Kerby: The Pop Up Pavilion

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Kerby is a pavilion made entirely of bent sheets of plywood, designed to be easily built, dismantled, and flat packed. The installation premiered at GSAPP's End of the Year Show and moved to Governor's Island for FIGMENT in the summer of 2015. 

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The technique used to bend the wood is called kerfing or sninging, creating a pliable sheet out of a traditionally rigid material. Dozens of prototypes were made throughout the 10 week design process.

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Elements were designed to snap together during construction, regulated by shipping sizes and maximizing the efficiency of material use.

The pavilion can be constructed in under 2 hours by a half-dozen workers. The resulting space encourages people to move through the pavilion, with places to stop and rest. 

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Fast Pace Slow Space 2015
Columbia University GSAPP
Design Team: Nicole Mater, Jordan Meerdink, Shalini Amin, Tanya Lucia Griffiths, Maximilian Hartman, Nutchanun Boontassaro, Fanchang Fei, Julian Gonzales, Jasmine Ho
Instructors: Mark Bearak, Bridget Borders