Amanda Mauser 630.881.7622 firstname.lastname@example.org Master of Architecture University of Michigan 2018
The city of Barranquilla began development due to its role in international trade. This network led to economic development in addition to cultural growth, stemming from its port. Growth continued to move westward, away from its port, developing in generic urban styles that ignored the unique ethnic, clutural, and ecological features of the city. Additionally, infrastructure and poor planning create many divides throughout the city.
Spring 2017 Partner: Lauren Miller
The aim of this project was to return focus of the city back towards its port, establishing a renewed relationship with its historic and cultural port identity. The selected site exists as an island surrounding the port. The proposal includes the establishment of a water taxi system that will create important connections between the historic center, port, and the Puente Pumarejo, a bridge that serves as a primary entrance into the city. This system will aid low income residents in access to jobs as well as cultural hubs and additionally promote tourism.
BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA The growth and historical signification of Barranquilla stems from its relationship with the Magdalena River. Reliant upon it for trade as well as tourism, the Magdalena became the core of the city. Initial city development
The Puente Pumarejo bridge serves as an entrance into the city. Our project strove to stitch across the solid industrial corridor, circuitously moving through the various sectors of the city. We chose the site indicated in red to be revitalized and serve as a place of gathering to increase, tourism, commerce, jobs, as well as a cultural hub for this city of great social divide. Our strategy was create a porous site, filled with a mixture of residential, commercial, and recreation that would seep seamlessly into its context. A water taxi moving along the channels supplement and support these connections between entry into the city and tie these districts to its historical center.
City growth after 100 years
Anomalies within pockets of grid-like systems that divide neighbors and social strata.
BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA
WATER TAXI STOP
Collaborators: Amanda Mauser, Lianyuan Ye, Xuran Yuan
Our site is situated along Baltimore Ave. in between Woodward Ave. and Cass in Detroit, both major roads through the entire city as well as within the neighborhood of New Center. It is also located directly north of the Amtrak lines, with a station on the existing site. We wanted to connect with the adjacent commercial corridor, universities, artistic spaces, as well as the multitude of transportation options such as the train, city bus, Q-line, and Greyhound bus. Our initial design strategy was to take the city street and make it vertical; creating a sense of community amongst the residents, opting for unique communal spaces over isolated individual terraces. This â€œcity streetâ€? took the shape of a spiral, ascending from the existing street and carving out the high-rise massing, giving us our form.
We placed our communal programs along this climbing spiral that would bring dynamic, rich experiences to the public as well as to the residents with immediacy and density. The existing site is quite bleak, primarily consisting of parking garages and lots, with little green space to be found anywhere in the immediate vicinity. We absorbed both the Greyhound bus station as well as the Amtrak train station, pulling them under our building and allowing for green spaces to surround it to the confines of the block. We wanted to incorporate “green” into our building but in a way that would allow for unique spaces; places with a character of their own that could be enjoyed by all. We began with a list of numerous programs that we felt could both engage the residents and surrounding public, as well as provide jobs and places to gather as a community. One of the programs was an ecological museum that would connect with a nearby farm and farmer’s market on another level. We then expanded the museum to run throughout our public program, creating microclimates unique to the individual spaces that serve to both support and enhance the program.
The spaces were placed in such a way to bleed into another; supporting each other through their adjacency both physically as well as programmatically. For example, our indoor gym has a tropical climate that helps users to sweat as they work out or do hot yoga. Our kidâ€™s play area is on the north facade, unenclosed so it is filled with plants that can survive year round in Michigan, taking on the nature of a forest. An outdoor movie theater gathers the residents together, as well as offering unique views for those with units facing the space. We distributed the programs to constrict the entirely public spaces to the lower 30% of the floors, while the upper 70% are public spaces for the residents only, offering some level of privacy yet maintaining our initial concept of the city street and the accessibility and public nature that that entails. Helix Street aspires to become a new anchor to the neighborhood, solidifying its role as both a destination along the train route, but a dynamic place to live.
HELIX STREET FISHER
COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES
PARKING GARAGE (REMOVED)
GREYHOUND BUS N
Site Plan Scale:1/8”=1’-0”
LANDSCAPE DIAGRAM+GROUND PLAN QLINE
SITE DIAGRAM SITE
DENSE GREEN CABLES OVER EXPOSED RESIDENTIAL
LESS DENSE CABLES
Section A-A Scale 1/8”=1’-0”
DISSOLVING PLANES, CONSTRUCTING LIGHT Architecture has typically been limited by physical constraints that determine boundaries and dominate our perception of space, traditionally shaped by material elements. Proliferation of images have defined our reality of the built environment, and furthermore, our understanding of interior and exterior. Architecture has been defined in this manner by its representation and visual characteristics seemingly innate to us. Challenging this, phenomenology began to find its way into art and architecture mid-century, altering the spatial experience. What happens when architecture defies these conditions? How can we play with this rule-set to create an indoor space that makes one feel displaced? Without enclosure? How can the envelope of a building begin to spill out, losing its role as barrier and becoming something in-between? Furthermore, how does illusion facilitate this departure from the norm, disrupting these relationships and finding a place of suspension? Illusion can supersede our understanding of spatial reality, taking on a physical nature. Through this method, light and optics have the ability to define volumetric spaces, moving the ephemeral into the physical realm. My experiments have used optics to stretch these definitions of space, dissolving them and creating architecture from light. Employing apertures, projections, and controlled light, a suspension of our understanding of space and materiality is created as light can become palpable and encompassing. This thesis seeks to break down the visual and physical understanding of space through a dematerialization of architecture, by coordinating optical effects; resulting in new, non-physical materials.
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INDUSTRIAL DESIGN Folding study
Increasing oblique porosity/transparency
Screen folding variation
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EMPLOYMENT +Studio Dwell Intern
+OX Studio Architects: Intern/Admin
+VHT, Inc.: Real Estate Photographer +Essence Photo & Video:
March 2015- present April 2013- June 2015
July 2011- present
_Code review for a residential project in Detroit as well as preparing presentation drawings: rendering plans, sections, and elevations.
_I prepared an RFP for an Ann Arbor Park Department project; prepared, tagged, and cross-linked items within construction documents in Blue Beam for a hospital project, organized the materials library, and helped prepare a specifications document. _Wedding Photographer _Office Administrator and Editor
SKILLS +Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom +Autocad +Rhinoceros +Vray Rendering +Revit +Microsoft Office Suite +Digital and Analog Photography EDUCATION +University of Michigan M. Arch Candidate +University of Illinois at Chicago _Major: Photography (BFA) Minor: Mathematics _Received Departmental Award for Photography +Illinois Institute of Technology _Major: Architecture EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL +Ukraine/Poland +Bangkok +Colombia REFERENCES Perry Kulper (professor at Michigan) Alexis Guzman (supervisor at VHT) Andrew Moddrell (professor at Michigan)
Graduating April 2018 2008-2012 2007-2008
May 2016 June 2011 March 2017
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