Students | Neeti Kumar, Derya Ciftnamli
Faculty | Nate Hume, Ariane Harrison
School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design
The project emphasizes contemporary and near future speculations in design, that complement the changing social and environmental needs of present times.
The program focuses on a staircase as a research unit to reconfigure a 19th-century house on Governors island into an educational and ecologically thought-provoking gallery space.
The aim is to blur the boundaries between natural and artificial materials, processes, and effects and create spaces that provide a sensory experience. A series of casting and material tests, digital visualizations, and contemporary fabrication techniques assist in determining the tactile, visual, lighting, and coloration effects required. These are then regenerated using energy produced from an artificially controlled process of photosynthesis of living organisms such as algae.