Aluminum in Contemporary Architecture

On January 22, 2001 Mark Wamble presented a formal lecture at the Carnegie Museum of Art through the Aluminum by Design exhibition. In addition to presenting the Houston Products Lab, Wamble discussed the lessons Houston offers on how an unregulated approach to development and urban life can be original, authentic, and innovative.

The exhibit tabletop is made of nine milled aluminum plates - clear and black anodized - that display drawings, diagrams, models, and renderings, some etched into the aluminum. Two plates extend beyond the table edge to support a large detailed model.

View of milled wood and aluminum detailed model. Plywood site surface follows angle of bent steel legs below.

The steel powder coated frame is supported at one end by a painted wood base box. Two steel legs positioned under the detailed model support the other end, and allow it to cantilever.

View of table from plate nine, (left). View of table from plate one, (right).

Seven plexiglas diagram models emerge from the table's surface. Models are set within milled openings and mounted to tabs with blind fasteners from below.