Student Portfolio: form meets function

FORM MEETS FUNCTION (this project is currently in progress)

In the spring of 2015, I was awarded a UAB Teaching Innovation & Development Grant through the Center for Teaching and Learning to develop a project called Form Meets Function, functional bicycle racks that also serve as public art. I implemented the project in my fall 2016 Sculpture Fabrication course by introducing these public artworks from initial research and idea building to fabrication and installation as a team-based assignment. 

Given UAB’s progression from a commuter university to a more traditional urban campus (recent addition of more dorms, quads and a student center), I think that promoting a healthier life-style both physically and environmentally would be a forward-thinking advancement. Not to mention, the cost of parking can sometimes be financially burdensome on the students.

In this course, the students worked in groups to create a series of uniquely designed bicycle racks throughout the campus. The students began by proposing their designs, concepts, budgets and illustrations by presenting a scale model and PowerPoint to a review committee. This committee consisted of a representative from the School of Engineering,  Occupational Health & Safety, Grounds, Architects, Department of Art & Art History and the Office of Sustainability as well as a representative from a local bike coop. Once designs were refined after the review committee's suggestions, the student began fabrication. They have had a, in-progress critique with the review committee and have almost finished assemblage before sending the racks to the powder coater to be finished. By mid Spring 2017 semester, we will complete and install three bicycle racks on UAB campus that will become emblematic forms that speak of the department it stands before; where form meets function.