Sean Baxter Work Samples
A sample of the work I've done while at the University of Michigan studying for the Master of Architecture degree
sean nicholas baxter master of architecture _ 2012 work samples j abstract[ly] 01 02 03-09 rabat, morocco conte n t s resume projects g.o.l 2012 u.s. embassy proposal advising professor: anca trandafirescu 03 04 05 06 07 08 labscape** 201 1 marine biology labaratory advising professor: geoffrey th�n st. croix, u.s.v.i. the normal cfua 201 1 live work spaces and park adivising professor: christian unversagt detroit, mi 2009 center for urban agriculture detroit, mi advising professor(s): mireille roddier, craig borum, maria aquero district library constructions 2010 09-1 1 2010 2010 urban district library advising professor: joshua bard chicago, il furniture fabrication project modeling projects done parallel to studio book construction extra__architectural 09-1 1 family and fellowship * 2012 Thesis Project **201 1-2012 International Sustainable Laboratory Competition Submission **2012 Student Exhibition 2G3/3G6 First Prize Winner 09 abstract[ly] 01 on m.arch, life and this sample of my work It might be extremely "architecture student-like" to have tried to do this, but over the last few years I have been trying to think of simple ways that I might describe myself with a clever phrase or a play on words. I came up with the following: "multi-rational". A play on the idea of multi-national, which is the mixing of dispirate backgrounds. I relish the idea that the mixing is not only a figurative thing that changes an aesthetic like skin color but actually implies a life long access to other ways of thinking about the world. Coming from a family that is multi-race, multi-national, multi-tradition, multi-sexual orientation, multi-class, and located across the U.S. and the world, I've always been excited about the creativity that emerges out of the coming together of diverse perspectives. Architecture then, as a profession, was the perfect position for me as the architect is often the negotiator that creatively turns ideas and intentions of multiple voices into a built form meant to be used by multiple types of users. As far as the sampling of work that follows, I've tried to find excitement in the forms that emerge as multiple rationalities come together into a single project. Sometimes the contradictory necessities of security and accessibility, or the urban (seed) bank and rural agriculture can yield unexpected architectural results. My projects, having dealt with the dual depressions of nearby Detroit and the recent recession also try and project a certain amount of optimism and aspiration that opposes the dominant narratives of devastating economic conditions, apocolyptic climate change or nuclear terrorism. 1 1 yellow box on opposite page inserted by Ian Baxter (age 4) SEAN N. BAXTER education email@example.com | 734-358-9943 1414 McIntyre, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 University of Michigan, April 2012 - Master of Architecture candidate Busan National University, May 2004 - Intensive Korean Language Program University of Oregon, August 2003 - Dual Bachelors of Intl Studies & Chinese Language Central University for the Nationalities, Dec 2001 & 2002 - Intensive Chinese Language Program work Busan, South Korea July 2004 - August 201 1 Teacher Taught ESL courses at the following schools and companies in Busan: LCI Kid's Club (Jul 04-Jan05), Reading Town (Feb 05-Feb 06), Maersk Logistics (Oct 08-Jan09), Jeong-Cheol ESL Academy (Oct 08-Mar 09), Lee Bo-young ESL Academy (Oct 08-Mar 09), Moojuk School (Jun 1 1-Aug 1 1) Sales and Logistics Milwaukie, Oregon Dec 2007 - September 2008 Managed the sales of product and logistics for the shipments of Carlton Company Chainsaw Chain to customers in East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. Import-Export Beaverton, Oregon August 2006 - July 2007 Managed import and export transactions and logistics for shipments of timber between the US and East Asia and also specifically between China and Japan for Ike Trading Co. volunteering World Affairs Council Portland, Oregon June 2006 - July 2006 Contacted organizations throughout Oregon to arrange meetings between local professionals and visiting international professionals dealing with similar business or social issues Namgwang Shelter Busan, South Korea June 2005 - February 2006 Taught English to orphaned and under-privileged high school to college-aged boys at shelter for children without families skills Computer Apple & Microsoft Rhino Autodesk CAD, Revit Google SketchUp Adobe Suite (CS4) Illustrator Photoshop InDesign MS Office Word Excel Personal Language Korean Mandarin Chinese Machine Shop (HS) Wood, Metal, Plastics Shop Work (Michigan) Welding Wood Bending