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Design as Scholarship
Stacked-Plate Framing
Kevin Hirth
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Stacked-Plate Framing takes a projective stance on conventional American construction. By challenging the exclusionary lens of the timeworn axiom “Cheap, Fast, or Good,” a pragmatic and optimistic approach to vernacular building emerges. Stacked-Plate Framing uses off-the-shelf materials and deploys unskilled labor to elaborate an expedient, novel, and simple architectural response to two structures commissioned by a single client. By exercising a reductive approach to fabrication, Stacked-Plate Framing demonstrates a means to achieve work that can leverage the everyday and readily available to generate an economical and sustainable new construction typology.

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