Saad Alghamdi | M.InArch | Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

Surface Performance

Surface Performance

Surface Performance is a series of layered envelopes for a building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This interactive surface encapsulates behavioral, cultural and environmental forces that shape Saudi society. Accelerated global urbanization, climate change and culture are addressed by questioning the deeply entrenched dogmas of Saudi Arabian architecture. Here, Alghamdi questions the foundations of design surrounding material behavior and capacity, environmental modulation and spatial conditioning.

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Sara Alzawad | M.InArch | Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

The Unforgotten Town: An Archive for Ashtarot in Saudi Arabia

The Unforgotten Town: An Archive for Ashtarot in Saudi Arabia

The Unforgotten Town: An Archive for Ashtarot in Saudi Arabia addresses the need to map the unique values instilled in the culture of Saudi Arabia with the creation of an architecture that dates back to the past. This project introduces a new public archive that is a space for storage and exhibition, which is vital to Saudi Arabia’s growth as a nation.

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Sara Barrett | M.InArch | Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

[Re]Integrating Chicago

[Re]Integrating Chicago

[Re]Integrating Chicago addresses Chicago’s current subway/elevated system (the “El”), which suffers from a lack of connection to the contemporary urban fabric through its stations and a deficiency of integration with the city’s other mass transit systems.

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Ryan Beemsterboer | M.InArch | Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

Architecture for Autism: An Inclusive Learning Environment

Architecture for Autism: An Inclusive Learning Environment

Architecture for Autism: An Inclusive Learning Environment reimagines the educational setting by providing a space that specifically addresses the needs of students on the autism spectrum while remaining inviting to the conventional learner. The strategic approach focuses on acoustics, lighting, geometry, materials and textures, visual cues, spatial sequencing and color to show how architecture can create a calming and supportive atmosphere conducive to learning for students with a wide range of needs. This results in stronger communities as well as higher levels of individual fulfillment.

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Mikyoung Chang | M.InArch | Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

Sculpting Public Space in Urban China

Sculpting Public Space in Urban China

As residents of second-tier Chinese cities face changes in quality of life, Sculpting Public Space in Urban China becomes a prototype for new public space solutions as it connects generations of culture in a multi-functional public arts center in the heart of the city of Zhenjiang.

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Adam Chau | M.DesOb | Master of Design in Designed Objects

Digital Hardware

Digital Hardware

Computer-aided technology has dominated how we think and make decisions; Digital Hardware explores how we can introduce the human hand into computer-controlled environments. Handmade tools have replaced standardized milling bits on a CNC machine - by having a unique tool only made possible by the hand, the results differ from each other even when the program is repeated. This methodology has potential to change the craft and design industry, where a hybrid practice can see the benefits of both worlds.

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Hsi Chen | M.DesOb | Master of Design in Designed Objects

Final Gift

Final Gift

Final Gift is a platform for you to imagine your future death in a positive way, guiding you to communicate things you want to say to loved ones before you pass. The words you leave behind can provide relief for you, while creating an intimate thread for friends and family to follow and hold on to. Though you may be physically gone, the final gifts you leave are still alive and provide a way for you to live on through the words and tangible qualities.

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Jennifer Coleman | M.Arch | Master of Architecture

Choreographing the Car: Our Love Affair with the Parking Lot

Choreographing the Car: Our Love Affair with the Parking Lot

Choreographing the Car brings to light America’s love affair with the parking lot. By creating a small, brief insertion in the existing infrastructure, the project questions the many values associated with car culture and their intersection with post-industrial urban centers. It confuses the relationship between the mundane everyday of the suburbs’ parking habits and the iconic spectacles they travel to see.

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The Collectible Object | SpecProj | Special Projects

Functional Fiction

Functional Fiction

The works in Functional Fiction have an oblique relationship toward traditional notions of functionality, most being deliberately ambiguous. Going beyond the utilitarian needs of traditional designed objects, these pieces express their functions as the fulfillment of physical, intellectual or psychological pleasures. Rather than baffling us, the objects invite an exploration of possible uses and interpretations. Functional Fiction describes both a collection of works and a reframing of design-art that disavows aspirational glitter and celebrates the cerebral, tactile, expressive and compelling.
Includes work by: Adam Chau, Andrea Chiu, Nalisha Chouraria, Melissa Callender, Sarah Doonan, Jasmine Lee, Zeke Raney, Schuyler White and Tyler Willis.

