Building an aesthetic, functional, and social focal point.
Part of a summer CityStudio class, this project began with the garden’s masterplanning among a team of students and a group of avid gardeners calling themselves the Woodland Community Garden Group. Upon completion of the masterplan, we broke into smaller groups. My team was tasked with the design build of the garden storage shed.
Our goal was clear: we wanted to build an aesthetic, functional, and social focal point for the garden. It is at once a stage, a classroom, a shelter, a monument. Sun studies influenced our design in elevation, balancing our desire for monumental scale with ensuring sun exposure for nearby garden plots. In plan, we opened up the gridded logic of the masterplan layout to the adjacent communal open-space. Translucent food-safe polypropylene sheathing allows for durable interior daylighting and dramatic nighttime illumination, and naturally char-preserved cedar clads the exterior, chemically free.
Social media has changed the way people interact. The number of ways in which we meet new people, reconnect with old friends, and keep in touch continue to grow online. Connections with people in public spaces remain conventional and are rare by comparison.
Anonymity is tied to security, and insecurity denies us social interaction. Online we can be completely anonymous. In public spaces, security is difficult.
Our proposal is to bring playfulness to the urban plaza to quell insecurity and break the ice. We designed clusters of outdoor lounge spaces for pedestrians to filter through and around. Within their structures, we incorporate square, monitor-like viewing windows. These windows peer through a periscopic maze out through another viewing window, the exact whereabouts of which is unknown without some detective work by the viewer.
Our idea is to suspend the viewer and their viewing subject from the immediate public space; to create a moment of contact between two viewers, and have them subsequently return to the plaza with the spark of a new relationship.
Design Teammates: Jeanie Lim, Sam McFaul, Grace Shi-en-Chang, Christine Cheung
Activating clients through visualization
A project for clients with reclaimed kitchen cabinets and countertops for their future home in Vernon, British Columbia, I worked with them to layout and design their kitchen. Drawings and visualizations helped bring the clients to the design table and left them inspired to continue planning their dream home on the ranch.
This collection of visualizations has been completed for Form Collective, a prolific Vancouver-based interior design firm. Working with their construction drawings and furnishing samples and specifications, I develop highly accurate and detailed models to bring their design process to life.
For Pistol Bespoke, a Vancouver based custom home and furniture startup, we worked in a collaborative capacity leading up to IDSwest 2015. Our role was to offer our services in design consultation, digital fabrication, and hands-on construction to meet what seemed an impossible deadline as a late entry to the show’s roster. Pistol’s booth was featured on Design Milk’s “Best from IDSwest 2015.”
Since the show, we have continued to work with Pistol on various projects, using digital techniques to lower fabrication costs.
IDSWest 2016 | Form Collective
I worked collaboratively with Form Collective and Pistol Bespoke to build a booth for IDS Vancouver 2016 in promotion of Form's design firm. Our goal was to build economically with affordable, common materials, using modern methods of construction.
My primary contribution was producing the wall paneling using CNC routing, along with the onsite installation of the entire booth.