An Interdisciplinary Collaboration between Architecture and Interior Design Students with Prof. Lisa Phillips & Prof. Ryan Glick
A border is defined as a transition space from one place to another. The island of Lesbos was chosen as the project’s border, as it is a threshold between Turkey and mainland Greece. Lesbos was not originally a border crossing, but the refugees have created this invisible border.
The Moira camp burned down leaving the refugees unsheltered. Moira Camp 2.0, Northeast of Mytilini was established, unfortunately with unsanitary conditions. The camp has suffered several floods, strong winds, and sickness outbreaks. Tension between the Syrians and Greek natives has developed into an issue of understanding and acceptance.
The programs of this building evolve and unite both the refugees and Greek natives through a journey of growth. A delicate ribbon progresses throughout the buildings, influencing form and circulation, connecting the most collaborative interior spaces.
How do you know your project is successful?
I know our project is successful because despite our differences in skills and ideas we developed one clear idea. Our design spoke about our individual ideas in order to best respond to create a dynamic user interaction with the natural world and health.
"I am very much inspired by the natural world; a flowers pedal has so much more depth then plastic, a trees roots have so much more growth then emptiness."
What is your design process?
I usually go from SketchUp or Rhino to Lumion to Lightroom and then Photoshop. One thing that is consistent and may even dictate "style" is an outlines effect I add in Lumion or in Photoshop. This applies a sketchy quality to my visuals. I prefer this because anything that looks hand-drawn looks much less stiff
and more personal.
- Victor Pedraza
My design process is very much concept driven and organized. I really get involved in the concept stage of the process and make sure that I have a strong concept as that leads into a strong project. I also like to walk
through my design process in steps and not do
everything all at once.
Before I begin any design, I like to write one sentence based on the project brief. Then begin to sketch what the sentence is and wants to be. Finally, I create drawings, paintings, and models; but without borders, without constraints. I make messy drawings, paintings, and models, and from there begin establishing the design.