3form + dbB

3form, one of DesignBuildBluff’s most familial, philosophical and economic partners, began in Salt Lake City in 1991 “with a vision to create design-driven materials with an unyielding commitment to environmental responsibility.” It has been known around these parts mostly for its production of sustainable translucent panels integrally sandwiching just about anything, organic or no, depending ...

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It’s the Institution, stupid…

Hank’s Diary: Spring 2012 A few years ago I received a note from the founder of the Sun, a terrific magazine of interviews, literature and readers’ writings about topics which are planned and deadlines published a year or so in advance. The magazine was on the ropes, and the founder/publisher/editor had decided that things needed ...

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Rachel Cusimano: Desgin Build + Creativity

It seemed so much easier as a child to be imaginative. Did I lose it? Or was it obscured amongst textbooks and trying to be creative strictly on the terms of the person paying or grading me? It has been quite different this semester in Bluff. Terry Tempest Williams once said, “Let go of cultural ...

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Nakai House

The Nakai house surrounds a bookshelf and captures the spirit of the client and the surrounding homestead.  A parabolic roof that seems to move with the wind and the surrounding dunes rises above a spandrel glass rain screen that reflects the desert landscape.  Vertical tongue and groove cedar wraps the house above the band of glass and ...

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Little Water: Completion is Upon Us

The end of the semester is upon us… creating a nostalgic reflection of the last 4 months, one cannot help but absorb, look back, and see all that was taught and learned (even for staff members). As the days have gone by, new relationships formed between students and the incredible transformation of creativity was brought ...

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