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Benjamin Smith Culbertson Academic Work At: The University of Kentucky Bachelor in Arts in Architecture benculbert@bellsouth.net 502.802.6877


Montpellier, France

Benjamin Culbertson

Education

Contact

University of Kentucky August 2008 - May 2012 College of Design: Architecture BA in Architecture (May 2012) Cumulative GPA: 3.56

benculbert@uky.edu / 502.802.6877

Barcelona, Spain + Monpellier, France May 2011 - August 2011 Education Abroad Univ. of Kentucky and Local Practitioners of Barcelona École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Montpellier

6209 Deep Creek Ct. Prospect, KY. 40059

Honors + Awards University of Kentucky Study Abroad Scholarship University of Kentucky Provost Scholarship: Fall ’08, Spring ‘09

University of Notre Dame Architecture Career Discovery Program June 2007

University of Kentucky Dean’s List: Fall ’09, Spring ’10, Spring ’11, 4.0 GPA Summer ‘11

DuPont Manual High School Louisville, Kentucky August 2004 - May 2008

Skills Computer programs: AutoCAD, Revit, Rhinoceros, SketchUp,

biography

Experience

Processing (Java Computer Language)

Habitat for Humanity and Home Energy Partners: Repair Affair

CNC Router, Laser-Cutter, Wood + Metal Shop machines

Design/build pavilion for Lexington Living Arts & Sciences Ctr

Membership Pi Kappa Phi - Founding Member of the Eta Tau Chapter

Bartender and Server February 2010 - Current Costco Wholesale Cashier Assistant and Stocker July 2008 - Current

American Institute of Architecture Students University of Kentucky Club Soccer

STATEMENT OF INTENT

Interests + Goals Sustainability, Materials and Construction Methods, Theory, Community Service, Spanish Language, Soccer

to design for the future. As a student of architecture, I intend

Expand skills in research for sustainble materials and methods, continue -

to begin my purssuit of a masters degree in architecture this


08

fall PEEL

pavilion

3

intervention

5

pavilion

6

Xbox KINECT

gestures

7

TURKISH BATH

muqarnas

9

BARCELONA

typology

11

city as a hill

13

habitat house

16

abroad

18

SAN LORENZO

contents

DAVINCI

PINWHEEL GRID HIGH PERFORMANCE

11 fall

EXPERIENCE


PAVILION

Peel ben culbertson -- spring 10 -- academic

This pavilion was conceived from the formal properties of a peel from an apple. When someone cuts a sliver of a peel from the body of an apple, the peel will fall down then curve as to try and conform to the shape of the apple thus giving the unique shape of the pavilion. Various studies of material patterns were then studied as well as a base to properly display the pavilion in Lexington’s Phoenix Park.


PAVILION

Peel

Laser-Cut, Chipboard model of pavilion

CONSTRUCTION DIAGRAM


INTERVENTION

San Lorenzo

ben culbertson -- nov. /dec. 09 -- academic

To keep the purity of Michelangelo’s design of procession to the Laurentian Library the foyer is left unaltered and rather a reconstruction of the circulation of the courtyard and procession to the entrance of the library is redesigned. The project works to establish a grid from which a new environment is almost grown such as the garden below. The new objects permeate and dissolve the plane of our understanding of a normal ramp

Detail of dematerialization of the ramp plane


PAVILION

DaVinci

Detail of roof panel construction

The design of the pavilion began with a study of DaVinci’s work with mechanisms and meticulous study of the human body. From there the group designed a pavilion that would pay tribute to these studies and mechanisms. My personal attribution to this project was the design and construction of the rotating roof from donated and found materials. The pavilion was built at Lexington’s Living Arts and Science Center.

ben culbertson -- spring 10 -- academic


GESTURES

Xbox Kinect IR emitter projects a pattern of infrared light into the room

The project began with an exhaustive study of gestures and human movement within space. The

ben culbertson -- fall 11 -- academic

gesture that may be understood by the computer. All in attempt to begin to understand how this study could be used in architecture and human conversation. In the group I wrote the software for the program as well as collaborated with the other two members as to the direction of the project.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

as light hits surfaces, the patTouchback Tripping Stop the Clock tern becomes distorted

Start the Clock

Clipping

Safety

Roughing the Kicker

Personal Foul

Pass Interference

Off Sides

Delay of

No Catch, Declined Penalty

Loss of Down

Intentional Grounding

Illegal Use of Hands

False Start

First Down

IR emitter Illegal Motion

Inelligble Receiver

Illegal Cut Block

Game the distortion is read and corected by the depth camera

RGB camera

Holding

Touchdown

depth camera

Tracking relationships of joints to define gestures multi-array microphone Back-up

Clearance

motorized tilt

Change Direction

Stop


GESTURES

Xbox Kinect QUESTION POSED AFTER INITIAL EXPERIMENTS:

EXPERIMENT 1

40

EXPERIMENT 2

Arms must be within shoulders and waist

0

Clap

“Okay” Zone

Clap

50 pixel Velocity

How can gesture be used in communication with the built environment in attempt to inform and/or modify?

20 pixels

Extended Hands must be within head point and torso point, the okay zone.

&

Each extended hand must be within 200 perpendicular of the users chest.