Laser cutting recent achievements Student Exhibition 2G3/3G6 First Prize/AIA Honorable Mention SeAH-Haiam Arts and Sciences Scholarship University of Michigan Korean Language Program Scholarship Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Recipient Taubman College Merit Based Continuing Scholarship 2012 201 1 201 1 2010-201 1 2010-201 1 online portfolio and other work http://www.behance.net/baxmac 1 http://thenormal-detroit.tumblr.com/ http://tomorrowhanok.tumblr.com/ http://issuu.com/hajusun resume 02 g.o.l. 03 u.s. embassy proposal rabat, morocco Embassy architecture is steeped in layers of rhetorical demands and physical constraints other projects don't usually encounter. The embassy is an institutional building representing the interests and values of one sovereign nation within the territory of another. This places enormous amounts of pressure on making contextual sensitivity coexist with symbollic representation of the foreign. My thesis project poses the question of whether architectural innovation can be a catalyst for changes in the diplomatic process itself and how would an architecture, intent on manipulating the way embassy buildings construct relationships with their local communities and environments manifest itself? Through research and design of a new embassy in Morocco, I wished to wade into the heavily trafficked controversy over the paradox of architecture that simultaneously strives to symbolize the rhetorical strength of the American values of openess and democracy while increasingly seeking to further insolate its foreign civilian work force from the lethal dangers they face as a result of the response to their controversial policies. For this project, I wished that the embassy not only not be a bunker, but also that it be an object that lends itself to the support of a respectful, optimistic, projective idea for the local population who view the embassy and possibly utilize the services it provides. The title "Gift of Legation" suggests the idea that embassy estabishment is not an entitlement but actually an invitation. One nation is admitted into another for the purpose of developing a bond that benefits both parties, and the architecture built for the purpose of maintaining that bond should reflect that attitude. A B C D E F G Section Plans Scale: 3/64"=1' A H Section Scale: 3/32"=1' Embassy City VIENNA CONVENTION ON DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS Done at Vienna On 18 April 1961 32 acre compound in Istanbul, Turkey Embassy Article 1, (i) For the purposes of the present convention, the following expressions shall have the meanings hereunder assigned to them: (i) the "presmises of the mission" are the buildings or parts of buildings and the land ancillary thereto, irrespective of ownership, used for the purposes of the mission including the residence of the head of the mission. City HOST ITED NATIONS UN GUEST Current Standard for Embassy/Consulate Design My Proposed Site for Rabat, Morocco U.S. Embassy, Stockholm, Sweden. Rapson & van der Meulen PROVIDE THE PREMISES The thesis references the 1950's modernist embassy project in its use of lifting, structural and material lightness, and the emphasis of transparency. In looking at the Vienna Convention and the historical place of the embassy in the urban centers of nations this project also tries to prioritize the move back to the core city as a necessity for the successful function of the embassy. The simple move back to a constrained site forces the design to rethink how requirements, such as the set back security requirement, can be met when a 32 acre compound is not an option. Diagrammed on the opposite page, the intentions for security and transparency started to intertwine as the site constraints pushed the embassy into a vertical orientation. Security lifted the building and in effect opened the ground. The response of inviting in a parallel public program that first inhabits the ground level but gradually makes its way up to the roof of the building begins to re-shape the interactions between the insular-ness of the embassy interior with the openness of its new exterior envelope that is now not only inhabitable by the Moroccan citizen but also by the larger environment and eco systems that flow around the building. Former U.S. Embassy, Accra, Ghana. Harry Weese ESTABLISH FACILITIES Article 21 1. The receiving State shall either facilitate the acquisition on its territory, in accordance with its laws, by the sending State of premises necessary for its mission or assist the latter in obtaining accomodation in some other way. 2. It shall also, where necessary, assist missions in obtaining suitable accomodation for their members. Article 25 The Receiving State shall accord full facilities for the performance of