As an Intern at INK Talks, I had the opportunity to take on the role of designing the stage for the 2018 conference in Hyderabad.
The theme was Billionaires of Moments and I based by design off of the myth of Indra’s Net. Legend says that the god Indra lifted a net that expands infinitely in all directions, and at every intersection there is a jewel. Because the net expands infinitely the jewels are infinite in number, and in the reflection of each jewel you can see the entire universe.
We used bird net and string lanterns as our material sand hung everything from a suspended cable grid.
This project was immensely challenging and rewarding all at the same time.
The Retractable Yurt
After spending a summer in Mongolia and having the privilege to live with Nomads who live in and build their own gers, homes, I had the opportunity to work with my brother Orin, to build the 3rd generation of a retractable yurt he had been working on.
This time the goal for the design was to be as compact, lightweight, and easy to build and assemble as possible. A pop structure that could be built in a day with cost effective materials and general construction skills.
Mike, an architect on the team, taught me about the reciprocal and parametric design of the yurt that I then translated into a 1:20 scale bamboo model.
I went on to build a 1:2 scale model with bamboo splits and bamboo pancing with rawhide joints. Rawhide was an ideal material for this project because it hardens when it dries to create strength and durability at the joints but still allows for the slits to move in a linear plane when the yurt opens and closes.
After we prototyped the 1:2 model I helped to lead the yurt building workshop during Bamboo U!
Retractable Yurt Construction Process
Onigiri 3, Inflatable Art
An infaltable art installation made for the Wonderfruit Festival, 2015.
3 inflatable pyramids made from ripstop nylon, 9x9m, 15x15m, 18x18m, connected with tunnels.