My students get their project brief a week before the midterm, so their midterm is when I witness the birth of their projects. (Prior to that they develop abstract concepts and ‘drawing’ skills). The midterm feels like a bit of an explosion of creative activity and often students give birth to a model that never existed before. This semester’s midterm saw a lot more dialogue between students than I have seen in the past. Aside from McQueen, Wong, Arakawa, students were referencing Aalto, Coop Himmel(b)lau, Buckminster Fuller. And I did see the fantastical, the bright and the colorful. I look forward to witnessing more births and rebirths.