Along the Way
“Now if ever, in this place and in this mood, the traveler can abandon himself to the rich pastime of window gazing.”
This excerpt from Walker Evans 1950 Fortune article Along the Right-of-Way was the genesis of this book, which is meant to be both a temporal and precious documentation of travel. The mere act of printing a photo has become an endeavor and we all too often scroll through endless photo streams on our screens. This book asks you to feel the weight of the printed photo. The actual prints are juxtaposed with images on newsprint. The translucency of the newsprint and the weight of the printed photographs interact with each other and create unexpected moments as you read the book, not so different from travel itself.
Advanced Design Studio: McLaughlin
East London, and more specifically Whitechapel, is a neighborhood that has always been a destination for the newest citizens of London. Defined at the turn of the 20th century by its bustling docks and robust working class population, it has now become a cultural center of the Bangladeshi population. However with growth and mobility, the Bangladeshis are slowly moving out and yet another new population, primarily eastern Europeans, have begun to move in. The transient nature of this neighborhood was a departure point for imagining a civic space that could accommodate the current population, whomever they may be, but also acknowledge the adaptive nature of the community. Both the construction timeline and building methods of Gothic cathedrals were strong drivers in the conceptual framework and subsequent form of the project. Using the existing row houses located on the site as an anchor, both literally and figuratively, this project seeks to express the codependence between history and governance and a diverse and changing populace. The row house typology, which dominated the urban fabric of this neighborhood a hundred years ago, is now limited to vestigial moments. In most cases these human scale buildings have been replaced with larger structures that have restricted public access and minimal open space. The “Meeting Wall” is a scaffolding structure that traces the footprint of the historic row houses on the site. On the eastern end, the scaffolding is mirrored and supports itself to create a meeting hall for public assembly. The western side is supported by tension cables which connect back to the row houses and create a shaded plaza that people can gather in for more informal assembly.
The Longer Wharf proposes a linear residential, commercial, and recreational development along the Boston harbor front. The narrative of a ‘linear village’ harkens back to Boston’s Historical Long Wharf, which was an active commercial and residential hub in the city for over two centuries, but was shortened almost to the point of nonexistence by land infill. In turn, our proposal for a new Longer Wharf links the existing cruise ship terminal to the Boston Convention Center, while extending the conceptual logic of the historical long wharf into the contemporary city. The Longer Wharf, therefore, becomes a new armature for development in Boston by extending the harbor into the city, and ultimately reconnects the city to one of its greatest amenities: the water.
Introduction to Urban Design
This project derives it's form and spatial relationships from an in depth precedent study of the Hereschoff NY 30 Class wooden racing boat. The boat is reimagined to create efficient yet dynamic spaces, which reference both the programmatic density and the performative rigor of the original form. This creates double height spaces nested below sleeping nooks and clerestory windows which spill light onto gentle curvatures.