the functions of the mission. Article 11 In the absence of a specific agreement as to the size of the mission, the receiving State may require that the size of a mission be kept within limits considered by it to be reasonable and normal, having regard to circumstances and conditions in the receiving State and to the needs of the particular mission. Article 12 The sending State may not, without the prior express consent of the receiving State, establish offices forming part of the mission in localities other than those in which the mission itself is established. Article 20 The mission and its head shall have the right to use the flag and emblem of the sending State on the premises of the mission, including the residence of the head of the mission, and on his means of transport. Article 41 3. The premises of the mission must not be used in any manner incompatible with the functions of the mission as laid down in the present Convention or by other rules of general international law or by any special agreements in force between the sending and the receiving State. Former U.S. Embassy, Accra, Ghana. Harry Weese PROVIDE IMMUNITY AND INVIOLABILITY Article 22 1. The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter them, except with the consent of the head of the mission. 2. The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity. 3. The premises of the mission, their furnishings and other property thereon and the means of transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution. Article 30 The private residence of a diplomatic agent shall enjoy the same inviolability and protection as the premises of the mission Article 45 If diplomatic relations are broken off between two States, or if a mission is permanently or temporarily recalled: (a) the receiving State must, even in case of armed conflict, respect and protect the premises of the mission, together with its property and archives; U.S. Embassy, London, UK. Eero Saarinen N Figure 1: Key Security Measures at a Notional Embassy Compound CURRENT US EMBASSY SECURITY DESIGN GUIDE DIAGRAM Key security standards � 100-foot setback all around � Anti-climb walls or fences � Anti-ram barriers � Blast-resistant construction � Controlled access to the compound Anti-climb wall Blast-resistant construction AXTER meanings hereunder CAC y thereto, irrespective the mission. 100' setback 100' setback CAC Anti-climb wall Anti-ram barriers 100' Regulations Require 100' Setback from all uncontrolled terriitory + = CAC Compound access Control facility CAC compound access control facility PAC Pedestrian Access Control facility Sources: GAO (data); Nova Development (clip art). First, the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 19997 requires that office facilities be at least 100 feet from uncontrolled areas, such as a street where vehicles can pass without being checked by security officials. This distance is meant to help protect the buildings and occupants against threats such as bomb blasts. Second, State requires high perimeter walls or fences that are difficult to climb, thereby deterring 7 22 U.S.C. 4865(a)(3)(A). Page 7 with its laws, by the GAO-08-162 Embassy Security odation in some other eir members. Istanbul, Turkey 2003 mission. An aviary program parallel to the embassy program in this proposal gives the building a new type of connectivity to its local context, simultaneously rethinking the method by which embassies reference or connect to their context and also proposing a new functional positioning for the embassy as having the unique ability to inject something unexpected and controversial into an otherwise ubiquitous cultural landscape. Varying the programmatic spaces by weaving the separate paths around each other Connecting with local ecosystems through habitat creation y require that the size m (an attraction) to city for local use. gard to circumstances Lifting Embassy more to meet security requirements 80' 50' 10k sq ft Small Embassy Program Regulations Require 100' Setback from all uncontrolled terriitory 100' + = Abuja, Nigeria 2005 Lifting Building to Open Ground Create parallel program (an attraction) that gives back space to city for local use. Lifting Embassy more to meet security requirements Varying the programmatic spaces by weaving the separate paths around each other Connecting with local ecosystems through habitat creation tablish offices forming State on the premises nsport. nctions of the mission 10k sq ft Small Embassy Program Regulations Require 100' Setback from all uncontrolled terriitory 100' w or by any special + = Tashkent, Uzbekistan 2005 Lifting Building to Open Ground Create parallel program (an attraction) that gives back space to city for local use. Lifting Embassy more to meet security requirements Varying the programmatic