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LIGHT V O X E L SCREEN “All material in nature, the mountains and the streams and the air and we, are made of Light which has been spent, and this crumpled mass called material casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to Light.� Louis Kahn


LIGHT VOXEL & SCREEN Graduate Avanced Studio I Fall 2011 Using thermochromic paint and the concept of shadow a powerful phenomenas of Arizona light were showcased within a 8”x 8”x 8” cube, or voxel. The adjustability of parametric variation allowed testing to occur and in result, heighten the experience within the voxel. To further the exploration, these findings were then tested on a light screen that could modulate the previous voxel in true scale to the human body. Series 1 documents the change in color intensity as light reflects off the circles’ thermochromic paint. Around late afternoon, the color intensity is strongest, casting intense shadows through the screen. By sundown, the circles begin to emit a glow, which provides a more calming intensity. The color aestheic plays a role in the energy and emotion inside the space. Series 2 documents how the shadows can be manipulated by adjusting the orientation of the circles’ parametrics. This creates projections of shadow patterns which is directly related to the amount of color percieved. Series 3 looks at the color intensity and color temperature percieved. The rotation and orientation of each circle is responsive to the solar angles throughout the day. The user can control the angle at which light is reflected and the amount of light that penetrates through the screen. Series 4 documents the solid void relationship of the glow that is emitted from the circles. The glow diffues light throughout the space. Altering the orientation of each circle can control the intensity of the glow off of the screen. In addition, the orientation can create both static and kinetic emotion through the interplay of solid and void at night.

EXPLODED AXO /parametric screen mechanism

rotate Y axis

spin X axis

hinge Z axis

ACTIVITIES /parametric

SERIES ONE /parametric: time of day and thermochromics

SERIES TWO /parametric: change in axis, rotation and hinge

SERIES THREE /parametric: orientation of circular mechanisms and

SERIES FOUR /parametric: thermochromatics at night and orientation of circular mechanisms

LIGHTW O R K S RETREAT “Every place has its light. In equatorial desert the intensity of light is so strong and the shadows so short that things vibrate and dissolve.�

Christian Norberg-Shultz


LIGHTWORKS RETREAT Graduate Avanced Studio I Fall 2011 Superior, AZ The previous work of the Light Screen is reinterpreted for a retreat for LightWorks. Situated in the desert on the site, the retreat is a collection of dwellings for workers to stay during their visit. These dwellings consist of spaces dedicated for sleeping, working and relaxing, as well as, the Arizona Light. The kiva acts as the communal meeting space in the dwelling. The kiva is accessed via ladder through a three-way parametric hatch, which controls ones invitation into the space. Within the space, the perpetual soild and void pattern exposes the dwellers to natural rock layers. The way in which this rock is perceieved is dependant on the amount of light passing through the hatch. The living space is composed of a glass/ steel frame and thermochromatic louvres. The compact grid design of the solid circles allows for a small diffusion of light to enter through the glass frame. The dweller has the ability to control the privacy of the space by rotating the parametric lourves. As a result, the thermochromatic film refracts variations of color and intesity, altering the environment in the room. The glass box is the apex of the dwelling and a juxtaposition of public and private appeal. While the transparent box is open to the surrounding landscpe, its limited accessibility makes the space intimate and ideal for observation or study. The box is entered through a central hole via spiral staircase. The thermochromatic dots impact the dweller’s perception of the landscape. The UV exposure, solar angle of infraction and angle of perception dramatically alter the grid-like picture that is observed.


Living Space


OBSERVATION BOX /parametric: color application

LIVING SPACE /parametric: hatch angle

PRIVATE KIVA /parametric: time of day

RE-L I G A R E INSTITUTE “Architecture shall re-connect to the nature world, indeed, become a part of it, restoring and enhancing the places we build.� Jason F. McLennan The Philospohy of Sustainable Design



RE-LIGARE INSTITUTE Design Studio 3 Spring 2010 Chicago, IL The Re-Ligare Institute is a public urban center dedicated to reconnecting people with their authentic selves, others, and nature. The program aims at stopping the enslaving cycles of unchecked production and consumption dominating our lives, by turning attention and practice to “being” in its entirety and in all its rich dimensions.

Millennium Park

The concept of the design for the Re-Ligare Institute is to create a space for people to retreat from urban life by pulling the city park into the new structure. Reflection, connection, refuge, recreation, and salvation are expressions that describe the purpose of city parks. Away from the noise, confusion, and hollow junctions of urban life, our refuge is our parks, where our spirit can be free. Parks are also a place of common ground. We use them to meet, connect, and understand better both people and nature. It is through these new connections that help to strengthen the community. In our parks we return ourselves to the freedom of life. By pulling the characteristics of a city park and nature into the Re-Ligare Institute one will ultimately be able to achieve this reconnection with one’s self, others, and nature.

Grant Park

Lake Michigan Beach

Northernly Island


etically Modified Crops

TOLEDO U R B A N DESIGN “You can’t rely on bringing people downtown; you have to put them there.” Jane Jacobs “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.” Improved Plot in Toledo, Ohio



TOLEDO /analysis

Design Studio 4 Fall 2010 Toledo, OH This project was dedicated to revitalizing the shirking city of Toledo, Ohio. A combination of urban planning and sustainability. A number of tall buildings in downtown Toledo once served as thriving manufacturing center and are now abandoned. Some have issues with asbestos contamination, others are owned by out-of-town speculators who neither maintain the buildings not pay taxes.Collectively, we call these our vertical brownfields. The Fiberglass Tower can be seen as a prototyped for other brownfield buildings. Sustainable features could be used to improve the life of the building and make it become a usable space again. By making this building a centtal location for vertical urban farming and multi-space use people will come to the core of the city and improve the status of the shirking city.

Focal Points

Toledo Grids

PROCESS /forms of today’s urban farms

Green Space


STUDENT T E C H LOUNGE “Fluidity and discontinuity are central to the reality in which we live.”

Mary Bateson


STUDENT TECH LOUNGE Architectural Design Build Workshop Spring 2009 Bowling Green, OH The technology lounge approaches a static environment with a continuous, uid surface. The surface engages the existing elements, morphing from ceiling to wall to oor and back to ceiling. Functional elements include items such as lights, tables, seating, signage and display features are built into or grow out of the surface. This integrated design approach will serve to bring students into the space, foster interaction, and promote student engagement.

CaleighMCraft Sample Portolio  

Arizona State Univeristy Master of Architecture Student. 2012 Portfolio.