EVOLUTION / ALBANY, NEW YORK
DESIGN STUDIO 1 / FALL 2009
PVC, nylon rope, zip ties
This site specific work began as a series of small models that explored specific construction principles: grid shell, folded plate, tensegrity and space frame. After many expirements, a material palette was chosen that specified two scales of inhabitation - a base structure and a shading/ screening layer. It was more important to establish overlapping territories than to make a structure with discreet rooms. In that sense, the installation is also a diagram of its own making and process. This piece was a full scale installation that was part of a gallery exhibition in the Albany International Airport. We were asked to identify materials and to dig into and investigate the materials qualities and to expose them in a way that we would have never thought to see them.
THE MACHINE STARTS / TROY, NEW YORK
VERTICAL DESIGN STUDIO 2 / FALL 2012
The Machine Starts was a student based performance that is based on E.M. Forester’s 1909 sci-fi novella “The Machine Stops” which predicted the internet, television, global environmental ruin and the impact of technology on the human experience. The design for this kiosk was initiated by the performance’s reliance upon a hexagon framework for much of the mystery and illusion within the script. This “tickets” which audience members give to enter the studio is an image of their face to be later used in the performance. After multiple iterations the design created was intended to not only to be visually intriguing but also to quickly process over 100 audience members in under 15 minutes. This design is made up of six individual free-standing forms arranged in two semi-circles. They are each made of milled plywood frames covered in lasercut patterened sheets taskboard followed by a thin white spandex fabric and finished with milled MDF caps. The kiosk also serves the dual purpose of serving as a wall during the performance to route people back into the theater between acts.