Thursday, August 28, 2008

more achive-y goodness

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

from the archives...

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

new sketch : implied space

looking at the implications of implications...

what happens when space is suggested vs. constructed...

or what happens when it constructs its own suggestions...

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

more sketch

the follow up study to the one below


entries form my sketchbook as we prep for the Bartlett and churn up ideas during the monograph research... just samples of ideas that make it into my trusty pad... will post a series of these over the next few...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Student work

Many [ok, 3] people have asked for a concise link to my students' work. Here are links to several studios, all co-taught with Cameron Crockett, at Woodbury San diego. I'll avoid the lengthy descriptions- each website has more than enough.

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, August 4, 2008

Still kickin... sorta

Been busy reviewing a book... working hard on my own... and prepping for the Bartlett....

Managed to get some new sketching in- will post in the next day or so