The Kansas Project

The Kansas Project: Evolving

The Kansas Project: Evolving

Another Design Experiment . January 30, 2016

Development planning for the Kansas Project is being redirected, reimagined and refined following our first round of testing and analysis with the researchers at WindEEE. Of course, we are still working to develop a weather-centric guest … Read More

The Kansas Project: Design Charrette Week 10

The Kansas Project: Design Charrette Week 10

Another Design Experiment . May 11, 2016

Over the course of the last couple weeks, we have continued to evolve the design of the ranch at The Kansas Project as we conclude the charrette that has been ongoing for the past two months. Our … Read More

The Kansas Project: Design Charrette Week 9

The Kansas Project: Design Charrette Week 9

Another Design Experiment . April 13, 2016

The Kansas Project Ranch will be entirely weather-centric, designed to test approaches for resiliency and resource harvesting, as well as a place where people can explore their relationship with the weather of Tornado Alley, through study, research, observation … Read More

The Kansas Project: Design Charette Week 8

The Kansas Project: Design Charette Week 8

Another Design Experiment . March 28, 2016

Deep in the Gypsum Hills of South Central Kansas, we are designing and building a weather-centric ranch where people can observe, study and experience the explosive atmosphere of Tornado Alley. The program of The Kansas Project Ranch is … Read More

The Kansas Project: Design Charrette Week 7

The Kansas Project: Design Charrette Week 7

Another Design Experiment . March 16, 2016

For the past couple of weeks we have continued to evolve our design iterations as we work through the charrette. Our goal is to have a conceptually relevant and developed schematic design by the time Phase II is … Read More

The Dryline & The Kansas Project

The Dryline & The Kansas Project

Another Design Experiment . March 6, 2016

It is not unusual to see a few severe weather setups across the Central and Southern Plains during March, particularly as the month progresses, and today marks the first one of 2016.

The Kansas Project: Design Charrette Week 5

The Kansas Project: Design Charrette Week 5

Another Design Experiment . February 22, 2016

This week we wanted to further develop the tower concept, explore passive design approaches for potential net-zero results, and consider more thoroughly the materiality and design detailing of the building. The overall orientation has remained consistent. The most notable … Read More

Res Collaborations With The Kansas Project

Research Collaborations With The Kansas Project

Another Design Experiment . February 12, 2016

This week we took steps to finalize exciting collaboration plans with two different university research teams on The Kansas Project. With Kansas State University we will be working to incorporate Barber County’s first mesonet station on … Read More

THE KANSAS PROJECT: DESIGN CHARRETTE WEEK 3

THE KANSAS PROJECT: DESIGN CHARRETTE WEEK 3

Another Design Experiment . February 5, 2016

This week we continued to evolve the charrette by focussing on three particular characteristics of the design; the first was the building’s verticality, the second was the flexibility of spaces, and the third was indoor-outdoor relationships. The footprint of … Read More

The Kansas Project: Design Charrette Week 2

The Kansas Project: Design Charrette Week 2

Another Design Experiment . January 27, 2016

This week our goal at Another Design Experiment was to advance the work from last week’s design charrette from diagrammatic to schematic. Concepts and gestures of form that were developed last week remain present in this … Read More

The Kansas Project: Design Charrette Week 1

The Kansas Project: Design Charrette Week 1

Another Design Experiment . January 20, 2016

This week we begin a multi-week design charrette. Our goal will be to use the analysis we have undertaken to this point to push the design forward; this is in anticipation of the data we … Read More

The Kansas Project: Study of Precedents

The Kansas Project: Study of Precedents

Another Design Experiment . January 11, 2016

This week we revisited our Guiding Threads in order to compile a selection of projects that have inspired, and might inform The Kansas Project going forward. Below are examples of precedents that align with these … Read More

The Kansas Project: Program Development & Design Charettes

The Kansas Project: Program Development & Design Charettes

Since our previous post for The Kansas Project was particularly content specific with a focus on the approach to shelter, this week we decided to work more broadly. Our first task was to revisit and explore The … Read More

The Kansas Project Approach to Shelter

The Kansas Project Approach to Shelter

In our very first post, Introducing The Kansas Project, we at Another Design Experiment described how we are designing and building a dwelling that is equal parts laboratory, house, theatre, playground and shelter. This week we look more … Read More

The Kansas Project: Concept Development

The Kansas Project: Concept Development

Another Design Experiment . December 4, 2015

For the last few weeks we’ve been exploring how the concept sketching we’ve been working on for The Kansas Project can be translated three dimensionally. We start with basic massing that is determined by major program elements, then … Read More

Thi Week: The Kansas Project Site Impacted By Tornadic Supercell

This Week: The Kansas Project Site Impacted By Tornadic Supercell

Another Design Experiment . November 20, 2015

This past week, on Monday November 16, the most prolific Autumn tornado outbreak in the region’s history struck the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, as well as Western Kansas. By the time the day was over, forty … Read More

The Kansas Project: Concept Sketching

The Kansas Project: Concept Sketching

Another Design Experiment . November 13, 2015

Following a round of early-stage site documentation and site analysis work, we at Another Design Experiment decided to put a few design thoughts to paper with some preliminary concept sketching. Taking into consideration factors such … Read More

Sit Analysis for The Kansas Project

Site Analysis for The Kansas Project

Another Design Experiment . November 5, 2015

Perhaps the most obvious weather-related sensory experience that can be enhanced through strategic design is the visual one. For that reason it makes for a good place to start in the process of site selection for … Read More

Res & Possibilities for The Kansas Project: WindEEE

Research & Possibilities for The Kansas Project: WindEEE

Another Design Experiment . October 28, 2015

This week we visited the University of Western Ontario’s Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment Research Institute, also known as WindEEE, and are excited about prospects for collaboration on The Kansas Project. WindEEE is the world’s first three-dimensional … Read More

Doc the Location & Land of The Kansas Project

Documenting the Location & Land of The Kansas Project

Another Design Experiment . October 21, 2015

When you think of the beautiful, awe-inspiring, humbling weather of Tornado Alley, your mind probably drifts upward, with thoughts of those big skies and eclipsing storms that the Plains are so famous for. Of course, … Read More

Gui Threads of The Kansas Project

Guiding Threads of The Kansas Project

Another Design Experiment . October 14, 2015

Just west of Medicine Lodge, in the Gypsum Hills of South Central Kansas, we at Another Design Experiment are working to fuse the weather of Tornado Alley with human sensory experience, through the design of … Read More

Int The Kansas Project

Introducing The Kansas Project

Another Design Experiment . October 7, 2015

Just west of Medicine Lodge, in the Gypsum Hills of South Central Kansas, we at Another Design Experiment are working to fuse the weather of Tornado Alley with human sensory experience, through the design of … Read More