Portfolio for Mediated Matter

Dear Neri and Mediated Matter Group,

These projects are chosen to show my experiences relevant to Japanese architecture, coding and fabrication abilities, and interests as they relate to the lab.


 

Japanese Construction

I am interested in the ways structural engineers and architects collaborate in Japan. As part of Mark Mulligan’s GSD course on modern Japanese construction techniques, I thoroughly digitally reconstructed several projects from notable architects, tying construction methodology to emerging lineages in Japanese architecture. I worked on projects from Go Hasegawa and Kenzo Tange (House in a Forest is shown below).

Following this course, I embarked on an independent study with Caitlin Mueller to document the work of Yoshikatsu Tsuboi across Japan, a structural engineer who designed many groundbreaking thin shell concrete structures in the 60s, before computer-assisted finite element analysis existed. I was fortunate to interview Jun Sato and Masao Saito, two of Japan’s foremost engineers who worked with Tsuboi.

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Roly Poly

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Roly Poly is a grasshopper plugin I developed that records records the eye-like saccadic motions and stable points of a viewing camera in a digital modeling software as the designer orbits, pans, and manipulates the model. The tracing of these ballistic movements furthermore produces an drawing artifact, offering a glimpse at the process of the artist in a similar way eraser marks and guide lines might when drafting by hand.

A Wall for Now

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This is a project for a studio with Joel Lamere in Saudi Arabia. My partner and I designed a wall that breaks down over time due to its geometry and materiality, giving the architect some agency by designing for the future as much as the present. The triangular mud bricks, shown on the right in a 1:1 mockup, are pressed in a custom rig we made for a hydraulic press. Each brick, up to a meter tall and 225 kg, drives its wedge downwards into the brick below, and the result is a self-destructive wall. The typology of the bricks also inverses the water-shedding design found in many traditional mud architecture techniques in Saudi Arabia, further weakening the wall by collecting water and encouraging plant growth.