Design Indeterminacy: Stacking Storage is a further exploration of the idea of indeterminate outcome in design. How might I design a functional object whose final form & aesthetic are beyond my final design control. The project's 4 stacking storage units can be rearranged. Colored doors, drawer fronts, acrylic, wood, aluminum side panels and painted feet can all be altered. The possible future permutations are infinite and depend on the final user's preferences both today and tomorrow.
The system is modular. Replaceable panel sizes, hole locations, dimensions and quantities reside in drawings to be read by laser cutters, cnc machines, and water jets which can be utilized to create future components from the same palette of materials or materials unique to another user’s taste.
Design indeterminacy is seen as the antithesis of what I was taught as an architecture student and architect, i.e. I arrive at a final design, I make a set of construction drawings and the project is built as drawn. Design indeterminacy grows out of my interest in vernacular architecture and vernacular architecture's tradition of multiple generations, continuously adding onto and altering structures over time.
Recently, I have watched many of my architectural projects get altered, renovated and/or modified without my input. As an architect, I have completed projects that have altered the work of previous architects with my only having the vaguest of clues as to what the original architect might have intended. Alteration, renovation and modification can remain “out of the control” of the architect/designer or the architect/designer can make future alteration, renovation and modification part of the initial design. By making alteration, renovation and modification part of the original design and providing future change-makers clues, invitations and/or encouragements for the future, I am hoping that my work will have a longer life whether it lives on in its original form or a future form anticipated by me, the works original designer.