AC VAN DAM
Hey, welcome to my personal website
Mackenzie (Mac) Van Dam
Designer, Architect, Inventor
— Inspired by life — my work seeks to connect us to the beauty of living things, material things and things that change with time.
Founder of Vertical Grounds Design Lab
A design agency focused on contemporary, highly ecological forms of urban green infrastructure
Find out more at www.vertical-grounds.com
The future of sustainable design will leverage technology to make
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I work with artists, curators and independant clients to turn ideas into reality. I work at a range of scales, from sculpture to set-design to private homes.
For me, process is everything. What are the fundemental questions driving the project? What are the ecological conditions? How sustainable are we willing to go? What is “beautiful” to you?
From then on, it is about listening to what the material wants. How does it want to be cut, formed and put together? I can understand this might sound silly, but I have found this an incredible tool for making healthy design decisions.
I often work in partnership with others. Namely, Parker Heyl, UCL’s Bio Integrated Design Lab, Philip Beesley and the Living Architecture Systems Group in Toronto.
Always happy to chat.
Cosmobloom w/ Fourtet @PGJ
On tour w/ Crumb the Band
In sinusoidal motion it reflects light and colour while transitioning between states of closed and secure to open and vulnerable.
Living Lattice @ LDF
Living Lattice @ Lisbon Triennale
Grove, with Philip Beesley
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