Monday, March 15, 2010


Repro took forever to print and mount our board !  Ever notice how everything seems to take   longer when you're in a hurry?   

We changed it a million times, but here's the final board as submitted

And here's the model.............  
The FIU PerFORM[D]ance House is born!

FedEX took forever, too --and they were SO was glad to get rid of us!

Notice the time on the wall clock????  That's 7:50 PM:  10 minutes to closing

March 15, 2010

(L-R) Marilys, Andy, Roberto and Manny at the Coral Gables FedEX.  Exhausted!

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Well, it's officially Spring Break, but we have a ton of work to do!   Our conceptual design models and revised drawings are due at NREL on March 16th!

All finalists and all faculty advisors --and anyone who wants to help!!-- are coming together to make revisions to the chosen project, to build a new model, to revise the drawings, revise the cost estimate... 

We have special permission to use the computer lab and laser cutter even though it's officially closed for the break.  The package needs to go out, at the latest, on Monday March 15.  

No sleep for anyone! 

March 13, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Today was the day....!  An outside jury of sustainable design professionals chose from all the student projects the one(s) they thought would represent us best at the 2011 Decathlon.

The JURY:  Thorn Grafton [Zyscovich , Inc.]; Mikael Kaul [Kaulium]; Alejandro Branger [Perkins + Will]; Yimin Zhu [FIU COE]; Roberto Rovira [FIU Landscape Architecture]

The Requirements:  A model at 1/4" = 1'-0", and a board folded according to DOE rules describing the project.  

The Process:  No presentations.  The jury viewed boards mounted gallery style in all the jury rooms and selected the 3 projects they liked best.  Authors:  Manny Dorticos, Mohammed Shanti, Isis Fumero

The 3 students whose work was chosen presented their projects and answered jury questions in the Reading Room. Then the jury deliberated, voted, and announced the winner:  Manny!

Now the work begins....  Conceptual design DUE at NREL in 1 week!!

March 9, 2010