- the foundation of every project is a question. we explore those questions through research.
Since 2009 we have been working with visual artists and designers to create patterns and graphics for paper & textiles based on stories, images, and techniques used in Rwanda. These textiles are then given as thank you gifts for donations.
Working with students at the University of Texas in Austin, we developing a system of geo-spatialized maps that locate information about Rwanda. These maps included data on: cultural & physical features; ecological zones; physical & fiat boundaries; resources; construct techniques; building typologies & materials; infrastructures; institutional access; and global influence. (image NASA)
Art/Relief was an event with Columbia University’s X-lab to bring artists and designers together to find new ways to impact non-profits by pairing their work with specific needs in the built environment. The exhibition and auction raised thousands for disaster relief in rural Japan following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
Traditionally women have not been had a prominent or sustaining role in building construction in Rwanda. Weaving and other materially co-mingled surfaces and forms, however have a rich and varied history developed primarily by women. Woven architectural systems was a path of research born out of a need for inclusion and a desire to innovate.
While working in Bangladesh and Rwanda we began developing procedures for simulating complex topographic conditions so that we might better be able to address building in extreme conditions with a systematic and considered approach. Using a series of computational models we were able to understand how changes in interior and exterior built form translated to changes in local topographic conditions. (image NASA)
Aggregation patterns, aggregated forms, and aggregating techniques are fundamental to working with earthen, masonry, and other modular building systems. While working in developing countries presents a number of construction challenges, it also affords the possibility of re-thinking the way we build. Material Aggregations is a series of experiments into how modular building systems can be more considered anew.