Professor Castillo in collaboration with Katya, Crawford, Alex Webb and John-Mark Collins of StoryLab are exhibit at Currents New Media in Santa Fe.
SALT [installation abstract]
New Mexico is a complicated place to understand, from its long history and unique geography to the incredible diversity of its people. In this place, the environmental, technological and cultural collide, creating an extraordinary narrative of the South West. (Salt) is a hybrid interactive installation that visually describes and connects the dominant and hidden narratives to tell a story of past, present and future New Mexico.
The physical structure will be one of fabricated ‘tension’, to harp on the beautiful, yet frightening, tension in New Mexico. Tension between technology and nature, between land and sky, between military expansion and native lands. The piece will be oriented in a portrait fashion to reach towards the sky – emulating future space exploration, historical space references and the beautiful open skies. The construction of the piece will tell a story of variation, transitioning from open desert (planes) to peaks and valleys (thin members).
The digital content will add (and remove) layers from the physical structure through projection-mapping and contextual information display. Using the visitor’s motion, location and direct interaction with the piece as a portal into the various layers.
SALT is a collaboration between a diverse group of talented artists, architects and software developers focused on creating incredible hybrid digital/physical experiences.
Professor Castillo prensented at the CELA conference March 24, 2017 at Virginia Tech.
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This paper demonstrates how the use of visualization and social media can produce a new model for community outreach and embark on a new approach to community-engaged design. Utilizing digital film narrative, data visualization and immersive 360º virtual reality, students explored how visualization and design could impact economic development in a rural community in southern New Mexico.
Silver City, New Mexico is a rural community that for the last century has been dependent on mining as the primary economic engine in the region. This community recently has begun a slow process of developing a new identity and has continued to search for new economic development opportunities. Recently, creative commerce in the areas of fine arts, culinary arts and music has begun to proliferate the fabric of the region. In searching for opportunities to further develop the creative commerce, a partnership entitled the Plata Studio was created between several community organizations and the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico, Woodbury School of Architecture/San Diego and Western New Mexico University to research and develop proposals for the future of the region. This paper will further elaborate on how emergent visualization techniques were key factors used in the storytelling and soliciting of funds to promote the programs developed in the Plata Studio.
Professor Castillo (Co-Autuhored with Andriane Zachmanidis) article, Emerging Technologies: Their Evolution and Limitations within the Fields of Cultural Landscape Preservation and Interpretation was recently publishes in , A Century of Design in the Parks: Preserving the Built Environment in National and State Parks.
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Professor Castillo presented at the New Mexico Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NM) conference in Silver City, September 28, 2017.
Finding Rural” Plata Studio: Exploring Creative Commerce with Community
The foundation for the studio was to approach design from research and the dissemination from a different perspective utilizing digital film and social media to promote and interact with the various community organizations. The evolution produced a new model for community outreach that embarked on a new foundation for community engaged design processes
plata book 2017
Plata Studio featured in the Silver City Daily Press:
State solons talk tech, science at WNMU
Written by Benjamin Fisher on August 25, 2017
Silver City Daily Press
Professor Castillo presented the Loboscape project at the ACSA national conference.
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