Nomination, H.I. Feldman Prize
As we delve deeper into the realm of the digital, the linear process of production is no longer relevant. Material goods have depreciated in value and knowledge has become the new currency. Innovations and ideas are bought and sold. Material manifestations are secondary and are often designed to provide even more data with which to generate ideas - through user generated content, user data, and other information based inputs. Naturally, the traditional boundaries of the academy, business, and industry are blurring in order to accommodate this new paradigm. Cornell Tech is in this business of knowledge creation.
However, the breakthrough of this industry did not coincide with a new model for workplace design. The corporate open plan is still prevalent. There is a desire to connect with the physical world by naturalizing and domesticizing. Astroturf, fake greenery, and informal meeting spaces are ubiquitous.
The long Main Street of this campus and large ‘shopfronts’ allow for connections to occur, not only with colleagues, but also with the public and the city of New York. The residential units and design labs are optimized in scale and arrangement to accommodate a new way of working and a connection with the living world. But perhaps most importantly, the campus is infrastructure. One that is adaptable to fluctuations in both ideology and climate change.
In a contemporary coastal city, the ground and buildings need to be active performers in the negotiation between water and land. This project envisions the ground as a piece of infrastructure that protects against storm-surge and directs rainwater. Bridgeport’s coal-fired power plant is phased out and replaced by a new power plant embedded in a public park built with “spoils” dredged from the softened east bank of the Pequonnock River. The “headland” created by this dramatic new topography amps up Bridgeport’s underlying structure as a peninsula landscape. Private investment in the power plant is leveraged to enable a new hardened edge on the Pequonnock’s west bank. The swapping of rail and highway creates a previously overlooked site for new residential development, protected by the remnants of the rail line reborn as a recreational greenway. The result is a reorientation of downtown Bridgeport to its third waterfront, the Pequonnock River.
Visualization IV: E-1027 House
After the earth heaved, the morning light revealed that Gray's vision of streamline glass had cracked, its interior open to the salty air. The deck was bestrewn with falling beams and the mast broken, no longer proud. Below, waves clapped a dirge for The House by the Sea.
Visualization III: White Dragon
Our final project called for a site specific installation that complimented the formal language of the predominantly vertical front entry stair of Rudolph Hall. The installation mediated two scales - human experience and the building's larger context. Parametric design was used to generate the curved underside of the paper canopy into a straight line across the top. The form was then placed on a colonnade of ascending posts up the stair, inviting interaction and allowing mobility.
Architectural Design: Dwelling Code
Infrastructure in a home is akin to a computer’s operating system. A collection of hardware – water supply, waste removal, heating and cooling, ventilation, lighting, network connections, and sound barriers – service the resident’s biological needs and psychological well-being. Applications of the home – producing, connecting, eating, sleeping, and cleaning – draw on these technical systems in order to function. In other words, the dwelling code does not solely depend on spatial relationships, but also the relationship between spaces and their hardware. Applications can then be multiplied or adapted according to family structure and environmental conditions. A minimal dwelling condenses its hardware into a single unit to support the surrounding rooms and activities.
Class contest drawing