This project was a redesign for Mount Sinai and synagogue in upper Manhattan which is known to have one of the biggest congregations for young professionals in the city.
We were tasked to update the under utilized space in the synagogues basement and turn it into a sanctuary that integrates both tradition and contemporary sensibility. On this project my partner and I worked as the design build team.
Due to the global fresh water crisis and the impeding threat of privatization of Newark's municipal water distributor, increasing scarcity of fresh affordable water is becoming a real threat for the city's residents. This proposal attempts to alleviate Newark's drinking water crisis by covering an abandoned site in the city's industrial Iron Bound District as well as a abandoned railroad track adjacent to the site with a sprawling roof that optimizes rainwater collection on the site.
The roof will extend to the maxium limits of the sites bounderies and will have sloped wells that help funnel the water into cisterns located underneath the roof canpoy. Vistors to the treatment plan will be able to walk amoungst the cisterns and observe the rainwater collection and treatment process. The rainwater collected will be treated for bottled water as well as used to grow local hydroponic vegetables on the site. This proposal not only attempts to solve Newark's fresh water shortage but to also be a symbol for how much fresh water goes uncaptured in our cities and begin to serve as a model for water collection in densely populated urban areas.
Proposal for the rehabiliation of an existing roof garden at the YMHA-YWHA of Washington Heights.
Revival to occur in two phases.
A Temporary String Installation will activate the Garden area. A hanging garden of herbs and edible flowers will be added along parts of the chain link fence. Each planter on the fence can be sponsored and display the picture and name of the individual sponsor. Simple visual additions to a space can help bring awareness for a greater potential of how we experience this space. The awareness and funding generated through Phase 1 will be the first step towards Phase 2 of the project.
The Rooftop of the Y can be utilized for generational programming, a lounging area for Y members, and an event space for in house or guest programming. A modular array of planting and seating will convert the current garden area into an exciting trendy event space that will be flexible enough to move and change according to ongoing construction projects at the Y. Phase 2 gives the Y the the ability to engage their population in a dynamic and new environment
UN Office Tower
As architects create increasingly tall skyscrapers with today’s technology, it is sometimes inevitable that they are perceived as isolated islands within the urban context. This project attempts to redefine the relationship between skyscraper and the immediate urban context by connecting the vertical to the horizontal.
Connections are made between the main tower and the tunnel by way of the tunnel ventilation shaft, the tower to the waterfront and the UN Plaza by walkways designated for visitors and delegates. A connection is also made to the UN parking garage with an above grade car tunnel.
The form of the building is developed on the concept of uncertainty of an urban landscape, which manifests in the multiplicity and variability of the built environment. When people walk through a city they want to engage with public life on different levels some
voyeuristicly , some intimately, and others very extrovertedly. People enjoy exploring and making a space their own.
The final proposal includes a set of three parallel residential towers that at their highest reach 5-stories, a ramping systems that invites the pedestrian up from the sidewalk and eventually onto the rooftops of the housing buildings, as well as apartment modules that are designed to optimize variability of potential tenants. Each element of the proposal from the site strategy to the facade finishes strives to embrace the theme of uncertainty and therefore create versatility in the design solution.
Central Park Comfort Station
The objective of Red Hook House was to reinterpret the live work relationship as it pertains to Red Hook and the contemporary urban dweller through rethinking the way CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) is structurally used for constructing high density buildings.
There has come to be a need for a new urban housing model designed to accommodate both the non-traditional household and the non-traditional worker. The goal of Red Hook house is to establish a new housing typology that provides space for young start-ups and collaborative work environments as well as to conveniently house the increasingly common single urban dweller.
The typology that was established in this
project has two components a mat and a tower. The first, a double loaded corridor tower hosts a variety of residential units some for an introverted urban dweller and the others for an extroverted. Each floor additionally contains a social space to further encourage social interaction amongst the buildings residents. The Second, a 2- story horizontal sprawling the mat provides a flexible space for startups and collaborative work environments. The ground floor is left open to protect the building from flooding as well as create a new ground floor condition that invites the public to penetrate the site.
OBJECTIVE : To design a bird blind at the Great Swamp, nj
PROJECT: Use the component generated from the card aggregation to create a self containing closed space where bird watchers, and visitors to the Great Swamp can observe birds form a higher elevation. The module is used in the bird blind as way to optimize the variations that light can enter the structure and different perspectives visitors have to look out onto the birds. The module is also used to define and separate spaces within the structure.
The installation shows how a particular module, copied from nature, can generate architectural space, and how the intelligence of the smallest unit dictates the intelligence of the overall system. Ecosystems such as coral reefs act as a metaphor for an architecture where the individual compo- nents interact in symbiosis to create an environment.
Playing Card Aggergation
OBJECTIVE : To create stand alone structure that contains space through folding and cut ting of cards but still maintains the original card surface area
PROJECT: Compartmentalizes space through the use of a single component that is aggregated through its ability to have attactment points in all three axis inoder to compose space which can infinitely grow in a multiplicity of directions.