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Adele Cuartelon | M.InArch | Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

Tuning Environments: The Role of Additive Manufacturing in Architecture

Tuning Environments: The Role of Additive Manufacturing in Architecture

Tuning Environments focuses on the tectonics of architecture and begins to question the capacity of the recent techniques involving the 3D printing (additive manufacturing) processes. Acoustics becomes the framework in which to challenge both the design process of architecture and the implementation of this layering technique.

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Hannah Dulaney | M.InArch | Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

Affective Supramateriality

Affective Supramateriality

Affective Supramaterality explores the creation of ethereal spaces through the translation of affective ideas via mediums, from the expressive immediacy of painting to architecture. It examines the design process by questioning the underlying assumptions that become foundations for decision-making. It takes a bottom-up approach to design, following what space should feel like rather than how it should appear. The process begins with a vague inkling which is solidified through a repeating cycle of intuitive action and thoughtful examination. As spatial ideas unveil, so is a methodology logical to the designer.

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Faranak Farhang | M.DesOb | Master of Design in Designed Objects

iota

iota

Iota expresses the role of objects in our everyday lives by creating a set of educative tools for a fundamental ritual. The project creates a platform for people to learn and explore the breadmaking process by examining the techniques and redesigning the tools. It aims to embed the ideas behind the process of baking bread by allowing the users to learn through making. Step by step, they experience their own unique home-made bread and, over time, learn to create their very own recipes.

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Sarah X. Floyd | M.Arch | Master of Architecture

Infrastructural Urbanism: Reciclar

Infrastructural Urbanism: Reciclar

Reciclar is a project proposed to help the favela Paraisopolis, located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, embrace new ideologies that will help remediate housing and infrastructural issues.

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Michelle Joan Galiano | M.Arch | Master of Architecture

A Porous Architecture: A Pervious Educational Program

A Porous Architecture: A Pervious Educational Program

A Porous Architecture: A Pervious Educational Program embodies the essence of an open floor plan. This theoretical elementary school configuration provides functions that permit poverty-stricken children to receive an education that is informed by culture, agriculture, climate and curriculum.

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Natalya Ganyukova | M.InArch | Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

Revealing Motor Row: Memory + Motors

Revealing Motor Row: Memory + Motors

Revealing Motor Row reinstates past use of the automobile industry through a modern twist and initiative: the car controls the architecture. By proposing an Institute of Automobile Innovation, the new architecture builds off of the existing uses and ties into modern needs and surroundings. It is necessary to look past the façade, to have the curiosity to understand the story that once was and to have the imagination to see where it goes next.

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Ruyuan Ge | M.DesOb | Master of Design in Designed Objects

Green Light District

Green Light District

The Green Light District is a proposal that imagines future scenarios where sex work occurs in a safe and legal environment. It envisions an incubator dedicated to the career development of independent sex workers by bringing information, resources and - more importantly - communities to them. The project aims to create public awareness of the realities of sex work and spark a conversation within and beyond the design community about how we can improve conditions.

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GFRY Studio | SpecProj | Special Projects

A View with a Room

A View with a Room

The projects in A View with a Room use informatics to explore how participatory, embedded and ubiquitous sensing / computing, as well as access to public data, help reveal and improve the complexity and dynamism of urban existence in Chicago.
Includes works by: Meghan Moe Beitiks, Jihee Choi, Brooke Collins, Colin Hutton, Amarinh Kongmanivong, Maria Paula Loyazla, Ian McEntee, Miguel Perez and Elise Syndora.

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Lucas Goldbach | M.Arch | Master of Architecture

Space Subverting Inhibitions: Gawking at Modernism

Space Subverting Inhibitions: Gawking at Modernism

Space Subverting Inhibitions: Gawking at Modernism explores voyeurism: a ubiquitous urban condition, resultant of Modernist transparency. Highlighting bodies, designing for desire and subverting so-called private spaces and social inhibitions, architecture can be a tool for gawking, voyeurism and looking in phenomenological ways.

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Simon Goldbroch | M.DesOb | Master of Design in Designed Objects

Dormant

Dormant

Dormant seeks to address the possibility of design to consider the long-term usage of objects in a different way. It looks to use a mutable object to address a current need but also to adapt and fit a different need in the future.

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Sarah Hamzeh | M.Arch | Master of Architecture

Design for Disruption: A Flexible Affordable Housing Strategy

Design for Disruption: A Flexible Affordable Housing Strategy

Design for Disruption investigates the neighborhood surrounding Pruitt-Igoe in St. Louis, Missouri, in order to redevelop a neighborhood that is becoming abandoned. The strategy involves infill housing that responds to the changing economics of its inhabitants and monumentalizing the site of Pruitt-Igoe to heal the land and neighborhood.