spaces by weaving the separate paths around each other Connecting with local ecosystems through habitat creation ot enter them, except remises of the mission 10k sq ft Small Embassy Program Regulations Require 100' Setback from all uncontrolled terriitory 100' sion or impairment of ns of transport of the + = ction as the premises temporarily recalled: emises of the mission, Yaounde, Cameroon 2006 Lifting Building to Open Ground Create parallel program (an attraction) that gives back space to city for local use. Lifting Embassy more to meet security requirements Varying the programmatic spaces by weaving the separate paths around each other Connecting with local ecosystems through habitat creation 10k sq ft Small Embassy Program Regulations Require 100' Setback from all uncontrolled terriitory 100' + = Baghdad, Iraq 2008 Lifting Building to Open Ground Create parallel program (an attraction) that gives back space to city for local use. Lifting Embassy more to meet security requirements Varying the programmatic spaces by weaving the separate paths around each other Connecting with local ecosystems through habitat creation labscape marine biology labaratory 201 1-2012 International Sustainable Laboratory Competition Submission 2012 Student Exhibition 2G3/3G6 First Prize Winner 04 st. croix, u.s.v.i. rendering of southern event space Solar Vacuum Tube Collectors 1 Photovoltaic Array Solar PV Batteries Inverter Grid Building US Virgin Islands Global Horizonal Irradiation Annual Average of Daily Sum Caribbean Sea <5.6 2 5.8> kWh/m Final Result: CO2 Emission kg CO2/ft2 year Christiansted Saint Croix 12.0 Frederiksted Southeast Grove Place The map represents a long-term average over the period 1998-2009. Solar irradiation sourced from SolarAnyehere� and disaggregated by SolarGIS� method. �2010 Clean Power Research, GeoModel 10.0 8.0 Cooling Energy Demand kBTU/ft2 year 6.0 120 4.0 100 80 Inhabitation Visitors Researchers/Students Roof Boardwalk Shoreline Water Treatment Conditioned Lab Restroom 2.0 El. Devices Artificial Lighting Ventilation W.W. Heating Dehumidification Photovoltaics 60 0 Initial System Optimized System Energy Production 40 20 0 Without Natural Ventilation With Natural Ventilation Solar Water heater Batch collector Hot water to house Mangrove Spigot drain valve (for cold climates) Bypass valves Cold water supply Solar storage/backup water heater Constructed Wetland Solar Vacuum Tube Collector Absorption Chiller Cooling Tower Salt River Bay Chiller Plant Absorption Chiller Plant Lab AHU Solar Vacuum Tubes Mangrove Plated Terracing for Saltwater Remediation Solar Roof Systems Absorbtion Chiller Solar Vacuum Tube Collectors 1 Photovoltaic Array Ice Storage Backup System Grid-connected Photovoltaic System Pre-Construction Site Intervention Post Construction Ecology Growth Solar PV Batteries Inverter Grid Building Final Result: CO2 Emission kg CO2/ft2 year 12.0 10.0 8.0 6.0 4.0 Water Treatment Conditioned Lab Restroom 2.0 El. Devices Artificial Lighting Ventilation W.W. Heating Dehumidification Photovoltaics 0 Initial System Optimized System Energy Production Mangrove Constructed Wetland This laboratory imagines that the future of scientific exploration will be characterized by its interconnectedness to ecosystems, direct connection to the public, and access to global information databases. It also takes a cue from ecology and blurs the boundaries between programs that were traditionally segregated into highly controlled zones. Blurring the edges between programs creates a dynamic environment that is enriched by the potential for spontaneous interactions. The lab scape will be increasingly flexible as ubiquitous data allows researchers to move freely beyond the constraints of highly conditioned and controlled space to be in direct contact with the environments they study. the normal live work spaces and park detroit, mi 05 My proposal is meant to incorporate multiple potential futures which might include a prosperous waterfront community or may proceed slowly into a much less vibrant future. By stripping the facade and renovating the interior structure, the ground can be immediately made into a public park space for the users of the Dequindre Cut and the Waterfront parks. I propose that the incredibly sturdy structural frame then be reinforced to allow for prefabricated live work units to be inserted into it above the park. If the neighborhood remains sparsely populated the space is valuable as a part of the larger park system. If developement happens in the near future this proposal allows for the continued use of the historic structure to create a unique new living environment that also allows for the public space to exist below it. panorama photograph of downtown detroit and the abandoned globe trade