School of Architecture
College of Design

Lance LaVine, Professor

Lance LaVine

Professor

Email: lavin001@umn.edu

Lance LaVine

Expertise

  • Technology and Design
  • Elemental Form
  • Philosophical Premises: Pattern in Seminal Architecture

After having earned a B.Arch from the University of Minnesota, Lance LaVine attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a M.Arch as well as a Master of City Planning. A Registered Architect, he has been pursuing sponsored research on the reduction of energy consumption through architectural design. His concern for technology is seen in published work such as "What is architectural about technology?" Professor LaVine teaches lecture courses in technology as well as studio courses.

Recent Work

Var Vac + Hex Wall

Our design research explores the growth of surface complexity through careful attention to program and technical performance criteria. We contend that purposeful difference along the length of an architectural surface can offer locally fine-tuned solutions to the fluctuating situational needs of occupants. This approach is in direct opposition to conventional construction logic. Therefore, our materials research challenges traditional, static construction methods, replacing them with flexible techniques that produce inexpensive, differentiated surfaces. While this type of research is not new, our recent approach to building difference through dynamic mold making is.

Recent Work

OSWall (Open Source Wall)

Oswall (Open Source Wall) is an experimental wall prototype that challenges conventional residential wall construction through an open, collaborative approach to material, fabrication, and installation methods. It proposes an "open source" construction platform in which third-party designers, engineers, scientists, or "do-it-yourselfers" can create, produce, market, and sell "applications" that are plugged into the wall.
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