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Ryan Griffin

Ryan Griffin

Brooklyn, NY, US

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The design consists of space and circulation for physiologists, neurologists, psychologists, and security, and wandering space, float tanks, and stimulation tanks for prisoners and free citizens in need of treatment.
The design consists of space and circulation for physiologists, neurologists, psychologists, and security, and wandering space, float tanks, and stimulation tanks for prisoners and free citizens in need of treatment.
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Sensory Deprivation/S(t)imulation Facility

A new publicly-funded private facility for rehabilitation will replace the need for growing incarceration and give back to society by combining rehabilitation, research, revenue, and public utility. The project is a center - separate from the main prison and removed from societal centers - for controlled sensory input and deprivation, and will be used for physio-neurological research and to treat prisoners and free citizens alike through prescribed experiences.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Hudson Valley, NY

 
Overlaid on top of a regular structural system is a path system based on the path and form of an endless Buddhist knot. A series of knots stacked atop of each other, rotated, and then connected, create an endless wandering space devoid of “here” or “there.” Sensory deprivation tanks are placed throughout the path. Tanks and wandering paths work together to filter out the subject’s psyche and remove sensory stimulation.
Overlaid on top of a regular structural system is a path system based on the path and form of an endless Buddhist knot. A series of knots stacked atop of each other, rotated, and then connected, create an endless wandering space devoid of “here” or “there.” Sensory deprivation tanks are placed throughout the path. Tanks and wandering paths work together to filter out the subject’s psyche and remove sensory stimulation.
While the float tanks serve to deprive the senses in an acute manner, the wandering paths are meant to emulate this phenomenon in longer duration in order to sustain the effects of one’s experience in the tank or prepare the subject for a tank experience through a softer sensory deprivation. The paths blend and morph between levels of open/closedness, hardness/softness, and being live/dead acoustically. They are constructed using a smart-glass-like material, allowing for manipulation of...
While the float tanks serve to deprive the senses in an acute manner, the wandering paths are meant to emulate this phenomenon in longer duration in order to sustain the effects of one’s experience in the tank or prepare the subject for a tank experience through a softer sensory deprivation. The paths blend and morph between levels of open/closedness, hardness/softness, and being live/dead acoustically. They are constructed using a smart-glass-like material, allowing for manipulation of transparency. The soundtrack and musical inspiration for the project was Alva Noto’s “Halliod Xerrox Copy 3 (Paris).”
a. Panoptical observation tower is multiplied by three, arranged in triangular layout, and twisted. These shafts are used as institutional circulation from the institutional base at the bottom of the structure. The multiplication and twisting serves to add to the effects of the wandering space, by not providing a central reference point. b. Structure is added to support triple panopticon. c. Buddhist Endless Knot, multiplied, twisted, connected, is weaved into the structure. d. Place float...
a. Panoptical observation tower is multiplied by three, arranged in triangular layout, and twisted. These shafts are used as institutional circulation from the institutional base at the bottom of the structure. The multiplication and twisting serves to add to the effects of the wandering space, by not providing a central reference point. b. Structure is added to support triple panopticon. c. Buddhist Endless Knot, multiplied, twisted, connected, is weaved into the structure. d. Place float tanks along wandering paths. e. Basic enclosure/exposure deployment strategy. f. Deployed path types and placed sensory s(t)imulation tanks g. Envelope development: 1. Intersect rectangular prisms. 2. Subtract intersecting volumes. 3. Remainder serves as envelope.
S(t)imulation Tanks
S(t)imulation Tanks

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