Bend/Blend: Optimism + Fabric
Dan Drendel, AIA, principal of Slingshot Architecture in Des Moines, will provide an overview of the firm’s recent work, focusing on the study and diagramming of urban space leading to architectural program and form. Slingshot develops a wide range of project types throughout Iowa that are focused on the positive impacts that design can achieve in communities. As design leader, Drendel works with each project team to generate simple concepts that specifically address context, materiality, form and experience. The firm’s philosophy is to ‘”expect more, use less, stay loose, get pushed and push back.” Its current work is centered on experience and vibrancy created through mixed-use infill development in Des Moines, Cedar Falls and Waterloo.
Prior to the lecture, Drendel, who holds a Master of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology, will offer a workshop, “Simple + Specific: Finding Narrative in Urban Space,” which will use the Des Moines Market District as an example of connectivity between existing neighborhoods, defining scale/character and utilization of sustainable infrastructure as a development incentive. The workshop will involve discussion of the design process from initiation through definition of project drivers, strategies and targets. Open primarily to students enrolled in the Master of Urban design program, the workshop also welcomes students from other majors. Contact Sharon Wohl or Sungduck Lee if you would like to participate. The workshop is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. in room 130 Design.
Drendel’s visit is part of the Master of Urban Design/Master of Design in Sustainable Environments 2017-18 Lecture Series.