building detroit, mi 1922 Source: Sanborn Maps, 1922, Vol. 4 2010 Source: Google Earth 1884 1897 1922 1957 2011 2012 2020 2030 Proposed Parks (Currently Abandoned Lots) Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Parks Globe Trade Building Current Buildings Dequindre Cut West Unit Plan East Unit Plan Live units on the East Side of the building are inserted into the former Machine Shop. The units hang from the large cross member that extends between the trusses. Work units on the West Side of the building sit between the columns. An exhibition space sits behind the one section of wall that will be preserved and provides public access to information on the history of the building and Detroit. One section of the facade will be kept in order to remember the original character of the building. Inserts into the preserved frame of the building Ground Floor Plan N This project is meant to be aspirational about the future of downtown Detroit. Urban Agriculture is already common in the Detroit area so the question had to be asked about what more the Urban Agriculture could accomplish, what Urban Agriculture means at the very center of the city and how this Center in particular would be useful in pushing Urban Agriculture into the future. The rooftop is raised to meet the view of those who would pass by on the mass transit "people mover" and is sectioned to allow for multiple crop types to be planted as each section of the roof would contain a different soil makeup and depth. Because the roof is not large enough to produce enough goods to profit from their sale, the facility can be used to harvest varieties of seeds. It will also serve as a catalyst for re-imagining rooftop use in a city that is in the midst of a giant overhaul after reaching dismal levels of disuse in the recent past. Below the roof is a system of thick, long, walls meant to appear structural and exaggerate the weight of the farming plots above. Because the thickness of the walls will not need to be solid structure in order to hold up the roof, the interior poche of the walls will house the other program, which is the seed bank. As the roof is extensive, the seed bank below will easily maintain the required reduced sunlight and temperature levels necessary to preserve the stored seeds until they are distributed to farmers around the city. Other programs in the building will house an lab for seed preservation, and soil toxicity testing for prospective urban gardeners in the city, as well as an educational facility and "bank" for distributing seeds to the public. cfua center for urban agriculture 06 detroit, mi The Center For Urban Agriculture, Downtown Detroit Sean Baxter, Arch 589 Case Study Project Option B Urban agriculture has become a common phrase in and around Detroit and there are currently multiple community and city programs working to solve the multiple problems of abandoned lots, disconnected neighbors, rampant unemployment and lack of nutritious foods by establishing gardens in empty lots around inner city neighborhoods. The eventual goal though is for Detroit to return to its former glory. If Detroit recovers, the empty lots ll back up, the unemployed will return to work and the urban garden will likely follow the garden programs of the past into disuse. If Detroit is to be the center of a new movement, like Urban Agriculture, as this center foreshadows, then the center must be geared towards promoting a program that not only assists community members when times are hard, but also is promoting a vision for a brighter furture. This project asks the question, is there a way to reimagine urban farming having a place in the city and as a piece of the world's e ort to "go green?" B A C Scale: 1/16" = 1' I'm proposing a project that focuses the attention of city dwellers on the possibility of a downtown roof-top that is not just reducing urban heat island e ects, saving energy, and controlling runo , but is doing all of those things and providing a new element to the productivity of the city. A farm on every roof of downtown Detroit would provide a new economic and social base for the city. A green roof that not only reduces costs but in the long run will provide a return for the businesses that construct and run them. Could we, with this project, provide employment that would attract a new generation of workers into the city, provide nutrition to an urban district that besides being sparcely populated, doesn't have a single supermarket, and start to bring nature and life into an area that has been concrete, brick, and steel for over a century. That is the movement this project aims to promote. Farm A: Fully functional farm demonstrating the ability to grow healthy produce in the city. Four separate roof sections operate on a four year crop rotation