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Industry Projects: Milan | SpecProj | Special Projects

2013 ‘whatnot’ Collection for Spazio Rossana Orlandi

2013 ‘whatnot’ Collection for Spazio Rossana Orlandi

Building on the successful 2012 launch in Milan and New York last year, the 2013 collection of ‘whatnots’ approaches color as a critical question, exploring the visceral, perceptual, associative, emotional and conceptual potential of color in all its permutations- muted, primary, fluorescent, functional, natural and erotic.
Includes works by: Morgan Brill, Hsi Chen, Faranak Farhang, Ruyuan Ge, Justin Hu, Jay Hyun Kim, Allon Kapeller-Libermann, Taylor Littrel, Samuel Matson, Ada Mayer, Daniel Moynihan, Carlos Ortega, Yiqian Peng, Venessa Rosely Jimenez, Kempe Scanlan, and Eli Sidman.

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Cher Jiang | M.DesFash | Master of Design in Fashion, Body, and Garment

Way Out

Way Out

Way Out is a series of life size figures made of resin. The project seeks to explore how the human body might react when one is trapped and trying to find an escape.

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Venessa Rosely Jimenez | M.DesOb | Master of Design in Designed Objects

Elementals

Elementals

Elementals explores new ways to engage with food at home by considering distinct ways to design tableware that allow us to experience dining in more intuitive ways, thus enhancing our perceptions of the food we eat.

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Jessie LaFree | M.Arch | Master of Architecture

Drawing the Ineffable

Drawing the Ineffable

Drawing the Ineffable is an exploration of the sacred architecture of the ghats of Varanasi, a place where the auspicious and the mundane exist side-by-side to create a space beyond words: an ineffable space. This thesis represents the artist's attempts at understanding and sharing the experience of that which is indescribable.

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Joe Leamanczyk | M.DesFash | Master of Design in Fashion, Body, and Garment

Ga

Ga

Ga seeks to memorialize and explore the life and struggle of Joe’s grandfather as he succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease. The installation captures the childlike regression and the precious residue that is left behind.

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Misha Lee | M.DesFash | Master of Design in Fashion, Body, and Garment

Read From Me

Read From Me

Read from Me attempts to understand the inner world. It reminds people to pay attention to the delicate sentiments hidden within themselves and asks them to allow their minds to know what their hearts long for. Either a mental block or a protection, it depends on whether or not each individual wishes for others to read them.

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Sunmin Lee | M.DesOb | Master of Design in Designed Objects

Edgy Bag

Edgy Bag

The Edgy Bag explores new functional possibilities inspired by fashion. Sharp edges and folds provide the bag with an unchangeable neat style and also allow the bag to transform its size for different daily use.

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Egor Machaca | M.Arch | Master of Architecture

New Skin Facade for Chicago

New Skin Facade for Chicago

New Skin Facade for Chicago reinterprets the architecture of Chicago by developing the first ETFE integrated skin facade in a high-rise building located in Chicago’s downtown area.

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Ali Husnain Malik | M.InArch | Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

The EDGE

The EDGE

The hard EDGE that is created within the social culture of the society in Lahore, Pakistan, is represented in the urban fabric of the city. This is only reinforced by the local architecture. A new form of architecture is needed, a PUBLIC architecture.

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Jaclyn Marcus | M.InArch | Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

Performance of Site

Performance of Site

Dance is an art which requires analysis of the human body and discipline in the way the human form interacts with a space and controls its movements. The current way architecture addresses these interactions and movements does not fully apply itself to the true value of dance and disciplines that dancers inherently study and embody. How is it possible that the design for such discipline in movement of the human form has never been able to fully use that form and translate it into an interesting space that adds to the experience for the performance of the discipline?

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Connie Martinez | M.InArch | Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

Socializing Urbanism

Socializing Urbanism

Socializing Urbanism addresses the issue of the hollowing out of the metropolitan area of downtown Las Vegas. The project looks at the hyper-real environment of the gambling and entertainment infrastructure juxtaposed with the reality of those working and living in the city.

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Ada Mayer | M.DesOb | Master of Design in Designed Objects

Island Party

Island Party

The spatial language of the interior landscape comprises a cadence of solids and voids. Island Party traces the pockets, corners and in-betweens that live among us, mapping their imprints in the form of area rugs that in turn reshape space.

