LTU profs submit architecture proposal for SXSW 2019

SOUTHFIELD – Three faculty members from Lawrence Technological University’s College of Architecture and Design have submitted a proposal for the 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference, and are asking for public support in the online popular vote that will be part of the selection process.

The proposal, called “Borrow, Hack, and Ship,” is the creation of CoAD Dean and Professor Karl Daubmann, CoAD Associate Dean and Associate Professor Scott Shall, and Architecture Department Chair and Associate Professor James Stevens.

The proposal grew out of a presentation the three professors made last year to the Ontario Architects Association in Toronto. Shall said it was so well-received that Daubmann thought it would be a good fit for SXSW, an annual gathering for film, interactive media, design, and music festivals and conferences that takes place every March in Austin, Texas.

To view and vote for the proposal, visit You will be required to create an account with SXSW to vote. Voting continues until Aug. 30.

Each of the aspects of the proposal is reflective of the three faculty members’ work. “Borrow” refers to Shall’s work in borrowing and hybridizing tools from other industries in the production of low-cost housing. “Hack” reflects Stevens’ work incorporating hacked, digital tools in the production of architecture. And “Ship” refers to Daubmann’s work in using advanced manufacturing techniques in housing, including his work with San Francisco-based Blu Homes,



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