hoping to manage the farming of a full range of regional over many years in the same soil. Farm B: Deeper heavier section of roof designed to allow larger plantings like a small scale orchard. Farm C: A much larger roof section that can be divided into smaller plots for crops that don't interact well with the main crops. A potential 4-year crop cycle senario based on the year from October - September. (Taken From The Same Landscapes: Ideas and Interpretations, By Teresa Gali-Izard. Pg. 150-151) YEAR PLOT O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S 1 2 3 4 1 Potatoes Cauli ower Beans Tomatoes Spinach Carrots Peas Celery 2 3 4 Spinach Carrots Peas Celery Potatoes Cauli ower Beans Tomatoes Beans Tomatoes Spinach Carrots Peas Celery Potatoes Cauli ower Peas Celery Potatoes Cauli ower Beans Tomatoes Spinach Carrots Layers of the Agricultural Roof (Info from Time Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture) Planting Medium: The soil that will serve as a base for the agriculture that takes place. The mixture that creates the medium that will make up the roof will be dependant on what mixture satis es both the demands of the vegetation in providing a nutrient rich environment while at the same time creating the least dead load possible as a normal loam can weigh up to 120 lbs per cubic foot by itself. O ce Inside Circulation Farm Filter Blanket: A rot-resistant lter layer of non woven polypropylene is placed over the drain medium to prevent planting soil medium from entering and clogging the drainage system Seed Bank Lab Lab Lab Free Trade Shop Drainage Mat or Medium: consists of a gravel mixture or geotextile matting Outside Circulation Lateral Drain moves water to a main drain that moves runo into a harvesting system that treats water and recycles it back for irrigation. Classrooms 4 Agriculture on the Roof Concrete Protective Slab Insulation Board: Rot-resistant protection board Waterproof Membrane: Elastomeric material designed to create a long lasting seal to prevent water from damaging the roof. Vegetable Crop Zone: 2.5' Minimum Depth for soil Ctr For Urban Agriculture Tree Planting Zone: 5-6' Minimum Depth for soil Shrub & Small Tree Zone: 2.5 -3.5' Minimum Depth for soil 4 See dB ank an ricu Ag lic Pub ltu re n Ground Line Seed Bank Ctr For Urb tio cula Cir YMCA 1 1 nd 2 Riv er Bro Gra adw ay St. L.B. King & Co. Building t tio Gra Second Floor Plan Libra . Ave ry S t. Skillman Branch Library 3 Open Lot (Previously J.L. Hudson Dept. Store) o Pe ple Gra tiot r ve Mo Ave . Farm t. er S Comerica Employee Parking N Scale: 1/16" = 1' o Wo ( To St. te Sta ard dw ) Comerica Center First Floor Plan Mo nro e St. 1 N Scale: 1/50" = 1' Scale: 1/16" = 1' Gratiot Ave. Monroe Street district library urban district library chicago, il 07 North of Bloomingdale Trail on Milwaukee: Less - Dense, Less - Vibrant Business Area Businesses in rst oors with residences above Some Occurence of empty buildings Chicago's 32nd District: Mostly White Young A uent Newly Wealthy Neighborhood Small Families Large Household Incomes Higher Rate of Higher Education Chicago's 1st District: Diverse Relatively Large Minority Population Larger Families Lower Household Incomes Lower Rate of Higher Education Wicker Park Neighborhood: Dense Vibrant Commercial Area N Prevailing Wind Winter Summer W Bloomingdale Ave Bloomingdale Trail F E C D A B H G Ch I A PARK ENTRY - INFO DESK, COAT CHECK, SEATING, AND VENDING COMPUTERS AS WELL AS THE ELEVATOR DIRECTLY TO THE STACKS BELOW B CAFE - AREA OF BAR SEATING WHERE PATRONS CAN PLUG IN AND USE PERSONAL COMPUTERS AND EAT AND/OR DRINK WHILE WORKING/READING ica go Tr an ist C BOOKSTORE/COFFEE SHOP - SPACE FOR BOOK SALE TO BE SET UP Au th D PUBLIC COMPUTER KIOSKS or ity E MEETING SPACE F OFFICES AND BATHROOMS G MILWAUKEE ENTRY H DIGITAL MEDIA COLLECTIONS - COLLECTIONS OF MUSIC AND MOVIES WITH VIEWING ROOMS FOR MOVIE AND LISTENING STATIONS FOR MUSIC I PERIODICALS J ALDI-WABANSIA CROSS ACCESS ABOVE THE LIBRARY El ev J at ed He J av y Ra il Alley W W ab an as ia Av e W Wabanasia Ave N Scale: 1" = 20' Q R P K L O POPULAR FICTION MAIN READING ROOM M YOUTH COLLECTION AND PLAY ROOM N O K P Q INTENSIVE STUDY/READING SPACES - TABLES BUILT AROUND ELEVATED TRAIN TRUSS FOOTINGS REFERENCE DESK AND REFERENCE SECTION PUBLIC RESTROOMS MAIN COLLECTIONS - INCLUDES SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, MAP COLLECTION, PHOTOGRAPH AND PRINT COLLECTION, ETC. ADMINISTRATIVE AND LIBRARY OPERATION - AQUISITIONS, OFFICES, CATALOGUING, AND BINDING N R L Three infill lots sit vacant around a common street corner in a developing commercial corridor just northwest of downtown Chicago. The open lots, currently an informal park space for local residents, has an old raised rail line that cuts through one site and