Master’s Thesis

“Working final” version of the thesis book.

Indianapolis WATER STOP

How can the provision of clean water remediate land, people, and community?

Advisors: Wes Janz + Ana de Brea





…but not the final product.

Many projects are presented but not finished, and rarely is a project ever completely “done.”

After the presentation, reviewers discussed the bamboo pavilion in terms of simplification.  Perhaps more focus could be placed on the elevated platforms at the front corner of the site, with the back “amphitheater” type seating becoming more like a simple hill.

If the middle piece crossing the site were eliminated, the site would be more unified, however, it would also remove a large amount of seating and the delineation of the cross-path.

A more intent focus on the front piece and a simplification of the back would create a more interesting dichotomy between the corners of the site.

Pavilion [to be continued]…


Mid-project reviews brought new insight into what a pavilion can be and why.  Many people expressed their value of flexibility in the functions of a pavilion.

Are the most successful spaces those that can provide a setting for a wide variety of people and activities?

The next step for the bamboo pavilion is to explore how it intersects with the ground plane, since that is a significant part of how it is experienced.

Not long before reviews, I made a discovery about the organization of the bamboo.  A pre-determined framework [e.g. chain-link fence, mesh, or another similar material] can provide the organization needed to regulate the assembly.  This allows for order and still achieves the visual transparency of the form.

It was suggested that I explore moving from a wall-form to a mound-form to become more of a landscape within the site.  However, this shift may compromise the initial ideas of transparency, enclosure, and the study of bamboo as a screen.  Benefits could be safety and improved sight lines.  If the wall structure remains, the back must be addressed.

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CAP Americano SUR Exhibit

Exhibit for the 2010 summer trip to Uruguay + Argentina + Spain

Photos are grouped by city or region, however, the overlap represents sharing of ideas from people moving between the two continents.  The string connecting the cities follows the order of our itinerary.

A video is projected in the midst of the photos and is paired with tango music, a vibrant part of South American culture.  The box housing the projector and video player contains graffiti of key ideas and projects from both continents.