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2007 - 2008 School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2010 - 2011, S達o Paulo Personal Projects

CARDBOARD ROCKING CHAIR This rocker was built for the annual American Institute of Architecture Students Cardboard Chair Competition. It is inspired by Shaker rocking chairs, not necessarily in form but in concept and function. For the Shaker people of New England, furniture construction was intimately intertwined with religious life. The utmost care was taken because


they were constructing on behalf of God. The rocker, in particular, was a place crafted for contemplation and prayer. Cardboard, as a material, is one of the most widely recognized symbols of recycling and reuse. It has its own particular smell, its own particular feel; it is a material we interact with almost every day, unwrapping a package or walking past a stack of boxes on the street. In building this rocker I looked to showcase the various characteristics of the material carefully weaving, stacking, and tearing to create a new space where we can sit, rock back-and-forth, and smelling the cardboard, perhaps contemplate material use and reuse, recycling and re-purposing.

FINALIST - top 5 nationally Cardboard Chair Competition American Institute of Architecture Students




Water section


This drawing is a horizontal section of my body, toilet and bathroom wall. The section looks at the relationship of the body with building infrastructures. In this particular case a discrete yet dependant systems that cycles water.

Material : wood


This hand-sewn tapestry employs an intimate visual narrative to addresses the global impact of deforestation as loose stitches hold together thin strips of wood. The work is made from discarded wood – hand planed, boiled, and sewn together in strips. Maps of the world, as viewed from the North and South Pole, are stitched on each end. The accompanying book is made from blank pages found in the begining and end of novels, it includes various quotes and statistics related to our forests.

são Paulo studies


Representations of São Paulo’s urban landscape.

Above the Minhocão Oil on found door

Grafitti pencil on paper




2007 - 2008, Chicago School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Escola da Cidade, 2010, with Emanuel Cortex, Beatriz Martínez, Carol Nascimento. • Site Analysis - All • Urban Design - All • Housing - Kirsten • Housing Interior - Beatriz • Infrastructure - Carol • Physical Model - Kirsten Personal project, 2011. In equal collaboration with Joana Corbett, Fernanda Branco, Beatriz Martínez & Marcelo Aflalo. Excuition of specific work will be marked.

Sound wave tower


This tower is a conceptual project in form generation. The structure of the tower is derived from a one second sound clip. The ‘waves’ of this clip were rotated and manipulated several times to create interlocking units that build upon each other.







Puncture began from studies of the American Flag. I was particularly interested in the Pledge of Allegiance, which was broadcast in my high school every morning. It was read by the principle from the main office and everyone was required to stand and face the flag at the front of the classroom. I began by diagramming and modeling the trajectory of sound from the main office and exploring how this ritual manifested in each room.

The study, Pledge Of Allegiance Map, is a handsewn diagram of Central Regional High School, Bayville, NJ. The threads represent the path of the pledge as projected over intercom, from the main office to the classrooms.

Pledge Of Allegiance Map

PHASE I - point of departure

back of map

front detail

model of classroom during the Pledge of Allegiance

model of space between student and sound projection within the classroom

PHASE II - spatial modeling

form generation related to projection

PHASE III - site orientation

PHASE IV - form generation

three main puncture spaces

creation of entrance points sky puncture

earth puncture

sea puncture relation with site

PHASE V - final model

PHASE V - exploded diagram a

sky window

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section view

sea window

vila falvia


Vila Flavia is a favela of approximately 1,000 families located in the eastern periphery of the city of S達o Paulo, Brazil. While culturally vibrant, Vila Flavia has several infrastructural, ecological, and housing issues. Many of the

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houses in the neighborhood are located against a central water corridor, currently an open sewer. There are also many houses, located in the center of the neighborhood that receive little to no light or ventilation.

Based on site visits, meetings with community leaders and terrain analysis we proposed a reurbanization project that primarily adressed three main areas: 1. To build upon the neighborhoods existing culture and social networks through the creation of new indoor

and outdoor public spaces. 2. To create new housing units that are integrated into the current urban fabric. 3. to clean the central waterway and create a linear park through the center of the neighborhood.

existing housing new housing new public buildings linear park permeable pedestrian walkways

new housing This building design makes the colletive spaces, steps, and pathways typical of favelas vertical, maintaining existing spatial relationships.

Building concept inspiration Collective steps, Cidade das Crianças favela, São Paulo, Brazil.