behind another, while the L train line passes 30 feet overhead. The abandoned rail line, renamed the Bloomingdale Trail, is becoming dear to the local residents as a public path for walking and biking and may soon be renovated. The district library is an excellent opportunity to renovate the park and trail and provide a new center for activity in this neighborhood. The connections are not only new access points to a constructed landscape park space but also aspire for something that is more. These sites sit vacant because until recently they sit on the rear boundary of three neighborhoods that differ widely demographically. This library and park has the potential to bridge differences in class, race, and quality of life. Having this central gathering space would provide a potentially diverse and vibrantly active new space for the city. The library is set 15' below street level and is enveloped by an inhabitable cellular patterned surface that alternates between transparent and planted spaces. The ubiquitous surface blurs the boundaries of the three neighborhoods, provides a space that celebrates the bloomingdale trail and creates a new relationship between the community and on of its last public resources. N Levitt St M constructions furniture fabrication, studio modeling projects, book "construction" acrylic device bent wood chair Working in a group and utilizing the fabrication lab and wood shop, we built wood steamers, a table for pegging in mdf mold peices we designed and routed, and as an experiment in the techniques of wood bending pushed 8' long 2" by 1.5" strips of white oak to its bending limit in order to construct the contours designed to fit the ergonomics of a lounging body. 08 Given a limited selection of materials, acrylic and string, teams of students were asked to create a device that critiqued some form of communication. Our project took on talking. As a response to the smart phone and the evolution of communication into texting, facebook, and twitter, in place of speaking, our team looked to devices predating those current systems. The form of our device recalls the can and string phones where two people are distant but remain tethered together and find excitement in the idea that a simple device can project their voice. It is assembled by laser cut acrylic frame work that is then strengthened by the string. The components of a child's walkie-talkie were reappropriated and housed in its base. A sound responsive light was then inserted into the base so that it projected light out through the open end of the "can". The final device then was connected to another via 100 feet of spliced wire, not to imply the need for wired connection but instead to imply the value of having that physical bond to those we speak to. book construction through the text that is cut out. for content to be shown only and with a hidden fold allowed cutting on chapter title pages used the laser cutter the print via to proceed on either side. I also allow for two parallel narratives variation of the french fold to via its construction. I used a the book can reveal information experiments with how many ways course I created this book that During a six week seminar it was to emerge around. to organically engage the "foundation" box malleable structure as it grew to allow for it a stiffer material turned out to be a very What would have been a flat surface with module using four pieces of museum board. very simple premise of making a rectangular required no adhesive. My project used a module aggregate through construction that a module of our design and to have that challenge to create an emergent object with This studio warm up assignment was a aggregating module is a solid poche. what is a thin surface and what that confuses the perception of back of sufaces creates a volume exaggerated cutting and folding museum board box and through titled "multiplicitous void," takes a An early studio warm up project void structural that joined together. using small sheets folded to be of us worked to create an arch Using the material yupo, two yupo arch extra-architectural foreign language and area studies fellowship focus Korea During my second year of three at Michigan I was the recipient of the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship which allowed me to spend a year studying both of my interests, which are International Studies and Language, and Architecture. Specifically, I studied more in depth into East Asian history while also studying second year Korean language. During the summer, I was then lucky enough to be able to travel to Korea and research and add valuable experience to the studying I had done during the year. 09 Nothing would have been accomplished without the support of my family. Wife, Kuihwa and Son, Ian.