Hosted by ArchDaily, participants were asked to create an architecture themed Valentine’s Day image. My proposal references large spanning circular bridges, similar to the Bjarke ingels Group’s “German Freedom and Unity Memorial” and Family NY “Circle Bridge” in Maribor, Slovenia. The heart shape bridge demonstrates the chance encounters possible in public spaces like a pedestrian bridge. My image was published on the company’s website amongst several other submissions.
San Francisco Municipal Transportation System is in need of a major upgrade. The light-rail system, which consists of 6 routes, spanning over 71.5 miles of standard-gauge track, is a vital piece of infrastructure that many residents depend on to navigate the city. Light-rail stops are a big component of this transportation system, providing riders a place to stop and wait for their vehicle to arrive. However, many of the above-ground stops are in need of improvement due to inadequate signage and lack of routing information.
The most common and problematic stop signage is a simple yellow band painted around the perimeter of a pole with a spray-painted stencil route letter sitting in the center of the yellow band. They are illegible from a distance and often difficult to locate, especially if one is visiting the city or not familiar with the neighborhood.
These Muni stops, while economical, do a poor job of properly communicating route information to its riders. While some individuals are able to readily take out their phone and check the live status of a light-rail, many residents, especially the older population, are not able to. Many residents depend on public transportation to go to work, visit friends and family, and run errands, which means the city must provide the public secure, reliable and efficient Muni stops.
My proposal seeks to improve the yellow-band stops with new signage that stands out, provides necessary route information and informs riders without the need of a phone. The design borrows elements from existing Muni stops, using features vital when using public transportation.
This will be accomplished through two components: First, a sign containing the route number/letter, destination, and stops. Second, the use of LED lights that will signal the arrival of a light-rail when it is one stop away. Since many of these stops are located in poorly lit neighborhoods, the LEDs will turn on after sunset and provide light for those waiting for its arrival.
The new signage offers a sharp contrast to its contemporary counterpart, as seen in the adjacent image. It is important to communicate reliable information to its riders and provide an environment that will make you feel secure while you wait for the light-rail after hours. While there are many yellow-band stops scattered throughout San Francisco, the implementation of just one stop would hopefully provide enough public intrigue and excitement that it will trigger new stop signs on a larger scale.
Reality v. Future Proposal
The preceding image shows the existing yellow-band Muni stop. The route letter, N-Judah, sits below eye level making it difficult to read from a distance. To the right we see how and upgraded Muni stop would be improved through larger graphics, more route information and lights to better illuminate the stop after sunset.
The Yellow Band
Images demonstrate current muni stop conditions. These stops utilize the pole of whatever tall, vertical item is within close proximity to the stop. These signs are at times difficult to read, with much of the black letters fading away, obstructed by additional traffic signs, or simply too small to be legible.
SFMTA - MUNI Map
The map demonstrates San Francisco’s six light-rail routes. There are multiple types of stops that the muni system utilizes. These include underground and above-ground stops. Above-ground stops are divided between the yellow band stops and kiosk stops, both seen in the image above. The focus of this project is on the yellow band stops, which are in need of clearer, more legible, and more identifiable signage and demarcation
Above-Ground Muni Ligh-rail Stops
Both images show above ground muni light-rail stops. While they serve the same light-rail, they are two very different designs, with one providing more information than the other. The kiosk stops are spread throughout the route in areas that tend to be dense with more riders. While the yellow-band stops are located in areas that experience fewer riders, typically further away from downtown and major commercial zones.
Map of SFMTAs Muni route and stops shows the various locations for both kiosk and yellow-band stops. The pink dots ( kiosk) and the white dots (yellow-band) show routes that are heavily dependent on yellow-band stops which are used multiple times in every stop.
Multiple Routes, Multiple Colors
The proposal seeks to create stops that are distinguishable by line. Each route will adopt its existing color and letter and integrant that palette into the signage and LED band. The LED band is a crucial component to the proposal because not only does it act as a signifier, but it provides light in areas of the city that are poorly lit and difficult to spot when the fog rolls in. Lights make this proposal different than the current Muni stop signage.
All You Need To Know
Part of my proposal includes a sign that would include all the information necessary to know about the stop without the use of your phone. This includes the direction, the following stop, route number, and name, along with a legend that lets the rider know when the following light-rail is about to arrive. Currently, light-rail stops only contain the route name and letter, leaving out a lot of necessary information. It is important to create a transit system that is inclusive to all residents, visitors, and people of all ages and social bracket.
