Tag: environmental

The Vizcaya Mansion Grotto

Last May I was lucky enough to be included in a team, along with Courtney Magill and led by Frank Matero, to travel down to the Vizcaya Mansion in Miami, Florida to have a discussion of the conservation of the grotto there, the ceiling of which was the canvas for one of Robert Chanler’s few […]

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 […]

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. […]