RplusD STUDIO @shubindonaldson

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The R+D Studio @shubindonaldson focuses on advancing the ideas and methods at the core of our process and practice.

We contend with questions regarding the contextual & representational nature of our work, design workflow strategies, and methods of making through a process-forward methodology.


The OTHR_space is our space for Making. Where our thoughts meet material, where the process becomes tangible and unable to ignore. It is a space to collect & create, curate & converse. To live amongst, to arrange & rearrange.

It is a champion of material, substance, and process. It is where drawings, models, mockups, publications, & exhibitions can blend and become something, something different, something OTHR.

// behind the scenes          



/ 2022

Nice Moves is a study of an architectural design methodology, focused specifically on the approach and Intentions & attitude within the commercial studio. The attitude is a outcome of the intersection of the Studios overall values and sensibilities applied to a strategy. Our Strategy derives from the application of a set
of Operations onto to specific project elements that are then driven into the overall organization and system in place.


/ 2022

"In surfing there is a move called “the fade”. It is considered by most surfers to be the iconic power move that demonstrates significant skill and experience to artfully execute. It requires the confidence of a Kahuna, the timing of a Ninja, and the deep Waterman instincts honed by years and years of lung bursting wipeouts on waves of significance. Watching a surfer “fade” after takeoff, essentially means you are watching a surfer go in what you think is the wrong direction. Where the average surfer would’ve taken off and predictably, safely gone right the fading Kahuna instead does the opposite. He (or she) goes left towards the pit of the breaking wave, the churning white water no man’s land that the average surfer is doing his best to avoid. The Kahuna tempts fate…intentionally. The fading surfer has now put themselves in a dangerous position, and calmly, almost nonchalantly they wait to the point of apparent procrastination. They’re drifting left. When are they going to turn you ask yourself? Why are they fading so far back in the wrong direction and seemingly so committed to possible annihilation? Why wait to the last millionth of a second to make the most critical carving bottom turn known in surfing? That turn and its apparent perfect timing is the best indication you’ll ever have that you are watching someone who knows what they’re doing. They’ve waited to make that turn and when they do it’s a revelation. Behold the neck snapping swift sudden change in direction and a sling shot burst of speed across the face of the wave…in the right direction."
- Robin Donaldson. "Re: Midwestern Bloc." Received by Thomas Prinz, 8 May 2022.


Model Film


/ 2021
/ Santa Barbara

"He enters an anteroom filled with steam and makes his way to the cardinal, whose attendants hold a muslin shroud in front of him as he disrobes—we see him only as a shadow. Guido tells the cardinal that he’s unhappy, and the cardinal responds, simply, unforgettably: “Why should you be happy? That is not your task. Who told you that we come into the world in order to be happy?” Every shot in this scene, every piece of staging and choreography between camera and actors, is extraordinarily complex. I cannot imagine how difficult it all was to execute. Onscreen, it unfolds so gracefully that it looks like the easiest thing in the world. For me, the audience with the cardinal embodies a remarkable truth about : Fellini made a film about film that could only exist as a film and nothing else—not a piece of music, not a novel, not a poem, not a dance, only as a work of cinema."
- Martin Scorsese, "Il Maestro: Frederico Fellini and the lost magic of cinema", Harper's Magazine, March 2021.