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Biosphere 2 (in progress)

At Columbia GSAPP, I wrote my thesis about the cultural and architectural history of the Biosphere 2 Project. I am currently revising and expanding this work with the intention of releasing a book in late 2017.

Biosphere 2 Project Abstract


Resonant City

Resonant City (2009-2015)

Resonant City was an interdisciplinary research collaborative exploring the intersections of art, architecture, technology, the immediate past, enduring present, and possible futures. In the course of our explorations we hope to illuminate a subtle yet critical discourse underlying the construction of nature, landscape, the city, aesthetic and cultural production. The archives are online at the link below

resonantcity.net


Transversing the Bay

Transversing the Bay is a study of the San Francisco Bay Area that utilizes mass transit systems, particularly the Bay Area Rapid Transit system and local ferries. By framing the movements of people and the spatial and affective domains created by these systems, our aim was the documentation and distillation of the emotional resonances and ephemeral qualities of place found in this region. There is a unique social ecology that revolves around each transit hub that informs the surrounding landscape, varying by the age of the line and the density of the location.

The photographs and sound that we captured were constrained by a one mile diameter within walking distance of the various transit hubs and reflect our particular experiences. It became obvious over the course of our study that the core/periphery relationship is a crucial one and our documentation is a reflection of movements from the furthest flung suburbs inward. In addition we found that the core urban centers are oversaturated by photography, by an almost blinding amount of representative documentation that can be found within seconds, so a prioritization of the over-looked peripheral spaces of everyday life become the primary focus of the photographs.

This project was part of the Transit/Stasis Exhibition at the San Francisco Art Institute in May of 2011.