Translucent Interconnectivity

The purpose of my project is to bring together the homeless and non-homeless in a social and safe environment. This connection will be represented through the materials of the project. The wooden structure will have simple connections covered by a translucent fabric to allow the physical and psychological connections to be seen.

Program and Purpose

Portland, Oregon is homeless friendly. Any visitor can tell that there are a large amount of homeless people here. The city tries to take care of them the best they can, but fails to establish inter-social relationships with them. This design installation will provide a space in which the less fortunate can interact with the more fortunate. The space will be able to be inhabited during all hours of the day, providing programmatic functions reminiscing that of a co-op. People can gather to play instruments, creating an enjoyable listening and playing experience for both the homeless and non-homeless. During meal times, food will be brought from an organization, or donated by volunteers. Volunteers (both homeless and non-homeless) will be able to also help cook in addition to serving, and enjoying a meal together. The space can also act as a bartering facility, encouraging trade and interaction amongst all social classes. This design installation will be a space where there is no homeless or non-homeless, just people enjoying each other’s company in a safe and positive environment.

Place Branding

<p><a href=”″>Japan</a&gt; from <a href=””>Edwin Europe</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

This video is about Edwin, Japan trying to create a place brand for themselves. It shows the branding that has naturally evolved, and emphasizes the fabricated brand of being excellent denim makers. 🙂

(The machines Edwin uses to make the denim are completely unique and custom made. The high quality denim produced is only available through Edwin factories. The people are very proud of this image, and are excited to enhance it.)

Contextual/Conceptual Imagery

Movement. Relationships. Shelter.

fabric homeless-man-blend shelter




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2 responses to “Translucent Interconnectivity

  1. Why cant “This design installation will provide a space in which the less fortunate can interact with the more fortunate.” this be done via the context of food? yes, your project is not about food- the purpose is make the houseless and housed feel more comfortable together. A material affect would be comfort beyond perception, or breaking down the barriers of perceived non-belonging. Removing Inhibitions.
    Who: It serves people on the street, people who are willing to be social in the public realm but also who feel a discomfort with approachabilities between these two people.
    Why is it important: To bring people together. From Place Branding for the City, to reinforce the identity of Portland as a place of inclusiveness- a place with social values above capital class.

  2. How can the diagrams explore relationships of perceived approachability / co-existence? Maybe try observing this in the street. How do you draw that relationship? how do you make a language of that? Are there variations of the idea?
    i think examples of material affects to start with may be visual screening and also spatial proximity.
    Maybe map this over time. Get on the MAX. Observe the ‘personal space’ around people. how that limit/boundary is set and established…even pushed it limits. How can your project play with this- make people aware of this, or limit or enhance that quality?

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