Lizzie Falkenstein's Architecture Portfolio
Work from my undergraduate education at the University of Oregon.
DESIGN PORTFOLIO UNIVERSITY OF OREGON 2011 FALKENSTEIN ` LIZZIE 8380 SW Crestwood Lane Portland, OR 97225 503.734.7678 email@example.com EDUCATION University of Oregon Bachelor of Architecture + Art & Business Minors June 2011 EXPERIENCE Lizbags Owner + Founder Portland, OR 06.2010 - Present Eugene, OR 12.2009 - 06.2010 Eugene, OR 09.2008 - 06.2010 Boston, MA 06.2009 - 09.2009 Portland, OR 06.2008 - 09.2008 University of Oregon: Sustainable Cities Initiative Editor + Author of SCI Project Documentation Student Volunteer + Project Manager DesignBridge: Community Design Build CBT Architects Intern Architect + Model Making PKA Architects Intern Architect PROFICIENCIES Digital Media: Adobe CS5 AutoCAD Microsoft Office Sketchup SolidWorks Softimage Rhino CNC Milling Laser Cutting Hand Media: Metalsmithing Model Making Sewing Slip-Casting Woodworking UNION PARK TAROkit ROCKWOOD BOULEVARD CROP GRESHAM CITY HALL CRINKLE CUPS LIZBAGS UNZIPIT LUMINAIRE Project: Union Park + A New Urban Campus Site: USPS Headquarters: Portland, OR Studio: Thesis 2010-2011 A new University of Oregon campus has the potential to be a primary and lasting keystone element in the city of Portland that not only represents but helps fuel Portland's sense of place. A campus in Portland possesses the potential to substantially assist in the development of Portland urban aspects on a variety of levels and scales. This institutional addition placed near the heart of the city will enhance the city's urban vitality by providing programmatic variability, in regards to its civic function, to a part of the city that is at the beginning of a transition towards becoming a mature mixed-use district. The campus will provide an academic arena that will foster a new intellectual aura in a location, which has been primarily used for routine industrial activities, further enhancing the city's verve. It should exemplify the new ideals of an architectural and planning era which work towards the `development' of a city by using its existing potential as opposed to mere `expansion', an unfortunate reality today exemplified by urban sprawl. And perhaps, most importantly, a new University of Oregon campus in Portland can become the flagship of sustainability, providing "the most sustainable city in the country," an iconic, active, public site that represents the city's current and continual efforts towards a sustainable future. The thesis work presented on the following pages focuses on the spaces used for social functions of a campus and how these functions can start to integrate with social functions within the community. This concept is explored at an urban scale and building scale formally, programmatically and most importantly, through its impact on social sustainability. adaptable space for... accommodating a variety of users: indoor and outdoor spaces to... demonstration food flex-space research student ammenities A PLACE THAT INTEGRATES THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY WITH THOSE OF THE UNIVERSITY TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE HUB OF EDUCATION, INNOVATION AND RECREATION. exhibition retail park CONNECTING SITE IN MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS CENTRALIZING SOCIAL AMENITIES CREATING UNIQUE URBAN SPACES CONTINUING URBAN PARK FABRIC FORM STUDIES Combining the social amenities of the university with those of the community allows for a unique architectural expression. These study models start to explore different ways in which the public and social amenities can be formally expressed and allow visitors and users to know that they are on campus rather than just in the city. The green strips used represent how public green spaces can start to draw people onto the site and move them through or around it. The pink strips study how unique built forms can differentiate themselves from the rest of campus while still moving people through the site. These study models led to investigating ways to use both green spaces and building form to acheive this unique identity. RA LAYERING SPACES After establishing the concept of the park blocks ramping up onto the roof to create an urban public park, it was important to understand how this influenced and formed the adjacent interior spaces. Many studies were done to understand how people experiencing the park could start to connect with what is happening inside as well as how interior spaces can start to connect to each other to create a much more transparent and interactive environment. AMP ACCESS GREEN SPACE PUBLIC PATHWAYS ROOF AMENITIES PROGRAM: SECTION MODEL 1/8" = 1' 0" ROOFTOP PARK STUDENT LOUNGE CLASSROOM Project: TAROkit Site: Locations Around the World Studio: Metropolis Design Competition 2010 TAROkit is a catalyst, a kit of parts, and a response to the pervasive problem of polluted waterways globally. It cleans contaminated drinking water, and offers a versatile housing solution for displaced or impoverished people. It can be applied anywhere a shipping container can go