2 - 3 bedrooms 1 - 2 bedrooms studio commercial




Personal project, 2007-2009. Executed in equal collaboration with Brendan Hudson PROJECT SUPPORTED BY: • Maypole Block Club • Chicago Public Schools • Revival Fellowship Church • Willa Cather Elementary • Hill Top Studios • Neighborhood Youth Garden Corps • School of the Art Institute of Chicago • Openlands • Neighborspace Awarded the Graham Foundation’s 100 Projects for Peace $10,000 grant

Personal project, 2010-2011. Executed in equal collaboration with Kristine Stiphany. PROJECT SUPPORTED BY: • Pelé & Paula da Silva • Fernanda Grasiosa K-8 School Church • Nossa ChurchSenhora * • Lanning Company LLC

Personal project, 2010-2011. Led with Joana Corbett, Fernanda Branco & Beatriz Martínez. Professional advising by Marcelo Aflalo, Silvia Barretto & Drea Howenstein. PROJECT SUPPORTED BY: • Fazenda Ambiental Forteleza • Municipal Government of Igaraí • School of the Art Institute of Chicago • Architecture for Humanity, Chicago • Partners of the Americas Execution of specific projects will be marked.

the maypole project


The Maypole Project began in the spring of 2007. Through collaborations and local partnerships, a neighborhood garden and community history mural were created for the residents of the 2600-2700 block of Maypole Avenue, on Chicago’s West Side. The garden and mural were designed by local high school students enrolled in Kidstart, a Chicago Public School’s Education to Careers Program. The project, curriculum, and class were developed and taught by myself and Brendan, the garden was installed by students and volunteers, and the mural was painted by myself, Brendan, and volunteers.








Process through which the Maypole Garden and Community History were created.







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17 coletivo de arte do bamburral


The Coletivo de Arte do Bamburral is an art collective in operation since 2008 in the Bamburral favela in S達o Paulo, Brazil. In collaboration with community leaders from the neighborhood, Kristine Stiphany and myself organize activities the Coletivo. The aim of the Coletivo is to register and act upon one of the most intense parts of the urban environment through drawing, photography, video, installation, and intervention led by young residents. By cultivating an understanding of place we make room for architects to co-create spaces and landscapes that are truly connected to social infrastructures. photography and video


exhibition and installation


Zislaine Larissa


apresenta uma mostra de trabalhos do coletivo de arte da comunidade do bamburral abertura da exposição dia 8 de agosto 2010 a partir das 13:00 clube de samba valença viaduto fiorelli peccicacco são paulo brasil

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Nicole · Wesley

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Diego · Isaac Paloma · Tutu · Tetê

A show of 500 photographs captured by the Coletivo de Arte do Bamburral. Exhibited at the Valença Samba School and Bamburral neighborhood in São Paulo and at Swim Cafe in Chicago, IL.

NOSSA ESCADINHA Our Little Steps is the first of a series of upgrades to be implemented on a collective pedestrian walkway in the Cidade das Crianรงas Favela.

preliminary student visualization

painting and intervention

real housing


REAL Housing is a diverse collective of people working together from several different countries to explore spontaneous design practices, optimize the intelligence of artists, designers, makers and users to effectively design creative interventions, skill share, and seek a middle ground between top-down and bottom-up systems. The project is located in the Guilherme Zaneti public housing complex in Igaraí, Brazil, a small rural farming town in Northwestern São Paulo state. Guilherme Zaneti has been locally nicknamed the $1.99 complex – fifty-seven identical two-bedroom homes, built without paved sidewalks, bus stops, or public gathering spaces. REAL Housing is an ongoing design and construction initiative that utilizes social networking and video sharing as participatory design and collective cultural production strategy. REAL Housing aims to create a pedagogical framework to bring NGOs, universities, government and people together to collectively envision creative solutions for public housing and shared community spaces, and, to further our knowledge of high and low technologies, sustainability, design participation with, by, and for residents, environmental education and social justice.

park planning and construction Led by Joana Corbett, Fernanda Branco, Kirsten Larson, Beatriz MartĂ­nez, and Marcelo Aflalo in collaboration with the residents of Guilherme Zaneti.

school bus stop Design led by Joana Corbett, Kirsten Larson, Rebeka Ison, and Marcelo Aflalo. Construction led by Joana Corbett, Mario do Val, and Marcelo Aflalo in collaboration with the residents of Guilherme Zaneti.

bamboo climbing towers Design and construction led by Kirsten Larson, Rebeka Ison, and John Ploof

before permeable sidewalk and front upgrade Created by Kirsten Larson and Fernando Branco in collaboration with the Pereira family.


permeable sidewalk pavers Designed by Kirsten Larson From the organic shapes of Rio de Janeiro’s sidewalks to the graphic tiles of São Paulo’s, Brazil is known for its sidewalks as iconic markers of place. Based on the coffee plant this paver design aims to create an iconic sidewalk for Igaraí, a town whose history lays in coffee farming.

vertical garden - future project Designed by Kirsten Larson Made from local bamboo and repurposed soda bottles.

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220 Monte Alegre, Apto. 502 S達o Paulo, Brazil 15014-000 p - 55 11 5499.3260

draft - Kirsten Portfolio 2011  

Draft portfolio for MArch I

draft - Kirsten Portfolio 2011  

Draft portfolio for MArch I