Effervesce

2017
Orlando, FL
In collaboration w/ Marc Manack (SILO AR+D), Claire Shue, Alex Cabral, McKenzie Canaday, & Rachel Dickey (Studio Dickey)

Awards & Publications
AIA Small Project Design Competition - 1st Place
AIA Charlotte Divine Detail Citation Award
︎︎︎ Business Equality Magazine - Millennial Spotlight
︎︎︎ Charlotte Observer


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Using interactive and participatory design strategies, EFFERVESCE considers how design can reflect on the tragic events such as the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting to at once celebrate the memory of the lives lost and create new connections between those who engage this pop-up architecture.

Rather than a monument, this memorial is an encounter and an event -- a place of interaction and contemplation amid the commotion of the convention environment. Appearing as a filigreed and dematerializing wall, it inhabits middle of site allowing viewers to circumnavigate the structure.  The convex shape of each wall surface subtly captures space without occupying it, while the curvature establishes a focal zone within the field.  Within this zone are 49 vessels suspended in the porous structure, 1 for each life lost during the shooting. Upon closer inspection, one discovers that these objects are in fact mechanisms: a siphon and operable iris, modeled on a simple toy bubble gun. The design encourages one to squeeze the nozzle, drawing liquid in to the iris, and on release, opening to reveal a soap bubble surface. Each bubble blown is a fleeting yet vivid reminder of a life lost, and perhaps, a moment of joy.



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