Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects and Fashion Graduate Show 2012

June 9 through July 21, 2012
Sullivan Galleries
33 S. State St., 7th Floor
Chicago, IL

Free and open to the public
Tue-Sat, 11am - 6pm

Opening Reception
June 11, 6-8 pm

Laura Crane
image by Laura Crane

Laura Crane earned her Bachelor of Science from Florida State University in Interior Design in 2008. Laura is interested in the expansion of capacities: the building facade and skin are complex interface surfaces, ripe with potential for engagement with the public.

Urban Negative is a design proposal that addresses the growing distance between the urban dweller and the immediate environment. The intervention of the design proposal enables a declaration of space, a link between edifice and environment.
This diagram notates the layers of research that were addressed for this project, including a detailed crime analysis, traffic congestion, existing program, windanalysis, and density; which can be viewed in my book.

The Chicago Loop was the site selected for this design proposal due to the cyclical program of the Loop and the 500,000 commuters that travel to and from the greater Loop area every weekday. The cyclical nature of the Loop parallels with that of the cyclical nature of the alley which transitions from a utilitarian program, to a potential threat of danger during the night in a similar 24 hour cycle.

The design proposal is a modular canopy system, composted of different components that enable the alley to retain its utilitarian function and conform around existing program while facilitating a new public space. The five different components vary in form based on their function, from a lighter component, to a planter component, to an air-filtering component that is coated with titania nanoparticles to help remove allergens from the air. The placement of the components is indicative of the program beneath.

Construction process from top left corner clockwise: CNC 3axis rigid foam base, CNC 3axis model MDF base, vacuum forming abs thermoform plastic over base, CNC 2axis abs thermoforms.

(Master of Architecture)