July 31, 2015 by metalab

The 2015 July/August Texas Architect Magazine features "Seed, Trees, People", a project that Metalab completed for the Hermann Park Conservancy in collaboration with artist Randy Twaddle. Set within the context of other "Small Stuff" architecture projects, the series of three, sequentially sized curvilinear benches carved from solid block of limestone allow for "far greater experimentation in form, materials, and construction methods."  Link to the article online.


May 01, 2015 by metalab

The 2014 International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design (ii) Volume III features "Continuous Tension" by Andrew Vrana. Conceptualizated as a reinterprestation of avant garde architect Frederick Kielser's Grotto for Meditaiton, New Harmony Grotto is chronicled in the article from intial concept design, to the digital fabrication process and final installation.  View the full article here.


April 22, 2015 by metalab

Cloud Code & Memory Cloud are both featured in the peer-reviewed 2013 TxA Interactive Conference Proceedings. Held during the Texas Society of Architects 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo, the conference chose to focus on discussions of all things digital in the field of architecture.  View full article here.


April 14, 2015 by metalab

PV-Pod is featured in a Architect Magazaine examining the progess made since winning the 2012 R+D Award. View the full article here.


February 25, 2015 by metalab

In this February 2015 article for the Houston Chronicle, Andrew Vrana emphasizes the emerging importance that plastics and plasticity will have in creating profoundly new opportunities for designers in the near future. "Plasticity", a symposium at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines college of Architecture, focuses on investigating these materials and digital technologies. View the full article here.

Vrana on UH Digital Fabrication and Design in Texas Architect

March 19, 2014 by metalab

In this March/April 2014 Texas Architect piece, Andrew Vrana articulates the creative opportunities that exist in the University of Houston's cutting-edge fabrication lab, the Burdette Keeland Design Exploration Center.  Vrana also describes another intriguing UH project, the "Three Continent Studio," in which students devised positive solutions for the problems that vex Houston and other large, industrial cities located in estuary environments. 

Ringo is a finalist in Architizer’s A+ Awards

March 12, 2014 by metalab

Ringo was selected as a 2014 finalist for the Products + Lighting category in this year's Architizer A+ Awards. Be sure to vote before March 21! 

Metalab and TEX-FAB in January 2014 issue of Connection

January 28, 2014 by metalab

Connection is the bimonthly architecture and design journal of the AIA's Young Architects Forum. This particular issue delves into informatics, the technology and applications of digital design and information/data-driven approaches to fabricating, building, and managing.  Check us out on pages 24-27!

SPACE for Coca-Cola’s EKOCENTER officially launched!

January 23, 2014 by metalab

Mobile Grid and Metalab were hired on by Coca-Cola with DEKA and NRG to design and fabricate EKOCENTER, a 20' shipping container repurposed as a market kiosk, water purification center, and source of electricity aimed at enhancing communities and empowering women entrepreneurs in socio-economically challenged countries around the world. The prototype was unveiled in South Africa with Muhtar Kent (CEO) and Condoleezza Rice. Videos can be found here: Gotas de VidaEKOCENTER PartnershipCoca-Cola and Multi-National Companies launch EKOCENTER

ArchOne reports: MSC’s ‘Memory Cloud’ garners coverage from design websites

November 19, 2013 by metalab

Coverage of the wide recognition received by Metalab and RE:Site for Memory Cloud appeared on ArchOne, the e-news publication for the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.  

NY Times mentions Smilebooth

September 29, 2013 by metalab

New York Times Fashion and Style writer Christopher Barnard paints a picture of the reemergence of the photobooth experience. These digital photobooths, Smilebooth and its counterparts, are taking social events across the nation by storm. 

TEX-FAB in Texas Architect

September 20, 2013 by metalab

Scott Marble writes on TEX-FAB's niche in the architecture, engineering and construction world and its role in bringing people and technologies together to advance digital fabrication. 

Swamplot shows the Greater East End’s Esplanade in progress

August 21, 2013 by metalab

A sneak preview of the eclectic mix of artistic and functional elements soon to be unveiled at the Greater East End's Esplanade on Navigation. Metalab's Ringo solar lighting system and Mercado Picado shade structures adorn the landscape.  

Tumbling House on Swamplot

August 05, 2013 by metalab

Tumbling House, the Art Guys' zany take on the playground that now sprawls behind a Houston residence, was featured on Swamplot

Memory Cloud featured in Texas Architect

July 20, 2013 by metalab

Memory Cloud was published in the July/August 2013 issue of Texas Architect.  The issue focuses on light and features work by James Turrell and Morphosis. Texas Architect reserves its "Backpage" for new and notable projects happening in Texas, which is where contributing editor Jack Murphey elaborates on Memory Cloud. Link to online issue.

