Name: Chris Hanley
Title: Partner & Director of Technology, OLIN
NextFab Corporate Member Since: 2009
As an award-winning landscape architecture, urban design, and planning practice with studios in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, OLIN develops projects ranging in scale from master plans for entire urban districts to intimate garden spaces and residences. In developing these projects, OLIN often relies on models to articulate concepts in ways that are engaging and easy to understand. To help develop and fabricate these models, they turn to the expertise of the NextFab staff, who have helped them bring many of their major design endeavors to life…
Q: How does OLIN utilize NextFab?
Chris Hanley: OLIN is both a corporate member and a studio member at NextFab, meaning we use the NextFab facilities to fabricate many of our models and our members are also able to take classes on a variety of topics offered by NextFab. Recently, some members of the studio took a class on eTextiles. We encourage them to take advantage of the classes offered there, even if it’s a bit “outside” of our specific discipline. Although eTextile technology is not something that we’ve utilized in project work before, the skills learned could have potentially interesting applications in future projects.