• Flag Of US

    Mar 18, 2017

    Flag of US is a response to the divisive rhetoric and acts going on in our nation: the talk of…

  • Dispersed Memorial – Impromptu

    Aug 1, 2011

    DM ‘memory cards’ are being exchanged nationally. The cards prompt and assemble a conversation about the memory of lost lives…

  • 10×10, A Table

    Aug 1, 2011

    Influenced by the Musical Chairs game, 10×10 A Table (to be pronounced in two languages with slightly different meanings…) is…

  • 10^10 Blow Out

    Jul 1, 2011

    A visual, auditory and kinesthetic performance in which guests experienced first-hand the power of design and envisioned how it can…

  • What is Asheville?

    Apr 1, 2011

    Experience the city as a game, map it in a life-size gameboard. “What is Asheville?” was a week of play…

  • SEED

    SEED_Haiti is an environmental and humanitarian solution for providing relief housing with the adaptive reuse of surplus ISO shipping containers which in time turn into permanent homes. This solution uses the many shipping containers that are already in Haiti and the large number of shipping containers that are being sent to Haiti with relief supplies. In the coming months, there will be thousands of containers arriving to Haiti. SEED_Haiti is working on a strong incentive package to get this surplus of containers donated from the shipping industry for homes in Haiti rather than storing them or transporting them empty.

    Key elements of the SEED_Haiti Design

    Haiti’s hurricane season is approaching. The estimated 500,000+ of homeless need to be housed in stables structures quickly. The containers with their unibody construction of Cor-Ten steel, are not only hurricane and earthquake proof, they are also fire, mold, and vandalism proof. The design is able to seal back up in the case of another natural disaster protecting a family’s valuable possessions so that when they return home they are not starting from scratch again.

    The SEED design transforms a 40’ shipping container into a home for 6-10 people with a minimum amount of effort. The container is cut with readily available equipment and utilizes low impact foundation technology to lift the home off the ground for ventilation and protect from flood. It is also covered with a secondary roof to keep the home cool. It is a low cost emergency solution. Incentives should be given to shipping companies to donate their surplus containers in Port-au-Prince and arriving containers with relief supplies.

    The SEED home is equipped with 2 low cost pallet sized “pods” (water pod and energy pod) that meet the basic needs of access to drinking water, human sanitation and food preparation.

    These elements are a micro infrastructure that provides self sufficiency a key element for place that has lost all infrastructure.

    Possible questions of the SEED_Haiti Design

    Is housing people in shipping containers appropriate?

    Not only does it effectively protect the people that would otherwise be homeless or in tents, it protects them better than before. The container’s unibody structure is stronger than the homes which collapsed during the earthquake. As a dwelling type, container housing is already common as part of many countries vernacular and is being more commonly used in construction including luxury housing.

    How do you transport such heavy structures?

    The shipping container is the backbone of the global trade. Virtually every country in the world, including Haiti, has equipment for handling shipping containers. Transporting them from the port to a building site will be the same challenge for any emergency housing. In fact, other building materials and equipment will be delivered to Haiti in shipping containers.

    Isn’t such a material (steel) in the Caribbean a bad choice in terms of heat gain?

    The material will not overturn or collapse, but it will also not mold or burn. A canopy that is part of the design, provides not only shade and an additional space on the roof of the structure, but also a tunnel draft of air which insulates the roof. The emergency garden proposed for the roof also serves as insulation. The container’s simple cuts in the horizontal planes, provide natural cross ventilation.

    For more information, visit http://10to10.org/.

    Proxy Florence

    PROXY Florence was exhibited at the Beyond Media 2009 Festival, Visions in Florence, Italy from July 9th to 17th.

    PROXY Florence is a dynamic map and a collective story of Florence created through the interplay of virtual space and physical space and the interaction of 500 collaborators from 27 countries.

    The project used facebook to connect and collaborate. It used Google Panoramio’s interface to collect and organize the individual images of Florence captured, envisioned, or remembered by each of the 500 contributors from across the globe. PROXY Florence used Variable Data Printing to convert the individual images collected into 500 unique, tangible postcards that were organized spatially by their coordinate data.

    These images were mapped according to the image’s remembered or imagined location. These numerous images were returned to their origin in Florence, Italy and specifically, as a scale down version of this city, at Stazione Leopolda, the space of the exhibition. The focus of PROXY 1.0 was [43°46’22”N – 11°15’27”E] from July 9 – 17.

    The visitors of this event were invited to dismantle the exhibit by removing the postcard of their choice. By taking a postcard, mailing to a friend, the cycle is continued.

    PROXY Florence is mapping the route of the image and connecting the recipient of the postcard with the origin of the photo and its taker.

    If you took a postcard in Florence, go to www.proxyproject.org to register your postcard.

