PROBLEM In response to Hurricane Maria's devastating wreckage of Puerto Rico in 2017, I was tasked with designing modular facilities intended to house and provide the basic necessities for children that are left orphaned or separated from their families after natural disasters. I was also asked to conceptualize an entertainment experience that would be used to help raise funds to build these shelters.
THE CAPSULE - Designed a system of modular, octagonal units that served different functions and could be arranged as best suited the needs of different disasters. Developed a security system to ensure children would be safe while attempting to reunite with loved ones.
THE EXHIBIT - Devised a story and experience to raise support for the project. Designed a trade show exhibit and curated elements that would accompany the experience to support the story and inform about the company.
DESIGN PROCESS I created technical drawings in Adobe Illustrator to work out the physical design of the structure, visualize materials and finishes, and create linework that I could use as a base for a 3D model. I then brought a .dwg of the line drawing into SketchUp to create a 3D model, which I added materials onto. Finally, I rendered the model using V-Ray and brought it into Photoshop to fine tune the image and add people for scale.
Student project at Savannah College of Art & Design. Project developed entirely by designer from design solution to artwork and script.
Inspired by the stories of real refugee children, I transformed the interior of a capsule into a miniature theatre to give guests a first-person perspective of the children’s circumstances and show how the capsule could help them. A combination of embedded screens, projected media, and concealed speakers simulate how the capsule would be used when implemented and put guests in the children’s shoes.
SKETCHUP MODEL FLYTHROUGH