and a wetland can grow. This ecological improvement package restores a basic human right; clean water for third world communities. It provides housing and micro-economic opportunities for people, and re-establishes a dwindling ecosystem essential in alleviating the effects of natural disasters. The pollution of drinking water is a problem for over half of the world's population. Water pollution that results from natural disasters, sewage discharge into bodies of water, and a lack of knowledge about appropriate sanitation techniques, causes 250 million related diseases and 5-10 million deaths a year. In addition to affecting humans, pollution as a result of water-based transit and nutrient loading is causing higher global oceanic temperatures. This significantly alters the lifecycles and causes death in a vast number of marine species. Adapting to meet the global water pollution crisis is rich with ecological, social, and economic opportunities. By plugging into existing maritime transportation networks, and a global surplus of shipping containers TAROkit becomes a ready-to-go ecological improvement package useful nearly anywhere in the world. Far too often shipping containers leave developing countries full of goods and return to those same nations empty. Instead of empty, containers modified for minimal dwelling will be packed with a "wetland starter kit," sufficient to begin the process of restoring habitat, cleaning water and igniting local micro economies. ESTIMATED GDP GLOBAL SHIPPING ROUTES COUNTRIES WITH <40% POPULATION WITH ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER IMPORTED SHIPPIING CONTAINERS ARRIVE AT UNITED STATES PORTS SHIPPING CONTAINERS ARE RELOADED WITH TAROk UNLOADED AND kit SUPPLIES TAROkits ARE EXPORTED AND ARRIVE AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE TAROkit OF PARTS: SOLAR PANELS: RENEWABLE ENERGY SHELTER MODIFIED CONTAINER: WETLAND BEDS: CLEAN PHASE II OYSTER BEDS: CLEAN PHASE I Project: Rockwood Boulevard Site: Burnside + SE Stark: Gresham, OR Studio: Fall 2009 This studio focused on community place making in the unique setting of Rockwood, Oregon. The six-acre parcel of land sits on the outskirts of Portland and on the edge of Gresham. Unclaimed by either city, this site lacks its own identity but has the potential to be a town center for a community in need. Much of the surrounding neighborhood consists of residents of Latino and Russian decent as well as people that have been pushed out of Portland due the rising housing prices. The majority of these community members are hard working and desire a neighborhood center that they identify with and be proud of. We were challenged to create our own program combining social and community goals to transform an isolated and distressed site into a vibrant neighborhood. At the heart of the six-acre site is Rockwood Boulevard, a street lined with local businesses creating an atmosphere bursting with activity and unique flavor. The street is small in scale with numerous opportunities for shop owners to customize their storefront, creating a sense of ownership. The design mixes inspirations from other successful community spaces with elements that are uniquely Rockwood to create a meaningful urban center. Rockwood Boulevard facilitates a growing sense of pride among the residents in something as simple as a place to call their own. Rockwood Boulevard is the spark that will initiate the transformation of this area into a community and economic driver. The flavorful and varied architectural aesthetic is paired with environmentally sustainable features creating a Rockwood regional style. The site design facilitates the many functions necessitated by the community and creates a space for interaction between visitors and community members alike. ROCKWOOD DENSITY GEO-PROXIMITY MAX PROXIMITY LAYERING SPACES To create a vibrant new streetscape for the people of Rockwood different spaces are layered and merged to reflect the personalities of its users. Combining places to sit, shop, eat, and live help to create an interactive street that is adaptable to a variety uses and users. These places can be created by something as small as a bench and as large as a building. HO U SIN G HOUSING COMMUNITY CENTER HO U SIN G LARGE COMMERCIAL close proximity to the max station street access access to community space views of mountain peaks medium density housing (+)110,592 ft 35 units per acre tuck under parking a place to safely gather a place for celebrations and events 12,000 ft park covered pavilion playground 16,000 ft community center conference rooms & rental facilities LARGE COMMERCIAL close proximity to the max station supported by large retail & many other small businesses large volumes of pedestrian tra c avor unlike any other (+) 40,000 ft of small and medium size spaces 50% of parking provided through on-street & o -street surface parking economic ways to travel to work work close to home comfortable places to take breaks variety of jobs o ered o ce 20,000 ft small business (+)40,000 ft large commercial 38,000 ft community services 18,000 ft rain nfall PARK