Students' Designs Take Flight

John Lynch tests his kite as Ethan Poh looks on. Photo by James Byard/WUSTL Photos.

Freshmen launched their experimental kites on Art Hill

Posted by Liam Otten May 8, 2014

As the Sun breaks above the ground
An old man stands on the hill
As the ground warms to the first rays of light
A birdsong shatters the still
His eyes are ablaze

— Iron Maiden, Flight of Icarus

From Daedalus to da Vinci, from Kitty Hawk to Cape Canaveral, the dream of flight has powered some of the world's most ambitious feats of design and engineering.

This spring, dozens of freshmen in the Sam Fox School explored both the challenges and the heroic myths surrounding the act of making as part of "Architecture 112: Introduction to Design Processes II."

The five-section course, led by associate professor Sung Ho Kim, centers on the creation of a kite. This not-so-simple task allows students to explore a wide range of subjects and skills, from research and design to materials, joinery, fabrication, and assembly.

On April 28, the students had the chance to launch their own aeronautical experiments from the top of Art Hill in Forest Park. To view a full gallery of photos from the test flight, click here.

Other faculty for the spring studio are visiting assistant professor Christine Abbott, lecturer Jaymon Diaz, lecturer Elisa Kim, lecturer Jonathan Stitelman, and lecturer Lavender Tessmer.