Friday, March 16, 2012

Visual Explorer

 The penguins charging into the water as a whole reminds me of community because this act plays a crucial role in their survival. Doing this task as a group warns off predators in their environment it also shows respect for one another.

 This famous shot of Stonehenge reminds me of the value of authenticity because of the undisturbed simplistic form that the stones have remained. When I look at this photo I think of how long the patina has been forming on the large stones. I think about how the stones might have gotten their shape. I also think about the wonder had been constructed. This is an authentic space.

 This shot of an astronaut in space with the moon as the back drop is the value innovation. Early 1900s the Wright brothers take flight, several decades later their is a man on the moon this shows that there is a desire of exploration. Many of the worlds inventions are a by product of of the space exploration program. Tang, freeze dried food, space pen, among many more are all things that benefitted from the space program. INNOVATION IS DESIGN!

This picture of the freeway is sort of anti-stewardship as well as stewardship. It divinely cuts through the land allowing space for nature to grow. It also keeps the cars on a direct path keeping them from driving through nature. But too me it seems that it is a step in the wrong direction, I see a massive amount of fossil fuels being burned in creating this transportation road and used on it daily by the users. The natural areas are man made and not authentic, it supports a community, and it is an innovation. However stewardship is a value it does not possess 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Music Library Part Deux

Music Library Phase 2

Friday, February 10, 2012

Library as Place

"We have barely began to develop sophisticated framework for the future of the library as a physical space."

This was the main focus of our group presentation. In the rise of technology the traditional library is destined to perish. Libraries as a whole must be innovative in the way that they meet the needs of the users. But a library should not experience a one hundred percent digital overhaul because librarians are what separate the library from a bookstore or coffee shop. with our discoveries we found that the only logical solution was to allow the digital and traditional to work together to create a new type of library space/destination. But also create a space that will be flexible throughout future iterations or interpretations of the design/experience of the space.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Selections, Directions, Connections

The skins assignment was a warning to prepare us for what is to come. To make sure that we are not going to half heartedly through materials on an exquisite design. We were given a few guidelines to choose our materials around, incorporating a material from our precedents or all materials from our precedents. My materials were neutral and unimaginative, but if I was tied to those materials maybe I could make it where the ceiling is composed of the hardwood flooring or the walls were a combination of the brushed aluminum and some other material. Thinking like this gives the designer the chance to make an ordinary palate extraordinary. The cone shape was a “happy” accident that was a result of my original idea, of the materials coming together to make a fan, falling through. So I experimented with the paper and the possible shapes it could make. The cone shape represents the hierarchy in which the materials could be applied. Both of the possible floor materials are at the lowest point of the cone meaning that they would most likely be applied to the floor of the space, where the brushed aluminum and concrete correspond with the wall covering section of the current design. Most of the materials in this preliminary palate are smooth and clean meaning that the carpet doesn’t really fit in with the other three. The concrete and aluminum create a commercial / industrial feel in the design and the hardwood flooring and the carpet seem more of a residential application (although in a commercial setting carpet is typically used).

Friday, April 29, 2011


As the semester comes to an end I can’t help but to revisit my design goals from earlier in the year.  Over the past few months I feel that I have accomplished all of my design goals.

Through JENGA 2.0 I learned to design with confidence and trust my design instincts. Also through the course I got to hear others opinions about my work through the open critiques and private charettes. I feel that I have begun to establish my design style through out the JENGA assignments. Also the JENGA assignments have shown me new more efficient ways too approach and accomplish a design. An overall lesson that was learned is: A POOL IS NOT A MEANS OF EAGRESS!
Overall Building
Working in groups wasn’t much of a challenge to me because even in groups I still had the chance to flex my design voice because I was in charge of the sketch up duties. However it was a bit difficult to persuade some of my own ideas to the majority of the group but that is a give and take part of the process. But I greatly enjoyed our groups every person in the groups meshed really well and we produced amazing work. 
Although I still strongly feel that groups of twelve are out of touch. Because its hard to delegate every member to get on the same page. In our group we made subgroups and I really think that helped us finish the task at hand efficiently. I understand why we work in the groups but honestly it was like we were not ready for that, however it was a great experience and I feel that everyone grew from it. Writing throughout the entire JENGA process was crucial in the completion of it. Although I feel that my writing lacks order and structure but I also feel that speaks to my design style. All over my desk you will find drawing with notes on them and I feel that speaks for its self. I really enjoyed the idea of having a prospectus because it helps everyone get a grasp of the concept that drives your design. Although I am a fan of showing tons of process work most groups don’t want to see that in the prospectus and it is hard to find a place for it. In our final presentation I suggested to hang up some process work that we had done which was very crucial in the development of our final design. I feel that our groups were very diverse in referring to the change style indicator that was completed earlier in the semester. We had a great work ethic amongst every member within the group. Going back to my designer bio, which we did as our first writing assignment, I feel that my characteristics and qualities have become heightened. I still feel that I can quickly establish a design, however now I think a design through more effectively. Over this semester I feel that I have greatly grown as a designer and in a way I am glad I was held back because now I can proudly say that I have grown from it.
Individual UNIT

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


A quirky video I made for the site.
Jenga 6.0 was all about taking our previous design and finding a site for it outside of the United States.