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Detroit Entrepreneurial Center

 

2-Aerial-Rend

Our proposal for the Hudson’s Department Store site in downtown Detroit can be summarized as a collection of action triggers purposely bundled into one dynamic mixed-use development. Specific programs were selected and blended with the purpose of promoting a dynamic exchange amongst people, a fertile ground for innovation, and a new urban entrepreneurial spirit that will attract people back to the urban city core. Highlights of that program include a series of business incubators in the form of towers, a dynamic market place in the form of a base, a hotel and diverse range of housing options, also in the form of a tower, and common areas of social exchange in the form of a climate-controlled and daylight shell between the volumes.

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2nd place : Opportunity Detroit, Redisigning an Iconic Site

2-Aerial-Rend

 

Competition Poster

I know, We are probably getting too old to keep doing this… but, wanted to share the news…

Myself and two friends in Croatia (Juan J. Nuñez & Marko Kanceljak) stayed up for a few nights during memorial day weekend and got this project done…

Didn’t think anything would come out of it, but we won [...]

AIA Austin’s Latinos in Architecture Showcase

 

AIA Austin’s “Latinos in Architecture” is proud to announce “PERSPECTIVAS dosmil11”.

This exhibit aims to showcase the work and talent of Austin Latino architectural professionals and designers during the 2011 celebrations of National Hispanic Heritage Month.  The exhibit will take place at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC).

Opening night is scheduled for Friday October 7th (5:30-7:00PM) with opening remarks by Juan Cotera, [...]

Olithas:Part of C77DA Video Gallery

 

Core 77 awards has selected our Olithas video entry as part of the C77 Design Awards Gallery

earlier this week. We are extremely happy and elated for this recognition, considering we were

up against big budgets like Steelcase, Herman Miller, and Ziba.

Thank you Jeff Marrow for helping us pull this quick Video together in an afternoon.

He went above [...]

Tertulia Story - It's come a long way since 2000...

Tertulia has been a work in progress for 10 yrs now.  Its humble beginnings can be traced to a Design Studio course  back in Spring of 2000.   This post summarizes the highlights of that process.
Tertulia 2000

Tertulia 2000

 

my original statement read as follows:

  • I communicate best when I sit and feel comfortable with people, thus the idea of a ‘Tertulia’ came to mind.
  • The word Tertulia means small social gathering in Spanish.
  • The goal for the project is to become myself a ‘Communicator’ and design a ‘Tertulia kit’. This will enable me to create a Tertulia, anywhere I please.
  • I have two weeks, an internal frame back pack, and a cooler for beer, Wine, and crackers, but no chairs, So I will focus on the chairs.
  • Their form will derive from the metal curved rods inside my pack.
  • The chairs are meant to be carried as a snowboard on the pack’s snowboard/shovel pocket in the back.  (brief from 2000)

Course: DES342 Design and Persuasion

Description: Studio projects will exercise the designer’s ability to convince and persuade.Topics will include historical models, the role of words, context and audience, and the effect of medium.

Prof: M. Mitrasinovic

Project Brief: Design a ’Communicator’

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Tertulia Fissa - ['Fixed' Geometry concept]

Tertulia Fissa Concept

Tertulia Fissa Concept (Bamboo Ply)

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T.O.G.S. Competition Entry

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Light Vox - (Concept)

LIGHT VOX (concept)

LIGHT VOX (concept)

Light Vox is a wireless, self-illuminating speaker, flexible in aim, and fluidly sculptural in form. Network it, calibrate it, and compose a show of synesthetic visual sound beats, and color.

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O-Lithas – Challenge your imagination Competition Entry

Olithas

Olithas

Challenge your imagination Competition Entry…

O-Lithas as a concept already existed. I just adapted it to become a table.  A fancy ‘picnic table’ of sorts with two benches…

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Krank Lamp

Krank LED Lamp -  Concept

Krank LED Lamp - Concept

‘KRANK’ the handle for a minute, get 20 to 30 minutes of bright light. This manual L.E.D fixture uses the

principle of magnetic induction.

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