Friday, March 26, 2010
To a 72 year old man in a wheelchair the space is inviting and stimulating. Here, he is encouraged to interact with others and also lead to interesting spaces by directional markings throughout. Although it is spacious, the user still feels as though he is connected with others.
To a 6 year old girl this space is whimsical and fun. directional symbols on the floor and walls create a gameboard that entices her to skip, hop and play. The space also feels safe and secure.
To a 42 year old working mother in the space, her office serves as a retreat from her busy life. here large windows and warm color embrace and relax her. In her office, although she is working, the office is spacious and encourages community with her coworkers.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Linguistic Symbolism is an expressive system common to people in a community, which is varied, gestural, and emotional. Because the first floor of Unity Village will house a lobby, conference room, community room, event space, mail center, offices, and a break room, it is important that the space serves as a directional core for its users. This floor is the first impression users will get of the space, and should be viewed as mobile, energetic, and having textural elements. The lobby serves as the hub of the first floor, offering a classic, yet contemporary feeling that directs the user through the space. Through the use of curves, light, and gradient design properties, the lobby feels as though it is in motion through verbal expression. A balance between natural and artificial light paired with curved forms bring a cozy feel, while geometric shapes and directional lines imitate conversation that is accentuated by hue and texture.
Ornamental language connects spaces adjacent to the lobby, both private and public, such as the conference and community rooms, and offices with a break room.
Through the use of linguistic symbolism the first floor serves as an active and integrated core for all of Unity Village.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
[[An Urban Studio Loft]]
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The structure is a large contemporary home with six bedrooms and a large kitchen for housing teen mothers and their babies. I thought that this was a great project for Urban Studio, considering that it helped the community and also practiced sustainable design.Each apartment had plenty of space for the residents and was formatted in a way that would bring them together as a community.
My favorite features of the house included sleek contemporary fans and student-poured concrete counter tops in a deep chocolate brown.
Friday, February 12, 2010
After some discussion we decided to go out and find materials. We rode around Greensboro with Chris Fay, who took us to several junkyards piling all kinds of materials on his truck. After we got back to the studio, we began using the materials to aid us in building models and drawing more realistic sketches. We also began tearing apart wood pallets to construct our walls.
After many long days and nights of trying to create a cohesive shelter we finally took some materials down to the lobby and did a mock construction. This finally got us on the right track. After so much work, the final installation was a breeze, including my twenty-four foot process poster. Overall I was very pleased with the outcome of our shelter.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Bjarke Ingels Group
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
"Simple detail and the beauty of found materials lend to a sacred space to enjoy time with oneself and a sketchbook..."
The importance of the makeshift shelter lies in the joy of its inhabitant. The creator of this abode must delight in its tiniest detail. A detail which gives hope for a better future.
So what is the point of of this whole makeshift shelter project?
It shows us how humankind can survive with the most minimal resources.In the wake of the hurricane in Haiti, we are learning how people (including ourselves) can come together for a positive goal. We have come together to create these shelters based on one common activity. For our group it is sketching, but this has a more substantial parallel. For the people of Haiti, the common goal is survival. They must work together just as we do, but in their case to rebuild their shattered country. Here, we must learn the importance of teamwork and togetherness. From building a simple shelter there is so much to learn about ourselves and others.