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!

Arduino Air Aware

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Pollution impacts everyone everyday.  This semester I got the chance to explore the world of Arduino in an attempt to create something that would help people be safer in harsh environments.  The Air Aware mask filters the air breathed by the wearer as well as monitors the air around.  AA can detect trace amounts of volatile organic compounds or VOCs and many gases to one, protect the user and two, to warn them and those around of the unseen threats.  When Air Aware picks up abnormal particles/ gases the Arduino controller changes the fiber-optics from green, blue to red, purple.

 

Air Aware is still in it’s prototype phases and as of now is very crudely pieced together.  In construction, we went through many tests and trials of both the housing for the Arduino and air sensor and the mask itself.  Finding the best way to display the colors was one of the challenges my team ran into and still needs to be brighter and more exciting.  For this version, we used 3D printed housings made of PLA and the bridge connecting the two made of a more flexible 3D printed rubber composite.

 

Special thanks to my team:

Yang Shan & Sean Moss

L-Bo Chair

Caution around this industrial lounge.  This chair is composed of HVAC elbows and T’s and bright bungie chords.  The industrial look struck me as I was walking through the ventilation isle at a home improvement store.  After assembling a design right there in the isle, I purchased the pieces and brought them back to the studio.  Going through some trial and error the futuristic lounge took shape.  This is the first of many; stay tuned!

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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.