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PORTFOLIO ALBERTO MANRIQUE 2010 - 2013

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/// Portfolio Alberto Manrique All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the editor, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law. For permission request, write to the editor, adressed “ Attention: Alberto Manriques�, at the address below. rique86@gmail.com am3752@columbia.edu Printed in the United States 250 West 100th Street New York, NY 10025 Telephone: 848 2280614

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PORTFOLIO PROFESSIONAL WORK Co-Founder Estudio Altiplano www.estudioaltiplano.com & GSAPP Graduate School of Architectural Planning and Preservation Columbia University

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Professional Work

Estudio Altiplano Projects 2010 -2013///// // Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN [Venice, Italy] 2012 //Residential Building BELL 134 [Bogotá, Colombia] 2013 //Pedro Domecq Headquartes OFFICES [Bogotá, Colombia] 2012 //Yokohama Headquarters OFFICES [Bogotá, Colombia] 2011 //Residential Patio Apartment, Apartment G, La Castellana BLDG and Lempert House [Bogotá, Colombia] 2011-2013 //Intervention Teatro Odeon [Bogotá, Colombia] 2012 //Buena Arquitectura Excelente Pedagogía *Winner NATIONAL COMPETITION [Amazon & Andean Region]

Advanced Architectural Design AAD Summer, Fall & Spring Semester 2012 - 2013 /////

ARCH A4106x

// Studio Summer FUN PALACE II [Prof: Thomas Leeser]

ARCH A4488x

// Studio Fall THE HUB [Prof: Markus Dochantschi]

ARCH A4853x

//Studio Spring EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM [Prof: nArchitects] 5


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INTRODUCTION Columbia University - GSAPP Masters of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (AAD)

What are paragraphs but landscapes of ideas? What

is rarely carried out by the architects who design these containers of habitable space. Neither is its re configuration (construction). And rarely is the resulting void (structure) meant to be inhabited by its designer (creator?).

is writing but the capacity to process thought. Architects constantly reconsider for fresh and proper ways to define or describe architecture. However the increasing complexity that surrounds the discipline makes its explanation a continuous transformation in progress. Now, what if the real core of architecture is not yet definable, since its super-imposition of definitions have constructed a layer cake that makes it too delicate to recognize what architecture essentially is. Therefore, there is not one suitable definition for architecture but instead a series of conditions that induce to an open text that considers the consequence architecture has in the built and unbuilt environment that surrounds us.

If these affirmations are considered as facts, an architect is the person who produces the documents that instruct people how to re configure matter (previously subtracted from the landscape and transformed by other people), into his/her idealization of how said configuration should contain the void that will afterwards be inhabited by yet another group of people. The architect´s most important tool when carrying out his mandate is his knowledge, which can be organized into four categories: things learned by individual experiences, things of current popular knowledge, things learned by academic pursuit and things known by instinct. Thus, the architect, either consciously or not, extracts from all of that knowledge to idealize possible configurations/structures for others to build and inhabit. As soon as the construction (re configuration) process ends, a moment of architectural knowledge is frozen in time and represented for as long as the structure lasts in its initially conceived form. Buildings, then, could be understood as decaying samples of a specific moment in architectural and personal knowledge.

Architecture is only achieved by transforming landscape; by subtracting matter from our surroundings, transforming it and later re adjusting it into a different configuration. This operation is true and essential to any practice that involves the “creation” (transformation or re configuration) of objects. Nonetheless, in architecture in its most fundamental of definitions, the main goal is to transform subtracted matter into habitable spaces. In essence, to create structures, which contain “voids” (space). The alteration of landscape, and thus the extraction and transformation of the aforementioned matter,

ALBERTO MANRIQUE, GSAPP COLUMBIA GRADUATE

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Professional Work Co-Founder Estudio Altiplano www.estudioaltiplano.com

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VENICE BIENNALE THROUGH A CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP CALLED BUILDING LOCAL, WE GOT FAMILIARIZED WITH THE TECHNIQUE. OF RAMMED EARTH. THEREFORE WE THOUGHT IT WOULD SUIT THE INSTALLATION GIVEN THAT THE BIENNALES TOPIC WAS “COMMON GROUNDS”. THE INSTALLATION FORMALLY SUGGESTS TO THE OBSERVER HOW ARCHITECTURE DEPENDS IN THE FORM OF TERRITORY, ENERGY, AND RESOURCES.