    Thanks for participating! Thanks also to our sponsors and to everyone who worked on this project!!!


    Clemson Advancement Foundation, Clemson University
    McMahan Fund for Excellence, Clemson University
    College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities, Clemson University
    Modern Postcard
    Each of our 500 collaborators who gave a dollar with each image submitted

    Check out the videos and photos posted here and at the project’s website www.proxyproject.org


    Imagine a living map of a city that is created and recreated as the city regenerates minute by minute, a map that is drawn and redrawn by the daily activities of its inhabitants. Our proposal is to equip numerous bicycles in Barcelona’s new public transportation system Bicing with A/V (Audio/Video) and GPS (Global Positioning System) devices in order to collect the everyday qualitative and quantitative aspects of the city via the routine of its inhabitants. From these numerous individual fragments of the city, a collective story is assembled as users go about their lives to “compose a manifold story that has neither author nor spectator, shaped out of fragments of trajectories and alterations of spaces: in relation to representations, it remains daily and indefinitely other.” 1 Layer upon layer of stories build into a map constructed not by the authorities but by the everyday users of the system, from the ground up. The bicycle as an extension of the human body into the city becomes a full-scale mapping instrument, which captures both the sensual/experiential and the scientific/abstract notation of the human body into the city body and viceversa.

    As the city occupant cycles through Barcelona, Borges conceit of a map at full scale in A Universal History of Infamy is realized not in dimension but in precision. 2 Cycling as the city cycles, the inhabitants write and read their stories on the streets, alleys, parks and sidewalks of their terrain vividly and precisely as they go about their daily routines. Described and narrated through the imagery of the scenery and conversations recorded on the A/V device and grounded with the details of the data inscribed by GPS, the city is revealed as “pictorial and sensual, intellectual and mathematical” 3 via daily routines and interactions. The hybrid A/V/GPS device will be housed within the bicycle’s light enclosure on the handlebar and powered by the pedaling of the cyclist. The device will stream a live feed of data that would be archived into a searchable database in which the collected time code (A/V) and (GPS) information are synchronized, blending the realism and sensuality of experience with the detailed discovery of the physiology of the cyclist as related to the geography and place it occupies. The data will exist online as a “living map” of anonymous yet detailed data of the life of a city and as an open source document for scientists and artists to analyze and interpret. What do calories burned, and body mass mean as related to length, speed, imagery and sound? What do latitude, longitude and topography mean as related to heart rate and mood? What do we understand by density of movement, interactions, delays, detours as experiences accumulated on a place? What is revealed about the sensual and the abstract and about the intimate relationship between the city and its occupants? And how do we benefit from visualizing this intricate ecology? *

    1 de Certeau, Michel. Walking in the City. In The Practice of Everyday Life

    2 Borges, Jorge Luis. A Universal History of Infamy

    3 Nuti, Lucia. Mapping Places: Chorography and Vision in the Renaissance

    *A two-week study has already been conducted during 2008 in which five Barcelona residents volunteered to equip their respective Bicing bikes on each ride with A/V/GPS. From that the following documents were created and their potential is being explored. Next we will use this already collected data (70+ hrs of material) to figure out the logistics of the proposed “living map”.

    1/11 Dispersed Memorial Announces its Vision to Honor 9/11 Victims

    Asheville, North Carolina – Jan 11, 2011 — A project to honor the lives of 9/11 victims, Dispersed Memorial, is setting its goals for the 10th and 11th anniversaries of the tragedy. Thousands of glass plates, inscribed with written dedications to victims and an outline of the missing Twin Towers, will populate New York City in locations where the towers were once visible. The memorials will create a dispersed constellation of markers throughout the city that will connect the stories of loved ones and materialize a collective memory.

    Each glass plate outline of the Twin Towers will correspond to the memory of the city’s skyline in varying locations. At night, the markers will light up one by one as an echo to the candles that were lit for the lives of victims in the days following 9/11, and will illuminate the inscriptions of stories, letters, poems and names that honor each victim. The memorial allows each contributor to choose the location of the glass plates where they wish to honor victims.

    Dispersed Memorial was conceptualized in 2001 by Martha Skinner and Doug Hecker of fieldoffice, an interdisciplinary practice which challenges the distinctions between architecture, urbanism, and art. Their design response was related to their firm’s focus on the temporal quality of social responses to tragedy. Co-founder Martha Skinner explained, “As a former resident of New York City, I felt like I needed to be there, to be part of people coming together to deal with the situation, to heal, and to share something in common.” In anticipation of the 10th and 11th anniversaries of the event, fieldoffice has expanded the team to work with individuals ranging from urban planners, university professors, artists and architecture students, and is inviting additional collaborators.

