Lawndale Art Center

David Costanza: Studio TipTap

Friday, Sep. 28, 2018 – Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

David Costanza Studio (DCS)

Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden
September 28 – November 11, 2018

TipTap is an interactive urban object in the Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden seeks to bring together the diverse social and cultural bodies in Houston through coordinated play and draws upon the studio’s existing research project, TipTapTipTap is half hammock/half see-saw, and its alternating motion is controlled through the occupation of its woven surfaces. The structure is produced using 3D printed nodes that define the angles and geometry of fiberglass tubes (similar to PVC pipe). The nodes serve as molds for a thin layer of resin-infused textile, making the plastic nodes structural. After the entire object is adhered with epoxy resin, its top and bottom surfaces are woven with twisted ½” polypropylene rope to construct a soft interface, producing a playful, energetic, woven urban object.

David Costanza Studio (DCS) is a multi-disciplinary design studio in Houston which operates at a range of scales from furniture to landscape to building projects. David Costanza is the director and lead designer of DCS as well as Technology Fellow at the Rice University School of Architecture. Through practice and teaching, his focus is establishing a dialog between the computational tools used in design, digital tools used in manufacturing, and the emergence of advanced building materials. David Costanza is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Architecture.


  • Wednesday - Friday, Noon - 6:00 pm
    Saturday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday, Noon - 3:00 pm
    Closed Monday & Tuesday

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  • Parking is available in the lot behind the building at the corner of Rosedale and Travis. Street parking is available in the neighborhood behind the center. Please observe parking signs.

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