How To Read An Island

This is an exercise in aerial land use interpretation. Sitting by the window and reading the landscape from the air – what can be deciphered? On this flight from Philadelphia to Detroit, we fly over Lake Erie and the Canadian island of Panton-le-Fou, Ontario. Centuries of European settlement have impacted the landscape below – from… Continue Reading


Sic Erat Scriptum

Was the Interstate created by dinosaurs? Whereas the anthropocene is a proposed geological period defined by the fact that the earth’s systems are now fundamentally determined by human activity; and whereas the United States Interstate Highway System is considered one of the great engineering marvels of the twentieth century; and whereas dinosaurs roamed the Earth… Continue Reading


WREN

The key to designing successful public spaces, is engaging with the end users by way of community outreach early in the design process, to ensure their needs are met in the final site program. WREN (Wholistic Representational Empowerment Negotiation) is a land planning exercise disguised as a board game – designed to engage community members… Continue Reading


Olympic & Western

This is a manifesto on the proper usage of type in the built environment. Tightly adapted from a mysterious analog audio tape found on the side of the road, this video mash-up meshes infrastructural convergences and reveals intuitive paradigms by using the city of Los Angeles as a testbed for seizing urbanistic ecologies, curating front-end ecosystems,… Continue Reading


The Image of the City

This short film is an adaptation of the classic urban design tome – The Image of the City – by Associate Professor Kevin Lynch (1918-1984) of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. *** – At a first glance, you may think that The Image of the City is a… Continue Reading