Spatial Smells

Thesis fodder.  Can smells be spatial?  Can they be contained?  How do we experience them?  Do we have to be in the container?  Here are some inspirations for my thesis project.

Hans-Peter Feldmann's   Money Walls   

Hans-Peter Feldmann's Money Walls


A Collection of Memories

While my master's thesis project is about deconstructing a former industrial site, it is also about how to retain the memory of what was once there...both physical and intangible. 

So, I've started a Facebook campaign to collect as many stories and memories as possible.  Please take a look and recommend it to anyone you know that might have information to share.

Here's the link:

landscape architecture

Disruption of an historic skyline?

I lived in Venice for five weeks last semester as part of the Cities on Water study abroad program offered by my university (check out our blog here).  I had never been there before, but heard various stories from others who had.  No cars, the water is treated like a highway system, building heights are restricted, and there are tourists everywhere.  All of those things rang true as I explored the city in the lagoon and I realized that they were great just how there were.  I mean, Venice isn't a UNESCO World Heritage Site for nothing, right?  Just watching the enormous cruise ships devour the island's skyline showed that some things are better left unchanged.

While doing some research for my capstone project today, I came upon this project proposal for Venice.  I cannot imagine this ever taking flight, and really hope that something like it never does.  It looks as if the context in which it is placed was not even taken into consideration during the design process (note to self for capstone...).  Not only does it look horrendous, it would entirely change the experience of inhabiting Venice that just cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Michela Tonelli, Wei Ye and Thomas Bagnoli's Venice CityVision Proposal:  "Morphogenesis of Dreams".

Have you been to Venice?  What do you think of this proposal?

Light in the Forest

I'm thinking about ways that a site can create social interaction while it is in a state of transition.  I'm also interested in energy production and material applications.  All of these things combined seem to make this:

What other ways can I incorporate energy and materials into spaces to get people to interact with one another and the site?  How can we keep people invested in urban developments on contested pieces of land while they sit in limbo waiting for a plan?

Fashion + Architecture

I'm a huge fan of fashion and sewing, but what makes it even better is when it gets paired with another love of mine, architecture.  Check out Givenchy's pre-fall collection for 2013, inspired by architect Gio Ponti.