Fall Semester 2013
This semester utilized the growth of plants as a means to create tangible requirements upon its main design projects. This first project began the semester at the scale of a single plant; each planter was required to support the specific needs of the herb thyme as far into the winter months as possible; this design controls the intake of water and regulates air flow to insulate the plant, and its form provides surfaces across which the plant can grow.
This design-build project involved a group of six members working to move through conceptual and technical design processes together. Intending the form of the greenhouse to trace the curve of the road by which it was to be placed, the design developed into a bending structural frame. As the particuars were honed in, I began looking into parametric methods to test different iterations of a design more rapidly; the resulting model could be modified during the course of a meeting, allowing group members to make decisions that might otherwise have required hours or days to test.
Urban Farming Outreach Center
Beginning with a unique program and a site cut out from an oddly assorted group of storage buildings and empty rowhouse lots, this project demanded an exploration of building typology to ascertain what kinds of forms, what organization, and even what kinds of spaces to include in the design. The design joins together the various spaces under a vast trellis intended to shade areas of the gardens to permit plants requiring lower levels of sunlight to be grown.