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Building upon the agrarian history of North Dakota and Fargo, this mixed-use development plan draws inspiration from ‘CULTIVATION’ as a metaphor that expresses and promotes the nourishment and growth of Fargo’s downtown rebirth (it’s Renaissance).  Like seeds that are planted and nourished from the energy of sunlight and the moisture of water, the mixed-use block is envisioned as a crop of buildings and public spaces that yields cultural excitement, energy and celebration.

Sponsor: Kilbourne Group
Location: Fargo, ND
Status: Competition / 2011
Project Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal-in-charge; Vinson J. Camacho, Design Associate; Justin Jeffers, Junior Designer
Collaboration: Smith + Murray studios

 

DESIGN

Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service are symbols of the fraternity that guided the monument design.  The design is comprised of three major elements: the Founders and Contributors Pylon; the Memorial Bench with text; and the Centennial Seal Pylon bearing the official centennial seal.  The monument will be fabricated in gray granite and all monument elements sit within a 16-foot diameter bluestone paved platform.

Client:  Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Location:  Washington, DC
Status:  Construction / 2014
Budget: $105,000
Project Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal-in-charge Vinson J. Camacho, Design Principal
Collaboration: Kline Memorials- Contractor

 

DESIGN

The City of Newark, New Jersey invited 25 designers to address one pivotal question:

“How can Newark enhance its image in the future?” The concept for the competition entry envisioned a computer-based website campaign that extracts the “Voices of Newark”, its citizens. The creation of an interactive website campaign would start with the placement of website portal markers and shelters in neighborhoods to gather digital imagery about the city.

The branding system expresses: Newark Voices = Internet = Gateway = Voices = Website Portal.

Status: Competition / 2010
Client: Newark Community Planning Department
Location: Newark, NJ
Project Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal-in-charge; Vinson J. Camacho, Design Associate
Collaboration: G. Smith Studio, LLC

 

DESIGN

 

The indigenous Native American Mound Builders of the Detroit River area framed the concept for the competition design.  The proposed design for the riverfront site introduced mound-like circular two acre programmed landscape spaces and architectural elements.  All new design elements respected the existing designs by famed sculptor Isamu Noguchi.

Sponsor: AIA Detroit Chapter – Urban Priorities Committee
Location:  Detroit, MI
Status:  Competition / 2013
Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal-in-charge; Vinson J. Camacho, Design Associate; Regina Irizarry, Junior Designer

 

DESIGN

The genesis of the Energy Hive was both to create an environmentally efficient and sculpturally engaging installation per the competition guidelines. PUSH studio introduced a Hive inspired harvester of sunlight. The energy hive creates an arc of acrylic-polymer spherical lenses rising 250 feet high. The spherical lenses harvest sunlight and convert it into clean energy that is stored within pylons that also anchor the arched lenses, which are supported by a tensile cable system. Out of f 300 entries, Energy Hive was one of 60 highlighted in the competition publication – New Energies

Location:  Copenhagen, DK
Status:  Competition / 2014
Team: Vinson J. Camacho, Principal-In-Charge,  Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal

 

DESIGN

The Nelson Mandela Foundation solicited design submissions for a monument that reflected Nelson Mandela’s life, values and contribution to humanity. The PUSH studio design expressed Nelson Mandela as A MIGHTY STONE that has been weathered and shaped by his life experiences and the forces of the social and political environment of his time. The MIGHTY STONE is like a spiral form timeline expressed in four interconnected sculptural carvings: Ripple of Birth, Slope of Leadership,  Pool of Reflection and Rise to Social Change. (one is missing)

Sponsor: The Nelson Mandela Foundation
Location: Redwood City, CA: Skylawn Memorial Park
Status: Competition / 2014
Project Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal    Vinson J. Camacho, Principal

DESIGN

The PUSH studio design for the World Expo Information Pavilion was based on the Expo theme of “Feeding the Planet / Energy for Life.”  Water as a fundamental necessity for food and energy formed the central concept for The Big Drop solution.  The building is geodesic in structure, shaped like a drop of water that appears to be suspended in mid-air, and lighted with LED lights and microprocessors that display programmed Expo information.  The interior spaces of the pavilion distribute spaces that appear to float within the geodesic structure.

Sponsor: Architectural Competition Concours d’Architecture
Location:  Milan, Italy:  2015 Milan Universal Exposition
Status:  Competition / 2014
Project Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal    Vinson J. Camacho, Principal    Renato Bruno, Sub-Consultant

 

DESIGN

The goal of the Stafford Armed Services Memorial Commission is to  facilitate the design and construction of a memorial that provides a place for families and citizens to honor the fallen from all United States wars. The PUSH studio  concept, Marching for Freedom,  draws inspiration from the branches of Military Service and the common thread of marching in cadence and formation. The memorial  signifies this marching in formation to physically depict the many wars in which Stafford County citizens have served, securing  national and international freedom.  The  war monuments marche uphill on site following the natural topography.  A silhouette of fighting soldiers etched on a large marble surface creates the terminus of the march at the highest elevation of  the site.

Sponsor: The Stafford Armed Services Memorial Commission
Location:  Stafford, VA:  Stafford County Government Center
Status:  On-Going / 2013
Project Team: Vinson J. Camacho, Principal-in-charge    Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal
Collaboration: Rick Burroughs, KLINE Memorial