Ornament Theory and Design
The taxonomy of phosphene groups indicates that some of the earliest forms of visual language had a sense for symmetry theory as well as an understanding of the 'form constants' as described by Heinrich Klüver. This indicates a relationship between the geometric patterns and forms of a variety of formal traditions in ornament and the predisposition to certain pattern-forms created by the visual cortex, or as some have speculated, by the organization of retinal cells. By tapping into these seemingly universal forms, I am attempting to create an ornamental system which references both the contextual specifics of that which is being ornamented and to universals that are rooted in the visual language of pattern recognition and the history of traditional ornament.
In this particular project I am linking the taxonomy of ornamental systems to the taxonomies of organization within the building. The organization of the contents of this seed library are linked to this diagram and then expressed through an ornamental system. It occurs at moments of public/private thresholds, providing a link between the exterior world, the interior organization of the building and its contents, and through to a long tradition of communicative ornament rooted in these form constants and phosphene groups.
2024 Boston Olympic Village: Sample City
Sample City is a proposed 2024 Olympic village that is composed of artificial waterfronts arranged parallel to one another. The scheme creates an island for future development centered on the convention center and building off of connections to downtown Boston and Logan Airport. Each waterfront condition exhibits a different spatial characteristic, with each edge inspired by pre-existing waterfronts found throughout Boston. The building types and their arrangements are unique to each waterfront, creating a compression of the episodic neighborhood experience of the city.
The disparate, parallel edge strips are connected by a light rail people mover that runs perpendicular to all of the waterfronts. This transportation system begins in South Boston, skewers each waterfront condition, and then connects to Boston’s established network of buses, trains, and proposed water taxi system. After the Olympics, Boston will have a new highly connected waterfront system with different building types and urban spatial languages that can accommodate international growth into the 21st century.