Monday, February 3, 2014

EKFM Radio Studio: Update No. 2

completed exterior of the EKFM radio studio

EKFM Radio logo - painted by community members

EKFM: TURI ALALA (all together)

broadcast room foam job complete!
only the rug remains to be installed

broadcast desk with power coming through the desk

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

EKFM Radio Studio:Update No. 1

It has been a few months since the last update of progress on the studio. The exterior is basically all done - only a few minor finishes to complete still. The interior is well on its way, and radio broadcast could begin in as little as a few weeks!

Elijah and Sam working on the ferro-cement benches between the buttresses

first layer of ferro-cement complete

meanwhile, Gabby has been busy with the welding machine:
the doors and windows are installed! also, 
a fresh coat of white paint on the vault!

glass louvered windows (front and back)

the front door - interior/exterior

inside, things are really moving

wiring and sockets are in place

Elijah fabricated and installed the interior wood door

view from broadcast room

Nancy, Bernardo, and Eriko beginning to install 
sound-dampening foam inside the broadcast room

the glue

teamwork + attention to detail

meanwhile, the electrical line is taken from 
the solar array on the EK Community Center

floor to ceiling foam

the studio is looking pretty nice on a sunny
day on Mfangano Island.

Monday, January 20, 2014


For two weeks in November the PennDesign Dean's Office sponsored an exhibition that aimed to highlight recent student work that has brought together the ideas of collaboration, construction, and social/communal impact.

Work was featured by:

ACTIVATE: collaborative constructions for social impact

The ACT of building is inherent to our discipline. So why not build?

This exhibition highlights projects in which PennDesign students have used construction as a means of not only fully executing a design idea, but also as a catalyst for social or cultural impact. Each project focuses on different scale of impact: from right here at Meyerson Hall all the way to the most remote places on earth. In each, model-making, prototyping, and full scale constructions actively bring together and empower the communities they are engaging with.

The organizers of this exhibition would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Dean’s Office, without whom this would not be possible.

Thanks to:
Kelly Berger, Erik Leach, and Kordae Henry, EKFM Team
Gray Garmon, GLP/S+S
Alyssa Olson, Founder+Facilitator, CO+Lab

Special Thanks to:
Eric Wong, Exhibition Consultant
Lindsay Rule, Documentation

Exhibition consultant Eric Wong, giving some advice

setting up a demonstration of the our form-finding technique

Eriko-Baba under the string vault

Gray, putting up the full-scale GLP prototype

Global Latrine Project/Small+Small

amazing little model

Alyssa Olson and Adam Achrati (left), Josh Berliner and Gray Garmon (right)

Lindsay Rule (left), Erik Wong (right) 

CO+Lab getting set up

CO_Lab stools

EKFM Studio Project
(yes, we brought in the groin vault from outside)

String Vault Theatre