Kevin the Kiosk
Conventional kiosks are built to provide prompt service out of a small space. Efficiency is great, but what do we lose in the process? Histori- cally, coffee shops have been gathering places. Social spaces for con- versation, the exchange of ideas, and sometimes the trading of a phone number or two. With society feeling increasingly isolated and our daily interactions moving toward the digital and away from the physical, pro- viding communal spaces is essential. Kevin the Kiosk serves as a hub for both coffee aficionado and those in need of a caffeine fix. A place where you can pause, relax, and share an experience with those around you. While conventional coffee houses promote some level of social interac- tion, it’s often limited to isolated groups and individual tables.
Kevin hopes to combine the efficiency of a the kiosk and the social features of a cafe into a new typology. A typology that inspires intrigue via its form and encourages exploration through its features and uncon- ventional spaces. The proposal consists of three modules connected at their fascia. Together these modules create a single entity that includes a full-service kitchen and a public space where you can order, sit down, and interact. The kiosk is able to break into individual components that when spaced away from one another expose its interior to its exterior. This new type of space can be used by both KREMM visitors and the general public. The kiosk’s detached stadium seating allows its visitors to explore various configurations both outside and inside. Kevin hopes to provide a space that can cater to its coffee consumers, but can also serve the needs of its community as an extension of public space.
Interior shot shows plywood finish and a structure that serves doubly as selves for customer use.
Exterior view of kiosk disassembled into three modules
Module Composite and Breakdown
Kiosk Transportation and Location
exploded axonometric shows materials and components of kiosk
Floorplan - Modules Connected
Floorplan - Modules Separated
Elevation - Section - View One
Elevation - Section - View Two
Re-envisioning debris boxes as a new public space typology for cities. Debris boxes are currently used to store and transport large amounts of trash and debris from construction sites. This project challenges the box’s current function as a trash receptacle and poses the question: “Can an object, traditionally used to haul trash and debris, be reconfigured to serve the community in a new fun, engaging way?”.
A New Type of Parklet
View of a debris box re-envisioned as a mobile park for neighborhoods and cities with limited or no access to public space.
Debris Box for Trash V. Debris Box for Fun
Recology, an integrated resource recovery company headquartered in San Francisco collects and processes municipal solid waste. The company provides debris boxes that are used to temporarily store and transport large amounts of construction material. Trash Party envisions a future where debris boxes are rebranded from a vessel that manages waste to a vessel that contains seating and plants for neighborhood residents.
Parklets v. Debris Boxes
Existing Parklet's Volume Comparison
A parklet is an extension of the sidewalk that provides additional space and amenities for people on the street. Parklets serve a similar function to Trash Party, both accessories creating a useable public space that previously did not exist. However, a parklet is restricted to one location, almost always includes fixed seating, takes months to get approved by the city, and is committed to serving the same neighborhood throughout its life.
A debris box has similar measurements to a parklet, fitting perfectly within the parameters of existing street parking. Its ability to move about the city makes it possible for neighborhoods to temporarily host public spaces in areas that otherwise could not afford the cost of a parklet.
Multiple Sizes Multiple Functions
Debris boxes come in various sizes to tackle varying degrees of waste. The variety in size allows for different design styles and configurations, as well as multiple accessibility options to accommodate site-specific scenarios.
Parklets Cannot Move, But Trash Party Can!
Unlike parklets, debris boxes are nomadic. Their ability to be relocated from neighborhood to neighborhood, from city to city, makes them unique and exciting. Debris boxes are currently transported through large trucks specifically designed for such infrastructure. Trash Party bins would be transported using the same services.
The Benefits of a Debris Box
A debris box has the strength, resilience and ideal proportions to take on the challenge of a new public space typology. The interior configuration (including plants) would require additional collaboration between landscape architects and civil engineers to properly manage to waterproof and accounting for external factors (including heavy rain)
The diagram shows one possible configuration for the debris box. Additional structural reinforcement to account for dead and live load would require the assistance of a structural engineer to properly evaluate the structural integrity of Trash Party.
After attending Summer Screens in Williamsburg one summer, I noticed how frustrating it was watching an outdoor movie when the ground is hard and bumpy. There had to be a way to comfortably watch an outdoors movie without the hassle of brining folding chairs and pillows out in public. This proposal looks at how social furniture can function for outdoor festivals in a fun and engaging way. . The seats are different shapes and sizes, which gives people the option in selecting their ideal seat.
View of Summer screens in Williamsburg
Cushions Composition and Selfies
Structure and assembly of base and cushions
Hosted by Ee Stairs, the prompt asked designers to rethink stairs for the corporate workplace. Participants were asked to create a “story and orchestrate a wonderful journey between the spaces that they [the stairs] connect...”. Submission requirements included one image, one floor plan, and one section. I decided to respond differently to the prompt and instead of creating just stairs, I proposed a building that embodied the look and function of one long continuous staircase. I wanted to explore alternative forms of office configurations by creating a space with multiple programs laid out next to one another on a continuous path. An opportunity for people to engage with their office environment and explore spaces they otherwise would not.
