Design for Innovation


Interview with Bob Wandel

“The shape of the pool is random, which gives spirit to the experience,” Bob Wandel explained articulately.

Perched in a residential site shared with an elementary school and ball fields, the purpose of the Dublin Pool was to accommodate for versatility. It was to be primarily recreational while still allowing for competition, complete with diving boards, racing lanes, and lap lanes as well as a shallow area for families to come swim or have lunch on the large deck or soak up some sun in the grass.

The concept was to anchor the west end of the park with a pergola connecting the various elements of the pool: an office, bathrooms, entrance desk, the lifeguard/first aid office, concession stand, storage, and the pool equipment. Each of the entities were to be housed separately. The pergola was decorate using unique bonding patterns within the brick.

“So, what did we learn? No idea. Water runs downhill.”

1986 Pop Culture Facts

“I feel the need… the need for speed.” Top Gun premiered this year. Speaking of speed, the NCAA adopted a three-point line so the teams that aren’t twice as big as NBA athletes have an artful shot. Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Alf, Designing Women, and the remarkable Oprah first aired. It’s my hope, though, that humans in 1986 stepped outside on the night Halley’s Comet appeared because it would be such a shame to have missed that. Meanwhile in space, the Challenger Space Shuttle broke into pieces after only 73 seconds of flight.