I had the pleasure of contributing to the 2015 edition of CLOG, a quarterly focusing on design which “explores, from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now.” The most recent edition, CLOG: Landmark, states “As our built environment evolves, we must continually decide what is worth keeping.” My essay, entitled Living Dioramas, describes the ongoing rehabilitation efforts at Gettysburg National Military Park.
DAVID RUBIN Land Collective was awarded opportunity to design the park and plaza of the new Cummins DBU Headquarters in downtown Indianapolis, IN. Working with Deborah Berke Partners, RATIO Architects, and others, the site design creates a holistic experience between built architecture, landscape, and place. Throughout the site, unique opportunities to use and enjoy the landscape are present for the Company workers and the public alike. Key program includes circuitous paths through topographic planting experiences, small gathering spaces with flexible seating opportunities, as well as a large plaza with a custom-formed amphitheater.
The Santa Monica Pier has a history stark in contrast from past to present. What was once a means to transport trash out to the sea is now is a place of social enjoyment. The next step in its evolution brings art and energy production to its purpose, adding layers of sustainable consideration and furthering its cultural opportunities. WAKE UP is a proposal that transforms retired swan boats into contemporary energy generating pieces of water art.
The new modern library engages participants through multiple learning typologies at multiple scales. For an ever-adapting and improving city, innovation is necessary in moving forward and discovering things we did not know before. True innovation should not rely on the 'what' is necessary, such as developments in technology, but more importantly the 'who'; the individuals of a society utilizing the information to better themselves and share with others. This library promotes social innovation, the process of learning from each other through personal interaction and conversation. Rather then spaces prioritized for objects such as books and computers, the library becomes a collection of program, social learning environments.
OCEAN+CITY provides a solution to Ocean City’s coastal vulnerability in an attempt to de-polarize the natural and built environment by incorporating the coastal vernacular - weaving together intensive human development and resilient coastal ecologies.
Throughout history, Beijing’s underground has been the location of solitude and separation from the world above; from providing protection from a nuclear threat in the past, to housing a second society of migrant workers today. A solution to bringing together the two classes in Beijing of public inhabitant and migrant lies in the threshold between the public surface and the latent underground. In bringing the two locations together, there is exploration in the potentials of development in the ground plane.
The Soak It Up! competition launched in 2012 exploring solutions for sustainable water management practices across many built typologies in Philadelphia.
Our design for Meeting Green took first place in the residential category for greening our neighborhoods
Philadelphia has a strong history as a brewery city, but recently this industry has been in decline. For this design we chose to highlight and celebrate the process of making beer with the community through the architectural features.
While studying at the Danish Institute of Study Abroad in Copenhagen, I completed a design for a furniture showroom that reflected the elements of modern Scandinavian furniture.
In 2011 we were invited to participate in a bench design competition sponsored by the Fabrication Lab at the University of Pennsylvania.