regenerative and nutrient rich materials for industrial design
building soil, not filling landfills
a suite of tools for harvesting chitin
Edition of paper plates made from the paper trail of the food system designed with Raquel Kalil.
Civil Centers // The Sidewalk Manifesto
This short volume includes two separate but related projects completed in my first year of my Industrial Design MFA at California College of the Arts. The first is the final paper I wrote for Randy Nakamura in Design In Context: Contemporary Practice, entitled The Sidewalk Manifesto. In this paper I propose that the sidewalk is an interface and analyse it based on my understanding of The Unworkable Interface by Alexander R. Galloway and The Architecture of the Mouse by Mark Wigley. I conclude that the problem of the sidewalk stems from its success, and therefore demise, as an interface. I very intentionally call this a manifesto and do not offer any answers in the paper. This is due to my belief that most manifestos do a very good of identifying the problem but a very poor job of providing solutions. In this paper I am interested only in the problem. However, I used the final project for Drawing and Building with Monica Martinez, a public art proposal, to respond to the problem I identify in the paper and, in so doing, complete the manifesto. Civil Center is a public art intervention that disrupts the standard interaction we expect from the sidewalk using Ionic columns to direct pedestrian traffic and create enough friction to force an acknowledgement of the space we share. In San Francisco the sidewalk has become a major point of contention and I hope that this exploration helps nudge towards a more civil approach to the sidewalk.
study of a straight line
hydroponic farms for the living and dining room
Each sculpture is a repurposed piece of furniture that grows plants in homes utilizing vertical and hydroponic technologies. My hope is that each sculpture incites enough interest for people to want to both learn more about the technologies and consider how such a change could take place in their own lives. The photographs act as an extension of this goal and further attempt to normalize the new farming technologies. I believe that small actions can constitute revolutions if they are taken consciously and seriously and, so, my work attempts to revolutionize how humans interact with the environment on a personal level.
Final submissions for Wheaton College Honors Thesis Spring 2011.
beginning a mundane material library
This installation is the beginning of a dialogue that considers material circulation, use and ubiquity. The collection is an invitation to kick, spit, flip and explore in the service of learning. Each material 12x12x18in to encourage comparison and conversation between viewers and the material. There is an empty pedestal positioned at the end of the installation to encourage constant reconsideration and additions to the work. This is not a conclusive or exhaustive list. These materials are in constant circulation and to take them for granted is to ignore the material (mono)culture we live with. This installation should ask more questions than it answers and hopefully allows for a more sensitive understanding of our material world.
to add time to wood
desks and bench
This project was is much a utilitarian endeavor as it is a philosophical exercise. The full scale pieces were created for Luke’s Local, where we needed to furnish the operations office, and for my partner when we moved to a new apartment. I utilized pallet wood that was readily available. My goal was to extend the life of the pallet wood, keeping it out of the landfill for as long as possible. The full scale furniture became the starting point for an exploration of an industrial scale proposal for upcycling wood. I looked to home deconstruction for raw material and quickly narrowed my focus to 2x4 wall studs to give structure to my exploration. I modeled in 1/5th scale to both test the industrial process I am proposing and explore the language of the objects. I also modeled the material at full scale to better understand the process. I see this work as an early phase in a larger exploration of sustainable reuse and landfill diversion.
apartment powered plastic recycling
This project is an exploration of the possibilities of in home recycling and plastic production as a way to take responsibility for our trash. I wanted to question why we site recycling and manufacturing of plastics far away from (some) of our homes and explore the possibilities of true ownership of consumption. I was inspired by Annika Frye’s Improvisation Machine and David Hakkens’ Precious Plastic project, taking the coopting of household appliances from Frye’s work and the miniaturized industrial processes as proof of concept from Hakkens. However, I was interested in the cultural implications of in home plastic production and so I created a character, the Rustic Individual, as a symbolic stand in for a potential market. In my investigation of this concept I built a prototype vacuum former that was powered by a shop vac and modeled potential products that would result from in home recycling processes. Ultimately I found it most interesting to site and advertise an oven baked vacuum former and a stove top injection molder. I used images of Bay Area billboards from Wired magazine to advertise these prospective appliances and the collages attempt to ask the question of what ownership of plastic waste could look like in home, in the kitchen.