Haitian immigrants to Miami are avid practitioners of voudou, which blends ancestral traditions with the modern frameworks of Christianity. Designed as a city of the dead, the cemetery is derived from a single unit tomb, which is then aggregated to provide programmatic spaces for voudou rituals, including bathing, feasting, herb cultivation and large-scale festivals. The cemetery is sited on axis with the Notre-Dame d’Haiti, the religious and cultural center of Little Haiti, and utilizes the city grid as as the organizing element. Shifts in this grid encourage sporadic wandering through the tomb units while the repetitive city blocks seek to democratize burial.
New Haven, CT; Fall 2014; Studio with Turner Brooks and Adam Hopfner
One of the few active quarries remaining in the New Haven area, Stony Creek is the primary inspiration and workspace for sculptor Darrell Petit. This proposed domicile engages the older section of the quarry with a system of ropes and pulleys by which Darrell may navigate around the space. The required physical exertion and intimate relationship with the quarry is reminiscent of the non-mechanized methods of original granite quarrying.
Center for Gastronomy
New Haven, CT; Spring 2014; Studio with Joyce Hsiang and Sunil Bald
Using the old Farmington Canal as a grounding element, this project investigates the use of a grid and gradient to situate a new dining space on Yale's campus. The complex houses cultivation, preparation, storage, education, and consumption; the central pavilion serves as a communal gathering space. A gradient created from an investigation of human motion encourages the completion of these activities within each compartmentalized space.