Loss of farmland and increasing populations are placing immense strain on the world’s food supply system. As food security is an increasingly critical topic in cities, one of the main solutions has been a movement toward urban farming technologies. Using such technology to respond to the anticipated food crisis, this project speculates on the future of urban living where residents’ entire diets would be grown alongside their living space.
A completely automated and robotic vertical farming system which utilizes aeroponic, aquaponic, and food computer technologies within residential towers would allow for efficiency, density, availability, conservation and consistency in residents' customizable pescetarian food supply. Crop planting densities, growth cycles, rotation, turnover, and the amount of fish and produce needed to fulfil a large diet weekly were used to calculate how much space would be required to ensure a constant supply of food for each resident in the tower. Applied to each of the forty types of produce and four types of fish, the calculations determined how much floorspace should be allotted for living vs. food. Above each floor is a space for robotic arms to move on a grid, attending to the crops below and delivering produce to the residents. The crop surplus would be brought to the (automated) ground-floor market via an internal food elevator and made available to the public for purchase while any waste produced is processed beneath the building.
Windows create a visual connection between people and food. Like in a traditional farmhouse, the residents look out over their crops while they are being grown and harvested. In the public main floor, courtyard and underground of the building, demonstration gardens allow market customers to observe in a similar way.
While the world’s food supply becomes increasingly strained, this community will have a continuous supply of nutritious food.
In-Between Capital: Interstitial Futures of a Livable City
thesis presentation and book design 2017
Projecting to a future version of the city, this project uses narrative to reimagine Vancouver’s cityscape following trends of population growth, inflated real-estate value, and empty neighborhoods. With nowhere else to go, residents opportunistically and informally occupy the divide, revealing the life of the city lost to investment.
Building becomes both an approach to addressing the need for space, reclaiming an unaffordable city by inhabiting the in-betweens, and a tool to resist the increasing value of the land.
Abstract demarcations on maps have, as long as anyone could remember, told people where they belonged and where they didn’t. These lines, although imagined fabrications, were real. They held a weight, a depth, a height.
People flooded the city. But the land, now capital, was gone. The line was defined and it was city divided. Amplifying a barrier between the residents and the inaccessible and the unattainable, between the public and the private.
It began as enclaves, five pilot projects of colonies within the city.
*additional images and film to come
Cast of Characters
promotional strategy, typography design, production 2013
Applied Arts Awards, Winner, Design Promotion Series, 2014 Communication Arts Awards, Winner, Typography 2014 How Design Awards, Winner, Typography, 2014 How Design Awards, Honourable Mention, 2014 How Design Awards, Best of Show, 2014 Featured in Swash and Serif, Typography Design Show, 2014
For the Holidays, each Lesli Ink client received their initial in the mail. Every letter was custom designed and hand drawn in metallic gold ink. Each client was then invited online to guess a phrase, and the winners were sent a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies. The letters were then made into a limited edition poster, screen-printed with gold ink, as well as downloadable iPhone backgrounds.
Creative Direction: Lesli Scott Creative: Kara Verbeek & Danny Wu
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Lesli Ink Cast of Characters Video
Vancouver Art Gallery
architectural design 2016 in partnership with Amy Stapleton
The Vancouver Art Gallery is an extension of the public realm. It strives to serve and generate local community as well as position itself as an international gallery. This open public plaza space serves as a meeting and gathering place at the convergence of downtown neighbourhoods. A café, bar, and bookstore activate two edges of the public plaza, and spill out into it under an overhang. The gallery will engage multiple communities in different ways; as a place for public events, a place of education, leisure, and an arts and cultural destination.
A skin of fritted glass provides soft light to day-lit galleries, and at night, allows the building to glow as a lantern. The social space of the plaza and covered outdoor urban room continue into and throughout the building’s circulation. The space expands to contain various additional programs, providing a respite from the galleries. The path is demarcated with wood, which was chosen for its association with British Columbia and for its warm acoustic quality.
book design, photography, thesis 250 pages, 15.5" x 11" x 2" 2013
Through a series of 200 photographs, Borrowed Light examines underlying themes of the nature of light aesthetically, philosophically, functionally, and problematically. The book is intended to articulate issues of light pollution and furthers the environmental discourse.
