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Solarium in Storm King Art Center

Designed by William Lamson and commissioned by Storm King for the Light and Landscape show, 2012.

Like a mountain chapel or Thoreau’s one-room cabin, Solarium references a tradition of isolated outposts designed for reflection. Each of the 162 panels is made of sugar cooked to different temperatures and then sealed between two panes of window glass.   The space functions as both an experimental greenhouse, growing three species of miniature citrus trees, and a meditative environment.   In warm months, a 5x8 ft panel on each side of the house opens up to allow viewers to enter and exit the house from all directions.  In addition to creating a pavilion like environment, this design references the architecture of a plant leaf, where the stomata opens and closes to help regulate the plants temperature. Set within the open the landscape, the house functions as a hybrid sanctuary at once evoking a plant conservatory, a chapel, and zen garden.

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This assignment was for us to design houses with a secondary shape influencing the interior details. The Crit on Monday specifically said that I was on the right track, but I should spread them out more in terms of the shape language. I had fun though!! 

Anyways - more work to come!! 

I’ll be working with Foam core this week and you should see some fancies AND CHARACTER DESIGNS !!

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It’s the summer anthem many were waiting for. In the new video for the irrepressible hip-hop song “Thunder Thighs,” women of different shapes, sizes, races and sexualities enjoy a summer day in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn — all exulting in their own bodies as they braid each other’s hair, eat ice cream and frolic in a fire hydrant’s spray.

“Thunder Thighs” is the handiwork of Miss Eaves, the alter ego of Brooklyn multimedia artist Shanthony Exum. Her work, which includes rap, photography, illustration and graphic design, centers on themes she describes as politically progressive and feminist. For Exum, “Thunder Thighs” is a case of “art reflecting reality.”

“I’ve had a curvy body for my whole life,” she says. “A lot of the things I talked about in ‘Thunder Thighs’ — such as, like, wearing mom jeans or having your thighs touch and rub together, in the summer, getting 'chub rub’ — these are things I’ve experienced my whole life.”

'Thunder Thighs’: The Summer Anthem That Celebrates Every Woman