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Spring 2021

Indexical Transformations

New York, USA

From research on Manhattan’s urban configuration together with computational design processes, this project explores a Manhattan micro-geography, a reinterpretation of the city, to accommodate a  Museum of the Image.


The design process relies on 4-steps that combines ‘intuition’ and ‘the machine’ to integrate these conceptual and programmatic intentions. Intuition depends on the designer’s decisions curating non-negotiable aspects of the project. The machine side relies on the ‘Slat’ and ‘Pack Unit’, computational tools. The selection of these computational tool responds to its capacity generating linear spatial configurations in which the program can be inserted.


Indexical Transformations pursues a microcosm of New York by reenacting the formal and experiential characteristics of Manhattan: creating a city within the city conformed by controlled art spaces and open urban ones.


Project Team: George Guida, Ana Gabriela Loayza Nolasco

Harvard Graduate School of Design, George L. Legendre 2021

New York Arrival
External Perspective
Museum Entrance
Central Bay View
Interstitial Space
Lowe Level Interstitial Space
Perspective Section
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