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Fig, installation

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at palazzo bembo / venice, italy


Fig, palazzo

bembo / venice, italy 2012

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VENICE/ Architecture Biennale 2012

[Palazzo Bembo,/ Venice, Italy]

///Installation Rammed Earth Estudio Altiplano + Carlos Balen “There is nothing new under the sun.� In the same way that construction is achieved only through the transformation of matter and the transformation of landscape elsewhere, the reality of architectural design has evolved through time as the transformation, reinterpretation and super-imposition of knowledge and information. With each built structure a process of alteration of landscape and matter begins, and when it is completed, a process of decay also starts; a moment of architectural knowledge is frozen and represented for as long as the structure lasts in its initially conceived form. There is nothing new under the sun consisted of hoisting 3.5 tons of earth into a small chamber of a 15th century palace and then compacting it into a solid rammed earth object. We wanted to provoke discussion regarding topics of tradition, contemporaneity, territory and the built environment. The installation formally suggests to the observer how architecture depends in the form of territory, energy and resources. We felt that working with earth would be the most appropriate material to evoke this discussion for three reasons: 1. Understanding earth as a basic construction material used all over the world. 2. Traditional building techniques necessarily depend on oral tradition or transformation of knowledge to evolve and survive. 3. The plastic notion that conjures the act of subtracting compacted earth from the ground to mold it into new shapes without interfering in its material capacities. Therefore in order for us to make it possible to build this installation in rammed earth, we had to submit ourselves to the learning process of the technique. We traveled to a colonial town in the Santander region of Colombia called Barichara where rammed earth is commonly used. Through a construction workshop called Building Local, we got familiarized with the technique.

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RESIDENTIAL

BLDG: LOCATED IN A CORNER OF NORTHERN BOGOTÁ, IT HAS A STREET ON ONE SIDE AND A PEDESTRIAN TRAIL ON THE OTHER. INITIALLY THE LOT WAS MADE UP OF FOUR HOUSES IN A ROW THAT WHERE BROUGHT DOWN. THE NEW BUILDING WILL HAVE 24 APARTMENTS FROM 90 M2 TO 150 M2. THE INTENTION WAS TO HAVE AS MANY APARTMENTS AS POSSIBLE LOOKING TO THE STREET, AVOIDING INTERNAL APARTMENTS, ALL DIFFERENT FROM EACH OTHER, WHICH SOUGHT TO MAXIMIZE THE USE OF EXTERIOR FACADES HAVING JUST ONE INDOOR UNIT.

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Fig, residential

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building / Bell 134 / construction 2012-2013


Fig, residential

building / Bell 134 / construction 2012-2013

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Fig, PLAN

Fig, SECTION

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DOMECQ

pedro

THE WORLD FAMOUS BRANDY PEDRO DOMECQ HOLDS ITS HEADQUARTERS IN THE INDUSTRIAL ZONE OF THE AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS IN BOGOTÁ. WHEN INVITED TO PRESENT A PROPOSAL FOR THEIR EXPANSION, THE IDEA OF GROWING INTO THE 1950´S WAREHOUSE ADJACENT TO THEIR BUILDING BECAME VERY APPEALING FOR THE TRADITION OF THEIR BUISNESS. ONCE DEMOLITION BEGAN, THE COLOSSAL STEEL STRUCTURE UNVEILED ITSELF AND BECAME THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN CONTEMPORARY AND HISTORIC EPISODES OF THE COMPANY. WE WORKED THE ROOF AS ONE ELEMENT, WHICH PROCLAIMED ALTITUDE AND NATURAL LIGHT. WE WORKED THE OFICE SPACES AS PRIVATE BOXES WITH ACOUSTIC RESITANCE.

