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Alexander J. Lohn

ajlohn@gmail.com 973-513-3992


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

1.1_composition

2.1_a poet’s retreat

3.1_die-cast remix

4.1_canopy

1.2_perceptual drawing 1.2.1_pencil 1.2.2_charcoal

2.2_parasite

3.2_drive-in theatre

4.2_NMoAT 4.3_Chicago analysis 4.3_light rail in Lincoln


Year 1 1.1_composition 1.2_perceptual drawing 1.2.1_pencil 1.2.2_charcoal


Year 1 1.1_composition 1.2_perceptual drawing 1.2.1_pencil 1.2.2._charcoal


Year 1 1.1_composition 1.2_perceptual drawing 1.2.1_pencil 1.2.2_charcoal


Year 2 2.1_a poet’s retreat 2.2_parasite The alleyways of a city create a unique space, often forgotten by the typical pedestrian, almost invisible to the tourist. This unique nook in the alley east of South 14th St. and south of O St. is the site of a poet’s retreat.

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Eidetic Image: the urban environment

Photo: intriguing graffiti on the east wall

Eidetic Image: the poet in the city

Sketch: the graffiti comes to life


The graffiti on the east wall comes to life, reaching out to the west wall. This creates a stairwell leading to a platform, where the poet can write on the wall.

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Year 2 2.1_a poet’s retreat 2.2_parasite

The Site______an old barn at Squash Blossom Farms in Nebraska. The Project___a parasitic piece of architecture attached to the barn to house laborers.


Photo: workspace Study Models: flower / choir loft / sleeping space

Sketches: flower / choir loft / sleeping space

Concept Drawing: a symbiotic relationship


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Roof Plan The Solution A place that does not only provide refreshment, relaxation, and revival for the mind and body, but also for the soul. The inspiration for the form is from a vine climbing the side of the barn and flowering on the roof. The design is a single path. Beginning with a tall stairwell lifting you away from the earth. The ceiling height gets progressively higher and light comes through slats in the wall. You are then brought through the showers, where you are cleansed from the day, and into a prayer room. Finally you are brought to the roof, or flower. This space is open to the sky and doubles as a choir loft and sleeping space, with bunks along the sides.

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Year 3 3.1_die-cast remix 3.2_drive-in theatre

A die-cast plane model transformed into a wall climbing machine used to shoot videos of city streets. Inspired by the work of Lebbeus Woods.


Year 3 3.1_die-cast remix 3.2_drive-in theatre

The Project___design a new drive-in movie theatre for Kearney, NE. On May 29, 2008, Kearney was hit by 3 tornadoes. One of the results was the destruction of the beloved drive-in movie theatre. Photo: theatre before the storm


Viewing Angles The first task towards rebuilding the drive-in theatre is deciding where to put the screen. The first diagram replicates where the screen had been before the storm. The rest of the diagrams show possible screen locations and how much of the site could be used to view the screen. I chose to put the screen in the northeast corner to maximize viewership of the screen on-site. Additionally it allows the restaurant to be along the road, an advantageous site for it to stay open even when movies are not running. N


Restaurant Drive-in theatres make most of their money from the selling of concessions. On this site, in addition to a concession stand in the projection booth, I chose to build a full restaurant on the west side of the site, opposite the screen. As seen in the final drawings this space would be both behind the main car space and elevated. The building is rotated to become parallel with the screen for movie viewership. The first story is a restaurant, the second story is a parking deck, both for the restaurant and for viewing the movies from an elevated ledge. Shown here are various models studying the relationships of the planes to the site. On the right are the final drawings of the site layout, grading, and restaurant.


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Opportunity to get out of your car and sit on the grass. Lower Level: Sit in restaurant Upper Level: Parking deck for sit in restaurant and for viewing from the ledge Serves as both entrance and exit for parking deck

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Year 4 4.1_canopy 4.2_NMoAT 4.3_Chicago analysis 4.4_light rail in Lincoln

The Project____design a canopy for the south entrance of Architecture hall


My solution is a cast in place concrete structure held up by one column, and just barely kissing Architecture Hall. When raining, the canopy catches water, and collects it, to create a waterfall going down the column. The water then flows in a miniscule stream towards the building and a drain. A single window is placed in the canopy, going out from the column, which creates a fun rectangle of light on the pavement, as well as place to watch the water flow when it is raining.


Year 4 4.1_canopy 4.2_NMoAT 4.3_Chicago analysis 4.4_light rail in Lincoln

Recently the Smithsonian Institution made the decision to remove the agriculture exhibit at the Museum of American History, and place the entire collection in storage. It seems a tragedy, for an industry so vital to human existence and significant to American history, to not have a permanent display. The Project__The National Museum of Agriculture History

Photo: Big Ben Tractor, the world’s largest tractor to be housed prominently in the new museum


Lincoln, NE has a significant role in agricultural history. In the early 20th century a law in Nebraska was passed to have all tractors tested to show that they meet the specifications as advertised. A testing facility was built in Lincoln. In subsequent years other states and even other nations adopted similar laws, but instead of building their own testing facility, they relied on the facility in Lincoln. This testing facility is still in operation today. This new museum, located downtown on the mall, would house the collection from the Smithsonian, as well as create a more prominent location for the collection from the local museum attached to the testing facility.


