Rhett Russo

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Rhett Russo, a visiting critic at Pratt Institute, also works as a project architect at Hanrahan & Meyers Architects in New York City. He was the winner of the Dinkeloo Prize, and before receiving his Master of Architecture Degree from Columbia University, was a winner of the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Fellowship and the McKim Award for Excellence. His independant projects include two competition entries. The Particle House project, for a temporary lockerhouse facility in lower Manhattan, responds to the volatility of the site and its history of terrorist attacks. The building's transparency and projection of surveillance X-rays to the public create a voyersitic urban experience. SpF 54 Sunsheilds: Sun/Wind Garden, Pier 54 (designed for the competition sponsored by the Van Alen Institute) is "an artificial landscape" that is spatially reshaped by the fluctuations and movements of the wind, sun and recreational program. Solar quills, that collect solar energy for nighttime illumination, cover the surface of the structure, which contains a running track and greenhouses.

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