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Water Proposals

These drawings were part of my final independent project, Water Imperatives: Reframing Systems for Viable Water futures.

These five drawings speculate on possible water futures, including: Collective Management, Decentralized Water Systems, Water for Everything, Post-post Anthropocene, and a Water Synthesis. To know more about this project, please take a look at THESIS

 

Ecomorphology

This semester-long project was in collaboration with Rachel Baker.

 

This project uses housing as a way to explore how water systems can interact with human circulation, and the intersections that can occur when these two flows overlap. Located in the Strip District along the Allegheny River, the vast expanse of the site required thinking at various scales. 

 

Mobility Hub

This semester-long project was in collaboration with Aditi Thota.

 

In 2035, how might the automation of processes change the ways in which people use and interact with space? 

 

Looking at food and packages as resources that are increasingly becoming automated yet customized, we explored a mobility hub as an architectural opportunity for transportation of people, information, and goods that could reinforce each other. 

 

E·Pod

This three day charette was in collaboration with Zain Islam-Hashmi.

(Awarded finalists of a competition sponsored by Epic Metals metal decking company.)

 

This outdoor star-gazing hut combines the idea of the archetypal shelter and the hangar for machines to create a variety of learning and communal spaces through  reconfigurable sleeping pods.

 

Charter School

Proposal for an Environmental Charter School in Knoxville, Pittsburgh. 

The lobby, commons, and project resource center are oriented south towards Bausman Street, while the classrooms are to the north and face the more residential alley. A large communicating staircase encourages circulation and small group encounters through the school, and allows for light and natural ventilation to flow through the center of the building. 

 

Media Center

The proposal was for an experimental media center adjacent to the existing Kelly-Strayhorn Theater located in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh. I was interested in exploring diagrammatic architecture through the intervention of a stair that can become more than a stair: a stair that extends into the program spaces and can also become its own programmable space, or even the breathing space that lies between circulation and program. 

 

In creating a very obvious red stair, I was exploring the question of how current design standards in graphic clarity and user interface can also become a part of three-dimensional, diagrammatic architecture. 

 

Palladio Institute

In collaboration with Adam Kor, Elizabeth Levy, Miranda Ford, and Sally Sohn.

This project was a study of context and Palladian principles to design an Institute honoring the life and work of Andrea Palladio within Vicenza Italy. 

Exploring the contrast of a solid, vaulted base with freeform objects above, the Institute curates the user's experience in relationship to the neighboring Chiericati building designed by Palladio. 

Working in a team of five allowed us the opportunity to explore detail and material to greater depth. 

 

Bath House

This project explored the dynamic between the natural conditions of a valley in New Hampshire and the experiential qualities of a bath house. Program elements included a hot pool, warm pool, cold pool, sauna, steam room, fire pit, mud room, and overlook. 

 

With this project, I saw a distinction between the external quality of the surrounding wooded forest and the interior tactile qualities of stone and water. 

 

Hoop House

This project was in collaboration with Ashley Chen, Jack Fogel, Kerrian France, Elizabeth Levy, and Zain Islam-Hashmi. 

 

This was a project for Grow Pittsburgh's educational outreach program. We designed a collapsable hoop house for a planter bed, to be used in an educational settings. The cold frame was constructed primarily out of conduit and shrink wrap plastic, with primary and secondary access points to allow for maintenance or educational plant instruction. 

 

Library Parasite

The Library Parasite project was situated in Carnegie Mellon's Hunt Library and addressed the evolving role of the library in the age of digitization. While libraries are perhaps becoming less popular for the use of printed books, the usage of libraries has not diminished; in fact, in many college campuses, the function of library buildings have become increasingly more popular as a space for studying and accomplishing work.

 

My project proposal aimed to increase the amount of study spaces within Hunt Library by using the existing structural framework and inserting parasitical, cubic units that could expand study spaces, or begin to aggregate and create new spaces for alternate functions as the need arises.  

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