Embedded Plants

embedded plants 800x600 © 2012 Mi Cha El La. All rights reserved.

Embedded Plants is an interactive “Chia” pet made of wheat grass that is embedded with photocell sensors.  It acknowledge your presence when you pet it by purring and lighting up a series of LEDs. It is a plant for people … Continue reading

Pousse Cafe

DIY Machine that pours you a gourmet shot © 2012 Mi Cha El La. All rights reserved.

Pousse Cafe in collaboration with Fred Truman and Paragini Amin is a word recognition “machine” that pours you a perfectly layered gourmet shot. The machine uses Voce for processing and is made with a wine crate I got from the … Continue reading

Mozi Wall

An Illustration of a wall made of many small low resolution cameras © 2012 Mi Cha El La. All rights reserved.

Mozi Wall is an experimental paper wall that takes low resolution photographs as passerby’s or participants walk by it. Mozi is the name of a chinese philosopher who referred to the camera obscura as a collecting plate. Each of these … Continue reading

Lavendar Lake Art Factory

suckerpunch-competition-perspective-from-plaza © 2012 Mi Cha El La. All rights reserved.

Lavendar Lake Art Factory was an ideas design competition for a New York City owned site in the Gowanus Canal. This art factory would contain private/shared art studios, a storefront gallery/bar, analog/digital shops, and live/work spaces for artist in residence. … Continue reading

Floating Gallery

floating-gallery-perspective © 2011 Mi Cha El La. All rights reserved.

Floating Gallery in collaboration with Lihui Ke, Sherman Adams, and Claire Togunaga, is a design proposal for the Thames River in London, UK. The gallery is imagined as an extension of the city landscape. It is a landscape. Initial design … Continue reading

UrbanScapes: Recombinant Architecture

42 streets 800x600 © 2005 Mi Cha El La. All rights reserved.

UrbanScapes is a thesis I presented at Cornell University in May 2005. I was interested in exploring the role of flexible infrastructures within place making and programming. At the time of my thesis The Bronx Terminal Market was under partial … Continue reading

Roman Rojas

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Roman Rojas is a singer/songwriter living and working in New York City. We met on the dance floor and talked about politics while dancing to merengue at what use to be called Barazza. After a few months of discussing music … Continue reading

City On Edge

street-scenes-2 © 2011 Mi Cha El La. All rights reserved.

City On Edge is a collection of photographs exhibited at 15 Nails Gallery at 315 Hudson, New York, New York. The collection comprised of a book, contacts, and a video. The collection investigates the beauty of everyday life in peripheral … Continue reading

Children’s Hospital Of New York

CHONY-ED-Lobby © 2009 Mi Cha El La. All rights reserved.

The Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department is a project that I worked on while at Davis Brody Bond. I worked closely with both David Williams (Firm Partner) and Marc Massay (Project Architect/Project Manager) to carry the new … Continue reading

Flicker In the Wind

Wind Harnessing Canopy © 2012 Mi Cha El La. All rights reserved.

Flicker in the wind is a canopy that has three functions: To provide shade during the day, light at night, and harnesses wind energy all day long. During the day it provides shade from the sun while at night it … Continue reading

Living Surfaces

Prototype Of Living Wall © 2012 Mi Cha El La. All rights reserved.

Living Surfaces is a prototype for a wall that mirrors your movements. It essentially senses the distance of your body to its sensors and moves in response to this distance. This mock up uses 4 hobby servos, 4 proximity sensors, … Continue reading

The Embassy of South Africa

Image of the South African Embassy from the back © 2012 Mi Cha El La. All rights reserved.

The Embassy of South Africa is a project that I worked on in 2009 while at Davis Brody Bond. I worked closely with both David Williams (Firm Partner) and Marc Massay (Project Architect/Project Manager) along with our DC office to … Continue reading