A few weeks ago, Karl Daubmann, gave a BAC lecture titled, "When How Becomes What." Daubmann shared that he grew up in a small fabrication environment - something that is clear throughout the work he practices. A connection between design and the TV character Columbo was made to show that in design, there will be stumbles, silly questions asked, and odd looks given - but that's how you have think about design.
Other showcased work included a series of sushi restaurants for two brothers. These restaurants had to be completed on a small budget. These interior based projects were made to stand out by using molded plywood, only possible by machines. In one project, scraps from left over wood were turned into beautiful lights for the restaurant.
A perfect example of how manufactured pieces can be used in an organic setting, is the Mies van der Rohe plaza designed by PLY and PEG office of Landscape and Architecture. Here, the pieces were made to collect water in certain areas so the concrete had to be cast in unique forms. The completed space appears to be very natural and organic.
DAUB-lab is a research architecture lab started by Daubmann. One of the interesting projects shared was an installation for downtown Michigan. The project entitled, Dlectricity, was made to be a public-comfort piece. The installation was constructed with 300 beach balls and lights. As you move and interact with the piece, it moves back and interacts with you.