Cardboard Boats In the late 1950s Bucky started building domes our of folded cardboard. The “Experimental Freshman Year” program used corrugated cardboard to construct study carrels. Each carrel had a cardboard desk and a director’s chair. In 1962, design students in the senior class were assigned a project to build a cardboard boat that would transport a person 100 feet. Grant MacLaren has posted the original problem statement and a number of photographs at: Another class problem, a couple of years later, was to build the tallest structure possible using two sheets of corrugated cardboard. Problem solutions were so tall they had to be constructed outdoors. Students who pulled an all-nighter watched as their towers went limp in the morning dew.
Joe Eddy Brown photo
Design at Southern Illinois University