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Marfonia: A Fairy Tale

A knit-bombed trailer at El Cosmico. All photos by Jenny Staff Johnson.Marfa is special; everyone who is paying attention knows this by now. To me, one of the most special things about it is the way it instantly belongs to anyone and everyone who goes there and finds inspiration. (For more on the inspired knit-bombing of the trailer above, go here.)The video below is the product of the inspiration taken from one architecture student's Marfa experience, a design-build challenge to build temporary shelters on a patch of desert known as El Cosmico as part of the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love:

And yes, I was there, so I suppose I could have done a bit more reporting on the whole design-build thing, but I was too distracted by things like this: 

Luckily I was traveling with my favorite professional photographer, so there is some photographic evidence of our trip. See it at my good friend Farrah Branniff's Flickr stream & blog.


Gail Peter Borden's Material World

Bottle Grid by Gail Peter Borden

It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it.

I first met Gail Peter Borden, of Hometta's Borden Partnership, when I interviewed him in his USC office for our first-ever video podcast. Around the same time, in my off hours, I was dashing out to Marfa, Texas to see the art and soak up the West Texas sky. Unbeknownst to me one of my favorite haunts, Galleri Urbane, was already representing Borden's art work, and my family would later own one of his pieces.

Borden, formerly of the Rice University School of Architecture, has been on a roll lately. In addition to his teaching duties and architectural practice, he has a new book out, Material Matters, and will have simultaneous openings in Galleri Urbane's Dallas outpost and Los Angeles this weekend.

Tomorrow night, Houston's Rice Design Alliance hosts Borden as part of its lecture series A Material World. The series

will focus on materials and material practices—digital fabrication, integrated practice, and cutting-edge designs—as they relate to and are employed by the built environment. Speakers include academics and architects who focus on material use and technologies in innovative ways.

 You think he'll have enough--ahem--material to talk about? 

From the upcoming Shallow Spaces show. Images courtesy of Galleri Urbane