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Fig, Facade

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/ Pedro Domecq 2012


Fig 1, Interior Fig 2, Interior

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/ reception area / Pedro Domecq 2012 / reception area / Pedro Domecq 2012


Fig 1, Interior

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/ open space / Pedro Domecq 2012


YOKOHAMA

headquarters

THE SCREEN: MODULAR CONSTRUCTIVISM WITH POPULAR MATERIALS. A TYPICAL 400 M2 OFFICE OPEN SPACE ONLY DETERMINED BY THE STRUCTURE OF THE BUILDING BECAME THE PLACE FOR JAPANESE MULTINATIONAL TIRE COMPANY YOKOHAMA TO SETTLE THEIR NEW HEADQUARTERS IN BOGOTÁ. THE ESTABLISHED ENTRANCE FROM THE ELEVATOR LOBBY, THE VIEWS TO THE CITY OR THE MOUNTAINS, AND THE MORNING OR AFTERNOON NATURAL LIGHT BECAME VARIABLES AS WELL FOR DECISION-MAKING. THE SPECIFIC PROGRAM DEMANDED BY YOKOHAMA GAVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE TECTONIC ELEMENTS THAT COULD ORGANIZE, DISTRIBUTE, AND DETERMINE THE SPACE. IN THIS CASE WE WANTED TO EXPLORE MASS AND VOID. AFTER A SERIES OF CONSIDERATIONS IN MATERIALS AND LIGHT, THE POPULAR-USED CONCRETE PREFABRICATED MODULES OF 20CM X 20CM BECAME AN INTERESTING ELEMENT TO CONFIRM THE LIGHT-DIFUSSING, PUBLICPRIVATE, SCULPTURE LIKE WALL.

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Fig 1, Interior

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/ circulation / Yokohama Offices 2012


Fig 1, Interior

Fig 2, Interior

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/ corridor / Yokohama 2012 / kitchen / Yokohama 2012


Fig 1, Interior

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/ private offices / Yokohama 2012


RESIDENTIAL PATIO APARTMENT: THE REFORM WAS CARRIED OUT IN A FIRST FLOOR APARTMENT OF AN 80´S BUILDING IN BOGOTÁ. THE APARTMENT HAD A PATIO FOR THE BEDROOMS NEXT TO THE GARDEN OF A CONSERVATION HOUSE. FOR THE INTERVENTION IT WAS TAKEN AS A STARTING POINT THE NEED TO LINK SOCIAL SPACES AND THE PATIO, EXPLOITING THE LIGHT AND QUIETNESS OF THIS SPACE. APARTMENT G: RESULTING OF THE COMBINATION OF 3 SMALL APARTMENTS. THEREFORE THE ARCHITECTURAL CHALLENGE WAS METICULOUS WHEN IT CAME TO RESOLVE THE DOMESTIC PROGRAM. AS WELL AS UNDERSTANDING THE VARIETY OF FLOWS AMONGST A FAMILY NUCLEUS INSIDE A DWELLING. LEMPERT HOUSE: THIS PROJECT CONSISTED ON TRYING TO CREATE NEW SPACES WITH A MODERN LOOK OUT OF A HOUSE FROM THE FIFTY´S THAT WAS ORIGINALLY A FARM. THE HOUSE ORIGINALLY WAS A LABYRINTH AND THE OWNER WANTED OPEN SPACES WITH HIGH CEILINGS IN ORDER TO CREATE A GREATER SENSE OF AMPLITUDE.

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Fig 1, Interior

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/ living room & kitchen / Patio Apartment /2011


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Fig 2, Interior

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/ hall / Apartment G 2012 / bedroom / Apartment G 2012


Fig 1, Interior

Fig 2, Interior

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/ communal space / Lempert house 2013 / communal spaces / Lempert house 2013


Fig 1, Interior

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/ entrance hall / Lempert House 2013


competition

SCHOOL PROTOTYPE *WINNER AMAZON & ANDEAN REGION In collaboration with MeMa arquitectos + Carlos Balen

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A MODULAR SYSTEM FOR EMERGENCY SCHOOLS: DURING 2010 AND 2011 LA NIÑA PHENOMENON DAMAGED MORE THAN 3,000 SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE. THE SITUATION COMPROMISES THE EDUCATION OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN WHO REQUIRE AND EFFICIENT RESPONSE IN PRACTICAL ARCHITECTURAL SOLUTIONS THAT STRENGTHEN ACADEMIC DYNAMICS AND THE RATIONAL PROJECT OF EDUCATION. THE MINISTRY OF NATIONAL EDUCATION AS PROMOTER, COOPERATING WITH FOUNDATION ARGOS AND THE COLOMBIAN SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTS AS AN ADVISORY BODY DESIGN. THE IDEA WAS TO CREATE SERIES THAT COULD, IN A VERSATILE, SIMPLE AND EFFICIENT FORM THE FOLLOWING ASPECTS: TRANSPORTATION, CLIMATE, TOPOGRAPHY AND THE NEED OF EACH REGION.

