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Comcast Pennovation Challenge

I have had the pleasure to work with a fantastic team (Kevin Martin, Jono Sanders, Grace Moore, and Chelsea Meyers) of integrated product design students at Penn on what would evolve into the winning proposal for Comcast’s Pennovation Challenge. Our premise: to address, target, and provide early-stage mitigation and monitoring tools for the aging and […]

Environmental Diagnostics at Fort Union National Monument, Part 4: Open Source Monitoring

Intro While formulating a monitoring methodology for the adobe ruins at Fort Union, I began to branch and extend my efforts into the late hours of the night into developing some monitoring solutions that might be just as effective–if not more effective–and significantly less cost prohibitive than the propriety solutions. I chose the Arduino platform […]

Environmental Diagnostics at Fort Union National Monument, Part 2

In June, the Penn Architectural Conservation Lab, under the direction of Frank Matero, assembled a team to revisit Fort Union National Monument. Each member of the team, comprised of current graduate students as well post-graduate fellows (myself included), had a specific focus. Topics ranged from surveying and analyzing the current structural bracing present on the […]

Interactive Emergy Diagram & Accounting v.1.0

In my time after graduation I have continued to work on some research with Prof. Bill Braham at PennDesign regarding calculating and visualizing the environmental accounting for the Delaware River Valley region. I have been asked to help visualize some of the data and calculations being done to provide not just a more palatable interpretation […]

Interactive Flight Risk Visualization Tool

Interactive Flight Risk Visualization Tool My final project for a class I took as an elective during my last semester at Penn: Javascript and HTML Programming for Planning and Urban Management Applications. I thought it would be interesting to cross-reference current flight routes with the NTSB aviation accident database. The application allows you to enter […]

Optimized Program Design

A ‘fast and dirty’* study for my current studio project, done early on in the design process, that aims to size the environmental features of a prototypical building section. This analysis uses Honeybee and Ladybug for Grasshopper and DesignExplorer to map the resulting patterns. In this case, a residential(north) and office(south) space are bifurcated by […]

Investigating Ignipetal Force at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

In identifying the state-of-the-art available at the time when Thomas Jefferson was designing Monticello, including its subsequent renovations, it was discovered that he was aware of the mechanics of intentional, convective ventilation. In correspondence with John Carey on the 4th of July, 1791, the topic of ignipetal force was discussed at length. It is hypothesized […]

Environmental Diagnostics at Fort Union National Monument, Part 1

I was in Jackson Hole, WY last summer working with the Penn Praxis team on restoring log cabins at the Bar BC dude ranch when our professor, Frank Matero, mentioned to me that prolonged intensive rains at Fort Union, NM claimed another of the adobe structures in Fort Union that had catastrophically and spontaneously collapsed. […]