academic, digital fabrication
Spring 2011

The purpose of this pavilion is to provide multiple spaces for relaxation, contemplation, and social interaction. The two spaces within the project are broken apart, providing one space for two people to relax in a more private setting, and one space for four people to have a conversation or drink. The angling of the wooden slats was designed to maximize this separation for the private zone, and minimize it for the public zone; thus creating a gradient of visual permeability. The form was derived from one continuous strip that wraps around itself, while touching the ground in minimal locations. The density of the slats is based on three density types: The densest zones are designated for walking and sitting, the medium zones are designated as backrest locations, and the lightest zones are meant for shading. This pavilion will act as a beacon to entice a passerby to come over, sit, and relax.

Location: Columbia University, New York, NY
Project Dimensions: Approx. 15.5' Long X 7.58' Wide X 6.83' Tall
Budget: $1000

Collaborators: Luis Alarcon | Michael Georgopoulos | Eun Ki Kang | Dayeon Kim | Nicole Kotsis | Jeeun Grace Lee | Aaron Mark | Hylee Oh | Aaron Berman

The Contemporist
International Business
Suckerpunch Daily (Interview)
The Green Schoolhouse Series

AAA Forro (AAA for all!) is a proposal to provide quality spaces of business, leisure and production to the economically diverse Rio de Janeiro community of Barra. The project goals are: 1. Provide infrastructure and amenities to all types of businesses, corporations, small companies, restaurants, bars, and small farms. 2. Informally mix all aspects of daily life to provide emergent spatial conditions and micro-cultural situations. 3. Foster an environment of mutual gain and development for all inhabitants of Barra. AAA Forro seeks to use local moments of informal cultural to provide an armature for Cecil Balmond’s three principles of informality - “local, hybrid and juxtaposition”. The informal gives rise to ambiguity and new orders will emerge from cultural conditions rather than the current static hierarchies of class, wealth and social status.

Location: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Fall 2011 Instructor: Keith Kaseman
Studio Barra Mega Mix - Advanced Studio V Columbia University