Published in Log 46 (2019)
In London’s Knightsbridge district stands a red brick apartment block from the 1890s whose first floor flats now house diplomatic functions, including the Embassy of Ecuador where Julian Assange, controversial publisher and founder of WikiLeaks, resided for nearly seven years. On the occasion of his eviction in April 2019, this short essay traces a blurry line between private and political life inside the embassy.
Published in Log 44 (2018)
Masterpiece Cakeshop, in suburban Denver, is no masterpiece of a cake shop; yet it’s architecture is expressive. Written in response to the US Supreme Court Case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (2018), which debated First Amendment speech protection for creative professions, this short observation on the bakery calls into question what its namesake court case was really all about.
Published in Log 39 (2017)
Written in response to the 2016 presidential election and first events of the Trump presidency, "Redefining Wall," coauthored with Mark Talbot, looks at the campaign's border wall proposal through a lens of retreat and exclusion. Though written only days into the Trump presidency, we speculate on the role of federalism in defending universal ideals, and urbanism in fostering sites of inclusion.
Published in Project, Issue 5 (2016)
This research into an alternative cultural agency for parametric design, coauthored with Mark Talbot, builds a conceptual bridge between digital design technology and vernacular building practices. Regionalist parametrics suggests a digital orientation toward the site specific, shifting architecture’s discursive arena from the representational, stylistic, and virtual to the sensory, tectonic, and performative.
This research considers of the animal motifs of the Sixties-era group Ant Farm, and in particular their project the Dolphin Embassy. Conceived in 1973, the embassy is a speculative project that challenges architecture's geographic limitations, via seafaring mobility, and transgresses traditional biological thresholds through an "aquaterrestrial" habitat for both humans and dolphins. Intentionally humorous and subtly polemical, Ant Farm's aim was nothing less the transcendence of human political constraints.