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Ian McEntee | M.Arch | Master of Architecture

Reinterpreting the Migrant Worker Village

Reinterpreting the Migrant Worker Village

Reinterpreting the Migrant Worker Village strives for high-density housing and increased livability without using high-rise or block housing typologies. The new village strives to create an entry point for the floating population in China. Located adjacent to an existing village within a rapidly expanding city district of Guangzhou, the mass housing units aggregate themselves into a landform that bridges over existing transportation infrastructure.

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Michelle D. O Young | M.DesOb | Master of Design in Designed Objects

Linger With Me

Linger With Me

Linger With Me asks, “what do we need in order to experience an undecided time of waiting as rather a decided time of lingering?” The medical waiting space is a place of hybrid duration, a public dwelling for a private situation, a liminal passage. Linger With Me explores the perception of waiting through the system artifacts of the emergency waiting room. The tools speak about awareness and expectation as relevant not only to patients, but to their affected caregivers.

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Yijin Ro | M.DesFash | Master of Design in Fashion, Body, and Garment

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Exhibit A focuses on cultural and social taboo objects, specifically sexual fantasies and forbidden thoughts are viewed by society as inappropriate. Though it is perfectly normal for people to have fetishes, those who do often are labeled as deviants or perverted beings. As a result, they are shunned, forced into corrective therapies and treated almost like criminals.
In this project, I take role of spectator. Like a detective, I delve into people’s private life, fishing out their “dirty” secrets and exposing them. In this case, I reveal their secrets by printing them on garments, everyday objects we wear on our body to cover and transform ourselves.

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Lindsey Rogers | M.InArch | Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

Configuring Coastal Communities: Re-establishing New Orleans’ Wetlands

Configuring Coastal Communities: Re-establishing New Orleans’ Wetlands

Configuring Coastal Communities is a short-term manual for redistributing the material, intellectual and monetary imbalance of asset accumulation. This is the first step in the civic process that aspires to add value to wetlands re-establishment.

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Kempe Scanlan | M.DesOb | Master of Design in Designed Objects

TRANS/FORM

TRANS/FORM

TRANS/FORM embraces the “gray zone” with a new design approach for the Transgender Community. Through user research, materials studies and carefully mapping the human body, TRANS/FORM fills a need that has been long overlooked with wearable objects. These objects combine the intimacy of lingerie with the durability and movement of sportswear.

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Kathryn A. Shehan | M.Arch | Master of Architecture

Letting the Steam Out

Letting the Steam Out

Letting the Steam Out questions the misconceptions of Chicago Public Housing, specifically the Julia C. Lathrop Homes, through a series of interventions to its existing District Heat steam system. By literally “letting the steam out,” this project comments on the necessity of this infrastructure and its misunderstood potential.

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Eli Sidman | M.DesOb | Master of Design in Designed Objects

WonderVision

WonderVision

WonderVision inspires adults to ignite their interest in science by exploring questions with kids. Rather than fearing wrong answers, parents and kids are provoked to ask new questions and explore their own theories with an interactive kit designed to challenge the way we think about light and color.

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Carissa Smith | M.Arch | Master of Architecture

Perceiving the Doppler Effect: An Urban Streetscape Experience

Perceiving the Doppler Effect: An Urban Streetscape Experience

Perceiving the Doppler Effect redesigns the city walkway of Archer Avenue, Chicago, to become a more inclusive experience engaging contemporary understandings of sensory systems and cognition. The project reaches beyond the visual and creates an embodied perception of a shared social reality available to a greater portion of the public.

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Fufu Tsao | M.DesFash | Master of Design in Fashion, Body, and Garment

Bubble Life

Bubble Life

Bubble Life is a knitted piece created to show the designer’s take on the relationship between human beings and environment. People are limited by society, often hiding their true feelings from others out of fear that those they meet will pass them by in life. Our current society forces relationships between individuals to change for the sake of group integration.

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Anthony Wasmund | M.InArch | Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

Reprogramming the Plaza

Reprogramming the Plaza

Reprogramming the Plaza explores the idea of creating a persistent human element in a place that was once the cultural hub of an urban space. Through the use of form and digital representation, these spaces can become “alive” even when uninhabited.

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Emily Wright | M.Arch | Master of Architecture

The Keeler Avenue Keeper

The Keeler Avenue Keeper

The Keeler Avenue Keeper bridges the gap between economically and resource-poor neighborhoods and architects through a fun, engaging and collaborative tool. As a result, buildings and areas are activated and restored to life, benefitting current residents. Additionally, this would attract potential new users, encourage new programs and open the door for communication among all.

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