description | san jose de chamanga, ecuador housing + urban design studio
notes | masterplan with wei chen + shefali desai
Peripheral: Performing Arts School
year | 2016
description | urban institutions - south end school, northeastern school of architecture
Adjacent to Blackstone Square in Boston's historic South End, this project imagined a new future for the site of an existing elementary school by refining and restoring the historic street grid, and introducing two new pocket parks ringed by a mixed development of residential, retail, and office uses.
The centerpiece of the project is a new performing arts school that houses a number of specialized performance spaces, an outdoor theater, an indoor-outdoor public space, and a small community library. The school is conceived of as a series of wrapped layers, with the performance spaces collected as a core within an expressive skin of wooden brise soleil. The undulating form of tis skin expresses the shifting of an internal circuit of ramps that rise through the building and lead to the various performance and classroom spaces.
The new entry structure for the home of CAMD, Ryder Hall, will bring the building and all that it houses renewed presence within the University and on Centennial Common, not only through an engaging, embracive, and welcoming form, but also by creating new spaces among its arms to encourage the activities of CAMD to spill out into the public realm. Ryder Hall’s new frontispiece incorporates a proud history of architecture and design that references the grandeur of baroque stairways (including ones close to home rendered in concrete), the elegantly transportive Art Nouveau of Parisian Metro entrances, the ineffably lofty splendor of the TWA terminal, and the spectacular weightlessness of Félix Candela, all expressed through modern construction methods and sustainable, contextual techniques and material. The design creates five new circulatory paths to the building, incorporates an integrated seating design and bike parking for forty bikes, and a new bike and intermodal path connecting the front door directly to Leon Street. The pavilion is built from 100 slices of 6-inch Glued Laminated Timber (Glulam) and perforated with a gradient of pixelated openings reminiscent of CAMD’s new graphic patterns to soften the threshold, allow in natural light, and create opportunities for easily integrating plantings directly into the pavilion’s canopy.
Brooklyn Navy Yards boasts a rich naval history with a wealth of drydocks, the source of inspiration for DIYdock, an interdisciplinary studio space centered on the use of cloud networking and digital projections. Using the drydock as both a historical and metaphorical foundation, our proposal seeks to foster interdisciplinary work through the immediate projection of the work produced by those within the studio onto the floating Vessel overhead, thereby creating a cloud of creativity that will inspire the cross-fertilization of ideas. As students and faculty download and save their files, their work is automatically projected onto the underbelly of the overhead Vessel, which houses the lecture hall and exhibition space. The Vessel will therefore be a dynamic representation of a diversity of creative ideas constantly in flux.
The studio spaces themselves also encourage interdisciplinary work as their ramps and tiers constantly cause students and faculty to brush up against each others’ work, while the centrally-located, highly-visbile lounge, the Slip, functions as a gathering and co-working space. Perturbed by the way in which bookshelves too often become dividers in even the most well intentioned attempts at fostering cooperation between design disciplines, DIYdock eschews standard forms of space and thinking to create a space for a future of design without walls.
year | 2013
description | a water project - columbia gsapp ny/paris 2013
This project was for the redevelopment and rethinking of an underutilized reservoir of non-potable water in a high-end, residential neighborhood of central Paris. The project began with an analysis and mapping of Paris at micro and macro scales, which resulted in an understanding of the city as a growing collection of isolated and distinct islands, each with individual merits and challenges. The result was an architectural masterplan that borrows the form of some of the "islands" studied in the mapping phase to create a mixed-use development, centered around a public library. An archipelago rises from the water housed in the reservoir, which is embraced along with the divide it causes and the exceptional quality of space that can result from clearly defining, dividing, and densifying.
placemaking is spacemaking
title | placemaking is spacemaking
studio | display/delay - columbia gsapp ny/paris 2013
critic | jane kim
This macro investigation of the way that landmark structures can influence, define, and provide a unique quality to a space explored and classified three varieties and functions of monuments at play in Madison Square Park. This classification led to the creation of a modular system to be assembled into a screen/armature/display device and was intended to be placed in the Prow Art Space at the tip of the Flatiron Building. Constructed by following a system of joining techniques, the structure consciously creates and influences the space around it and monumentalizes the garments that inhabit it.
date | 2012
description | all fashionable paris - columbia gsapp ny/paris 2013
Mobi(ha)us took as its site the famed Palais Garnier and proposed a cafe and observation intervention. By focusing on the Opera's hidden, labyrinthine ballet school and accompanying residences, a stark contrast was drawn in relation to the intentionally public, "see-and-be-seen" nature of the landmark's Grand Staircase and Theater. The duality of this relationship - that one building may have two entirely different sides to it, one structure with two faces - was embraced in the simple module of the Mobius Strip. The project became the study of the architecture of inversion: how might the extremely private spaces of the Ballet School residences be transformed into public spaces while the public spaces take on a more cloistered nature. The resultant architecture implemented the Mobius Strip as a controller of density and porosity. When the strip in its simplest, most open form it is used to transform private spaces into public. When in its considerably more complex form, where through the process of cutting and bending, the Strip is multiplied and the degree to which it is curved is exaggerated, the spaces created are significantly more intimate and are strategically deployed in previously open and public parts of the building.
title | flat embrace
studio | sightlines/site lines - columbia gsapp ny/paris 2013
critic | thomas de monchaux
This project was conceived as a seating structure and viewing platform to be situated in New York's famed Byrant Park. By analyzing the Park's embracive quality - in plan and section - as a product of the vertical variance of its stairs and ramps, a diagram was produced whose form was abstracted and extrapolated into a notional plan, section, and elevation for the new structure. This structure enhances the sitter/climber/observer's understanding of Byrant Park's hidden verticality by providing an object whose inhabitability exists explicitly on multiple at varying heights.
push + pull
date | 2012
description | an attempt at exhausting a place - columbia gsapp ny/paris 2013
This project investigates the forces at play in urban life - particularly the most explicit of instructions that come in the form of signs. By analyzing the forces of a collection of signs on one block in Manhattan's Lower East Side, a topographical map was devised that demarcates the physical affects that are had on people traversing this block. The result is an understanding that what might be perceived as a conscious and deliberate action is frequently instead a reaction to the forces that move us. To make this understanding haptic, a prosthetic was designed from a simple white Oxford shirt. The prosthetic connected the opposing arms and legs of the wearer to each other so that any attempt to move one limb forced the movement of another, thereby making the wearer hyperconscious of the action/reaction relationship. The effect of the prosthetic on the wearer's perception of this was tested by deploying it in the same block as was initially studied and discovering the new forces encountered in attempts to perform everyday activities.
title | neighborhome (ware st. residence)
studio | gsd career discovery
critic | sara queen
This project was for the design of a two-family home to partially replace a small parking lot on Ware Street in Harvard Square. One of the major design challenges was to a few parking spaces that would be retained behind the home, this requiring a driveway to cut through the first floor of the building. Additionally, the assignment called for the blurring of public and private/indoor and outdoor spaces thereby encouraging the neighbors to come together in the home’s shared spaces. Further guildlines were created by the selection of two individual families as clients, both of whom had specific needs and desires from the home. This element allowed the project to become nearly self-generative: by creating spaces that followed the needs of the residences, the building largely designed itself. Nevertheless there was opportunity for specific design choices: doubleheight spaces were ascribed to the most important rooms in each unit, which were also the main areas for intramural gathering, a winter garden on the roof provided year-round green space, which contributed to the neighborhood, and could be used as a gardening and social space for both families. As part of the Harvard GSD’s Career Discovery program, this project was a first foray into critically thoughtful design.