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  • Building Green in Full Spectrum

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    Whether it is the Earth's environment or the living environment, building a LEED certified residence hall can be a great benefit to the New School Student Housing Services. The Student Housing Services has given me not only the opportunity to live and work along side the ultimate users of my subject, they have also offered me a vast knowledge of how a residence hall is built from beginning to end through the on-going projects at the school.

    My proposal for building a LEED certified residence hall can create an educational environment, healthier residents, sustainability for the community and better building efficiency. My project includes a workbook and interactive website which makes provides informative resources on good alternative solutions to current problems at the New School residence halls. This will be an on-going project which can serve as tools for the developers, Student Housing and the residents to exchange information with each other from the initial building stage to the community building stage of a residence hall. In turn, I hope the project can serve as a bridge builder between my constituents.

    For more information, check out my blogs and this video:

  • HEY! NYC “Healthy is Sexy”

    Education, Industrial Design

    Kaz

    HIV prevention in New York City nightclubs.

    NFP partner: APICHA – Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS is a non-profit organization providing HIV/AIDS related services, education, and research to Asian and Pacific Islander Communities in New York City.

    In New York City, there is an increase in the number of HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM); many of these infections are due to unsafe sex.

    Wrist Band: Anyone entering a nightclub will be required to wear a wristband, with a condom attached to it.
    Toilet Seat: Each restroom stall will be equipped with a special toilet seat and condom dispenser.

    Hey New York! products remind gay men to have safe sex.

    Wrist Band: Everybody in the club will carry a condom with them for the rest of the night; afterwards they can use it for safe sex .

    Toilet Seat: The toilet seat is designed to look like a penis inside of a condom when illuminated. The dispenser has a small pink condom icon that lights up. These devices command attention for the condoms available and for condom use in general.

    The next step would be to work with other HIV/AIDS non-profits to make the products available for a larger public. By having APICHA reach out to broader HIV/AIDS non-profits we could expand out of New York City into greater New York State.

  • Autism Thesis

    Communication

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    Project Title: BOND, Changing the affects of Autism through visual and communal interaction

    NFP and Partners: This project was created in collaboration with Mighty Miracles ministry at Christ Tabernacle and The Rebecca School.

    Project Description: BOND is an interactive toy for children with Autism designed to increase their social interaction and awareness of others through the use of technology and light. This learning tool will sense when two or more children are in close proximity (as far as two feet away) and the LEDs embedded in the pillow will glow encouraging the children to interact with one another. It also visually indicates how clear they speck to one another and turns into a multi-player game when placed flat on a surface. As a result the children will learn valuable social and awareness skills that they can then build into a bright future.

    I would like to propose applying this service to the new Christ Tabernacle community building in Queens, N.Y, where parents, teachers and therapists who are using Bond to help their children can be found. I would also like to work with technology companies in an attempt to introduce this system to the Medical Care Industry.

  • Versatile Beyond 20/20

    Aid, Industrial Design

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    VERSATILE beyond 20/20 A utility cart designed for people with limited vision.

    This project is done in collaboration and consultation with Cesar Gomez, a professional in the field of visual impairments. Research and User Testing were done with National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH),

    VERSATILE is a response to the social issues concerned with disability (specifically visual impairment). The design of furniture often reflects a lack of empathy and awareness of differing abilities in everyday functions, an¬d does not allow for comfortable use by the visually impaired.

    VERSATILE is designed to aid and assist those with limited vision in the workspace by highlighting elements of organization and navigation within the product. This modular furniture system is customizable to the user's needs so that it can functionally assist with mundane activities.

    The next steps of this project would be to design a line of furniture and environments that address the issues particular to the visually impaired community.

  • MedX -MED"EXACT"

    Aid, Industrial Design

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    RFID Device and System for Storing Patients' Medical Histories

    It is too hard to transfer the medical history of a patient from past doctor to the new doctor, and when a patient is unconscious in an emergency, it is extremely hard for paramedics to know about the medical information of the patient.

    MedX is a portable and affordable device with a standardized system that provides accurate and immediate medical history of a patient while maintaining their privacy through RFID(Radio Frequency IDentification) technology.

    MedX allows the doctor to provide appropriate medical care to each patient and illiminate guesswork in emergency situations. It provides peace of mind for patients as well as doctors.

    Although the current target of MedX is with U.S, I plan to collaborate with doctors in Africa as this would also be the ideal solution for Africa due to its convenience and affordability.

  • The Museum of Nature

    Environment, Audio/Visual Design

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    I recently came across the great work of Finnish photographer Ilkka Halso. His recent photographic series the 'Museum of Nature' wonderfully challenges the natural environment from its current state into a future world where it is something we have to visit to experience.

    The collection of compelling images pictures a series of man-made structures that enclose nature, protecting it from pollution. Using images of nature and 3D digital manipulation, this photographic collection captures a future vision of nature as a museum display. Challenging the audience's interaction with the endangered artifact of the natural environment, Halso manages to truly visualise a future we so desperately do not want to see a reality.

