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Resting Place

Installation Proposal

Fall 2021

 

During this project, each member of the studio inherited a log gathered from a site in Vermont. The brief was then to design a resting place somehow derived from the original log. Early stages of the assignment involved study and documentation of the log’s formal and abstract properties before turning to an occupiable scale.

 

Drawing on the complex texture of my log’s surface and its highly variable sections, this resting place is created from carved panels that synchronize at various points to create seats and lounges. The size and arrangement of its various positions allow for the place to be occupied by individuals or groups.

This project was completed for the Fall 2021 Junior Studio

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Above/Below/Between

Experimental Site

Fall 2021

 

Critical in the perception of any space is our relationship to the sky and ground. Understanding what is up and what is down defines our understanding of what is between. However, when we lose track of these essential features, of where the ground meets the sky, we become lost. Our conceptualization of the space around us becomes ungrounded.

The brief of this project was to create a place for wandering visitors to interact with at a determined site in southern Vermont. Though highly specific about its location, the chief goal of this architecture is actually to separate the wanderer from the landscape they came from. Through a series of halls, stairs, and rooms along a path, the visitors’ relationship to the ground plane is increasingly distorted, producing a new perception of the architecture itself.

In an effort to further explore this concept, the project was presented along side a series of drawings that tessellate elements of the original structure into dissociative mazes. These imagine landscapes continue the theme of space without any context but itself.

This project was completed for the Fall 2021 Junior Studio

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Plane Space

Installation Proposal

Fall 2021

 

In this project, members of the studio inherited abstracted collages and axonometric drawings from other students’ previous work. The purpose was then to use the source material to design inhabitable spaces. Thinking about walls and enclosure, I created a structure composed of frames that clearly delineate interior versus exterior while remaining incredibly porous.

 

Site was also an important consideration in the design of the space. Though the structure is clearly defined and has an interior, its primary purpose is to frame and facilitate the observation of one’s surroundings. You can look out between its members, sit on its cross beams, or simply walk through it.

This project was completed for the Fall 2021 Junior Studio

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Line Form

Cardboard Form

Fall 2021

 

This piece explored the results of creating a variable extrusion from a line in an effort to create volume and void. The object was created by taking a “final line” and subtly altering it at 25 even intervals. The result was a canyon-like slot and its sculptural counterpart.

 

Through the observation of these two objects it becomes clear that their paring is essential in understanding the full detail of the form. In many cases, the canyon-like space created by the extrusion is better understood through the solid representation of its negative space, where the various pockets, narrows, and curves can be more clearly seen.

This project was completed for the Fall 2021 Junior Studio

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Civil Airspace 

Inflatable Device

Spring 2020

 

From a very early age, we are familiarized with the human topology of the world; using maps labeled with oceans, countries, provinces, and cities, we begin to understand spatial concepts on a global scale. That being said, these cartographic representations fail to acknowledge the territorial claims and political relationships developed in the layers of air above the planet’s surface. Just as humans have divided the earth’s land and oceans into bordered regions, we have also sectioned off the air above—an action necessitated by the rise of global aviation. In an effort to represent and explore this atmospheric realm, we created a translucent inflatable box that can rest on top of a political map to reveal the relationship between ground and air. By looking through the surface of the box, the viewer is introduced to ideas of vertical sovereignty and can begin to reflect on the interface between tectonic and aerial territory.

This project was completed in collaboration with Kapp Singer for Arch 200b: Scales of Design.

Fly Over Cairo

Illustrated Fly Over

Spring 2020

 

In the 19th Century, the city of Cairo, Illinois, was poised to become the industrial center of the United States. Its unique position on a peninsula where the Ohio River meets the Mississippi River made it a critical stop in the US's exploding North-South river trade while also acting a crossing into the ever expanding West. During that time, incredible amounts of cash flooded into the city, creating bloated and hyperbolic expectations of the town. For a brief period of time, members of the merchant elite even lobbied for Cairo to become the capital of the country. However, the speed of industrialization and expansion of technology soon left Cairo's geographical position obsolete. Today, the town is largely abandoned, suffering from frequent flooding and erosion from the rivers that made it so important. 

This project tells the story of Cairo's rise and fall through a series of illustrations that "fly" over the peninsula while also showing the passage of time. As the zoom in completes, the viewer sees a utopic vision of the city, before turning the book over to zoom out and see its reality. 

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Derationalizing the Fujian Tulou

Section Cut Architectural Model

February 2020

 

The Western gaze has rationalized and exoticized the Fujian tulou, constructing mythologies of social structure from a decontextualized reading of their physical language. A myth of defensive, insular, militaristic egalitarian societies arises from a preoccupation with the thick retaining wall and centralized circular geometry, evident in the architectural drawings from their UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination. In reality, these buildings defy the rigid categorization of international organizations: their fractally iterative forms transcend time; their inherent repetition provides infinite reconfigurations of socio-cultural spatial practice; their vast variety resists reduction.

Our model deconstructs this structural mythology, developing a new representation of this iterative and adaptive architecture. It undermines the defensive myth and materializes the porous relationship between the building and the “outside" world. Through the transparency of its acrylic frame and a structure that allows the building to release from its topography, our model invites the user to consider the intricacies of its interior. This, along with the wandering section cut, highlights the non-circular geometries of the tulou which are often overshadowed by popularized representations. By rethinking the purpose of the traditional section cut the model develops narratives of social hierarchy that exist despite the strict symmetry of the tulou. Finally, the opportunity to fold and refold the structure speaks to ways in which social-cultural connections can be formed independent of spatial dimensions and barriers. 

This project was completed in collaboration with Helen Dugmore for Arch 200b: Scales of Design.

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A Device for Seeing

Architectural Concept Piece

January 2020

 

In the past decade, as demand for environmentally responsible design has grown, architects have begun to churn out lush renderings full of trees and other natural elements. However, these eco-fantasies of tech campuses, apartment high rises, and civic buildings framed by glowing landscapes fail to consider the radical changes to the built environment needed to counter the climate crisis. Constructed from transparencies of generic plant life, our device uses similar cliche techniques to import a “natural” rendering into the user’s everyday life. In turn, the user recognizes that simply pasting trees into the built environment is not enough to counter architecture’s contribution to the Anthropocene.

This project was completed in collaboration with Will Suzuki and Mary Buckly for Arch 200b: Scales of Design.

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The Neumarkt, Dresden

Graphic Spread

Spring 2019

 

The Neumarkt, Dresden is a seven page spread discussing the spatial and cultural history of the Neumarkt in the city of Dresden, Germany. This project was primarily an exercise in map making but also involved illustration and historical analysis.

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