• New Haven Children’s Library

    Unlike natural products and industrialized goods, concrete offers little inherent formal constraint. Rather, it takes on the form of the molds provided by the designer. The design challenge then becomes one of designing the mold. The point network of College Woods' trees is inverted to make porous walls of ruled surfaces. Dirt is mounded to form molds for the concrete, which is cast in stages. This way, exuberant curvilinear architecture is possible with comparatively simple technology and reduced ecological impact. John Patkau with Tim Newton, Critics. Fall 2012