The politicization of the US-Mexico border has created a disconnect between the reality of several local conditions along the border and the policies that legislate the interaction of the sister nations. The construction of the borderwall has severed communities and separated families, destroying fragile environmental systems and supporting an unwarranted fear of the other.
Architecture is employed as an agent of reconciliationwithin the local context, occupying the space in the wall in order to reestablish a binational community space that rehumanizes the border condition. This architecture addresses the human and environmental conditions that border politics have seemingly ignored. By considering the border on a local level the architecture negotiates and reactivates the true forces of the site, creating an alternative border perspective wherein communities are empowered, nature is restored, and nations act as neighbors.
When I Move You Move is a temporary street installation created as part of the Pearl Street Passage Project for the 2015 Design Philadelphia Festival.
The collaborative project team included Architects Kelly Ennis and Peter McBride, Lighting Designer David Seok, and Fabricator/Designer Jeff Goettner.
The Vote Here sign was created as part of Next Stop: Democracy, a one-day "pop-up" exhibit of 60 original signs created by localartists and designers. Established in reaction to low voter participation in recent years, Next Stop: Democracy aimed to encourage civic engagement and increase voter turnout by commissioning artists to create original, eye-catching signs to direct voters to the polls and celebrate Election Day. The project was funded by the Knight Foundation as part of the Knight Cities Challenge.
Studio Project, Competition Entry Spring 2012 Ten Weeks
Over the last 200 years, the
role of the pedestrian in Rome has been increasingly neglected in an effort to
make way for vehicular traffic, eliminating any potential for a symbiotic
relationship between the river and city. Additionally, the river embankments
created excessive volumes of neglected, ‘dead’ space around the river’s urban
edge, creating opportunities for the redensification of the area and a revival
of forgotten pedestrian channels between the river and the city.
The building, a hypothetical
design institute, is part of a team entry for an urban design competition that
proposes a revitalization of the riverfront through the creation of the
Pedestrian Port, a new public dynamic space for social exchange and activity on
the Tiber River.
The building form is the
result of a series of critical axis that exist at the site. Its placement at
the end of the Via Trinitatis makes it an important anchor to connect the re-envisioned
pedestrian channel to the Pedestrian Port and the adjacent city. Parts of the
existing facade recall the current urban texture, while the proposed renovation
re-enhances the urban void.
Ebb + Flow: Tenerife Spa and Garden
Arquideas Design Competition Entry November 2013 One Month
Like the ocean tides that surround its coast, Tenerife is governed by a constant ebb and flow of people, activity, and economy. The island’s population fluctuates with the coming and going of tourist seasons, and its market echoes the boom-and-bust pattern of the global economy.
Unfortunately, optimistic development during the housing boom led to the rapid construction of thousands of residential properties that were inevitably left unfinished and vacant in the subsequent economic bust.
With each wave of economic stability comes the opportunity to transform abandoned residential developments into valuable community spaces through the repurposing of its existing structures into multi-functional architecture.
By pairing a thalassotherapy spa and restorative ecological garden on the same site, the architecture becomes multi-functional: large communal spaces serve both programs, the garden simultaneously restores the vibrant ecology and creates a therapeutic environment for the spa, and residences serve as accommodations for both spa visitors and the garden horticulturists.
Design Competition, 2nd Place Spring 2011 One Week Charette
Moonlight House is
inspired by Beethovan’s three-part symphony, Moonlight Sonata. Like the song, the house is
composed of three phrases: a grounded prelude,
a lofty movement, and a weighted ending. The
textures and tones of the house mimic the musical
composition, balancing deep undertones with light
The guest house is designed for a pianist, with an open, flexible floor
plan to facilitate small musical gatherings. Large windows in the music
room open to views of the surrounding landscapes and starry skies.
The New Civility
Studio Project Fall 2011 Twelve Weeks
As part of a collaborative studio funded by the Creative Campus Grant from the Doris Duke Foundation, this project explores the effects of the cell phones on public space and proposes new wearable infrastructure to facilitate 'the new civility' of disembodied, distracted pedestrians. Each object responds to the lack of interaction among people and their disengagement from their physical surroundings in public space. The designs attempts to confront the new obstacles and obstructions caused by excessive public cell phone use, like text-walking, loud chatting, and a general disregard for public etiquette.
As part of my semester abroad in Rome, I painted a route map for each of the historical paths we walked through the city with our weekly cartography class. The paintings include the major buildings, monuments, piazzas, and streets that defined each path through the city.
Other drawings include building and material study assignments for architectural analysis courses, conceptual sketches, and collages.
Invitations and flyers designed for events, parties, weddings and fundraisers. Contact me for custom design commissions.