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Field of Experience


"Open your eyes, all you have to do is look."

          – Janet Garcia, The Path

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Field of Experience


"Open your eyes, all you have to do is look."

          – Janet Garcia, The Path

CREATING CONVIVIAL ENCOUNTERS between architecture, media, and the public

 

Daniel Solomon Koff is an experience and environments designer, specializing in architecture and interactive media projects that activate space and foster social interaction. His work inspires creativity and curiosity, enriching people’s experience of their everyday environment.

 
 
 

10

years of experience

$30M

largest project

 
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Wayfinding


Wayfinding


WAYFINDING

Honeycomb sign at the Pemberton Mill, the third stop on The Pat

The Path

CITY OF LAWRENCE

Creative Director

An interpretive signage, wayfinding, and branding system

The Path: Fall of the Pemberton Mill uses interpretive signage and immersive video to contextualize the largest industrial disaster in Massachusetts history within an augmented reality city, calling into question the value of life and work in an industrial economy. These signs and their companion digital media connects visitors with the city, its people, and material culture. 

  • 2 Phases completed
  • 8 Signs installed
  • $80,000+ Budget
  • The brand guidelines for this "pilot" project have since been adopted city-wide by Mayor Rivera.
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Housing Development


Housing Development


HOUSING

Wash. U. Housing Co-op

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS

Founder, Designer, Housing Manager

Conceived, designed, and delivered student housing complex for 22 students

The Wash. U. Cooperative was founded and designed to create an unprecedented place for informal learning at the University. We (myself and co-designer Chloe Byruck) convened a group of members, convinced the administration to give us an apartment building (actually two), and then funding to convert a ground floor apartment into common space using salvaged and recycled materials. The methodology behind the project was exhibited in a book that we designed for the capstone experience of our self-made special major, Social Design.

  • Managed 20 person construction crew and budget of $25,000
  • Converted apartment unit into common space using salvaged and recycled materials
  • Wrote charter for cooperative
  • Wash. U. Co-op is still in operation over 10 years later, surviving 5 generations of students. 
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Workplace Strategy


Workplace Strategy


WORKPLACE

Collaborative Hub

VOLPE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CENTER, DOT

Design Consultant

Designed a collaborative hub to encourage informal interaction across staff divisions and project team boundaries

The Volpe Collaborative Hub is inspired by the Shokin-tei tea pavilion as a nexus for collaboration. Its proximity to food and beverage pays homage to this relaxed environment that visually brings the outdoors inside. A variety of seating options invite the staff to use the space as a retreat for individual and group work away from one's desk in a location where they can remain immersed in America's long history of innovation in transportation technology.

  • Completed 2 phases of design and construction
  • Engaged 50 staff members in a participatory design process
  • Conducted qualitative and quantitative assessments
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Master Plan


Master Plan


MASTER PLAN

Community participants and facilitators at the master plan charrette

Community participants and facilitators at the master plan charrette

Union Crossing Public Art Master Plan

LAWRENCE COMMUNITYWORKS, URBANARTS INSTITUTE

Lead Artist

Public Art Master Planning

The Union Crossing Public Art Master Plan establishes a simple and feasible implementation strategy for both temporary and permanent public art in Union Crossing, as well as in the adjacent gateways to the city from the highway and commuter rail station. A framework for themes and sites for artwork were identified through the community engagement process, creating opportunities for local and other artists to participate.

  • Installed the '1000 Prayer Flags for Lawrence' public art pilot project which included the participation of 500+ local students
  • Engaged 50+ community members in the planning session
  • Master plan designed, delivered, and available online