Comprehensive design studio with Sasa Zivkovic, Spring 2015
Plaster casts of ancient Greco-Roman statues mistreated, forgotten, and re-imbued with importance find a home at the new Cornell Sculpture Museum. But rather than focus on glorifying the weathered collection, the museum takes after the humble tool shed and wooden barn, established typologies of agricultural upstate New York. From research of the local vernacular comes a sprawling starfish, with each arm mutating to its function and the dramatic Ithacan landscape.
In collaboration with Yoon Cha.
Rome Studio with Davide Marchetti and George Hascup, Fall 2015
Farm Machine is a new approach to urban vegetable production and consumption.
A contemporary evolution of the mercato rionale, or regional market, is set on the banks of an old shipyard along the Tiber river in Rome. Exploring possibilities of agriculture in a dense, historically-charged urban environment, the project creates a new community experience. Combining gardens, food markets, and intensive farming technology, the Farm Machine complex would provide new social and economic opportunities. Focus on efficiency and environmental impact challenges conventional food production and distribution while keeping the Roman citizen's needs in mind.
The urban approach reverses the existing site conditions, transforming the historic ship repair and commodity facilities into public spaces for market and temporary exhibition. The voids are filled with bold extrusions which link the river to the via portuense while serving as plinths for the floating farm market. A bold addition to the Roman skyline, a public centre for living and learning, and a critical look at urban agriculture: Farm Machine takes a look into Rome's future.
Design studio with David Eugin Moon, Spring 2016
Inspired by the early twentieth-century shipping gantries, which transported goods between trains and ships, the contemporary library is reimagined as an infrastructure that facilitates the movement of information between the physical and digital realms. The metal structure beneath the library allows for large-scale digital documentation (3D scanning) and fabrication, which could be used to construct the library itself. Openings in the library floor allow the mechanical system to extend into the interior space, prompting a programmatic dialogue between each library pod and function of the space below it. The result is a linear series of connected yet self-contained worlds, constructed sequentially and adapting to the changing needs of the community over time.
Design Studio with Arthur Ovaska, Fall 2014
The unfamiliar sight of the top of an oak tree draws visitors towards Philidelphia's historic Elfreth's Alley. A new visitor centre burrows underground with a winding exhibition, ending in a serene sunken courtyard. The city's established mural culture finds another canvas in the adjacent wall space, while the single story above ground detracts little from the 18th-century rowhouses.
To be featured in the upcoming book entitled Model Perspectives: Structures, Architecture and Culture authored/edited by Mark R Cruvellier, Bjørn N Sandaker and Luben Dimcheff and to be published by Routledge in April or May 2016.
Structural Systems course with Mark Cruvellier, Fall 2014
The Palace of Water Sports by SPeeCh Tchoban & Kuznetsov and Ove Arup is an aquatic sport complex in Kazan, Russia. Constructed for the Summer Student Games 2013, the roof features a series of 3-hinged laminated wood arches that create a vaulted roof. The gaps between the arches and their small cross section area create an ephemeral lightness that contrasts the concrete stands.
Through contact with the architects at SPeeCh, the engineers at Arup, and the facade specialist, we studied the connection details, materials, and siting of the project. Our work explored the construction methods, culminating in a 1:100 study of the foundations, beams, joints, and tension cable systems.
In collaboration with Sonya Mantell.
Design studio with Vivian Chen, Spring 2014
Analysis of a vernacular precedent, the lumbung, Indonesian rice barn, and the ‘rainbow ark soaring in the sky’ school, a contemporary preschool by Kikuma Watanabe produced a set of diagrams examining the relationship between learning, exploration, and circulation. The way children use traditional architectural elements like ramps, windows, or columns sets the conceptual foundation for a new type of preschool. Various options of circulation give children an opportunity to create their own path from one space to the next. Deep in Thailand's bamboo forests, a winding snake climbs until it looks above the canopy.