Monthly Archives: September 2011


Statement of the Problem.

With time and the introduction of new technologies the human means of communication and interaction have changed. The human population has grown but we have continued to disconnect ourselves from one another, our surroundings and most importantly ourselves. Our environment has slowly become consumed by under designed buildings, cheap solutions and advertisements. The distractions of our society have caused us to lose the valuable connections with art, culture, place, and people.

Critical Position.

This is idea of communication has lost its meaning and there is a need for our society to develop these connections once more. We have to begin to push ourselves into uncomfortable situations so that we can begin to learn things we never anticipated. We begin to grow as people when boundaries are pushed and connections are made.

Technology has provided us with vast opportunities of communication, however the introduction of technology and fabrication has also hindered our direct connection with the very things we come in contact with on a day to day bases. Utilizing this innovation of new means of communication and pairing it with the primitive ways give us the opportunity to reconnect while staying current. The marriage of the two vernaculars can be implemented in communication techniques, crafts and educational opportunities to provide us with a better sense of connection.

A place where these things can begin to exist is what many cities are lacking. We have created places that are cluttered with distractions and our experiences have become full of diversions. We need a place or places to reconnect with the people around us, the places that we inhabit and the very person that we are.


The introduction of these connections happens on several different levels of comfort. Providing places where people can begin to say or do things that they would not usually do based on the environment that they are in. Creating a places that can accommodate the complexity of the human mind. A series of places that begin to allow for people to take a moment and reconnect with the very things that they have lost a connection with. Composition of from that can create a unique experience. Utilizing the current technology and implementing classics compositions of form, light and void to create these types if spaces. A place where people can communicate with one another, to learn about new things and create unexpected relationships.


Case Studies/ Inspiration

Inspirational Websites…


Cool Projects…






For an architecture of reality by Michael Benedikt

Principles of Visual Perception by Carolyn M. Bloomer

Space and Sense (Essays in Cognitive Psychology)  by Susainna Millar

Visual Thought: The depictive space of perception (Advances in Consciousness Research) – Liliana Albertazz

Architectural Lighting: Designing with Light and Space (Architecture Briefs) – Hervé Descottes

Robert Irwin: Primaries and Secondaries – Hugh Davies

James Turrell: Geometry of Light – Gernot Bohme

Studio Olafur Eliasson: An Encyclopedia (Extra Large Series) – Philip Ursprung

Brain Landscape: The Coexistence of Neuroscience and Architecture – John P. Eberhard

Inquiry by Design: Environment/Behavior/Neuroscience in Architecture, Interiors, Landscape, and Planning – John Zeisel

Thesis Proposal Idea

The current standing of my thesis proposal has much to do with the design philosophy. Trying to find a architecture that can begin to make connections. Connections with others, oneself, culture, and environment. Finding a method and program that can relate to this idea of subconscious relationships to form, space, light and arrangement. Providing a innovative means of connections. Marrying technology and existing research and methods or architecture and psychology to create such that becomes a new type of space.

Design Philosophy

I believe that architecture is another form of art, but in this form we are creating art as experience. Processing and analyzing the current state of a context in a broad sense drives the discovery of inspirational components that can give direction to the project and experiential elements. Utilizing diagrammatical thinking to create concepts into reality, then these concepts begin to inform spatial experiences, needs and arrangements.

Architecture is about the essence of conceptualizing space through contextual understanding. This contextual understanding is a driver for the process of creation. Creating space so that we are not avoiding the human mind. Spaces that begin to speak to the subconscious on a deeper level then strictly programmatically. Using this symphony of form to allow for the suggestions of emotion, thought and subconscious reaction.

This is not to say that architecture is purely sculptural. Program is the reason for architecture to exist, but not the sole purpose. Program becomes part of the contextual consideration. Conceptualizing the relationship of assigned typology and other inspiring context to inform a strong opus of forms that evoke activity of the human mind.

Human perception generates specific emotions, provokes thoughts and subconscious reactions.  To play with the human mind through the creation of structure gives form, light, material and space a distinct meaning. Taking the mind to a different place through the relationship of space and form. Designing with intent, intent to create space that connects with the human perception, cultural identity and with regards to craft that can be experienced through generations.