Tex-Fab SKIN Competition on Fabrikator

July 16, 2013 by metalab

Four first-stage finalists named in TEX-FAB's SKIN Competition, an international competition which invited participants to engage innovative facade design with parametric design and digital fabrication. FabriKator is a weekly newsletter written by Architect's Newspaper product editor Emily Hooper.

Memory Cloud in AN Fabrikator article

May 24, 2013 by metalab

Architect's Newspaper (AN) profiled Memory Cloud in its Fabrikator subtopic newsletter. Link to article

Fabrikator reports on Tex-Fab’s Applied Research through Fabrication Competition

April 19, 2013 by metalab

TEX-FAB's APPLIED: Research through Fabrication competition received 68 submissions from around the world. Cast Thicket, by Kenneth Tracy and Christine Yogiaman of yo_cy, was selected as the winner.  FabriKator is a weekly newsletter written by Architect's Newspaper product editor Emily Hooper. 

Arch Daily - Memory Cloud / RE:Site + Metalab

March 24, 2013 by metalab

Arch Daily publishes daily architectural news from around the world. In March 2013 Alison Furuto authored a post on the installation of Memory Cloud, the winning commission for Texas A&M’s Memorial Student Center 12th Man Hall awarded to Metalab and RE:site.

Follow-up on Memory Cloud from Bustler

March 08, 2013 by metalab

Bustler is an online forum that publishes architecture and design competition and event listings. Memory Cloud has been profiled twice by the site, both before and after installation of this creation from Metalab and RE:Site.

Memory Cloud makes Battalion headlines

February 02, 2013 by metalab

An article on Memory Cloud from Texas A&M's student newspaper The Battalion  features student anectodes about the hanging work of art.  

Chronicle captures Gagarin + Glenn dedication

October 15, 2012 by metalab

Photographer from the Houston Chronicle snaps a photo at the dedication ceremony on October 15, 2012 in which Mayor Annise Parker, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and Russian Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak were participants.

Metalab recognized for PV-POD on U of H website

July 23, 2012 by metalab

Mike Emery writes on Metalab's receipt of ARCHITECT Magazine's Research and Design Award for PV-POD, a solar panel mounting system designd for flat roof space, as well as several other accolades accrued by principals Vrana and Meppelink in affiliation with UH Green Building Components (UHGBC)

TEX-FAB to participate in AN’s Collaboration conference

July 13, 2012 by metalab

Andrew Vrana and Kevin McClellan will host a special workshop entitled "Parametric Facade Tectonics" at the upcoming Collaboration: the Art and Science of Building Facades conference put on by Architect's Newspaper

PV-Pod wins 2012 ARCHITECT Magazine R+D Award

July 10, 2012 by metalab

The PV-Pod makes the cover of ARCHITECT Magazine as the winner of the magazine's Research + Development Award 2012. Jurors Gordon Gill, Jinhee Park, and Martina Decker were impressed by the PV-Pod's practicality and simplicity.  

SPACE units deployed throughout City of Houston

May 09, 2012 by metalab

Swamplot reports on the City of Houston's deployment of 17 OSHA-compliant SPACE units, placed in crucial locations such as fire stations and schools to serve as disaster response centers.  

Chronicle covers deployment of 17 SPACE units around Houston

May 06, 2012 by metalab

Houston is increasing its hurricane readiness with the deployment of 17 SPACE units. Metalab has equipped these shelters with a variety of essential amenities: ice- and water-distribution capacity, regriferators for medicine, and charging stations for laptops and cell phones, to name a few.  

Interview with TAMU on Memory Cloud

April 25, 2012 by metalab

The concept for Memory Cloud and its upcoming installation are discussed with ArchONE, the e-news source from the Texas A&M College of Architecture.  

Huffington Post picks up Arch Daily article on Memory Cloud

April 12, 2012 by metalab

Kara Rosenfeld's April 2012 Arch Daily article on Memory Cloud was picked up by the HuffPost Arts and Culture section.  

Inhabitat writes on “ethereal” Memory Cloud

April 10, 2012 by metalab

Bridgette Meinhold describes the Memory Cloud as "ethereal" in her April 2012 article for Inhabitat.  The weblog is devoted to forward-thinking design and the principles of innovation and sustainability.  

Memory Cloud on Bustler

April 02, 2012 by metalab

Bustler reports on the winning commission awarded to Metalab and RE:Site for Memory Cloud to be installed in the new student center at Texas A&M. Bustler is an online forum that publishes architecture and design competition and event listings.

Inhabitat emphasizes energy efficiency of SPACE

March 15, 2012 by metalab

SPACE receives praise for its energy efficiency, versatility, and portability in Taflin Laylin's March 2012 article for Inhabitat.  The weblog is devoted to forward-thinking design and the principles of innovation and sustainability.

Cite Magazine Fabrication Issue

December 20, 2011 by metalab

The Winter 2011 issue of Cite Magazine focused on Fabrication and specifically the interesting array of manufacturers and designers working with them in Houston.  Metalab was featured in an article by guest editor, Jose Solis.

