Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Still trying to get the Bartlett panels converted to post here... in the meantime.. a li'l sneak peak at one of the Hybridrawing© Panels.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Collaboration with Cameron Crockett... funding fell thru.. as usual... but a good project nonetheless.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
This piece symbolically explores the threshold between worlds.. between souls. It proposes its own question, that of the “who’s there”? [and perhaps just as important, “who’s answering”?].
more from the basement...
It accepts its role as a social informant, a receptacle for the present condition of privacy control, a membrane for reflection of observation.
The “anti-welcome mat”, though a somewhat misleading description, suggests a condition that the dwellers do not offer their home as a constant open-condition, but rather one that is open only upon identification and invitation.
Perhaps it’s more about the mat with the familiar inscription written in code, so that the unaware, the unenlightened, never recognize the message, while those that are invited have the symbolic translation to realize the opening of the home to outsiders.
The construct deals with “dwelling” as a function for the individual in excess. Singular occupancy does not mean in this case “small”, efficient, or compact.
The compact-ness of intimacy comes from the compression of typical horizontality of the average domestic condition- where wider is better…
Here, the zone of outdoor space in the “private” rear outdoor zone is equally important as the square footage inside the dwelling…
the bottom image is an unpublished working hand model of the Mobile Gatherspace
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
This whole overlap of geographical/time/architectural phenomenon has intrigued me and worked its way into a diagrammatic level in my sketchbook...
Thursday, October 23, 2008
from pocket sketchbook 02... architecture as a wind tunnel [or in this case circulation vent]... for some odd reason, there are a series of sketchbook entries that ponder the conditions of "circulation"... not as a path... but as an event... not connecting point A to point B.. but rather exploring AB as connective tissue...
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
A VERY old and preliminary study for a Domestic Pod ] eventually leading to the semi-series of P.O.D. [Personal Occupancy Devices]. Not much documentation, other than suggestions of a fold-out inner sanctum that encompasses the inhabitant like a tricked-out mechanical womb.... altering its walls as a user-defined system
cleaning out some old files.. and came across several gems documenting growth in the studio [at least i hope so].
Piggyback : collapsable space
competition submission poster
Form:uLA... Ray Varela [Carrier Johnson]... Ben Patik
On August 8, 2027 @ 3:27 PM, Orange County, CA. will achieve a complete saturation of density….maximum gridlock... absolute vehicular stagnation. Every available inch of freeway, on ramp, off ramp, surface street, intersection, driveway, drive through, portico, parking lot, sidewalk, park and plaza will be filled with vehicular stagnation and immobility. People will be forced to abandon their cars where they stand and a new social order will be born on the new, dead-tech surface. There will be no release valve, no escape route, there will simply be no where to go…
These were developed as part of our entry in the Changing Face Of Orange County national competition. We attempted to use the competition as a vehicle for the exploration of new architectural vocabularies responding to specific urban strategy issues; to use it as a discourse on what role architecture can play in future regional development; and to propose that architecture and technology may bring about social change.
“Quality of life” became the project impetus, as it is affected by power and water shortages, longer commutes, greater disconnection between work and home life, alienation, and greater demands on personal attention that result from population increase. “Should we?”, in tandem with “how will we?”.
This project incites debate concerning the role technology will play in the growth of this region. It's not a solution for today employing existing or old techniques, but a look to the future and what may be available [and forced upon us] tomorrow. Radical cultural changes, fragmentation and redefinition of family structures, blurring of private and public domains, and the infusion of technology into our daily lives all demand a rethinking of existing conditions.
If the activities of our complicated lives could be distilled to simple digestible concepts, then a simple precept would be that actions take place. Implicit in this statement is that there exists a vital relationship between place and action. We assume a strong perceptual association where action and location are tightly bound. Although action and place are intimately linked, they do not develop simultaneously. Action creates place. This competition proposal is an effort to uncover the core actions of an idealized conceptual construct of work-live-play and the physical manifestations that would take place as a result.
A new kind of place, Collapsible Space, is needed to accommodate changes in social structures, to accommodate anticipated population growth, and to transform existing building stock to new uses and needs. Collapsible Space explores an idea of place that ceases its user configuration when not inhabited and its spatial arrangement reconfigures for multiple domain users. In conjunction with Collapsible Space, a Piggy Back approach to new development is proposed. Piggy Back development suggests adaptive growth based on the establishment of a parasitic pod instead of restructuring existing planning principles. The characteristics of the parasitic pod is such that it allows for its attachment to a core and feed off existing environment issues.
Project designed in collaboration with Ray Varela and Carrier Johnson Architects, Irvine Ca.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
more from the recent sketchbook series... will write about these as time permits...
basically an exercise in overlapping and collided space... more of the idea of suggested impacts.. and what happens, or what types of space[s] are formed within suggested collisions...
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
It;s always a pleasure to co-teach with talented, passionate peeps, as well as to be honored with talented, motivated students.
I'm still working on a link to my studio with former Form:uLA partner Kevin O'Donell [Fall 07].
Icon series originally developed for the From Page to Pixel lecture @ SFMOMA in 2001, these icons were recently published in the book, Color Management for Logos [Rotovision].
From the text... " this series of Lo-cons [logos + icons] was developed to provoke a visual cue- an anchor as a counterpoint..."
more discoveries from the "lost files" vault as we dig deep for the book...
Monday, July 21, 2008
images sponsored by a Graham Foundation Grant, 2001
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The Mobile Gatherspace/Hybridmodel reflects the first attempt at realizing the potentials of 3D space based specifically on the "N"-dimensional constructs of the Digital Paper® Series. Multiple perspectival and overlapping orthographic manifestations within the same drawing provided an impetus from which to mis-extrude an experimental architectural condition[s]. Space was no longer conceived using typical 3D rational, because multiple spatial definitions existed simultaneously within each image. Though the notion of exploring a built form based on a perspectival reading is not new, we feel that the conditions formed within the virtual tablet environment promoted a unique view into multi-oriented space[s]. Since drawings are themselves "flat", there is a unique opportunity to explore the Dimensional Shifting as a response to the search for the "other side", the un-flat. As with any typical orthographic object, not all faces are simultaneously viewable. Though we experimented with the idea of seeing multiple views of distorted versions of the same form within the same drawing, the mechanism of the drawing itself prevents [to our delight] the true documentation of this multi-dimensional, fragmentation of architectural reality.