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/ castle + fort museum

// new harmony

/// linear dwellings

//// urban [bus] stop

///// film school

////// arch + art + gallery space

/////// skate + swim complex

//////// organic ceramic

///////// artwork 


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CASTLE + FORT MUSEUM

Guardamar Del Segura, Spain

Description The project analyzes the never-ending transformation of the town of Guardamar Del Segura, Spain. At first glance, the processes of the weekly mercadillo (street market), the day-break of the 'siesta,' and the Roman, Christian, + Islamic history seem to occur as linear rituals. The sequences appear continuous; beginning and ending cyclically--but are they really linear, do they overlap, skip, or create ambiguities? This castle fort is transformed by a parasite that deconstructs any cultural icons. It grows with the changing views of sunrise, sunset, waves, and converges the linear path of street-market-people into traffic of paths, voids, and ending with an elevated observation tower. A hollowed out mound is created where the only remnants of historical fort is the original castle wall that wraps around the site and deconstructs the notion of impermeability. The original entry to the castle remains, however, the new archaeology museum exists underground with a new opening looking out to the forgotten rural landscape, away from the past and away from the destruction and towards a new outlook for the town.

UC Berkeley Studio Abroad, 101 Honors. Summer ’10. Professor Alejandro Salazar-Jasbon. 


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Mediterranean Sea

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coexisting rituals

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Mediterranean Sea

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CASTLE + FORT ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM

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order + transformation at the ‘mercadillo’, a weekly town ritual

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Mediterranean Sea

saltwater treatment

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controlled chaos + disorder

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chaos + disorder + disaster // voids + escape + retreat

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Castle wall is represented as linear red element that although once a source of seclusion, obstruction and protection, it is now permeable and provides structural support

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a void for observation + escape + retreat

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In response to the history of the area and the continuous cycles of fear, invasion and trauma brought upon the town of Guardamar del Segura, I’ve created spaces of protection, retreat and observation at the very top of the mountain. By retreat I do not mean a space of ultimate and open retreat, such as a camp or the more typical meditation landscapes. Instead, the intention is to carve out nooks and womb spaces out of the edges of the existing eastern castle wall that would be escapes for the individual who wishes to depart from the memories of invasion or simply from the burdens of everyday life (including natural elements such as the heat).

These spaces are to be partially carved out of the mound with very specific openings that will focus the view to certain key elements of the city and surrounding landscapes such as the church, the sea, the sand dunes, the row of evicted fisherman homes, the actual city landscape and even the distant salt mounds in Santa Pola, as well as the natural elements including the sun, the stars and the moon.

The idea behind the openings of observation is to revive and reactivate the original intention for which the castle was erected in the first place. The castle was constructed not only as a physical barrier and protection from invaders, but also as an elevated observation space where one could be on the lookout for possible trouble by intruders.

The visitor will have the opportunity to gradually ascend to the highest point of the original castle space to get one last 360-degree view of the city to then abruptly descend down to very enclosed cavities that provide refuge for reflection/ meditation. There will also be the opportunity to continue under the original castle floors in order to arrive at a different observation point facing the sunset and away from the town of Guardamar (primarily offering a view of the much neglected agricultural and industrial landscapes).

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In a sense, this will be both a space for observation as well as a place to escape from being observed. For anyone driving by the castle, it appears as though the new building has been carved into the space between the mound and the top of the castle and the wall appears to be floating in space. The program is laid out beginning at the eastern walls creating the sheltered spaces to then end in an open west facing landscape.

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NEW HARMONY

Davis, CA

Project: 69 affordable apartments (1,2 + 3 bedroom). New Harmony also will be one of Mutual Housing’s first certified green developments, meeting certification standards of the Build It Green program. Construction is estimated to begin fall 2011 Responsibilities: 3D modeling, renderings, Construction Documents, RFI’s, Green Construction research, presentation boards 


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NEW HARMONY

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NEW HARMONY

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LINEAR DWELLINGS

WEST OAKLAND, CA

Description Located on the industrial wasteland of West Oakland, CA, the project introduces a housing system repeating linear modular units that re-collage materials and paths to create an urban neighborhood community for film-makers teaching at the proposed film-school [see following project]. Each unit is repeated 5 times and rearranged uniquely to create a linearlystitched-tapestry of interconnected homes-- hovering over and around retail spaces, public parking, and the Bart line [bay area rapid transit]. Although each unit may exist independently, the common areas [living + dining rooms] are raised and open to all five units for a common living space. The process becomes an exploration of density and form, and a reflection of the competing scales on site and mimicry of 'everyday' rigidity. Keith Plymale + Michael McCall. UC Berkeley 100B. fall 09.

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housing the filmmakers:

five separate, but interconnected units were designed with the idea of a 16’ x 173’ home where privacy and room division was achieved through the leveling of the ground plane where some programmatic elements are underground and some rise up above ground level. on one end is the private master bedroom + office + bath, on the other end the guest area, all interconnected to the adjacent units through a raised dining + living + screening room there is a single circulation hall that moves the dweller through the house, rising and falling according to ground level.

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Master bedroom with sunken bed tucked away for privacy, yet open enough to embrace the surrounding West Oakland

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Guest Bathroom with view out to partition garden.

Simultaneously private and completely open to an imposed garden/ landscape.

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WEST OAKLAND SITE mapping of the west oakland large-scale and small-scale context led to the conclusion that there are many intersections without connections creating layers of disorder + chaos the idea of invisible + visible movements in + around the site boundaries emerged through the study of the nearby highway, bart line, bus routes, railroad tracks, and the shipyard

the focus of this study is on the movement vs. static + the rhythm of existing forces as well as proposed flows + access to the site

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FILM SCHOOL

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ARCH + ART + GALLERY SPACE

Berkeley, CA

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ARTWORK// OBJECTS IN ELEVATION// INK

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ORGANIC CERAMIC Inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s drawings and observations of nature (specifically pinecones) this selection explores the possibility of generating a form and surface from organic matter and translating that into a three dimensional ceramic elements.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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ARTWORK// CONTOUR PORTRAIT// INK

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ARTWORK// BALANCING ACT// INK

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ARTWORK// THUMBS UP THUMBS DOWN// INK

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ARTWORK// GESTURE CHAIR// INK

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ARTWORK// BREAKFAST// WATERCOLOR

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ARTWORK// BRUSH// WATERCOLOR

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ARTWORK// DOE LIBRARY// WATERCOLOR

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ARTWORK// POT// WATERCOLOR

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ARTWORK// TOOLS// WATERCOLOR

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ARTWORK// CHIRP// WATERCOLOR + INK

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ARTWORK// B+W// PRISMACOLOR + INK

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ARTWORK// DREAM// PASTEL 
 
 


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ARTWORK// NIGHT// PASTEL + CHARCOAL 
 
 


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ARTWORK// FABRIC// GRAPHITE

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ARTWORK// HOME// GRAPHITE

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ARTWORK// IHOUSE// CHARCOAL

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ARTWORK// PEDAGOGICAL PARADIGM

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