vassilissa semouchkina

an architecture of autonomy
This project was created to honor the life of Raoul Wallenberg, centering around the concept of ‘refuge’. Requiem focused on the small Ukrainian factory town of Henichesk, during the period of the 2016 conflict between Ukraine and Russia over Crimea. Henichesk was close to the central area of conflict and possessed a population of mostly older individuals. As the conflict escalated, Russia would often close natural gas pipelines going into Ukraine from Crimea. Border cities, which had previously relied on Russian natural gas, were suddenly found without electricity of heating in the middle of winter. This project proposes an architectural intervention of remote, neo-animalistic housing pods. These pods would exist, dormant, atop underground natural gas pipelines. Upon sensing a halt in the flow of natural gas, pods would activate and move towards Henichesk town center and other popular areas, offering a heated, micro-capsule space for residents to seek shelter. 

Advisor: Dawn Gilpin

liminal recreation
responsive urban skate park
Liminal space is defined as transitional or occupying a position as a boundary or threshold.

Recreation in liminal space is perceived through occupying the boundary between point A and B – how might we move through transient spaces more engagingly? How might we modify and make noticeable our transient, delicate environments?

Advisor: Melissa Harris

chicago urban rec
creative recreational facility
Tasked with designing an intervention on a small parcel of unused land in urban Chicago, this project considers a constrained community space.

Chicago Urban Creative is a recreation and creative-based social architecture. The participant enters a sequence of naturally lit and enclosed hallways, and progresses to exponentially increasing open spaces lit by strategically placed windows and openings. Community members are encouraged to intersect/interact through the use of a variety of diverse and modifiable social spaces.

Advisor: Malcolm McCullough

soft materials
scientific communication
This infographic was created for physicist Issei Nakamura to include in his NSF proposal and various following publications. 

This project visualizes the issues which occur in soft-material batteries and looks into how material imperfections can be dangerous, even at a small 

the dirty side of hydrogen cars
scientific communication
This infographic was created in partnership with a team of a graduate Mechanical Engineers at the University of Michigan. The graduates were looking for a way to better communicate their research to the general University population in an unsimplified, yet clear and informative way. 

This project was collaboratively revised over a period of three months in order to ensure informational accuracy and visual clarity. It was later displayed at the Mechanical Engineering Thesis Showcase.

Advisor: Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo