machines and books
Looking back on a semester a few months later always brings unexpected things to the surface. Images and drawings I loved now seem less important, and vice versa. As I'm editing my work again for an upcoming portfolio, I'm realizing that excess is evil!
This back(b)log includes work from a Spring semester studio at RISD, entitled 'Times Square Doppelganger.' The project was a 130,000 sf library in Long Island City, and the site utilized both an existing building and the terrain above it's roof. The instructors were Philip Ryan of Tod Williams Billy Tsien, and RISD-ite Andy Tower. It's the first studio where I can honestly say I was completely engaged and excited by all methods of representation; virtual and physical.
Here's the project 'brief' (literally) :
A library is the intersection of old and new media. Both media require conditions that complement and contrast. A renovation provides an opportunity for architectural interventions that utilize both existing infrastructure and new construction to distinguish elements of program with respect to space, light, and noise. Civic space occurs in the threshold of light and dark, loud and quiet, and dense and spare.