    By collecting and installing the stories behind the lives of 9/11 victims, Dispersed Memorial explores concepts of dispersed memory as a continual presence in a city and how that memory can connect people. “There is a sacredness within the fabric of the city. It is about the memory of the Twin Towers as an orienting device, and entire lives, and the losses that affected so many people,” Skinner said.

    For more information about the project team and collaborative opportunities, visit the Dispersed Memorial website: http://www.dispersed-memorial.net/.

    For high resolution images of the project,
    Martha Skinner
    Co-founder of Dispersed Memorial

    10 ^ 10

    10^1 propagates and executes simple and beautiful design ideas that have humanitarian and environmental impact!

    10^2 exploits contemporary communication media and building technologies to provide smart design system solutions to pressing global problems!

    10^3 harnesses the power of the individual within the collective for culturally sensitive local effects that spread globally!

    10^10 projects:

    1. Address a pressing humanitarian, environmental, and social need.

    2. Exploit contemporary technologies to execute visionary and innovative ideas to systemic global problems.

    3. Be simple, smart and quickly implemented while still being adaptable, flexible, and beautiful.

    4. Address the individual scale with as much detail as the global scale with a focus on exponential effect.

    SEED_Haiti inaugurates what will be a series of 10^10 projects with exponential effects. The situation in Haiti, in which 1,000,00+ people were suddenly left homeless on January 12, 2010 led to this question? How to use the Powers of 10 to house people quickly yet sensibly! Other 10^10 projects include Dispersed Memorial, superABSORBER, Dry-In House, BiCi_N, and PROXY_Florence.

  • 10^10

    Dec 1, 2010

      10^10 The exponential power of design: 10^1 propagates and executes simple and beautiful design ideas that have humanitarian and…

  • Proxy Florence Opens

    PROXY Florence collaborated with friends from many coordinates in the world. The volunteers and contributors represented the following 27 countries:

    Hungary, Spain, Greece, China, Iran, Israel, France, Portugal, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, Romania, United States, Chile, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Colombia, Jordan, Venezuela, Canada, Serbia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Project team:

    Martha Skinner, Douglas Hecker, Lauren Mitchell, Charlie Bryant (sound), Joshua Kehl, Brian Miele, Brian Leounis, Sarah Moore, Suzanne Bodson, Ayaka Tanabe, Liz Corr, Clay Montgomery, Nathan Asire, Jake DeMint, Adam James, Carla Landa and Jason Butz.


    Chris Wilkins, Hali Knight, Virginia Black, Sofia Avramopoulou, Benedetta Cavallini, Erica Bucciarelli, Marco Caroti, Kristian Fosholt, Laura Tedeschi, Mauricio Skinner, David De Sevi Bruzual, Eric Brockmeyer, Nathaniel Zuelzke, Olivier Ilegems, Guillaume La Belle, and Kyle Perry.


    Katalin Beck, Gerard Cuartero-Betriu, Anat Katsir, Mostafa Zaafari, Vassilis Kyriakopoulos, Rachel Sellers, Ayaka Tanabe, Erhmei Yuan, Matilde Cassani, Adie Hailat, Patricia Muñiz Núñez, Catalina Gomez, Mea Zatric, Speranta-Octavia Maior, Gerald Lehmacher, Youssef Boubekeur, and Gijs Beesems.

    Guest critics:

    Enrique Larrañaga, David Lee, Dan Harding, and Chuck Krekelberg.

  • SEED_Haiti

    Jul 1, 2010

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  • SEED

    Jun 1, 2010

    …SEED is an emergent housing investment that appreciates locally over time! Utilizing an existing surplus of shipping containers and working…

  • Letters from Iran

    Aug 1, 2009

      “Letters from Iran is a recount of what is occurring there directly from slow to arrive email letters that…

  • PROXY_Florence

    Jun 1, 2009

    PROXY_Florence is a dynamic map and a collective story of Florence created through the interplay of virtual space and physical…

  • BiCi_N

    Aug 1, 2008

    Imagine a living map of a city that is created and recreated as the city regenerates minute by minute, a…

  • Small is Big

    Jul 1, 2008

    handheld  products  with  global  impact and a small introduction… The students were asked to design a product (small) that once…

  • Urban CiTy-SCAN

    Jun 1, 2008

    This work looks at the body of the city in its intimate relationship to the human body. Can we analyze…

  • Dia de Los Trastos

    May 1, 2008

    In Barcelona, each week on ” día de los trastos ” residents dispose of furniture and household goods no longer…

  • HK A/V

    Feb 1, 2006

    The sloped streets of central Hong Kong are steeped with layers of personalized vernacular events that seem to leak from…

  • Motion Mapping

    May 1, 2005

    Motion Mapping is part of ongoing research in issues of temporality, public space and representation. It is an installation which…

  • Dispersed Memorial

    Jun 1, 2001

    An effort to acknowledge each live lost during the tragedy of September 11, 2001 as well as to reconstruct as…