an architectural installation looking at relational networks. construction is currently in progress.
materials: bungee cord, eye bolts.
size: 15m (50ft) X 4.5m (15ft) X 135m (450ft)
vacuum-formed letters, LED, cloth, vinyl film
size: 2.5m X 0.75m X .5m
sound for architecture (sound sculptures)
sound is an amazingly powerful architectural material. sound shapes us.
installations create sounds that evoke specific emotions in new ways for people as they travel through places. essentially, specific emotions are created in an environment using design computation to intelligently queue sounds intended to stimulate those specific emotions.
the sounds that created are made in a manner that gives them a sense of space and atmosphere. this is achieved through a number of techniques, from recording with binaural microphones, to capturing sound in an environment that we are trying to recreate. a violin will sound dramatically different when recorded in sound booth versus a rain forest.
using things like Amazon's Mechanical Turk, we can then post hundreds of these isolated sounds online to get crowd-sourced feedback on each sound. this feedback is given from the exact audience that will experience the sounds in the final installation. at the same time, this process automatically codifies each isolated sound with properties like, “introspective,” “evening,” “optimistic,” “fun,” and “technical.”
the sounds are then arranged and played back to create “atmospheres. "if you want to create a space that evokes feelings of thoughtfulness, rhythm, and connectedness, this can happen by calling up files codified with similar properties. we might then have the space gradually shift to call up feelings of vitality, city, and future, for example." the sounds are never arranged in the same way twice, giving limitless variety and a sense of discovery to a place.
finally, arrangements are played back using directional sound emitters. the emitters give a highly controlled, intimate feeling that dramatically shapes one's journey through a place that we've designed. emitters are often combined with traditional, full-range speakers.
additionally, sounds can be slightly augmented or make dramatic shifts according to real-time inputs. inputs can be, for example, time of day, time of year, position of the moon, the number of people experiencing the installation, the ambient noise levels created by those people, unusual swings in outside temperature, a sunny day after several consecutive days of rain, or mentions of a certain key words from people standing near the installation.
installations with real-time inputs are called “live atmospheres.” installations that respond to occupants of a room are called “responsive atmospheres.” simple, prearranged installations are simply “atmospheres.”
all of these things are considered new architectural materials, right alongside wood, glass, steel and concrete, and are new ways for designers to shape emotions in an environment.
"...our environments can be designed to help us connect to people in ways beyond floor plans and furniture. Shared spaces can contain our own passions..." -Fast Company
"...opens doors to the ways in which we share art and creatively interact with each other" -Kelly Osbourne
sculpture concept by sari k. + samuel stubblefield
boisbuchet (sound + sight)
exploring focus of senses on the farm at boisbuchet.
looking at connecting a city with urban infill projects focused around art, music, film, food and education.
project partners: hornall anderson, tom kundig
"...a piece of smart furniture that’s as poetic as it is useful." -Fast Company [more...]
"...given its attractive design and amazing versatility, we can only hope we see these innovative smart lamps very soon." -Brit + Co.
"...turn off notifications like calendar alerts, email popups, vibration alerts..." -PSFK.com
placeLamp connects to the owner’s smartphone and allows the owner to set multiple digital geofences around the lamp. the invisible geofences allow the lamp to know how far the owner is from the lamp. the lamp then changes color based on the distance of the user to the lamp.
for example, the placelamp might be set to turn blue when you are out of the country, a subtle orange glow when you are in the office (but not at your desk), and white when you are at your desk – where it functions as a task light. rather than dealing with “out of office” settings or notifying your team that you are “away,” this automated function provides an element that allows everyone to be a little more connected.
placeLamp can also be used to automate communication filtering. for example, placeLamp can be set to fade in-and-out when the owner gets a text, call or email from specific, owner-designated people. this allows the owner to turn off communication notifications (calendar reminders, email pop-ups, vibrating phones, etc.) that aren't related to the task at hand. this is a great way to immerse yourself in a project without worry of missing important communication.
We’re most excited about the potential in unique situations. What could this do in a hospital setting? How could it aid in communication for some that is deaf or hard of hearing?
(the lamp housing is made from recycled plastic and is recyclable)
winter garden is an architectural installation made of fabric, aluminum and light. it marks the point of entry for one of largest art collections in the world.
final product and alternative concepts shown.
black purple glow
projection onto woven metal mesh
9m (30ft) X 4.8m (16')
random juxtaposition cards
a tribute to edward de bono. random juxtaposition cards for coming up with fun ideas thru random association.
want a set? send me a note.
domaine de boisbuchet (arrival)
considering emotions, storytelling and time while curating the arrival sequence at domaine de boisbuchet (centre pompidou / vitra).
projection onto woven metal mesh
9m (30ft) X 4.8m (16')
"we have things. some things are useful. some things are beautiful. some things validate our hard work. some things remind us of times past. some things we forget about. some things don't work any longer. some things do nothing.
we asked our friends, our families and ourselves what we could do without. we collected some of those things to display for you. this odd assemblage aims to trigger thought around your ability to make small changes that have huge impact on others.
captured in a net, we tie the captured objects to overflow project. overflow is a platform for connecting you to people in need of water –a delightfully simple objective that creates real relationships between people that decide to live more simply and people in need."
film for architecture
applications exploring film as an architectural material. various projects.
i like drawing. i'll update this from time-to-time.
digital-physical film and sound installation. 0.7m (2'-4") X 15.25m (50'-0").