The_Panoptic_Insanitarium.pdf : Transparency, Surveillance and Synthetic Reality in the 21st Century


Research and thesis development, site studies, material experiments, programmatic development

Written Work

The Panoptic Insanitarium.pdf : Design Development


Further research and programmatic development, design development

The Panoptic Insanitarium


Final design, highlights of development and research

The Marginal Path to Meaning in Life.doc

   An essay comparing the contradiction of margin and center in Mrs. Dalloway and The Long Goodbye.

Performative Aliases.doc

   An essay examining the use of the alias and other literary tools to create a performative novel. The novels compared are Alias Grace and Snow Crash.

While in school, I developed a fascination for anthropology and desire to understand the connections between architecture, urbanism and anthropology. I have created another website dedicated to the pursuit of this knowledge and the many other things in this world that have captured my curiosity.


www.architectureanthropology.com

Ayn Rand’s Anthropological Insights


This post is about anthropological issues noticed in The Fountainhead, particularly concerning conforming to social norms as well as the interaction of genes and memes.


The Viral Influence of Social Networks


This post was inspired by an article about decades worth of research on social groups and behavior. The article revealed surprising connections between social networks and obesity, smoking and happiness. The post further looks at possible connections between social networks and architecture.

Architecture and People


This post examines a recent project completed by the Danish firm Arkitema during which they hired two anthropologists to work with both the clients and architects. The post questions why many architects do not consider the end user or human behavior and architecture.

Social Intelligence and Storytelling


This post is based on anthropology lessons and 1,001 Arabian Nights about storytelling and correlating social intelligence. The article questions the value of architecture and storytelling and the role of narrative and storytelling in creating and selling architecture.

Fictional Truths


This post is based on the ideas of William Faulkner and Hunter S. Thompson that fiction can elevate truth. The post also touches on different groups in the architectural world that explore the intersections of architecture, culture and fiction.

Architecture and Anthropology in The House of Mirth


This post examines issues of anthropology found throughout The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. particularly prevalent are issues of conforming to social norms, status and intrasexual competition. Also explored is the intertwining of architecture and anthropological events.

Architectural Folktales


Based on knowledge of how stories and storytelling influences learning and cultural transmission, this post questions how preferences for architecture and urbanism could be influenced by architectural folktales.

CCTV Sci-Fi Fairytale


This post briefly looks at a film made by new media artist Manu Luksch that is composed entirely of CCTV footage.

Love of Surveillance: The Illusion of Safety


This post looks at recent poll data showing increased CCTV to be positively viewed by the public, despite studies showing that CCTV does not increase safety.

Sound, Storytelling, and Architecture


This post reports an upcoming film examining sound and storytelling, as well as the relationship of sound and architecture as discussed by Juhani Pallasmaa and Peter Zumthor.

Experience the Power of Travel


Freelance article written about the power of travel.

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Storytelling and the Kingdom of Fear


Examining our  fear and perception of environmental risk as related to media influence and storytelling.

Architecture, Anthropology, Skyscrapers and Economics


The relationship between skyscraper construction and economic bubbles as well as anthropological motivations for exotic and absurd design.

The Blindness of Surveillance


An increasing dependence on surveillance technologies decreases our vision.

Behavior Based Architecture and Design


A portable stoop by Philadelphia designer Josh Owens raises questions about how architecture and urban areas can be better designed by observing human behavior and tendencies.

People-centered urbanism


The value of a walkable and people-centered city and the benefits it provides its citizens are examined in the issues of walkability and urban design.

Economic Benefits of Walkability and Transit


In addition to the social, experiential and public benefits of walkable and transit-oriented cities, there are also many economic benefits of walkability and transit.

A Lesson from the Aleutians - The Brilliance of Vernacular Design and Construction


The brilliance of vernacular design and construction are discussed by examining the vernacular design and construction of Aleutian kayaks.

Storytelling and Surveillance


In addition to examining the actual vs. perceived effectiveness of CCTV cameras, this article examines the role of storytelling and self-fulfilling prophecies in generating a positive public opinion of increased surveillance, despite evidence of its ineffectiveness.