notion of choreographing design is the central theme of this portfolio. The synergy of dance and design has been the focus
of my design explorations since 1985. As a design mechanism
the choreographed design uses kinetic principles as part of
the design gestalt and takes the design process out of the
static paper conceptual world into a virtual world which relies
on three dimensional modeling as its primary vehicle. Elevation
and plan are immediately merged into a volumetric realm from
the beginning of the design process. Many other kinetic principles
take place in choreographed spaces, such as the infliction
of changing light on a material and or the tracking of the
daily changes of the natural light over the period of a day. Additionally the immediacy of visualization, of the three dimensional environments, give users a look into the future by seeing in almost any direction of the space that is envisioned.
Many of these ideas of synergy were developed
during my dance studies and the advent of inexpensive personal
computers. During the first years of personal computers, many higher
end computer graphics and animation programs came onto to
the market and inevitably changed not only the way we work
but how we think. Design thinking as well as other fields
of science, art and mathematics starting evolving into a world
of computational modeling. Its direct impact on design is
still evolving. However, as a dancer the idea of isolating
phrases as spatial concepts was clear. Modeling of space has
become more fluid. Formal ideas of space have broken out of
the orthographic projection into a more sinuous world of interconnected
and dependent revolutions.
this portfolio I have traced that development starting in
1985 through to today’s projects to elaborate on the design
and its impact on my projects. To present this idea succinctly
I have designed a portfolio that illustrates the process as
choreography, inherently expressed as motion. There are two
major components to this portfolio, first the work which I
have done for other firms and if one could draw the analogy
it would be that of a dancer executing the work of the choreographer.
The second part is that of designing as a choreographer. The
second part explores computer animation or interactive environments
as a formal design parti. These projects require not only
a physical place but also highly kinetic environments.
the leadership of these firms I have assisted the realization
buildings and places. To explore these theoretical premises
of choreography I needed to apprentice at practices which
could support the idea of design studios and also had the ability
to support experimentation though computer modeling. Of the sixty
plus projects I have participated on I have selected projects
that represent design skills that ranged from conceptual development
to built product. I have included a wide array of sketches,
notes, drawings and models. These projects, even though not
my sole authorship have components which were explored and
developed by myself. Some of these drawings, models and sketches
represent my personal and original work and others are at
the leadership of a guiding design principal. I have taken
much care in selecting the work.
I have included the finished product such, as a building photograph,
in which authorship is the firms I have credited that firm.
Any reproduction of these images will need written permission
from the authoring firm.