The desired outcome of the project was to creatively incorporate the basics of Fashion Marketing principles through the creation of a brand extension. Alexander McQueen was the chosen designer for the cosmetics line extension designed and imagined. As a result, a pop-up store was designed to house the products.
The design initiates with the concept of an urban vertical farm and residences in New York City. The platform for the project initiates in the Highline, located in the Chelsea District. Due to its opulence, the area is designated for the wealthy and young. Therefore, by understanding the location’s past, I derived my concept in mind for the average New Yorker unable to afford the spiked apartment budget in the city and its districts. In response to the area and its historic context, the design was derived from the relationship between a community and its surroundings. The project analyzes human interaction within themselves, their context and nature. Therefore, it allows for a transparency between these factors, creating a symbiotic relationship between the parts. Transparency can also be noted in the skin and form of the building, where the differentiation between the different building components are blurred into a single entity. Vertical farming is an innovative solution for the food crisis we are facing today; therefore, educating the residents and visitors of the site will create awareness and hope for a better tomorrow. Due to its organic nature, the design also implements components from LEED and Living Building Challenge (LBC).
The design approach is initiated through the comprehension of sustainable affordable housing to vitalize the vibrant artist-based district of River Arts in Ashville, NC. It relates back into LEED and LBC theories, where Net Zero Housing is achieved and successfully maintained. The project requires meticulous understanding of the relationship between site, design and human interaction. It is achieved through: weaving, compression, overlaid elevation and site views. The program focuses on a Net Zero Co-Op, Live-Work housing, where open courtyards and roof gardens allow for continuity between mass and nature. Di Villa, allows artists to thrive in a community based atmosphere, where household tasks are shared and social life is explored. The design activates the concept of: traslucent, void and solid. The relationship between the inside and out is blurred to allow continuity on site, human interaction, vegetation, views and circulation. Activity is radiated into and out of the site, creating a micro and macro “hub” allowing for creativity and spontaneity to mesh, creating a symbiotic relationship between the residents and their visitors. Along with housing, a market and pop-up restaurant - engaging varied igredients according to climate and availability - is available on site to engage the artists in forms that would otherwise cripple their complete engagement in artistic awareness and success. The edifice encompasses gallery spaces of varied spectrums, from semi-open temporary exhibits to dark rooms. Art is explored in all its forms in Di Villa Asheville.
The abundance of natural scenery and natural hot springs is what characterizes Wulai. But most importantly, the history of the Atayal aboriginal community and culture is what gives this place identity. Unfortunately, because most of the tourists visit this area for the purpose of the hot spring, Wulai’s identity is slowly dissapearing. Where the presence Atayal aboriginal community is uknown and the commercialization becomes the stronger factor.
The urban revival in the district of Wulai will bring back the presence of the Atayal Aboriginal Tribe. The idea comes from imagining Wulai as a stage. Where there is a front and back stage where the front stage are the tourist, hot springs, and commercialization. The backstage are the Atayal aboriginal people. The main goal is to flip the front stage to the back and vice versa. By creating urban space elements, this will allow tourists to experience the nature itself and be conscious of the Atayal community.
Maputo VTS Proposal
The competition was commissioned by the Port of Maputo, for the new control tower in the Maputo Harbor. Through the various programmatic requirements, the tower incorporates sustainable elements that will increase the productivity of the workers and visitors. The form allows for a 360-degree view over the bay, as well as the city which allows for a sinuous relationship between the edifice and site. The VTS tower design was meant to become a landmark for the cityscape, meaning that the form derived incorporated function as well as beautification. The results of the competition have not yet been announced.
In collaboration with: Engineer Hermenegildo Saiete (Founder/CEO of Projel, Lda.) and Architect Paulo Mavimbe
Through the interaction of gravitational elements as well as spatial inclusions and connections arising in space; smoothness is achieved through continuity within a dynamic form. The central pivotal forces of intersecting roads and bridge from the dominant elements of circulation are contiguous to the site: generating a grid alongside the riverbank. Through the initiation of gradient forces the form explores the ideas of rotation, proliferation and triangulation derived from its surrounding context. The Pont Charles de Gaulle interacts with the grid through a relationship of extraction, manipulation, and continuity. Internal circulation is explored through the folding of form and façade into a smooth viscous entity.
Ethereal forces of sun and wind alter the façade through its interaction with the ediﬁce. According to the variation of climate, the design will react to these exterior elements. The extrusion of dominant features of circulation are portrayed through the variation of building height and complexity. Through manipulation of landscape, the concept of obscured site lines was implemented by shared space and accordance with the neighboring ediﬁces; thus, creating a continuity of space. The ediﬁce is created as a dual function design: it holds the exhibition and retail segments, which transform with new artists every couple of months. Modeler Gallery will provide a space for lectures, exhibitions, and workshops by American fashion illustrators – classic and contemporary. The Shop will display illustrations, art books, supplies, accessories along with clothing inspired by the exhibiting artist. The eastern Plaza connection is available for lectures and presentations. The service area located on the north-west of the building includes ofﬁce spaces and restrooms. A special handicapped bathroom is situated between both distinct functional spaces – allowing for quick access from the west. The roof terrace operates for openings and gala events as well as an alternate entrance.
The design consists of a complete comprehension and evaluation of the site, its landscape and its interaction with society and nature. The elements are explored through the main interaction with the dance form that will be performed in the center: capoeira. Capoira is the dance of strength, ﬂuidity and movement. It reﬂects the oppressive regime and life of a slave in colonial Brazil. Though it inherits a burdensome history, the dance replicates the hopeful future that lies ahead. It incorporates analysis of the rigid ﬂuidity of the dance by enhancing the war-like characteristics and compliment the design through its function. The design concept will part-take in the dance held within by creating a space that follows its function and works with the elements of the Architecture. A good performance hall consists of a spacious atmosphere that allows the audience to move through and feel a familiarity with the space and the performances being held. The space also requires openness to allow the free circulation of the audience and the transition between the outside and the inside.