B&W Shots from Asakusa

After the latest Japan Drop, I thought that I would follow it up with some analog photography.  These scans of my black and white shots really make the surroundings feel ancient.  Asakusa is a beautiful place during the day and night; these photos of the lively market goers show just how packed the shopping street can get just after sundown.  I like shooting in this medium because you can get a sense of movement that is unparalleled.  In many of the photos, I myself was being knocked around by the crowd and the slightly unleveled framing gives that away.  The film also gives a nice quality to the movement of people, blurring just enough to hint at the gesture.  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do and I hope they give you a greater sense of Senso-ji!

Acrylic Craft

Scaling up from sixty-fourth to a quarter inch model is one of the most challenging fabrication processes I have ever under taken.  The design, choice of materials and the planning that was required just to get to building was overwhelming.  Overcoming obstacles along the way I reached the final product that matched my original parti of void, solid, void.  This balance in design is something I try to achieve in every project.

Twisted Timbers

At the end of an amazing promenade of murals, The Village of Arts and Humanities on Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, creates an amazing energy and an overpowering togetherness in the community around it. This interlocking togetherness and warmth is one of the main inspirations for Twisted Timbers. Interlocking, wood joinery is a major feature of the building; using it to filter light as well as make the eye dance around the facade.  This architecture plunges itself down into the ground and twists back up around the center core.  This core contains the circulation as well as a dramatic lightwell that pulls daylight all the way to the basement.  Functioning primarily as a recreation and meditation center for the community, this structure also plays host to local farming with a large open space on the main floor for a Food Co-op.  Twisted Timbers is a landmark at the end of this terminus that helps the Village continue it’s amazing work for the community of North Philadelphia.

Fun to Read / Fun to Build

Graphics in the architecture industry are for persuading possible clients to build a project.  Illustrations for this purpose deserve long hours and bold statements but where does this mind set go once we’ve gotten the job?

Preparing construction drawings is a daunting task to say the least and Revit doesn’t make it any easier.  Often times this becomes the most boring part of an architect’s job.  I believe that this part of the job should be an exciting process.  Drawing up the joinery and figuring out how things really go together is a huge part of architecture and we, as architects, should treasure how a building is put together.  Expressing an idea to a builder has a graphic solution contained in the building prints.  Why aren’t these graphics that we hand builders graphically appealing?  Why can’t these drawings be just as fun as our doodles that inspire design?

I would like to experiment with this idea. If the graphics to build a project are just as colorful and fun as illustrations but still maintained the level of instruction would it be a more enjoyable construction for the builder?

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Folded Pages

Folded Pages is a building inspired by origami that is situated along a heavily trafficked staircase in Yanaka-Ginza, Tokyo, Japan.  This area of the city is traveled by people heading to the market or the train, both just down the street.  The area is constantly bustling with people of all different speeds and time frames.  To meet the needs of various groups, this building offers the public literature to read and share in three hierarchically diverse spaces.