Chris Geist

Student
Chris graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS Arch in 2007. He then moved to San Francisco to work in a small architecture firm before continuing his education at GSAPP at Columbia University. There, he has worked as a teaching assistant for the Intro to Architecture and the New York Paris studios. He is currently working with the Columbia Building Intelligence Project and will graduate this May with an M. Arch. This semester he is working under Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley in The City of Mobile Services studio.

Recent posts

05/04/2012
 
05/04/2012

The new FAA Modernization and Reform act of 2012 passes by Congress in February orders the FAA to design and implement the introduction of unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system.  Using this and the interests of other parties in the city including PlaNYC’s initiative to support ecological connectivity, a new system of unmanned drones will be deployed throughout New York City spreading seeds to bridge these ecological gaps within the urban fabric.  These drones will do what natural processes are failing to do in the urban context and re-introduce natural plant life in the city and aid in their sustainability.  The drones will rely heavily on the communities they serve and it will be up to them to keep the system functioning properly by maintaining local infrastructure and keeping things such as seed feeders filled properly.

 
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05/04/2012

Vegetation reflects infrared light and gives you a snapshot of the its current health.

 
05/04/2012

Balloon Mapping over Union Square

 
05/04/2012

City-wide scan analyzing vegetative health.

 
05/04/2012

Breaking the city down into ecology districts according to micro-climate and flora history.

 
05/04/2012

Quadrotor drone design.

 
05/04/2012

Seeds are contained in the body of the drone and scattered from the belly in various patterns.

 
05/04/2012

These seeding algorithms can be controlled by pattern, frequency, number of seeds and range, resulting in a wide variety of options.