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O DE ON intervention in

inventory Pieces, fragments of an invented place. The men that organized and maintained dreams behind an open door of an odeón, one day had to close it. Endagame, Fin de partie. Making an inventory of the abandoned material of this inhabited place, filled with immaterial memory. Picking up wooden beams, metal trusses, dusty desks, trying to make visible the physical potential of the materials, giving them new life, therefor creating perceptions, questions and feelings. Creating a small auditorium simulating the structure of a ship parked in space. The story of this enigmatic building, is to be an emblematic space of art and Bogotá culture of what once was the TEATRO POPULAR DE BOGOTÁ.

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Altiplano & Danilo Volpato

The intervention took place in the main space of the art fair ODEON. What was once one of the most emblematic theatres in Bogotรก. In which Altiplano intervened the main space with the help of the Brazilian artist Danilo Volpato.

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LEFT: Ode贸n( Art Fair) Bogot谩, Colombia. Art galleries from all over the world where invited to participate. BOTTOM: (example card) On which the inventory was made of all the abandoned material that was found in this old theatre.

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OTHER PAGE BOTTOM LEFT: Images of the inventory cards exposed in the main space. Conferences can be held in the new created space . TOP: The main space confined by the hanging wooden beams form added to the concrete beams, form an oval space where conferences can be held. BOTTOM: Booklet made by the art fair showing the intervention done by Altiplano and Danilo Volpato.

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Advanced Architectural Design GSAPP Graduate School of Architectural Planning and Preservation Columbia University

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Analogous Site

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*Concrete Paradox EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM [Studio, Spring 2013] ///Mumbai, India Prof: nArchitects “Every 5 minutes a child arrives ALONE on a railway platform in India.� There are over 250,000 street children in Mumbai alone and over 18,000,000 children working on the streets of India. A street child in India is a child for whom the street has become his or her habitual adobe or source of livelihood: and who is inadequately protected, supervised, or directed by responsible adults. They are in this situation mainly because of family conflict and extreme poverty. They are roofless, rootless and alienated from the society. The place of their abode is the street, railway stations, bridges, beneath fly over, temples and dargahs. Some of the NGOs working with the street children: Slum dog Children of Mumbai, Railway Children, Mumbai Street Children Empowerment Network, The Pavement Club, Shelter Don Bosco, Action Aid and Plan. The idea is to create a Network to reach out to vulnerable street children through the network that will enable them to become self reliant and responsible. By providing them with access to education, recreation and a shelter. Andehri Station is one of the most important metro stations through out the metro line 1. Its geographical location makes it strategically strong. It is also the intersection point of the metro with one of the railways that connect Mumbai from south to north and to the rest of India. Contemporary West Andheri is largely a residential area, whereas East Andheri is has a mixture of commercial and residential areas.

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Sanjay Gandhi Natuional Park

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Tulsi Lake

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SITE ANALYSIS Railroad & Main Roads // Andheri,

Green Space // Andheri, Mumbai

Slums // Andheri, Mumbai

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MUMBAI CITY

MUMBAI POLITICAL MAP

Mumbai Harbour

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Brisole Le Corbusier utilized the Brisole in Chandigarh to create shadows. Atennuate the light within the space and cool the space. The wind however is able to enter and be directed were needed the most.

Children of the Street India is the country with more street children and Mumbai is considered the Street Children Capital of the world with over 250,000 children.

Chandigarh Le Corbusier and Pirre Jennaret utilized in several ways the brisole in their building in the the city. The tower of shadows on the left was used to study the light of Chandigarh. The two other pictures are of the High Court.

Jali Arab Institute on the left has a doble stair case on the facade that works as a screen. The other images are of the traditional Indian Jali. Were paterns are carved into stone and then used as screens to atenuate the light and create cool indors.

