Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Riparian Textile: India Point Park Tidal Walk | Providence RI

This work addresses public awareness and is a testing site for the potential to restore habitat for: oyster reefs, salt marsh, and eel grass and become a filter for water. This project is approximately 2,000 concrete spheres that aggregate together to form a patterned fabric on the bay floor. This intervention, paired with a new pedestrian boardwalk, serves two primary purposes: public awareness on the issue of degraded oyster habitat and a physical testing site for the potentiality of restored habitat.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Embodied Phenomenon

This work begins a conversation between the body and the phenomenon that are experienced by the body. The subject is both directed and given space to intuit movement and gesture in response to his personal, internalized notion of the phenomenological aspects of earth, water, wind and fire. The body is a catalyst or filter between the landscape and that which is our non-physical essence. To embody these elemental forces means to give them another possibility of form and meaning. Working intentionally with slow shudder speeds captures the action of the body in movement and reveals the often imperceptible, in-between moments.

The Mobile Love Unit

What does it mean to give people a voice?
More broadly, we asked ourselves what it means to disseminate love to the public. By giving people a voice to have their letters read and heard, we attempted to take love that was meant for one person and spread it to the Providence public.
We gathered love letters unsent-----words that exist in peoples’ heads, unspoken, on pieces of paper in the bottom of drawers, tucked in notebooks, in the back of one’s backpack----- and read these out loud over megaphone at Kennedy Plaza during rush hour so that people could not help but hear it.

(in collaboration with Hyunch Sung)

The Mobile Love Unit

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Rainbow Mechanisms

(in collaboration with Hyunch Sung)

Galego Court Housing Project
Pawtucket RI

Our proposal is an interactive rainwater catchment system that creates rainbows with mist and fog. On the green vacant lawn that is adjacent to the entrance to the urban farm in the housing project, this kinetic weather sculpture will be both phenomenological wonder and science experiment for the residents of the housing project, speci cally the many children in this family oriented development. The rainwater catchment system will become kinetic when children activate it via a rotating playground wheel. When children play on the wheel, it generates energy to pump rainwater to garden beds where mist nozzles transform the water to a gaseous state that can refract sunlight to create rainbows.


Installation Path


(in collaboration with Bess Paupeck)

What becomes of spaces that now exist only in memory?
What happens when what was once your home disappears from the map?
What does it mean to completely change a place?


(Dis)Rupture is an experiential memorial that aims to tell the story of lost
neighborhoods with a guided walk through an abandoned neighborhood that
has been cut off and made into a virtual island by two highways. The mirror that
slices through the landscape represents the cut made through the Olneyville
community when a highway project came through in the 1950’s, cutting off
this area from the rest of Providence, and destroying an entire section of affordable
housing. This temporary installation is a walk, starting at the Olneyville
branch of the public library (where there will be materials that explain
the walk), and leading the viewer through the abandoned warehouses and
spaces that eventually end up at the rupture caused by the highway.

The path of the walk is represented in the sidewalk by a thin strip of mirror
– reflective paint, poured into a narrow cut out strip in the sidewalk –
which meanders through the neighborhood. As the viewer follows along this
path, there are several moments where the highway can be glimpsed a few
blocks away, and the mirror we have placed along the edge of the highway
is visible at these points. If one keeps following the strip of reflection in the
ground, one will end up at the edge of the neighborhood, with the highway directly
in front, to the right and to the left – the vantage point from where one
may best view the impact of the highway’s placement. It is at this point that
the reflective strip in the ground will end, replaced now by the long reflective
strip along the side of the highway. The viewer may feel wrapped by the highway
at this point, welcome to consider the reflective nature of the mirror outlining
the highway and the cost of urban expansion.

The 1300 feet along the side of the highway facing the neighborhood will
be covered with 25 panels of mirror that are 50 feet long and 5 feet high. The
first panel is at a 45 degree angle aimed down, to reflect people, cars, etc who
may be on the ground, twisting closer and closer towards a 90 degree angle as
it moves along the side of the highway.

We will also install a speaker 10 ft above the sidewalk at this endpoint,
which will loop recorded stories from members of the Olneyville community.
As part of this project, we will spend a year finding, interviewing and
archiving the narratives of this place, through the voices of its residents. This
archive will live in the Olneyville library long after this temporary installation
is gone.

Tijuana/San Diego

My proposal creates a journey, approximately a mile in length, connecting individuals with particular moments in the shared landscape, and thus connecting them to each other. The choreography will consist of a physical experience of elevation change between valley and canyon, of being embedded in the side of a canyon, of being partially underground, and fully underground. The final moment in a series of expansions and compressions terminates with a space underground, but open to the sky, essentially a live planetarium.

This same journey doubles its program as a productive landscape. Gray/black water is collected in the valley, where it is slowed and cleaned through a system of algae, producing compost as a byproduct. The compost will then be amended to the soils of the canyon walls over time. The canyon walls, which are constantly eroding, will slowly be preserved by terraced cuts, amended soils, planted with olive trees and other edible species. The objective is to create jobs, particularly for Mexicans who would otherwise migrate for work, while simultaneously beginning a precedent of remediation for a polluted estuary and ocean. Workers can begin to build housing within the framework of these proposed systems, adjacent to an existing neighborhood. 

Centralized Composting System

Site Model

Tijuana/San Diego_experiential pathway

Prospect into Estuary

Partially embedded

Ecotone border

Controlled viewshed