Systems Integration and Development in Design
The headquarters building for CASIS studied was conceived as an exploration of angled sectional voids piercing through colossal concrete volumes, encouraging visitors to experience surreal, oblique spaces while considering the company's work beyond Earth. In making these conceptual moves a reality, the largest challenge was developing a cohesive structural model that could support the multiple, massive cantilever volumes while maintaining the open interior spaces. The solution combines several multi-story steel trusses and framing with monumental concrete shear walls, creating a hybrid system that preserves the original clarity of the design. The mechanical systems were easier to incorporate, as most move vertically through the building in shafts along the shear walls. In the central important atrium space, the industrial aesthetic is celebrated as exposed circular ducts run parallel with inclined elevators.
The main lobby space was itself a unique challenge due to its scale, angles, and surface treatments, and figured out primarily through a detailed wall section. One side is clad in a large-span curtain wall system supported by a series of perpendicular glass fins and structural cables. The other three faces feature a greebel treatment that introduces a new perception of scale within the space, juxtaposing hundreds of small rectangular boxes of varying depths (created by panels of folded metal) with a vertical span of over 100 feet. The greebel panels act as a functional rain screen and the building's aesthetic exclamation point; lobby spaces behind the enormous curtain wall and deep windowsills buried within the inner concrete walls offer views into a dazzling canyon of reflected light and dizzying scale.
Triangle Development Group
Mott Haven is on the brink of a redevelopment renaissance, but the one thing standing in the way are its public housing projects. However, the NYCHA projects themselves are not the problem - it is the way they have been abandoned as superblock islands, marooned by a stigma that prevents their cohesive involvement in the everyday life of the neighborhood. Smaller-scale interventions that avoid the public housing may make financial sense in the short run, but Mott Haven demands a visionary proposal that treats the root of its growing pains, not just the symptoms. The Triangle Districts proposal accomplishes this by directly engaging with the Mott Haven and Patterson Houses, pairing public realm improvements with a retail vision for Third Avenue that connects to the HUB. It is an ambitious proposal - exactly what Mott Haven needs and deserves.
The Triangle Districts proposal represents a new age for NYCHA, one that introduces a prototype for financial and social success within public housing projects. The proposal further considers the needs of the neighborhood as a whole; Mott Haven can be defined as any number of boundaries (evidenced above), and this plan accordingly deals with both local and regional scales. Much like how the NYCHA projects must soften their edges to welcome interactions with the rest of the neighborhood, the destination of the Triangle Districts will allow Mott Haven to reach beyond its boundaries, attracting new residents and developers. For now, the Triangle Districts act as the harbinger of new economic vitality. In the future, they continues to play a crucial part in the sustained success of Mott Haven.
Responding to the catastrophe of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, this urban studio explores the lessons learned and the research required to develop a coastal site on Coney Island through 2080, while protecting it from rising sea levels and future storms.
Implementing a hybrid strategy of "resist" and "adapt," this design proposes a new kind of infrastructure that will evolve with the changing urban and ecological conditions. In 2020, the proposal introduces linear greenways into Coney Island. By converting existing vacant land into public parks bound by a 16-foot wall, the greenways create a new boundary between wet and dry. By 2050, this edge condition is absorbed into the expanding urban fabric, making it indistinguishable from the city at large. The green channels are systematically expanded, while the center of the island becomes the focal point of consumption and amusement. By 2080, the barrier system that allows water to move across the island freely evolves to incorporate a new raised transportation network between the urban islands.