Baoli Baolis are stepwells that also serve as spacial gathering spaces. Their intresting patterns were influential both functionally and formally. Baolis are for the most part found in Rajasthan, India. The land of Kings ( very dry area).

The most important sport in India is Cricket and although played ideally in a big space. Children paly it everywhere. (Rooftops are very common)

Claud Parent Calud Parent studied ramps as funtional gathering spaces.

The Oval Maiden in Mumbai, India.

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Inner View: Educational Level

RECREATION

ADMINISTRATION

EDUCATION

METRO PLATFORM

CONCOURSE

STREET

Diagram: Program / Level/ Time

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Green Space // Andheri, Mumbai

Railroad & Main Roads // Andheri, Mumbai

Slums // Andheri, Mumbai

Institutional // Andheri, Mumbai

Housing // Andheri, Mumbai

Commerce // Andheri, Mumbai

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Green Space // Andheri, Mumbai

Railroad & Main Roads // Andheri, Mumbai

Slums // Andheri, Mumbai

Institutional // Andheri, Mumbai

Housing // Andheri, Mumbai

Commerce // Andheri, Mumbai


Inner View.

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PLANS

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1. TOP LEVEL. Educational & Recreational Platform 2. FOURTH LEVEL. Educational Platform 3. PLATFORM LEVEL. Metro Platform

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Andheri Station - Mumbai EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM Inner View: Concourse Level

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The Final result was a building that served as a bridge between East and West Andheri. At its highest point gave the option of enter the concourse level where people could buy their metro tickets and continue on to the metro platform. The two other levels served the proposed program, which was composed by an educational platform and by the recreational platform. On both sides of the building brisoles /jail/baoli elements where offered therefore providing more recreational space, niches, shade, and gathering spaces at the same time as it wrapped the building making it into a whole.

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Armenian / THINK -TANK

[Studio, Fall 2012]

///Dilijan, Armenia Prof: Markus Dochantschi “Knowledge is the power of the future� Ruben Vardanian

THE HUB Armenia is a land locked country imbedded in the Caucasian mountains. The situation with its neighboring countries is on the most part bad given that their are no roads or relations with either Azerbaijan or Turkey. As for Georgia and Iran they are in rather good relations, however Russia is their strongest allie. The armenian disapora is spread around the whole world, where the countries with the biggest population are United States with 1.5 million, followed by Russia with 1.3 million and France with five hundred thousand. The project consisted on studying the town of Dilijan, Armenia considering that it is going to be the new home of the Central Bank. The town at the moment lacks infrastructure of all sorts, therefore we were to propose a program that would help support the Bank and its future citizens. After traveling to Armenia and visiting the town of Dilijan it was easier to see the towns potential. We then realized that a THINK - TANK would be ideal given that it could be a place where armenians from across the world could come and pass on their knowledge to the locals.

MOSCOW- RUSSIA

TBLISI-GEORGIA

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fig. 1 Armenia / Context Map showing Armenias relation with its neighboring countries.

TEHRAN-IRAN

Bad Relation - Turkey and Azerbajan Neutral Relation - Iran and Georgia Strongest Relation - Russia

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Armenia is a developing country with a very specific set of characteristics, socially,economically, politically and geographically. The country is also going through a series of transformations; hence the perfect time for a radical turn, which could help boost Armenia´s present reality and take advantage of its uniqueness.

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FUN PALACE II / Sathorn Unique

[Studio, Summer 2012] /// Bangkok, Thailand Prof: Thomas Leeser

“The opposite of play isn´t work. It´s depression.” Cedric Price spent most of his career designing, promoting and building his most famous work known as The Fun Palace. Even though the project was never quite realized as he imagined, it significantly influenced the field unlike any other single project in the recent history of architecture. This studio consisted of envisioning a new FUN PALACE (FUN PALACE II). Utilizing a Fun Theory to get across the concept of fun and leisure in contemporary society while developing a basis for the Fun Palace II. By utilizing design strategies and goals based on the Fun Theory we developed a program/ function/reason. The project is not an amusement park, it is not a spa, it is not a brothel,it is not a theatre, it is not a gym, it is not a zoo or a sport center, but maybe it is all of these things combined.

fig. 1 Taking Over /Sathorn Unique Tower The tallest ghost tower in Bangkok is Sathorn Unique with 49 stories. With a total of 659 residential units and 54 retails, located less than 200 meters from Taskin Station. Considered a great location to overlook at Bangkok´s cityscape the Chaopraya river.