Smilebooth earns honorable mention in I.D. magazine’s 2011 Annual Design Review

December 02, 2011 by metalab

I.D. Magazine's Annual Design Review is a prestigious competition that recognizes the best in product, furniture, graphic, and environmental design.  Smilebooth Queso earned honorable mention among other product submissions in 2011. 

FORECAST on Culture Map Houston

June 12, 2011 by metalab

Culture Map Houston advertises the AIA Houston 2011 Artist of the Year Exhibition opener, FORECAST

AIA Houston Artist of the Year 2011

January 17, 2011 by metalab

Metalab received Artist of the Year award for 2011 from the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Some of the projects for which Metalab was recognized this year include the PV Pod, SPACE, Linus in collaboration with Smilebooth, gro-POD, and installation of Jaume Plensa's Tolerance.

Houston Chronicle shows some love for local entrepreneurship

January 13, 2011 by metalab

The Chronicle shows love for local business with a giant spread on SPACE in the January 2011 Events/News section. The piece spotlights designer Joe Meppelink of Metalab, developer Joey Romano, and Laura Spanjian, sustainability coordinator for the City of Houston.  

Completed Radiant Fountains on Swamplot

December 03, 2010 by metalab

Radiant Fountains flashing and splashing. New videos up on Swamplot

Houston invests in SPACE as part of disaster preparedness effort

November 10, 2010 by metalab

SPACE received press on Swamplot, Houston's all-encompassing real estate weblog. The November 2010 article delves into the evolution of SPACE and how the adaptive container has been marketed and employed. The City of Houston plans to purchase 25 units as part of its disaster preparedness program.   

Radiant Fountains on Swamplot

April 26, 2010 by metalab

New York sculptor Dennis Oppenheim received a one million dollar commission by the Houston Arts Alliance to realize his design for Radiant Fountains, a work of art welcoming visitors flying in and out of Houston at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Metalab is coordinating the fabrication and installation. 

AIA Houston 2009 Design Awards

November 15, 2009 by metalab

Metalab was recognized in AIA Houston's 2009 Design Awards for the Green Development Sales Center at the Mirabeau B. at Hyde Park and Waugh, a green condiminium complex.  This project was another adaptation of SPACE.

Texas Architect spread on UH Green Building Components

November 10, 2009 by metalab

Texas Architect featured several University of Houston Green Building Component projects in its November/December 2009 edition. The article first chronicles the inception of the UHGBC and then feature press for early iterations of PV-Pod and SPACE from designers at Metalab and their student and industry collaborators.  

Ceiling Cloud receives first prize at the AA|FAB Designing Fabrication Awards in London

September 27, 2009 by metalab

Ceiling Cloud was awarded first prize in the "interior" category of the Designing Fabrication Awards for its successful integration of design aesthetics, lighting, environmental performance and fabrication.  Part of the London Design Festival, the awards were organized by the AA|FAB cluster of the Architectural Association School.  

Open Channel Flow on Swamplot

August 25, 2009 by metalab

Swamplot catches Joe Meppelink and family enjoying some of the first summer showers to be had from Matthew Geller's Open Channel Flow.  

New Harmony Grotto in the University of Houston Alumni Magazine

November 28, 2008 by metalab

The New Harmony Grotto's history, development, and placement on campus are discussed in the University of Houston's alumni magazine.  

The curious beginnings of the New Harmony Grotto

October 29, 2008 by metalab

The origins of Frederick Kiesler's design for the New Harmony Grotto and how UH architecture students turned those plans into a reality... Orignially intended to accompany a church designed by Philip Johnson in New Harmony, ID, the grotto could not in fact be built with technologies available in the 1960s.  Fast-forward 50 years to the emergence of digital modeling and fabrication and suddenly Kiesler's far-fetched ideas are plausible. Now the reimagined grotto is slated to rest, appropriately, next to the Philip Johnson-designed Gerald Hines College of Architecture building.   

Grotto to call UH Home

October 09, 2008 by metalab

This piece from the University of Houston student newspaper The Daily Cougar tells a little about how plans for the New Harmony Grotto came to fruition: from the original 1963 design by Frederick Kiesler to the project's resuscitation by UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture students under faculty advisors Joe Meppelink and Andrew Vrana with assistance from visiting critic Ben Nicholson.  

New Harmony Grotto mentioned in Texas Architect

July 15, 2008 by metalab

A rendering and short history of the New Harmony Grotto were featured in the July/August 2008 issue of Texas Architect.  Link to article

Round Pen, winner of a Houston AIA Design Award, featured in Houston Chronicle

May 07, 2008 by metalab

Lisa Gray of the Houston Chronicle reports on the 2008 American Institute of Architects:Houston Design Awards, noting the prevalence of "little projects with big ambitions." Round Pen was one of the winning designs for this year.