amazing to think that summer is nearly halfway over! I have been working for the past few weeks on my design kit, playing with blueprints and scouring existing projects for inspiration. Wrapped up in the design phase, I completely forgot that I hadn’t shared the rest of my experience at DwellEarth training. While I’m sure that everyone was mesmerized in the science of soil, I thought it might be helpful to show you what that science can actually build. We began with a dry stack. Dry stacking eliminates the use of an adhesive, and is made possible by the unique shape of the block. As you can see in my quick sketch [...]

2017-07-05T09:53:43+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Maggie, Maguire Fellow in Dallas|

DwellEarth Training Session

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.

2017-10-09T08:58:01+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Maggie, Maguire Fellow in Dallas|