I worked on two competitions and one exhibition, making models that helped to bring about wins. The model of Giovanni’s Michelucci’s church was one of several in the exhibition Fabrications which took place in Wooster Hall at the University of California Berkeley in April 2008. Numerous late night charettes at Ball-Nogues studio in Echo Park drove the development of the 1/4″scale model of a summer pavilion for the MOMA PSI competition in 2007. I laser cut the film gel pieces and help assemble the model (far left) which won the competition and was featured in the New York Times March 24, 2007. I helped build the model for our teams entry for the winning Studio Max Garden studio competition in 2006. The competition was held to foster and sustain the integrity and identity of Schindler House since it was believed that surrounding new multistory structures were beginning to dwarf it and make it disappear.
VARIABLE DENSITY LIVING MACHINE / VDLM
My thesis: could it be possible to design an urban center which would combine public and private spaces in such a way that the development and well being of senior citizens and foster children could be enhanced not only by their interaction but by the participation of the community in a sustainable venture: a rooftop garden?
With its structure of Vierendeel trusses and translucent skin, the VDLM provides private apartments arrayed around a gently sloping upward ramp which leads to a green tube and roof top garden.