Summer Traveling | Panoramic views

Guatapec, ColombiaPANO_20140726_123200

Cuzco, PerúPANO_20140714_120510

Pisac, PerúPANO_20140715_114918Sacsayhuaman, PerúPANO_20140714_171002

Machu Picchu, PerúPANO_20140713_095244

Isla del Sol, PerúPANO_20140710_152614

Salar de Uyuni, BoliviaPANO_20140709_130551

Uxmal, MexicoPANO_20140625_152004

Pirámides de Teotihuacan, MexicoPANO_20140623_125124

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Applications of parametric design tools in Horizon House

Tomorrow we will be presenting Horizon House at the Graduate School of Design as part of the program of ‘Innovate Talks’, introduced by the Chair of the Department of Architecture Iñaki Abalos and moderated by Professor Mark Mulligan. We will be explaining how the competition asked for a sustainable solution for a retreat in nature set in rural Hokkaido (Japan) and we envisioned a house built with re-used local materials.

In March of 2013, I created a simple Grasshopper model that allowed for geometric explorations but also provided a general overview of material needs. You can check out the definition and some of the iterations below, extracted from a report I submitted at the end of the Spring semester. In addition, I have attached some of our original construction drawings.

Want to know more about Horizon House? Go here and here

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MDesS Thesis mid-term review

This will be part of my thesis mid-term presentation on digital design and robotic manufacture of wooden reciprocal frame structures, which will take place next week. The digital workflow described is under development.I have made some tests using the robot and it seems to be going in the right direction. I will post pictures of the prototypes in the next few days.

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Among other features of this workflow, the designer can access each larger ‘quad’, by using a path number that is the same of that of the original face it belonged to, while they can also retrieve the smaller configurations, which respond to the numbering of the vertices. More features coming soon!

Mesh topology studies

Pritzker Prize: Landmarks and Milestones

By visualizing patterns in the Pritzker Prize – the Nobel Prize of Architecture – could we discover some revealing sociological and geographical politics from this prestigious recognition of Architecture triumphs? Click on the image to go to the visualization ‘Pritzker Prize: Landmarks and Milestones’, a project I did in the Spring of 2013 with Tara Tan for the course CS171 – ‘Visualization’ at the Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The video animation can be found here.

Pritzker Price Visualization

Snow piles up around Horizon House

Akiko Kubo, one of the the caretakers of the experimental houses built in the Memu Meadows, has shared the most recent status of Horizon House under the snow. We are very excited to see the evolution of this winter and getting up to 1.00 m of snow. This will cover the railroad-tie base, leaving the house ‘floating’ in the white landscape.

Go to Horizon House page.

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Horizon House gets published in EL PAIS

Under the title of ‘Horizonte Sostenible‘, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa has written an article for the digital version of the Spanish newspaper EL PAIS as part of her blog ‘Del Tirador a la Ciudad’. You can read the whole article following the link above or clicking on the picture below.

Del Tirador a la Ciudad

Shinkenchiku magazine covers the opening of Horizon House

One of the members of the jury for the 3rd LIXIL International University Architectural Competition, Professor Darko Radovic from Keio University, has posted an entry on his blog  about the Japanese magazine Shinkenchiku featuring the opening of Horizon House. Click on the image to see more.

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Diario SUR covers the construction of Horizon House

Diario SUR – the main newspaper in Malaga (Spain) – has published an article explaining how Carlos Cerezo and I – both born and raised in the city – studied Architecture in Spain, came to study a Master in Design Studies (MDesS) at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and got involved in a multidisciplinary team to participate in the competition and construction of Horizon House, a sustainable project in Japan.

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Coming soon…

Portfolio 2014

Horizon House under the snow

Go to Horizon House page

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Photo taken by Ms. Akiko Kubo