STUDENT WORK

GREEN LIGHT

This project was a a submission to an installation competition at Florida International University in 2006. It made finals (top 20 out of 280 submissions). The general concept was to make a temporary installation on roof of the School of Architecture building. This space was to be used as a student space to meet and relax.

COMPETITION BOARD

Idea

As an escape from the brutal construction of PCA, GREENLIGHT provides a microclimatic enclosure where one can feel a cool breeze and take a deep breath of fresh air provided by the hanging vegetation at any time of day. The greens are hydroponic so they donít require soil to thrive, just air and water. The structure of the canopy is made of rope and net ties to the buildings existing structural columns. The vertical mesh is weighted at the bottom so no bolting or drilling is required.

Analysis

In relation to the 3 on 3 concept, I researched the sun patterns using Starry Night ô which is a program that provides up to date astronomical coordinates which was developed by Mead instruments. The images on the Left are of a photograph I took facing South from the center of the site. I then superimposed the data I collected from Starry Night. The sun patterns that you see will remain somewhat the same until April, then they will gradually begin to move North.

Event

The geometries of the openings between canopies are mirrored and distorted on the floor of the space to accommodate the angle in which the sun enters the space at 3PM. The mirrors will be angled to cause a refraction of that light onto the west wall of the space. It is my intent to have gatherings there at this time to enjoy the phenomenon and contemplate ideas about where we are in the universe and why we think we are here, and how rare this planet is.

Modularity

The material used serves several functions. The rope and net structure holds up the canopy of vegetation, serves as a gateway into the space, creates a possibility of interaction though climbing up or laying on portions which do not have vegetation. One material can shade, enclose, and serve as furniture and exercise!

Transient structural flexibility

There are only three steps in set up and removal of installation.

1) Drape rope and net mesh over or around desired location

2) Tie tightly

3) Drape airborne vines though mesh

4) Place reflectors in right position

Reverse for removal.

I propose including illustrated seating for spectators comfort. The seating was designed to complement the geometries of the existing structure. Construct using plywood and screws for stylish, durable, but easy to disassemble seating.

No permanent attachment 

All material in installation is either placed on or tied to the existing structure. There is no part of the site that can be permanently altered is installed appropriately.