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A ‘mobile pin-up’ at the Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico.  Here our class presented the semester’s initial ideas to the Navajo Nation housing authority and head of engineering.  The projects were well-received, and I think we have influenced thought on the city’s future growth even at this early stage…

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A quick first pass at an ‘incremental courtyard’ housing typology that helps constitute an urban development system for the Navajo community at Crownpoint, New Mexico.  It’s basically a duplex-density synthesis of the courtyard housing I experienced in Santa Fe, NM and the incremental housing model put forth by Elemental in their entry for Make It Right.  I really dig incremental development concepts, and am particularly interested in their applications at scales beyond the architectural unit…

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Photos from a recent studio trip to NavajoLand…

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from top: Ancient Anasazi City @ Canyon de Chelly, NM.  Navajo traditional weaver @ Hubble Trading Post, Ganado, New Mexico.  Ancient Pueblo City, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

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The treatment of urban creeks is an important and under-considered issue, and there seems to be little study on how to deal with them from an landscape/urban design standpoint.   The city fabric turns its back to these creeks, encouraging their appropriation as areas of crime, environmental damage and missed socio-economic opportunity.  It can be argued that the insertion of public amenity and light circulation within these creeks ​can provide a framework for economic attraction, which will underpin architectural reorientation.  More of this project to come…

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Revisiting and reconceptualizing a project from last semester.  My aim is to reinvigorate this outdoor mall in Gaborone through the provision of a shade-giving, topographically interesting landscape intervention that also provides support for the wifi-generation and start-up businesses.  Ideally this can all be accomplished through a move that “brings the mountain to the plaza,” however this first pass doesn’t feel right to me… I think it’s too much of a one-liner.  Perhaps the trick is adjusting the the plaza’s ground plane to create a field vs. a set of objects, while managing not to rip apart the plaza’s beautifully interpretive flatness…

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