regenerative and nutrient rich materials for industrial design
building soil, not filling landfills
a suite of tools for harvesting chitin
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.
Edition of paper plates made from the paper trail of the food system designed with Raquel Kalil.
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.