Branch: What if Our Objects Were More Adapted to Our World? / MFA Thesis 2016

For my MFA thesis I decided to explore the intersection of the made world with the natural world.
New tools such as 3D scanning and 3D printing provide designers with new ways of working. I am interested in finding ways by which new tools can be used productively in the design process. Specifically, I am interested in developing strategies for designing objects that interact with natural organic forms.
I chose to focus on trees as a study case. Each tree is unique and beautifully complex, creating endless challenges and opportunities. I chose to design birdhouses, allowing me to explore different ways to capture the geometry of the tree and design a form that interfaces with a tree and a bird.
These birdhouses allow me to speculate on how new tools may be used to connect nature and culture.