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MIKE KOLODESH Columbia University Selected Work 2013


03 _ Human Dynamics 05 _ Spatial Dynamics 07 _ Deconstructing Space 09 _ Constructing Scale 11 _ Designing Situations

03 _ Human Dynamics

Observation Matrix + Mapping Overlay




Scale: Body  Site: Orchard St. Between Delancey & Broom Materials: 2 Oxford Shirts, Stitching, Drafting Tape Design: Attempting to exhaust a place I tracked 6 factors of people & behavior networking/indexing the results into a system of 36 photos of seemingly minor but deeply significant events in urban space. By mapping the findings I highlighted invisible connections & designed a prosthetic to better understand them. An extension of the body, architecture acts as a prosthetic, altering vision & motion. By extracting from research

extruding the diagram I created a tool for experiencing human dynamics. Accentuating the miniscule gravitational pull we exhibit on each other, it describes hidden intricacies. The final result is a human typology describing dynamics between individuals, groups & the the city. A mapping that can be overlayed & tested on other blocks & cities as well.

The Prosthetic Device

05 _ Spatial Dynamics

Programming Spatial Experiences

By warping, connecting & building space a dynamic relationship is created. The object frames the city & the city frames the object on a sliding scale from large to small, dense to sparse. Exploring human curiosity it highlights the unseen & creates a typology of spatial conditions.

Scale: Instalation Site: Flatiron Building Materials: 36 1/4� basswood lengths (24� long)

The positioning Flatiron creates unique perspectives into spacial dynamics by carving negative space into the urban landscape.

Design: Extruding form data & diagrams I built an armature that performs abstract functions through simple geometric operations. A framing tool for forced perspective guiding eye site in/through certain directions/views to find hidden shapes uncovering something new as people circulate, breaking geomatry & reframing it as the object crystallizes & aggregates. A level of adaptation to the site builds spatial articulation making the negative a positive. People inhabit the negative space bringing tangibility while it exudes force on passers by, dictating flow & movement. Taking the unseen to the next level & turning what is absent into something present.

07 _ Deconstructing Space

Time Lapse of Created Space

By deconsutring space ideas of privacy vs publicity, concealment vs revealment, introversion vs extroversion, transparency, translucency, & opacity are explored.

Some spaces are meant for one person but some are meant for two or more, reconnecting to the idea of human dynamics.

Quantifying Spatial Intricacy Scale: Room Site: Non-Existent Conceptual Area Materials: 1 roll of twine & previous model ed spacial dynamics but Georges Design: Through negative space I explor Perec described 38 additional “species of space” in his 1974 essay . I dove deeper into this idea at the garment district where I “stalked” a garment, how it is worn, stored & folded. By documenting its movement & human

interaction with it I was able to capture the ephemeral space created by it. I deconstructed this space by quantifying it based on observable elements. Using this information I designed 2 changing ooms r by deconstructed the space cr eated in my previous model. What was once implied now became clearly observable.

Space created allows people to pass through or find a corner in which they can change.

09 _ Constructing Scale

Tessellated Tectonic Methods Build Scale

Bryant Park is surrounded by scale small to large, dense to sparsesimilar to the Pompidou facade.

11 _ Designing Situations

Designing Situations Through Tectonics

Scale: Building Site: Lincoln Center, Corner of Opera House Materials: Chipboard Design: Built objects tend to extend their forces into unseen spatial conidtions. The corner of the opera house presents a matrix of these forces to which people react in various ways. How they interact with the area individually or in a group, how it influences pedestrian traffic or where people choose to gather. By utelizing tectonic methods to designate programatic areas I designed a fashion atilier that features retail space, archive/storage, permanent runway, & observation area.

Mike Kolodesh