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2012

KAREEM COUSAR


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PROJECT Vertical Dynamism PROGRAM POD Hotel LOCATION New York, NY INSTRUCTOR Tom Brock STUDIO Illinois Institute of Technology Spring 2011 8

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31stStreet 8 T. H. A V. E.

Standard Room

Site Plan

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The primary focus of the pod hotel is to maximize the use of space, but what is then sacrificed by this very distinction? One of the main objectives of my project was to figure out how to make a building where people occupy rooms that are tight and confined, and make that same space feel large and voluminous. People Occupying Dense Spaces now becomes People Occupying Distinguished Spaces. A series of dynamic amenity spaces provide the user with a diversity of activities to partake in, from dining at the outdoor cafe to working out at one of the two fitness centers.

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E X T E N S I O N

PROJECT Gateway Extension PROGRAM Urban Design phased development LOCATION Washington Park, Chicago, IL INSTRUCTOR Marshall Brown TEAM xue bai kareem cousar jake emery billy venia

Network

Site Plan A

STUDIO Illinois Institute of Technology Fall 2011

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Parking

Parking

Parking Bus Pavilion

CTA Station

Electric Energy Station

UC Bookstore

Playscape

Indoor Theater

Retail

Retail Grocery Store

Pizza/ Sandwich

Naked Street Zone Terraced Seating

Entry/ Ticketing

Ice Hockey Rink

Info/History Center

Parking

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The Gateway Extension is a hybrid landscape combining infrastructure, campus and park. Transitions from the El station down to street level and below are made by manipulating the topography. The folded ground plane also provides opportunity for interior spaces that incorporate everything from a book store to parking.

Amphitheater Park Gateway

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This proposal engages the land surrounding the Garfield Boulevard Green Line Station on the western edge of Washington Park. Most of the property in this area is currently owned by either the University of Chicago or the Chicago Transit Authority.

Parking

Exhibition Pavilion

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Bus Pavilion

Materiality Landscape

New Trees Existing Trees

Amphitheater

Flowers

Naked Streets Parking

Playscape

Concrete

Wood Structure

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P A V I L I O N

PROJECT Alary pavilion PROGRAM Structural Exploration LOCATION Spring Awards Show INSTRUCTOR Catherine Wetzel & Rick Nelson TEAM kareem cousar max mccloskey jason miskowiec joseph peltier STUDIO Illinois Institute of Technology Spring 2010

An investigation in structural integrity to produce a scaled model for Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture’s annual spring exhibition. a·la·ry [ey-luh-ree, al-uh-] — adj. of, relating to, or shaped like wings

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references L a r i M A R K E T PROJECT LariMARKET PROGRAM Shipping Container Design/Build Charette LOCATION Larimer, Pittsburgh, PA INSTRUCTOR Steve Quick STUDIO Carnegie Mellon University UDREAM Post-Graduate Fellowship 2012

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Creating connections

The Pittsburgh Larimer neighborhood is in the process of a major community redevelopment initiative, as apart of this initiative the Larimer Community’s Green Team is in need of a community gathering place where residents may have a place to engage in organizational meetings, recreational activities and community empowerment. This project seeks to engage community members and to supply a space where they can “Live, Work and Play” together, rebuilding and strengthening the community.

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references P L A Y S C A P E PROJECT PLAYSCAPE PROGRAM Community Greens LOCATION Larimer, Pittsburgh, PA INSTRUCTOR Steve Quick TEAM kareem cousar jennifer johnson

View from inside Bridge Structure

STUDIO Carnegie Mellon University UDREAM Post-Graduate Fellowship 2012

The Pittsburgh Larimer neighborhood is in need of major redevelopment. The neighborhood greens/ community backyard program gives Larimer the opportunity to re-establish and strengthen relationships amongst the current community members. PLAYSCAPE is an urban intervention which proposes to create a unique park, garden and pavilion space for residents within the one block radius to have their spirits lifted after the recent tragic events happening in the neighborhood. Residents will also be physically lifted on a terraced bridge structure where they may overlook their children playing in the new park.

Site Overview PLAYSCAPE

residential infill residential infill

neighborhood greenway

Bridge/Pavilion Development

Site Section

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references C O L A B PROJECT co LAB PROGRAM Mixed Use - Graduate Student Housing LOCATION Chicago, IL INSTRUCTOR Dirk Denison

Clark St.

STUDIO Illinois Institute of Technology Spring 2012

supportive collaborative space

collaborative space W. Taylor St.

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Site Plan

habitable green roof

cafe

Digital design has reduced the distinction between studio and classroom activities, so it is essential to create an environment where students can explore their ideas amongst themselves and on their own time. Most design education programs emphasize the importance of peer-to-peer learning which primarily occurs at informal learning spaces. This project will focus on creating an environment which will foster collaboration, creativity and exploration. I pose to create a student housing hub for the various architectural colleges within the city of Chicago (IIT, UIC, SAIC, Colombia College). I am imagining not only making a physical connection but also creating a digital environment where students can collaborate, network and share ideas at their leisure. The phrase “living-learning environment�, comes to mind when thinking of the creation of such a facility. In architecture, we naturally collaborate with many other professions, what benefits are there if we begin this process of collaboration much earlier in our career? I believe the possibilities are endless.

Transit lines of circulation

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A collection of work produced while attending the M.Arch program at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the UDREAM program at Carnegie...

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