Advanced Design Studio: McLaughlin
Nomination, H.I. Feldman Prize
The basis for the “Unreal City” is the city of London reimagined with devolved powers. Receiving devolved powers gives London greater autonomy and governmental control which would precipitate the need for more regional government centers. The proposed assembly buildings are representative of the different boroughs of London. This new devolved government examines the nature of government, especially small-scaled government, and the type of spaces that it requires.
An important part of this studio was the process of making and unmaking. A series of artifacts were made to think about how government could be visualized as a procedure or new kind of space. These artifacts then began to be incorporated into the architectural ideas of the building.
The project began with the re-thinking of an older studio project. The goal was to invert a more traditional theater type – a single space within poché – so that everything lives within the wall. The result was an L-shaped wall with a series of punctures and setbacks. This wall was then aggregated to enclose a central square space with expanding layers. The wall itself could serve as viewing space or performance space.
The functional and inhabited space of the new wall creates a labyrinth and makes a space for procession and a series of small spaces that could become a model for a new type of government. Rather than have a singular large space for gathering, the space becomes about circulation through a series of small spaces.
2024 Boston Olympic Village
Our project approaches Boston as built land with a pier system that mediates the connection between land and water. Our goal was to carry this relationship onto our site, examining the exchange of land and water by pulling the water up to meet the convention center, and in turn building back out into the water using a hybrid landfill and pier system that addresses water circulation and management issues.
Santa Caterina Market
The prototype house plays with the formal language of suspending two boxes within a narrow space. The boxes house allow for privacy, spacial continuity and openness within the confined space. The two volumes house private programs and organize circulation, using the building code to offset the upper box outside of the 17 foot wide envelope, creating space for vertical connection within the building and and exterior terrace.
A system of cabinetry objects are introduced to create enclosure and provide space for storage. These could be reconfigurable adapting to different numbers of residents and to different program needs. The building envelope is determined by the set-back angles and creates privacy to either side. Where the envelope meets the boxes, the envelope pulls back to create a openings.