Here’s a preview of my chat with Nick Doichev, principal at DLA+, which is due out next week. Everything in this preview is brand new and won’t be heard again on the full episode, it’s just stuff that I wanted you to hear but didn’t fit in the full hour. Enjoy!
Today on Design:interviewed is a kind of extension of last month’sPKN coverage, where Brian Gaudio gave a presentation of his own.
Brian Gaudio covers a lot of firsts for me on the show. For instance, he’s the first Imagineer I’ve ever talked to. Here are some images from their competition winning entry for a Disney experience on the moon.
He’s also the first Fulbright scholar I’ve had on the show. He traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of that scholarship.
He also founded a non-profit called Que lo Que, working in the Dominican Republic.
Taking a close look at housing in the Dominican Republic instilled an interest in housing as a need, one that’s “bigger than architecture”. This interest has fueled his travel grant and documentary, where he looked at informal settlements (such as favelas) in South America. Specifically, he explored Lima, Rio, Sao Paulo, Santiago and Bogota to document this turning point, as mother cities turn to embrace their surrounding informal settlements.
“Designing for the other 98%”, as he puts it, refers to the share of buildings that are built without an architect. Figuring out a way to serve these people who wouldn’t think of involving an architect has led him to found his startup, Module. Module intends to offer a house that grows with its occupant and are working towards a prototype within the year. His elevator pitch for Module recently won the 2016 MIT Enterprise Forum Pitchfest.
Francis Crisafio was born and raised in Lawrenceville, where his father was a barber for 80 years. His father, recently deceased, is the subject of Samsons Hair Repaired, a way of looking at him, his neighborhood, and his longtime clientele.
His PKN presentation will focus on another project, Holdup in the Hood, where children on Pittsburgh’s North Side create self-portraits. The larger body of work that incorporates drawings, re-cycled photographs, print media and body gesture to explore issues of race, class and gender.
Images from the project have been exhibited since 2006, and most recently the project was a finalist for a 2015 LensCulture Exposure Award. It will be exhibited in London beginning in May 2016, and Francis also hopes to publish a book on the project in the near future.