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www.6000times.com, Bangkok, Thailand : Abandoned Skyscraper, April 24,2010, www.6000times.com, Bangkok, Thailand : Abandoned Skyscraper, April 24,2010,


www.6000times.com, Bangkok, Thailand : Abandoned Skyscraper, April 24,2010, Fig 1.

www.6000times.com, Bangkok, Thailand : Abandoned Skyscraper, April 24,2010, Fig 2.

www.6000times.com, Bangkok, Thailand : Abandoned Skyscraper, April 24,2010, Fig 3.

www.6000times.com, Bangkok, Thailand : Abandoned Skyscraper, April 24,2010, Fig 4.

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SATHORN UNIQUE BANGKOK, THAILAND

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fig. 1 Section A-A and Section B-B The sliced-render shows the way the building will function. Connections within the buildings and its different programs.

fig. 2 Section Section of Sathorn Unique with zoomed in view of the program through out the building.

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DE-CONSTRUCTING THE PROGRAM The program was to be scattered all through the building therefore the building had to be equally intervened in order for it maintain an integrity. Spaces where created in order to host as many programs as possible. Spaces that could be used in multiple ways. As well as spaces where people could travel easily through the building experiencing as many moments as possible. Therefore the building would be conceived through its anomalies.

fig. 1 Perspective Perspective showing the exterior connections.

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fig. 2 Perspective Low perspective showing the exterior connections juxtaposed with the existing structure of the building.

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fig. 1 Aerial view Sathorn Unique (FUN PALACE II) in context with the city of Bangkok next to the Chaopraya river.

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Architectural Strategy [Fun Palace II ] Bangkok, Thailand FORM & FUNCTION: They influence one another but they don’t define the other. With internal contradictions there is diversity which creates a beneficial crash. “ Architecture must enable people to think the unthinkable.” Nurture changes as Price says. It is not about finished buildings. Its the ability to enable and facilitate change accommodating the unpredictable. Creating connections and therefore new programs. “Stitching images” Guy Debord. A space for drifting where the building becomes an instigator of urbanity (interaction) changing the way people conceive different activities. Therefore the difuminating programs become the architectural resolution. -Nor this or that but this and that.

fig. 1 Context Image Sathorn Unique Tower taken over by the new program. Bangkok, Thialand

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“Manfredo Tafuri said to me one. Peter all of your theoretical work will mean nothing if you can not built.” “Does project have to have a practice? Yes. Does practice have to have a project? No. In fact project inhibits practice. That’s why the most successful practices don´t have a project.” “99% of all those people practicing architecture throughout history do not have a project. They don’t care.” “The hierarchy of the office is. I’m involved in everything.” “The office is set up as a giant ME.” “I would like to make a high-rise.” “I do not want to do things that are not gonna add to the historical record.”

-Peter Eisenman

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Interview: Peter Eisenman [Practice as Project, Spring 2013] ///Final Project Prof: Juan Hereros and Jose Aranguez T. A : Ernesto Silva

By: Margarita Calero, Alfonso Simelio and Alberto Manrique

Architectural practice is being affected by important changes. Offices one of the architects core activities, are diversifying from the unipersonal orthodox model to very open kinds of formats. At the same time, different emerging practices show that the commission project construction procedure is only one aspect of architects work. Now is the moment to explore and identify new ways of being an architect, where the architectural office and practice are the “starting projects�, the engines that drive their creativity. At the same time, there is a growing phenomenon of architects who are not specifically or exclusively dedicated to building practice, but that are proposing professional practices that broaden the current scope working as negotiators, activists, analysts, politicians, advisors, strategists, communicators, researchers, etc.

Interview: (left to right) Peter Eiseman, Jose Araguez and Alberto Manrique February 25, 2013

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Portfolio Alberto Manrique  

Architecture Columbia University 2013 GSAPP Master Advanced Architectural Design Professional Work

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