Abigail Buchanan | 2013

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This portfolio is a sampling of my work as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The projects within demonstrate my experience in parametric design and fabrication, installation design, space planning, and furniture design.

Text of Abigail Buchanan | 2013

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  • Cumulus Oculi BONOBOSre.FINE Burning Man Bench Larger-Than-Life

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    This portfolio is a sampling of my work as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The projects within demonstrate my experience in parametric design and fabrication, installation design, space planning, and furniture design.

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  • cumulus oculi

    abigail buchanan, sharece ramos, jack kennedy, anuj patel, caitlyn whisenant, heather williams, daniel salgado, sangni qu, alexis garcia, carlie blake, justin mcnair, blakeni walls, john jeppsson, jonathon anderson

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    Cumulus Oculi is an air purification system that filters and recycles polluted air. Self-assembling itself over a city, this filtration system raises awareness of individuals role as not only a polluter but also a contributor to our threating air quality. Dense clusters of Oculi are seen over larger cities where the pollution is denser than normal and actively filters the air. As dirty air is filtered through the Cumulus Oculi, the Oculi illuminates, indicating that polluted air is being filtered and recycled back into the city. Cumulus Oculi serves as a live-stream visual of the changes in atmospheric pollution, enticing individuals around the world to do their part in minimizing the production and emission of pollution.

    Installed within the Center for Visual Artists in downtown Greensboro, NC is a sampling of the proposed Cumulus Oculi: a built environment personified through light. Dormant in its solitary state, this environment is awakened by the user who navigates through the space. The sensors located within specific oculi detect users movement through space, triggering a sensor that illuminates a corresponding oculi. The environments unpredicted response causes users to analyze how their interactions effect the environment.

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    surface triangulation

    oculi surface division

    laser cut triangles

    grasshopper script subdivision

    assembling surfaces

    staples used to join tabs

    suspending oculis from ceiling

    installing fabric in each oculiopening exhibit

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    HalocarbonsToday, climate change is an undeniable concern as we humans are continually increasing our emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The main source of climate change once come from the eruption of volcanoes releasing immense amounts of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, however people are now the greatest source of sulfur dioxide and climate change. We feel that until people make a conscious decision to lessen their role as a pollutant, global warming will only continue to get worse. One example can be found in life expectancy, which has already dropped to as low as 45 years in densely polluted areas due to lung, throat and thyroid cancers (Blacksmith Institute, 2011).

    Though living things emit carbon dioxide when they breathe, carbon dioxide is widely considered to be a pollutant when associated with cars, planes, power plants, and other human activities that involve the burning of fossil fuels such as gasoline and natural gas. In the past 150 years, such activities have pumped enough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to raise its levels higher than they have been for hundreds of thousands of years.

    Air Pollution, National Geographic

    Governments are hoping to implore people and companies to reduce their global impact by beginning to place higher taxes on gasoline and carbon dioxide emissions in an eort to cut back on the outpouring of greenhouse gases. While many individuals and companies have taken steps towards reducing their carbon footprint, a greater eort needs to manifest in order to prevent the devastating social and economical losses associated with global warming. Research shows that millions of premature deaths could be prevented through simple measures such as utilizing cars that emit less pollution (Vaughan, 2009). While removing sources of pollution is an excellent start towards eliminating this global threat, the dangers of pollution that have already been released into the atmosphere will continue to linger until the air is puried. The threat of pollution could cease in our lifetime if the resources and commitment were readily present (Blacksmith Institute, 2011).

    Cumulus OculiCurrent Global Status

    WAGENINGEN_ NETHERLANDS _ fair smog city

    Typ. Pollution Breakdown

    Cumulus Oculi is an air purication system that lters and recycles polluted air. Self-assembling itself over a city, this ltration system raises awareness of individuals role as not only a polluter but also a contributor to our threating air quality. Dense clusters of Oculi are seen over larger cities where the pollution is denser than normal and actively lters the air. As dirty air is ltered through the Cumulus Oculi, the Oculi illuminates, indicating that polluted air is being ltered and recycled back into the city and encourages society to pollute less.

    The ashes of light serve as an indication of pollution density present in a city. Where there are more lights, there is a greater degree of pollution that is being ltered back to clean air. While Cumulus Oculi has an immediate social impact as it brings awareness to every individuals role as a polluter, it additionally produces global awareness. Air pollution data can be calculated, reviewed and compared among countries. Cumulus Oculi serves as a live-stream visual of the changes in atmospheric pollution, enticing individuals around the world to do their part in minimizing the production and emission of pollution.

    According to the EPA, if people continue to emit greenhouse gases at the current rate, the worlds temperature could increase by 4 to 12F by 2100. Furthermore, National Geographic states that ocean life is at higher risk as icebergs melt and coral reefs disappear if the worlds temperature increases by two degrees. If the increase reaches 3 degrees there would be heat wave with possible fatalities. Metropolitan areas could wash away at a rise in 4 degrees. At 5 degrees, civilizations would collapse, and even just 6 degrees in increase could result in mass extinction. Although we are on the track to these devastating spikes in temperatures, the EPA also suggests that preventative methods put into place could reduce the rise in temperatures by over 50%. Installing Cumulus Oculi over cities around the world is one proposal which looks to treat and prevent the treat of pollution at a global scale.

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    DUBAI_ UAE _ high smog city

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    CHICAGO, IL _ USA _ medium smog city

    The highest levels of air pollution in the world are a result of the automobile pollution produced in Dubai.

    The Netherlands have the highest number of livestock in all of Europe. As a result, their soil contains a high level of pollution caused by the surplus of manure.

    A major manufacturing city, Chicagos pollution greatly comes from the industrial waste. Additionally, waterborne wastes have been presented as a threat within Lake Michigan.

  • bonobos re.fine

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    BONOBOS re.FINE placed third in Paves 2012 Student Design Competition in the Store Design Category. BONOBOS re.FINE becomes an installation that exhibits and communicates the uniqueness of the Bonobos line by recalling an industrial setting where artifacts are refined and produced. The fixtures within the space express the idea of refinement, as raw elements come together in one purified form. Industrial roller table components are used throughout the space to refer to the idea of refinement and to provide movement, continual progression, and dynamic user experience and adaptability.

    perimeter shelving units

    conveyor tables

    conveyor hangers

    module stacking units

    bonobos graphic seal

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    all elements combined

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  • These 5 module conveyor sections are aligned together to form a moving linear progression that reinforces the concept of refinement. Furthermore, each module emulates a refined wardrobe as clothes and accessories are paired together to create an easy shopping experience for men who want a bold look, but are just unsure what colored shirt would pair well with those fuchsia pair of Chinos.

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    Line conveyors are used for hanging clothing and accessories.

    Graphic seals on the back of the perimeter fixtures are implemented to further brand Bonobos signature mens collection.

    Roller conveyors contribute to the industrial feel while accentuating the motion and movement of the refining process.

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    Line conveyors are used for hanging clothing and accessories.

    Graphic seals on the back of the perimeter fixtures are implemented to further brand Bonobos signature mens collection.

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    Line conveyors are used for hanging clothing and accessories.

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