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urban apertures

Advanced Studio, Spring 2017. Rhode Island School of Design. 

Skills Required: Hand Making - Ceramics and Collage, AutoCAD, Rhino, Illustrator, Photoshop, VRAY, Digital Fabrication, Model Making

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ABSTRACT

"Urban Apertures" investigates the narrative exchange of solid and void in the built environment. The Wall of Hope 9/11 Memorial in Providence, Rhode Island consists of 10,000 ceramic tiles hand painted by community members. Each of these tiles indicates both the presence and absence of an individual. Similarly, the fractures that exist in the urban landscape, be they acts of graffiti, worn pathways, or architectural palimpsest, provide memory of former beings. The proposed intervention inserts a sequence of layered frames, on both a micro and macro scale, to highlight the passing and lingering of human presence in an urban site.