    This is a thoroughly engaging project, that although I appreciate BLDGBLOG's suggestion as to how appropriate these images would be as illustrations to a form of eco-catastrophic novel. I feel personally these images could stand-alone in any city or urban environment to remind us how precious our natural environment is truly becoming.

  • Maxwellshowboard_177_

    Made closely in part with Rachel Lehr, cofounder of Rubia, Inc., an NFP that works “to serve women in rural Afghanistan, through education, skills training and promotion of their hand-embroidered textiles... Rubia is creating new traditions in textiles by translating the heritage and skills of Afghan women into sustainable livelihoods.”

    Loti is an effort to sustain and revive the traditional craft of the Darrai Noor region of Afghanistan and dispose of its toxic processes by overlaying their embroidery upon the contemporary craft process of wide-format digital printing. This venture ensures that the processes that have led us to where we are today will be sustained before they skip a generation and are forever lost or mass imitated.

    Taking inspiration through nature, loti is a line of pillows initially made biculturally - in part here in the US, embodying the impressive, almost magical use of digital textile printing, and finished in Afghanistan, handcrafted by women in Darrai Noor. The dimensions of the pillows are chosen based on two factors; one - market desirability, and two, maximal use of yardage.

    Loti encourages a cross-culture dialogue in fabric that shares and explores common beauty between two counties at war through revolutionary production linking producers, designers, and consumers in a hands-on way. In addition to a line of pillowss, loti is a system that is built to enhance the economy of Afghanistan. Initially, loti fabric will be printed in the ...

  • Maxwellshowboard_177_

    Made closely in part with Rachel Lehr, cofounder of Rubia, Inc., an NFP that works “to serve women in rural Afghanistan, through education, skills training and promotion of their hand-embroidered textiles... Rubia is creating new traditions in textiles by translating the heritage and skills of Afghan women into sustainable livelihoods.”

    Loti is an effort to sustain and revive the traditional craft of the Darrai Noor region of Afghanistan and dispose of its toxic processes by overlaying their embroidery upon the contemporary craft process of wide-format digital printing. This venture ensures that the processes that have led us to where we are today will be sustained before they skip a generation and are forever lost or mass imitated.

    Taking inspiration through nature, loti is a line of pillows initially made biculturally - in part here in the US, embodying the impressive, almost magical use of digital textile printing, and finished in Afghanistan, handcrafted by women in Darrai Noor. The dimensions of the pillows are chosen based on two factors; one - market desirability, and two, maximal use of yardage.

    Loti encourages a cross-culture dialogue in fabric that shares and explores common beauty between two counties at war through revolutionary production linking producers, designers, and consumers in a hands-on way. In addition to a line of pillowss, loti is a system that is built to enhance the economy of Afghanistan. Initially, loti fabric will be printed in the ...

  • Maxwellshowboard_177_

    Made closely in part with Rachel Lehr, cofounder of Rubia, Inc., an NFP that works “to serve women in rural Afghanistan, through education, skills training and promotion of their hand-embroidered textiles... Rubia is creating new traditions in textiles by translating the heritage and skills of Afghan women into sustainable livelihoods.”

    Loti is an effort to sustain and revive the traditional craft of the Darrai Noor region of Afghanistan and dispose of its toxic processes by overlaying their embroidery upon the contemporary craft process of wide-format digital printing. This venture ensures that the processes that have led us to where we are today will be sustained before they skip a generation and are forever lost or mass imitated.

    Taking inspiration through nature, loti is a line of pillows initially made biculturally - in part here in the US, embodying the impressive, almost magical use of digital textile printing, and finished in Afghanistan, handcrafted by women in Darrai Noor. The dimensions of the pillows are chosen based on two factors; one - market desirability, and two, maximal use of yardage.

    Loti encourages a cross-culture dialogue in fabric that shares and explores common beauty between two counties at war through revolutionary production linking producers, designers, and consumers in a hands-on way. In addition to a line of pillowss, loti is a system that is built to enhance the economy of Afghanistan. Initially, loti fabric will be printed in the ...

  • The Rubbish Vortex

    Environment, Audio/Visual Design

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    We all know about the fabulous IFF Crochet Coral Reef (the press has been outstanding!), but do not miss out on the very crafty Rubbish Vortex as well, created by Helle Jorgensen, a star contributor to the Coral Reef Project.

    Jorgensen's complex and mesmerizing vortex of recycled plastic bags thriftily spun into crocheting yarn is a brilliant solution to a menacing global problem.

    See the artist's blog, Gooseflesh, for more visuals and details: http://hellejorgensen.typepad.com/gooseflesh/therubbishvortex/index.html

    All of the artist's work, including her accessories, are state-of-the-enviro-art.

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