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Lecture Hall Women’s Restroom

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Men’s Restroom

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Director’s Office

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Year 4 4.1_canopy 4.2_NMoAT 4.3_Chicago analysis 4.4_light rail in Lincoln

Chicago All 4th year students at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln take a trip to Chicago to study urban design and planning.


Chicago Analysis On the right is a diagram analyzing the locations of McDonalds and Starbucks throughout Chicago, as they relate to race and income. The three maps in the left column show the locations of McDonalds throughout the city. The three maps in the right column show the locations of Starbucks throughout the city. The top two maps show an outline of the city with the store locations. The middle row shows a gradient of income by Community Area and how they relate to the store locations. The lowest two maps show the store locations and how they relate to the racial make up of each Community Area.

Chicago City Limits

13.45%

30.25%

$27k or less

$47k or more

21.85% $27-35k

26.05%

8.4%

Chicago Community Areas Income

$40-47k

$35-40k

McDonalds Distribution by Income

$47k or more $40-47k $35-40k $27-35k $27k or less

1.23% 20.37% $27k or less $27-35k

8.64%

62.35%

$35-40k

$40k or more

7.41%

$40-47k Starbucks Distribution by Income

13.45% 5.88%

no majority

majority black

19.33%

>80% white

27.73%

>80% black

10.08%

18.49%

majority hispanic 5.04%

majority white

Chicago Community Areas Race

>80% hispanic

McDonalds Distribution by Race

> 80% white majority white > 80% hispanic majority hispanic > 80% black majority black majority asian no majority

9.26% 17.28% 11.73% no majority >80% white majority black

1.85%

>80% black

3.7%

majority hispanic

56.17%

majority white Starbucks Distribution by Race

McDonalds Total Stores in Chicago: 121

Starbucks Coffee Total Stores in Chicago: 158


Year 4 4.1_canopy 4.2_NMoAT 4.3_Chicago analysis 4.4_light rail in Lincoln

The Project___a light rail line in Lincoln, NE

This assignment involved multiple stages. The first was to do an analysis of Lincoln to determine where such a line would go. This analysis was a collaborative effort by the entire class. Some analyzed GIS information from the city such as income, employment centers, and zero-car households. We also researched the bicycle and walking trails to see where major intersections occurred. After establishing a location for a line, the task was to pick a location for a stop along that line, redevelop the area, and design one building in detail.


City Analysis The rail line established by the class is shown on the maps below. After establishing the line we were partnered with a landscape architecture student to develop a specific stop. Each of the circles represent a stop to be developed along the line. My partner and I chose to develop the stop along South Street indicated by the large circle. The vertical black line is the train line that would come down to our stop and the dashed horizontal line indicates South Street. We were both interested in this line because it was of greatest service to the working class. This location was a cross-section of high population, low income, and zero-car households. The stop here would connect people to downtown (at the top of the black line) where the most employment opportunities are located. An additional goal is the revitalization of the neighborhood. N

Map of Lincoln

Population Density (darkest is highest)

Income

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Zero-Car Households (darkest is highest)


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Site Analysis

Sumner Ave.

The following is an analysis of the neighborhood around the stop. The verticle line indicates the route of the rail. The circle indicates the main intersection of the stop. The red dashed line indicates the area chosen for redevelopment.

Sumner Ave.

Prospect Ave.

Rose St.

Euclid Ave. Peach St.

Harwood St.

Plum St.

South St.

$992,900

South St.

$4,314,000

Ryons St.

$2,559,100

Sewell St.

Park Ave.

$762,000 Lake St.

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Map of site

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12th St.

11th St.

Hill St.

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site total: $4,314,000

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Initial Site Schemes On the corner of the stop we chose to design a mixed-use building with commercial on the ground floor and residential above. The height of the building was determined by the context of the surrounding buildings. The remaining blocks heading south are residential: a combination of apartments and condos. This is a major increase in density from the existing circumstance. Shown here are configurations we considered for the site.

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A L E X ANDER W O R K S H O P

Alexander Workshop I spent ten months in formation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, discerning whether God was asking me to commit the rest of this life to prayer and service to the poor. Members of the community take a “vow of poverty,” living an incredibly simple life by contemporary American standards. At the end of the initial stage of formation I chose not to continue, and headed back to my parents’ home to figure out the next steps for my life. During those first months Alexander Workshop was born. Simple hand-made items inspired by truly simple living.

Pocket Notebook Having no cell phone, and always on the go, a pocket notebook became a necessity. Whether it is notes for later, journaling, or a sketch, this is a handy item for anyone. These notebooks are made from scraps of paper, hand-sewn, and hand stamped letter by letter. This specific notebook was made as a gift for Br. Joseph with his favorite line from the Psalms on the cover.

Wooden Trivets Walking through the woods I found small scraps of wood, half buried, probably dumped years ago. In multiple trips I collected the wood and planed it down, revealing a beautiful grain. I then cut them square, sealed them, and added small rubber feet for them to be used as trivets. The four photographed were made for my parents’ ski condo.

Portfolio  

A portfolio of undergraduate work from 2007-2011 at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. This portfolio was used to be accepted to Virginia...

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