BOTTLES 2 BOARDS
I have been developing “Bottles 2 Boards” for several years. My initial goal was to devise a simple, easily replicable methodology for manufacturing a product, a recreational skateboard, using only recycled bottles and a simple hydraulic heat press. I worked with Waste 4 Life, an NGO that creates opportunities for the cartoñeros in Buenos Aires. The cartoñeros are a population of impoverished Argentinians who live in an urban shanty town and spend their nights collecting recyclables from others’ garbage to then sell to third party companies. Waste 4 Life’s goal is to create sustainable, effective projects for these people who were economically devastated by the financial crisis that began in Argentina in 2001 and has continued. I devised a system to make a fully functional skateboard deck with simple tools, molds, and processes that were inexpensive, available, and could be easily implemented by this population in Argentina and by other similarly situated populations throughout the developing world. Skateboarding has been introduced as an intervention in several countries to channel adolescents toward a healthy athletic activity (e.g. Skateistan in Afghanistan and Cambodia). My project will provide inexpensive boards produced by recycling materials that would otherwise sit in landfills for decades; these boards can supply thousands of young skaters and repurpose a troublesome source waste throughout the world.
This project promotes longboarding as a valid alternative to biking for those seeking a sustainable method of commuter transit. When compared to a bicycle, a longboard has an equal capacity for speed and a similar turning radius; moreover, the board is easier to pair with public transit (due to its weight and easily storable shape). I designed my deck to be symmetrical and subtly concave to help maintain balance without skimping on maneuverability (as it would be used in congested urban environments). I bored two holes near the trucks to support theft prevention (lockable with any chain lock) and to facilitate storage on a standard coat hook. The market for longboards is growing rapidly in almost every urban demographic. I am currently developing a complete line of accessory products including skateboard specific locks, carrying bags/slings, shoe covers/brake pads, and a patented safety braking system.
I was commissioned to design, cost, and construct a full-size backyard half-pipe. It was specifically produced as a multi-use product, used by skateboarders and BMX bikers. The design required extra support systems. The skating surface was covered with several layers of plywood of increasing quality and finished with several coats of weatherproof polyurethane paint.
My design concept was inspired by the classic Reebok pump and utilizes their effective ankle-support technology to improve skateboarding shoes. This proposes a new product line to address the increasing demand created by the growing demographic of skateboarders and longboarders. The cut-through allows stress relief for the ankle. When the air-bladder is inflated, the ankle is given extra support while the heel is lifted slightly, thus alleviating pressure on the ankle. My design was also inspired by the shape of ankle braces that wrap around, but not over, the ankle supporting the joint and relieving pressure.
THE CHI CHUKKA
Concept of the Vans classic shoe, The Chukka. This was completed as a supplement to my application to this company
During the winter of 2012, I traveled to Ecuador with students from the architecture department at RISD. We spent time in Quito studying the properties of bamboo and its proper use as a building material. We then traveled with students from UTE (Universisdad Tecnologica Equinocal) to the coastal village of Pile to design and build an open air pavilion. It was meant to serve as an informative structure about the town’s history (they were the original weavers of the Montecristi Hat, commonly referred to as a "Panama Hat") as well as a place for the local citizens to wait for the bus. We presented the town with several different options. The community chose my group’s design. We built a scale model and then the fully finished structure in two weeks of intense work.
This is my concept design for an iPod dock constructed from bamboo. I chose various sizes of bamboo to create varying degrees of sound resonance. (i.e. wider pieces of bamboo house the subwoofer than the tweeters).
Flashlight concept with increased product life. The milled aluminum body, LED light system, rechargeable batteries, and solar charging system gives this flashlight a potentially infinite lifespan. The position of the solar panels facilitate charging in the flashlight’s natural resting position.
TAPE MEASURE RE-DESIGN