entrace from the west side (11ave + 28st)
pedestrian walking along 28st are introduce with an opaque stereotomic volume that acts as a lobby for the rain forest botanical garden. entering will remove the user from manhattan, and reintroduce back again once inside the translucent tectonic botanical garden.
office tower east observatory lookout
at the 7th floor of the office tower, the east side observatory frames the rain forest & butterflies botanical garden + manhattan city skyline.
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subterranean industrial factory + hanging vines botanical garden
as the High Line, the botanical garden grows out of the industrial factory, from below the workers are able to experience a vantage point up into the hanging vines.
Canal + West
Site Context Diagram
Tower Proposal diagram
Generative tower components
Manhattan skyline + Film
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My name is Javier Edwards and I am a 2013 graduate of the University of Florida, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism, concentration in photojournalism, and an outside concentration in business and entrepreneurship. I am a young, African-American male, eager to immerse myself in the production of ethical visual media. Both in video production and still photography.
I decided to forgo a traditional cover letter and save you the time of meeting another robot job seeker.
I would, instead, like to introduce you to the real me in a way far better than a résumé or three paragraphs ever could.
Though my degree says otherwise, I came into college desiring to be an electrical engineer. I thought I wanted to program circuitry for NASA; I love the technicality and strategy that it requires, much like the video games I loved growing up. However, though I enjoyed each math, science and engineering class I took, I quickly realized that I wasn’t particularly fond of the work I was doing. I could do it - and well - however, I actually didn’t enjoy it. I soon became weary in my studies and began to perform poorly in my classes.
However, I had just purchased my first DSLR camera: a Nikon D40. I hit the ground running, I took pictures every day and all day. I watched tutorials. I learned about shutter speed aperture and ISO and their relationships to DOF. I purchased camera gear and shot photos for free all the time. My friend taught me how to shoot in “manual mode.” I shot moments that I thought showed something true and beautiful. And I failed all of my engineering classes.
After a spiritual awakening, I quickly learned the meaning of the word passion and what it meant to do something not because you like it, but because you love it. You would die for it.
I soon realized that I would die for photography. I didn’t care about a degree. I didn’t care about money, houses, or fame. However, these desires seemed to become the driving forces in natural selection, and I was on the verge of not making it to the next evolutionary period.
I dropped out of the engineering program and went to speak directly with the then-dean of the College of Journalism. I told him about my new-found passion. I promised him that if he let me into the college, I would not disappoint him and I would become successful.
He let me in, and I kept my promise. I got images published on the cover of the Independent Florida Alligator, a student paper with a daily circulation of more than 52,000. They would later hire me as a staff photographer. I worked for free. I worked internships with the University of Florida News Bureau, and Gainesville Today Magazine and became social media visual content editor at church. Then something happened: I evolved.
I met the extraordinary portrait photographer Elton Anderson, who told me to give it my all. He let me tag along with him for three huge weddings. I studied his work, his style, his movement, his composition, his framing, his moments. I emulated it. I grew to love portraiture, particularly lifestyle and fashion.
I quickly accelerated in my studies and began to take portraits of families and friends. I began to book my own weddings and commercial gigs. I soon founded my own media company: El Roi Photography. I am frequently hired for weddings, portraits and commercial fashion work.
Then something else happened: I evolved again.
I was hired for the University of Florida department of housing and residence education as a photographer/videographer. I quickly learned video production from my peers. I became even more skilled in Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and Photoshop. I became a better visual story teller.
Most recently, I was selected for the NABJ Student Project. A competitive weeklong newsroom simulation held by some of the best black journalist in the country. Less than 40 of the best black student journalist in the country are flown to a central location to produce professional media content for the annual National Association for Black Journalists’ National Convention. I was fortunate enough to be counted among them. I learned under the tutelage of The Detroit Free Press’ Kimberly Mitchell and Michigan Photographer of the Year Rashaun Rucker, both of whom are now references on my résumé. Please fee free to contact them.
So, now, as an ambitious multimedia specialist, commercial and editorial photographer, and young professional, I humbly ask you for a position on your staff as a paid member or paid intern. I would like to live my dream by being paid to demonstrate my ability to capture moments that I know to be true and beautiful.
This my résumé and cover letter. My portfolio can be found at: Javieredwards.com
Thank you for your time,