2012 | University of Michigan | Prof: Jason Young
GHOST FACTORY (a fictional narrative) is a territorial condition created through pseudo-natural environmental processes which work in multiple fashions to convey levels of legitimacy and spatial rigidity while subtly alluding to possibilities of ulterior motives. This condition utilizes architecture as an extra-territorial deceiver in its ability to re appropriate a space and influence larger audiences. This project explores the possible roles that architecture may play in the 21st century and how the discipline may begin to explore the use of architectural design and presentation through duplicitous conditions. Ghost Factory contends that architecture can be re-imagined and reformatted to convey levels of duplicity, false legitimacy, and blurred realities.
2011 | University of Michigan | Prof: Jason Young & Perry Kulper
ANTAGONISTIC ARCHITECTURE starts at the level of spatial interaction and ends with subconscious manipulations and confusion. Spatial characteristics triggering memory and nostalgia transform an environment into a lie. This thesis was an exploration and critique of the capabilities and dishonesty of architecture through spatial components and material qualities.
When stripped of its materials and placed into a more honest environment, Mike's Famous Ham Place in Detroit begins to take on a new role. The renderings below show the materiality and metaphysical components from Mike's placed into the reality of what Detroit had truly become. Even the exposed reality of the slaughterhouse in contrast with what Mike's is offering through their famous ham sandwich begins to embrace the themes of Antagonistic Architecture. These images, memories, and illusions which seemed to define the space became the shadow of Mike's. Shadow Mike's was the imaginary world filled with all of these assembled and fabricated illusions of what the space had been through and had now become.
Fall 2010 | University of Michigan | Prof: Lars Graebner
This mixed use housing complex serves as a single piece of a studio-wide redevelopment of an iconic location in Detroit, Michigan. The comprehensive studio focused on fulfilling certain program requirements while also following local code and jurisdictional requirements. The project is designed and detailed to incorporate safety and egress, specifications and attachment details, environmental sustainability, and even cost analysis. Team partner: Lauren Barry
SPRING 2010 | University of Michigan | Prof: Karl Daubman
SKY CITY was a studio-wide collaboration which incorporated both architecture and large scale urban planning. The project was to design futuristic super-structures to occupy tightly neighboring parcels while maintaining a low FAR. We utilized parametric modeling software to generate building forms around a set of rules that kept the density low allowed light into neighboring sites while maxing out the super structure with as much housing and mixed-use space as possible.
Designed within these parameters, my structures began to take on the look of a swiss-cheese like tower. Averaging almost 4,000 feet in height, these towers allowed light and air to pass through while even housing large scale indoor parks and transportation, all while holding near 10,000 housing units. While conceptual in design, the realization we came to is that superstructures like this may be more likely in the near future.
Spring 2008 | University of Michigan | Prof: Pablo Garcia
The GEORGE W. BUSH LIBRARY was a project which responded to the declassification of presidential libraries over time. The concept designed the library in which the central core house official materials and documents. The security of these documents was determined by the public's accessibility which was determined by the architecture. Over time, as more documents become declassified, bridges, walkways, and floor extensions would fill the gaps and allow access. Thus the building would be continually changing until all of the material within the presidential library was deemed 'declassified.'
2009 | University of Michigan | Prof: Steven Mankouche
The FLINT SLABS project explored the reappropriation of the old abandoned concrete fields in Flint, Michigan which used to house the Buick automobile plant; now known as "Buick City." With the existing auto-plant buildings long since demolished and endless concrete slabs remaining in their place, the studio concept was rethink and reuse a now contaminated barren site.
My project focused on the bioremediation of the site through massive influx of plant-life growth (a process which had already begun taking place naturally). This would be achieved by avoiding over-populating the fields with human occupation or machinery, and instead filling the site with natural-powered machines that would each slowly break up and erode the site in their own ways. Placed by artists and engineers and consisting of natural materials, these machines would expedite the bioremediation by encouraging plant growth and concrete deterioration. After 100+ years of the wind and water powered machines eating away at the concrete fields, a forest would start to take over Buick City.