Tiny Little Library
Hosted by Chronicle Books and Free Little Library, the prompt asked participants to rethink the design of little libraries, and solve some of the challenges identified by the neighborhood residents that care for them. Little Libraries encouraged the exchange books between neighbors and residents. The prompt requested participants to address some of the issues that these little libraries face such as, waterproofing, anti-graffiti, access to children and adults and a variety of book sizes, lights for night time use and easy install to name a few.
My proposal explores the idea of a mobile library that can exist in various neighborhoods throughout the city. While all little libraries maintain a permanent residence in their built location, my project embraces a nomadic lifestyle where the library can bring the joy of books and reading to areas that are not able to host a permanent little library. The structure is made of of plywood coated with a sealant for resilience against all weather types. It would sit on-top of high capacity casters making movement on a street surface easy to maneuver. The library’s design creates crevices for books of all different size to live in. Book catered more for young adults and adults would be situated on top, and book catered more for children would sit on the bottom shelves. The would be closed off by acrylic doors and sit in brightly colored surfaces, clearly marking where the books are located.
Fountains with a Purpose
One of my favorite landmarks in New York City is the Washington Square Park fountain. However, during the winter the fountain shuts down and people rarely visit. This proposal hopes to bring life back to the fountain by filling it with bright, pink Nerf balls, thereby reinvigorating the barren plaza with color and play.
Starting From The Very Top
From a distance, the fountain at Washington Square park during winter. Snow covers the grass and a bright pile of NERF balls fill the fountain comfortably.
A closer view of the fountains reveals a pool-like environment with people embracing the opportunity to enter the fountain during off season.
The best way to transport the NERF balls would be through a large vehicle capable to moving a large amount of small, bouncy items.
Seasons Change, But Activity Should Not Have To
Top section demonstrate the active fountain during the summer. As the seasons change, the trees loose their leaves, cold winter breezes arrive and the fountain is shut off. Few people visit the park and the fountain and activity dies down until next season. Fountains With A Purpose challenges what public space can be and allows the fountain to thrive with activity and whimsy during the winter months.
Bits and Pieces
A series of single image projects created for either competition or personal work
Tobey The Table
A desk designed to store all of the cutler that accumulates on the top of desk over time. A gap sits in between you pieces of plywood, spaced apart by a series of 4” screws. This space can be used to store your laptop, tablet note books, keys ect. The desk was co-designed by myself and Trent Fredrickson. Trent built the desk and created custom connections for the desk tops and legs as a way to avoid prefabricated pieces.
An installation that embraces the D.I.Y spirit of Summer Streets during the warm months in Brooklyn and Manhattan. An annual celebration of New York City's streets, Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to get out and enjoy the public space. Activities are hosted by the residents of the neighborhoods and while some neighborhoods like Williamsburg are able to host elaborate events, other neighborhoods to do have the resources of go all out. This proposal allows all neighborhoods to have an awesome time outdoors with easy to install pieces that once put together, creates spaces for art, movies, boots and an opportunity to reimagine the streets in a new way.
Hosted by Reality Cues
“Design a wall separating Donald Trump from the rest of the United States using one of a set of provided images from Trump properties.”
My proposal sought to place Mr. Trump in his own island using the water and sea creates as a barrier between himself and the United States. The postcard placed Honorable Mention and was published in several design websites. These postcard were sent out to friends and families before the 2016 election to encourage people to go out and vote on November 8th.
Hosted by Pin-Architecture
HOW CAN ARCHITECTURE RESPOND TO PROGRAMMATIC PRESSURES IN REAL-TIME?
An answer to the programmatic pressure of constraints within a building. My proposal looks at the flexibility of an open floor plan that would allow the users to define the function and use of the space. Space is no longer restricted to follow the standard constraints that come with the permanence of a building. By creating a multi-axial system that collapses and expands within itself, it creates an ever-changing platform that transforms from art venue to runway to movie premier to whatever is desired at any given time and location.
Hosted by Pin-Architecture
HOW MIGHT STREETS AND SIDEWALKS ENGAGE PEOPLE OF ALL AGES IN PLAY?
The concept behind this submission was to create a scenario that made streets and sidewalks a more enjoyable experience for pedestrians. Currently, streets play host to multiple activities, little of which is accommodated by the existing design of the streets and cities. My proposal creates a modular system that would change the typography of the streets, thereby giving people the ability to control the modules through their smartphone.