Parameters/definition for Kinect

When each of the requirements are met, an image of a referee signaling pass interference appears on the screen.

Real Gesture

Each of the users hands must be between their shoulders and hips. Then when the user goes to clap the hands together they must be traveling faster than 50 pixels and each of the hand joints must be within 20 pixels of one another.

Once every requirement is met, the word Clap appears on the screen.

Parameters/definition for Kinect

EXPERIMENT 3 Left Hand

Shape

Drop

Virtual Workspace

Push both hands forward to drop shape Shape Maker Silhouette

Right Hand

Drop

Player

EXPERIMENT 4 ARCHITECTURAL APPLICATIONS Built Environment and Human Communication

72º

SEQUENCING (Coversation)

Pool of Gestures

Fade away “Reset”

Real Gesture


chipboard model experiment 1

MUQARNAS

Turkish Bath

INTERIOR VIEW (muqarnas structuring) experiment 2

ben culbertson -- fall 09 -- academic

The muqarna is a special Islamic architecture for building domes. Muqarna is the Arabic word for stalactite. By using this unique formal structural unit, I was able to recreate the time old study of transition from square to circle (dome). From this basic principal, I was able to explore more possibilities of offsetting domes on domes and eventually creating a system of domes to create a Hamam or Turkish bathhouse.

experiment 3


3

chamfer

extension alt. pathways by twining

privacy

omission sectional functional for light variance forms

Concepts/Powers of:

3

Market + Supermarket

Sainte 1

Preliminary Studies

3

8

3

3

6

TYPOLOGY

Barcelona ben culbertson -- summer 11 -- academic

Chamfered Corner

plan

section

Montpellier, France intervention

Barcelona, Spain study (in biology: a specimen of an organism taken from a type locality of that species) of Barcelona and Montpellier and use the particular “powers” of the topotypes as de-

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Concepts/Powers of:

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L’Umbracle nt nt re are a p p s s n ns an ra ra Tr i-T mi-T d m e Se Se Fix ed ixed x i F n-F No r pa

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Layered Surfaces privacy

levels of extrude alt. pathways privacy

shade


TYPOLOGY

Barcelona Within Ildefons Cerdà’s Exiample Grid, my partner and I, in an attempt to recuperate a city block The project uses the topotypes: L’Umbracle and Layered Surfaces to create a juxtaposition of public and private spaces. I designed the library, courtyard and shared reading room.

Bookends

Offset

N

Extrusion

Circulation


interior courtyard view

TYPOLOGY

Barcelona

PLAN of YOUTH HOUSING, LIBRARY, and COURTYARD

Section of Youth Housing

Offset (Layered Surfaces) Bookends (L’Umbracle)


plan

The concept of this project comes from Richard Levine’s City as a Hill. The city’s entire infrastructure is constructed a hill. The surface main streets are angled to decrease slope and increase ease of walking,

Transition: Using the Pinwheel Grid

both streets

ben culbertson -- spring 11 -- academic

site is the intersection of the south sloped street and the level street. This gave me a unique opportunity to explore the transition and culmination of two major axes. The unique shape of the buildings derives from the pinwheel grid and the transition of these axes.

PIAZZA PIAZZA BUILDING

MASSING

BLOCK

basic structure of slopped street

slopped street

PINWHEEL GRID

City as a Hill


PINWHEEL GRID

City as a Hill slopped street view the unique shape of the urban fabric is derived from the pinwheel grid. The model was constructed in layers that were cut from the CNC router. view of tower

CNC CUT MODEL

view of back of tower

view down slopped street


HABITAT HOUSE

High Performance Affordable high performance house

REVIT MODEL and PLAN

The need for housing is a crucial part of life. However, when people are provided with affordable houses, their energy usage matches their mortgage payments. This project is an attempt at using things that are free, the sun, wind, etc. As well as high performance materials to lower energy usage in affordable houses.

west

LIGHT REDIRECTION AVAILABLE LIGHT and LIGHT USE

Artificial Natural

ben culbertson -- spring 10 -- academic

south

north

east

SEASONAL LIGHT CONTROL

summer solstice equinox winter solstice


HABITAT HOUSE

High Performance HABITAT HOUSE SECTION MODEL

EAST WING SECTIONAL MODEL

the model was made from various woods for the roof and exterior walls and chipboard for interior walls. the model is a section of the east wing of the house. it displays basic wood frame construction as well as batt insulation and rigid insulation use within the wall section.

south-east view of computer model and hand section model

north-east view of computer model and hand section model


MIES van der ROHE GERMAN PAVILION (rebuilt) original international exposition 1929, barcelona

ABROAD

Experience ben culbertson -- summer 11 -- personal

PANTHEON, rome

CAMPIDOGLIO, rome


ABROAD

Experience

GIRONA, SPAIN eiffel bridge1876

BARCELONA, SPAIN calatrava tower olympic games 1982

ROME, ITALY coliseum

BARCELONA, SPAIN

gaudi

casa mila

BARCELONA l’umbracle

LONDON, ENGLAND parliament BARCELONA, SPAIN barcelona pavilion (rebuilt) BARCELONA, SPAIN herzog and de meuron forum


THANK YOU

benjamin smith culbertson benculbert@bellsouth.net 502.802.6877

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