STUDY At the heart of the six-acre site and on the edge of Rockwood Boulevard sits the new Rockwood Park. A place for impromptu soccer games and family barbeques, this park provides numerous amenities to the public that were previously lacking. in ltration through pores in pavers recharge ground water SE Stark Street Burnside Road SE Oak Street Rockwood Boulevard STREET IMPROVEMENTS The streets surrounding and intersecting the new Rockwood development are in desperate need of change. These streets discourage walkability by consisting primarily of large spans of pavement with little greenery and large flows of traffic. By providing wide sidewalks, on street parking, bike lanes, and an abundance of street trees, the area will begin to create a more walkable and energetic community. Project: CROP: Culinary Experience Site: Granville Island, Vancouver B.C. Studio: Spring 2010 Granville Island is a distinct urban playground that encompasses a variety of uses and spaces. The 42.9 acres of land and water draws both locals and tourists from all over Vancouver and is the most popular destination in the city. In 1916 the Canadian Federal Government developed the industrial land that is now Granville Island. The local character and flavor of the island can be seen through its pedestrian dominated streets, distinct architectural style and various iconic destinations. Places such as the Public Market on the Northwest side of the island encompasses the industrial aesthetic with its steel siding and open interior while providing numerous visitors with local produce and food vendors. Grandville Island's variety of uses can also be seen through its local maritime, educational, retail, fine arts and industrial program elements. CROP, the Granville Culinary Experience is located on the east side of the island, which lacks the activity and vibrant character seen on the west side. This new culinary establishment hopes to draw people to the east side while also contributing and complimenting the successful public market and other west side functions. CROP's program integrates the public in the culinary experience through interaction and hands on experiences with activities such as cheese making, wine tasting and cooking. Integrating the existing context and local flavor into this new culinary institute was challenging. Through the use of recycled corrugated metal from condemned buildings on the island and a modern take on the industrial character of the island, CROP is well integrated into its surroundings and contributes to the overall feel of the island. PUBLIC ATRIUM GREEN SPACE PUBLIC VIEWS CULINARY AMENITIES LOCAL TRAFFIC RESPONDING TO THE UNIQUE CHARACTER OF GRANVILLE ISLAND The unique character of Granville Island is often described as a contrived industrial aesthetic, imitating the true industrial activities of the island's past. Brightly colored industrial pipes line pedestrian pathways across the island leading to buildings constructed of corrugated steal. Pedestrians dominate the island and are welcomed into markets and artist studios and are encouraged to explore the island from all angles. DAY USE NIGHT USE THIRD FLOOR SECOND FLOOR FIRST FLOOR PROGRAM: RESTAURANT: CULINARY INSTITUTE: RETAIL: HOTEL: SCHOOL LOBBY CULINARY LIBRARY MAIN ATRIUM HOTEL ROOM CULINARY GARDENS RECYCLED FACADE Pieces of recycled corrugated steal were used for the north and south facades, creating unique horizontal bands of glass and panels while also connecting to the existing buildings on the island that use this material. Metal panels on the third floor hotel rooms are designed to fold like an accordion, allowing for users to create privacy or experience the views of downtown Vancouver. Project: Gresham City Hall Site: SE Division + Main: Gresham, OR Studio: Winter 2010 Gresham, Oregon is known as one of the large expanses of suburban sprawl on the outskirts of Portland. The area has very little identity and lacks planning that will start to change this perception. The current City Hall is a few blocks away from the proposed New City Hall, tucked behind a large outdoor shopping mall with little civic presence to the city. The location for the New City Hall would create a strong presence along SE Division Street, a major thoroughfare, allowing for people entering the area to understand that there is forward thinking for the years to come. The New City Hall does not only address the high traffic street running along the north edge of the site, but also embraces the MAX Lightrail line and neighborhood to the south through its ecological landscaping and civic plaza. To create visual connections throughout the site and educate the public about sustainable thinking, a green sweep of plantings that originate at the tip of the civic plaza are continued through the building, turning vertically to create a unique central atrium space for all users to experience. These green strips not only provide visual interest but also help with way-finding and are a major sustainable aspect of the building such as moderating interior temperature, filtering water and aiding in ventilation. The New City