The shift from a purely aesthetic appreciation of light to an economic and environmental understanding is illustrated through the sequencing of chapters: architectural details, buildings, cities, and light on a global scale.
Photography plays a critical role in exploring and communicating space. It has the ability to capture the essence of a place through qualities of light, form and texture, translating architectural concepts and contextualizing built form. It has the ability to document spaces in relation to the people and experiences which surround and bring them to life.
1. Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory, UBC, Patkau Architects 2, 3. Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC, Patkau Architects 4. Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, Douglas Cardinal 7, 9, 10. Museum of Anthropologie, UBC, Arthur Erickson
The Differentiated Enclave
speculative design 2015
From the preliminary studies of Eva Lanxmeer, other new towns, and the history of Hanoi, three motivations were extracted to be employed in the unfinished new town development of Ciputra Hanoi International City (CHIC):
1. Public and community life: inhabiting and connecting the public surface in an active and inclusive way 2. Water management: biodiversity and ecosystem preservation 3. Re-establishing the human connection with nature and natural systems
Traditional agricultural irrigation canals are connected, becoming the carriers of spatial development through bands of land. Two thickened paths cross the length of the site, reaching out into the surrounding communities. The top of the building acts a pedestrian and bike path, while program is inserted into the datum. The paths are a catalyst for human interaction; pavilions facilitating various types of interactions for both those living in CHIC and the outside public. The insertion across the CHIC site provides a diverse public space while developing resiliency through creek capacity, biodiversity, and water management.
UBC SALA Lecture Series Posters
communication design 2015 - 2017
Each term the University of British Columbia's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture hosts a lecture series. Academics and practitioners from around the world are invited to present to students, faculty, and the Vancouver architecture community. The black and white accordion-fold posters are designed be mailed in a standard envelope, with the panels functioning as reproducible individual posters.
SALA Works Exhibition
exhibition and graphic design 2018 collaboration with Professor Thena Tak with support from SALA staff and student volunteers
The SALA Works exhibition presented a range of projects by faculty in The University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA). These works, exhibited in support of accreditation of the School’s professional Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees, illustrate the diversity of research, scholarship and creative practice within SALA through drawings, texts, digital visualization, and models.
*additional images to come
Centre for Architecture Media & Politics
architectural design 2014
The Centre for Architecture, Media and Politics, a leading institute for design advocacy, develops cross-disciplinary research, encourages public programs, and invites inventive design competitions. Through communal working spaces, C.A.M.P. will serve as an environmentally responsive participatory exhibition venue and flexible work space in downtown Vancouver. C.A.M.P. is dedicated to inquiry surrounding contemporary forms of the public realm through transdisciplinary discussion, research, and curatorial projects. As a collaborative, community-engaged co-working space, C.A.M.P. creates a respite on one of Gastown’s main through-ways by efficiently infilling leftover, unused space. The new office provides space to work alongside others with a passion for design, architecture, the city, and the environment. C.A.M.P.’s compact home maximizes engagement and maintains critical connection with the environment through its views and unconfined spaces.
A Home for Bats
product design & material research 2016 in partnership with Amy Stapleton
Public awareness and conservation initiatives of this lesser-known pollinator are more important than ever as their natural habitat becomes increasingly threatened and destroyed by sprawling urbanization. This project explores new ways of material deployment in the process of re-assessing the design of conventional bat houses in order to provide a new prototype for man-made, urban bat roosts – one that fosters a more mutualistic relationship between humans and the pollinators we typically unknowingly rely on.
illustration and poster design 2017
The fifteen owl species of Canada illustrated for a poster, prints, and cards (available for purchase via etsy). More to come!