XNOT and FORNES (Sukkah City 3.0)

Today I returned home from a long day of constructing the Sukkah for theverymany's winning entry for the Sukkah City competition to find that the competition's website posted all the entry's and all remaining unseen projects. To my surprise I also noticed that BLDGBlOG also posted an entry about the competition, including XNOT's entry. As soon as I have a free moment I will post the entire entry, as well as photos of all the completed Sukkah structures.

Below is a link to BLDGBLOG & the Sukkah City website (XNOT entry)





Sukkah City Update

The list has been out for a few weeks and I would just like to say congratulations to all the winners of Sukkah City. For those of you that haven't seen the list of winner yet:

Dale Suttle, So Sugita, and Ginna Nguyen - New York, NY

Henry Grosman and Babak Bryan - Long Island City, NY
Fractured Bubble

Ronald Rael, Virginia San Fratello - Oakland, CA
Sukkah of the Signs

Kyle May and Scott Abrahams - New York, NY

Peter Sagar - United Kingdom

tinder, tinker - Sagle, ID
Shim Sukkah

Matthias Karch - Berlin, Germany
Repetition meets Difference | Stability meets Volatileness

Matter Practice - Brooklyn, NY
Single Thread

Volkan Alkanoglu - Los Angeles, CA
Star Cocoon

Bittertang - Brooklyn, NY
Bio Puff

SO-IL - Brooklyn, NY
In Tension

P.YGROS.C / passive hygroscopic curls

I look forward to seeing all the winning entries, and was both surprised and excited to see so many local firms make the final cut. Although I was not involved in the concept design and have only done a minimal amount of work on the entry by Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY I came on board just in time to gear up for its construction. Things are in their final stage now, and I think that the end result will be well received. To my knowledge only two projects have been unveiled so far, the first...

Gathering, by Dale Suttle, So Sugita, and Ginna Nguyen - New York, NY


The Second being Marc's entry pictured below...

Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY LLC New York, NY

(If anyone is interested in helping construct the project for THEVERYMANY we are looking for extra hands, please contact me for me info) 



XNOT was a collaboration between Morgan Reynolds, Ravi Raj and myself with the of exploring both the historical, conceptual, and physical constructs of the Sukkah as a temporary for of architecture.  We will be retouching a few of the drawings before I post them, but until then here is a sample image.

XNOT by Ravi Raj, Morgan Reynolds & John Becker

Full write-up and images on their way.



New Project in the works, and more information to come soon. For now a teaser, pictured above is a test piece at full scale. ONYX is a collective consisting of John Patrick Rooney, Drew Pusey and John Becker. Special thanks to Brad Brinton and Brian Carlisle of PlastikBanana for the fabrication consultation. 



Posted in Graphic work, I uploaded an old set of images from a drawing class at Columbia. The project was about drawing the disassembly of a familiar object, once deconstructed a new set of drawing were created to illustrate its potential assembly into an unknown object.


An Atmosphere Excavated

Today both Dezeen and BLDGBLOG posted my final studio project. I would just like to say thank you to Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG for a great final semester.




Sukkah City(2)

Today is the due date for Sukkah City and the board is sent. Now we wait, as soon as the verdict is out I will give more information. In the mean time I will be getting back to a few other projects, Stay tuned.



Presently I am working with Marc Fornes of TheVeryMany, working on Sukkah City, and when things slow down I will continue with two other projects. Presently I have my hands full so I am sorry for the slow updates, but within the next week I will be back to regular posting. Stay tuned.


Sukkah City

This month I am working on the Sukkah City competition with Morgan Reynolds and Ravi Raj, I will post updates on that project as soon as the results are in. With so many projects on my plate, updates may be slow for the next week or two. Stay tuned, I will post things as soon as possible.


Hanger 2

The rest of the project is moving ahead and will be posted as soon as it is finished but until then here are some images of the pants hanger. More updates to come soon.





Pop-up Store

I am presently working on a new project for a pop-up clothing store. The clothing racks are constructed of fluorescent lighting tubes, encased in acrylic tubes to increase their strength. As the hangers on the clothing on the racks is shuffled about the lighting in the space changes entirely. I am presently designing the space, furnishings, and clothing/shoe hangers. Here are a few images of one type of hanger. The hangers are attached to the racks by the ball on a cord.