A collaborative studio project in 2013 between Emily Carr University's industrial design program and the University of Oregon's architecture program.
By far the largest and most complex undertaking in the history of this course, a kinetic roof structure with thermal transfer properties was proposed for a visitor centre in the desert region of Osoyoos, British Columbia. Situated by the meeting point of a flume and a larger moving body of water, the kinetic properties of the rooftop could be manipulated by an individual with the assistance of moving water to power the mechanism.
Aluminum and tempered glass panels, called "fingers", encase a volume of clear water that assist with absorbing heat from the sun when exposed during the daytime, and dissipate accumulated heat into the environment at night. The interior temperature of the visitor centre remains consistent throughout all hours of the day. Sliding insulated panels, called "shinsulators", shield the finger units from the sun or act to insulate accumulated energy from escaping during the evening. Each finger rotates on a large axle with the assistance of water as a counterweight to execute a dramatic, visually captivating gestural expression visible from all angles around the visitor centre.
This is my graduation thesis, an individual design undertaking that researches the connections between human population displacement within the city and across borders, natural and man-made disasters, community development, and the unique factors that define the active and outdoor-loving demographic of Vancouver's population.
Asking the question of "what makes home feel like home?", the Hand´a' backpack functions as a wall-mounted shelving unit that blends seamlessly within the home environment, and can accommodate your tent, sleeping bag, first aid kid, and extra jackets or blankets. In case of emergency and the need to evacuate, the Hand´a' can be pulled off the wall quickly, its backpack straps accessed with ease, and evacuation with basic shelter and warmth can be facilitated in less than a few minutes.
Focusing on the smaller micro-communities within the Metro Vancouver region, the implementation of the Hand´a' backpack within the downtown core - Gastown, Yaletown, and Olympic Village - areas composed of high-rise apartments and mostly single- or double-occupancy units, provide the opportunity for these areas to boost their collective resilience in the face of disaster or displacement. In a region that is at risk of flood, landslides and other disastrous scenarios in the event of an earthquake, the Hand´a' is a valuable paradigm shift in the way outdoor gear is stored within the home. Rather than placing camping gear in a basement storage locker or an offsite storage unit, these items can be organized and placed securely within the main living environment.
Finally, the Hand´a' encourages the use of what is already in our possession; the importance of this factor cannot be undervalued. As a difficult conversation to have, disaster preparedness is never at the forefront of our minds, and a subtle and gentle reminder that you already have what you need to keep warm and safe, is the best peace of mind that one can have in the event of an emergency.
Resilient Communities Through Improved Emergency Preparedness
Plantiga: Smart Footwear Analytics
A visual narrative of process from R&D work for Plantiga Footwear. My role in this team was pattern and material design as a supplement to the team's overall exploration of mass customization in digital last design and technical problem solving in shoe assembly with integrated technology patented by Plantiga.
Plantiga is a startup tech company specializing in smart footwear and tracking athlete performance. Details and more information about the company can be found here. The objective of this research undertaking was to translate multiple data points detected by an array of force displacement sensors into a simple set that could be manipulated with ease.
The team found an opportunity to create a system capable of quickly generating a customizable digital shoe last tailored to the measurements of a user's foot. We also discovered a solution to embedding the force displacement sensors directly into the construction of the lower part of the shoe. At the end of the research period, our findings and recommendations were presented to Plantiga providing insight for their next stage of development.
This research team was composed of industrial design students from Emily Carr University of Art & Design's PMP Lab under the lead of Keith Doyle. Members of the team: Julian Araneta, X'Ch'e' Balam, Lauren Low, Peter Orlowsky, Bob Ross.
A table for highlighting the social importance of coming together to share meals and company. Gravity resolves the structure of the table without the use of fasteners to join the legs securely and cleanly to the table top. The Trapeze table disassembles easily by utilizing the natural flexibility of wood to load and release tension through good wood joinery.
A clean block of wood is sliced into segments by knives that seem to float in midair. Magic.
The Slice Knifeblock is functional and aesthetic simplicity in a clean and sharp form. Place the pride and joy of your kitchen tools on display without compromising the safety of your hands, nor your knives.
Produced for a product design studio and sold by Vancouver Special. Designed by Julian Araneta, Marcela Gutierrez, and Eunji Kim.
Cork Innovation: Stool
The Corky stool utilizes a unique cork compression tenon to achieve a snug fit. The resulting joint is strong and solid, while providing a small amount of "spring" due to the compressible nature of the cork.
Recycled wine corks were ground to different sizes using a commercial coffee grinder. After a lengthy and extensive research phase, low-VOC bioresin was mixed with the cork and pressed to form the tenon. The Corky stool packs flat. It can be assembled and disassembled without the use of tools or fasteners.
Periscape is a smart device and app for the adventurous traveler. This is an old project from 2013 that is being prepared for presentation. Check back at in summer 2016!
Assisted in the hands-on production of multiple slip-cast porcelain lamps designed by Luis Velazquez and Oskar Lundgren; Lund University, 2013-2014. I was specifically within the production and problem solving role of this project, it being my introduction to mold making and slip casting. In 2014 I had the opportunity to recreate the lamp design from the creation of the positive, the plaster mold, and the slip casting process, for an exhibition of selected work at the Concourse Gallery of Emily Carr University of Art + Design.