Lindy Roy (January 16, 2002)



Lindy Roy presents a variety of very distinctive projects, which feed off, and enhance the site in which they exist. With very dynamic forms and modern materials, Roy tries to design buildings and other objects that are both high performance and cost effective, such as her PS1 design. In order to address issues of undefined sites, or sites that are very large, such as her Cancer Alley project in Louisiana, she builds in a high degree of adaptability into the designs.

Micheal Speaks introduces Lindy Roy, a graduate of Columbia, and now heads up the firm Roy, in New York. Roy talks about two interior projects in New York, both employing fiber optics for lighting and signage. One of the projects involves retrofitting a meat market space into a bar, and using the existing meat hanger system to support the tables and chairs.

Roy details a spa project in Botswana. The eco-tourist resort would be in a remote location near a small island in the Okavango delta. Due to its location, the spa pods are designed to have a minimal ecological footprint, and are made out of modern materials.

Roy describes her proposal for the MoMA PS1 courtyard competition in New York. The objective of the design was to create an adaptable microclimate to cool the inhabitants of the courtyard. The project had a very short timeline, and minimal budget of $50 000. She also describes a proposal to design a highly adaptable series barges that provide various social, or tourist services for Cancer Alley, in Lousisiana.

Roy describes a house design for the Hamptons and a hotel deign for Valdez, Alaska. Both these projects use tectonics, and attempt to emphasize various distinctive aspects of their site. The design are also very performance driven.

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