Hall is a building that provides its own energy, takes advantage of nature's lighting and wind, collects and treats water, and draws a lush green sweep in from the landscape around it. It is hoped, that with these characteristics the building will be a civic icon for the area and help generate new ideas for the sustainable planning of Gresham, Oregon. GREEN STRIPS PLAZA LAYERS BUILDING WINDOW SYSTEM STRUCTURE FACADE LAYERS MESH SHADING anatomy of: A CIVIC PLAZA D SE CIVIC PLAZA New C ity Hal l Div S ion is t t ree Mai nS tree t i AX L M ne 1 2 3 4 5 6 Adjacent to transportation networks Place to sit Place to eat, or nap Vibrant activity for all ages Manages water from impervious surfaces Protected from busy traffic FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT MAIN RECEPTION PUBLIC ATRIUM STAIRS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY URBAN PLANNING DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL CHAMBERS IR STA S STAIRS CAFE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT POLICE PARKS & REC POLICE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES ECON & URBAN RENEWAL OFFICE ATRIUM RECEPTION MTG/SHARED SPACE OFFICE SPACE FIRST FLOOR PLAN N SECOND FLOOR PLAN CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE OFFICE OF GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT S STAIR ROOF TERRACE ROOF GARDEN THIRD FLOOR PLAN OFFICE ATRIUM CONDITIONING STRATEGIES: EVACUATED TUBES Evacuated tubes on the north wing of the building facilitate the heating of water by the sun. This water is then channeled to the absorbtion chiller to be further heated or transferred nto cool water that can then move into the radiant floor system ENERGY STRATE PV EMBEDDED GLASS Horizontal glazing needs shading and has the potential to harvest energy due to its favorable southern orientation without obstruction. PV embedded glass allows the envelope to remain streamlined while facilitating the harvesting of energy. NEED: OPERATIONAL ENERGY ABSORBTION CHILLER Absorbtion chilelrs can both heat and chill water to a level at which it can be used for sinks, showers, or radiant floor systems. It is highly efficient and can be an economical solution when a source of waste heat is available. RADIANT FLOOR Radiant floor systems allow heating and cooling to be more efficient by conditioning concrete masses and allowing the material to re-radiate heat into the space. This system is also based on circulating water rather than air, which improves the overall indoor air quality. MINI COGENERATION PLANT Cogeneration is significantly more efficient traditional energy generation methods. It produces not only energy useful in maintain the building's electricity needs, but it also channels waste heat into conditioning syst reducing overall energy needs as a result o heating and cooling. EGIES: WATER STRATEGIES: GREEN ROOF Green roofs on the south wings of City Hall direct rainfall and filter it before it makes its way into the collection cisterns or green wall irrigation system. It also reduces urban heat island effect and is a desirable amenity adjacent to the roof terrace. GREEN WALL STRIPS The strips of green wall running along the sides of the atrium are fed by an irrigation system sourced at the roof as well as a secondary collection system in the basement. They are not only part of the water cleaning strategy, but also have valuable benefits to indoor air quality due to the potential for humidifyinf and aiding in ventilation. than CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS ning tems, of Constructed wetlands on the south side of the site are an essential step in cleaning stormwater and grey water produced by the building before it enters the municipal system. The water goes through a series of landscaped terraces which remove specific types of water contamination before it reaches the end, significantly cleaner than when it began. G COUNCIL CHAMBERS GREEN WALL TYPOLOGIES A GREEN STRIP anatomy of: DENSE PLANTINGS PLANTING SHELVES LOW-PROFILE STRIP UNION PARK TAROkit ROCKWOOD BOULEVARD CROP GRESHAM CITY HALL CRINKLE CUPS LIZBAGS UNZIPIT LUMINAIRE These cups were designed in response to the excess amount of plastic used in our society. By slip-casting plastic party cups out of porcelain an excessively used commodity has been made more precious as well as reusable. CRINKLE CUPS LIZBAGS Lizbags is the accumulation of many years of goofing around with scissors, pipe cleaners and whatever else could be found around the house. The wide variety of bags offered on www.lizbags.com are designed and made in Portland, Oregon. The prints used and designed to create Lizbags transform commonly drab bags into funky items that express each customers individuality. Over six-hundred bags have been sold so far. UNZIPIT LUMINAIRE Unzipit Luminaire was designed using the function of a zipper to allow users to adjust the level of light. By opening or closing the luminaire more or less light is provided. The fabric panels have been stiffened with wire around the edges, allowing for users to easily control the not only the light but the form as well.