BENNY ARIAS . ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER
LANGUAGES. LIVED AND WORKED ADD’L INFO
ARIAS Gardening Service,Los Angeles County Employee/Assistant Manager 6/04 to Present .Work on landscape maintenance and design, Installation of landscape features and assist clients with various landscape needs .If design followed through, I help out with landscape construction and renovation projects requiring removal and installation of green space and decorative items.
Woodbury University,burbank, ca. Bachelor of Architecture Degree MAY 2013 .Took Comprehensive Design Studio's, Digital Design Studio's and Urban Design Studio's while attending Woodbury University.
.Strong visual learner, adaptable to work environment .3D Modeling, from design concept to construction documents .Excellent work ethic, time management and teamwork attitude .Develop preliminary conceptual design approach to all projects .ability to design thru transdiciplinary research and create architecture documentation using BIM/CAD software
.Creative and motivated individual recently graduated with Bachelors of Architecture degree; with Revit, Autocad and 3D modeling skills along with Landscape Design experience interested in Mixed-use projects and Urban Design.
3111 frazier st. Baldwin Park, Ca B.ARIAS0525@GMAIL.COM 1.626.485.2843
INTERNSHIP AND STUDY AWAY
Archiologics Design Pvt.,mumbai, india Intern/ Jr. Designer 12/12 to Present .Worked on starting a furniture design line influenced by integrating Architecture Design and Indian Culture. .Completed internship hours required to graduate, in the process I immersed myself into Indian Culture/Architecture in order to understand passive design systems imposed in India.
CEPT University,ahmadabad, india (Center for Environmental Planning and Technology) Comprehensive Studio 12/11 to 1/12 .On-site research conducted on city of Ahmadabad on its Water Systems and Waste Disposal. .Research led to proposal focusing on personal hygiene in relation to the scarcity amount of water filtration and overpopulation in Ahmadabad.
American Institute of ArcH. Students Active Member 08/08 to Present .Help organize lectures and activities to specifically target the architecture community on campus.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
#1 Degree Project_MITIGATING EARTH: By understanding the trajectory and flow pattern of landslides, debris catchment systems are implemented to catalyze the mitigation processes and allow the architecture to grow from these land manipulations.
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS
#2 Digital Studio_PENETRATED GALLERIA: Extending the Venice Boardwalk by introducing a mix-use building for creative arts, retail, and housing in order to bring the local artists and tourists together. #3 India Studio_HEXAGONAL PARK: Promoting personal hygiene through a constructed wetland system and washroom facilities that filters water onsite used by the nearby slum inhabitants and the locals of Ahmadabad. #4 Steel Competition_DISSOLVING HOMELESS ASSISTANCE CENTER: A dispersing facility featuring plug-in programs that get dispersed throughout Skid Row to service the homeless population while creating an artificial park onsite when plug-in’s are assembled together.
MITIGATING EARTH_land mitigation_educational facilities_public park
As the city of Los Angeles continues to grow and urban sprawl reaches the physical boundaries of habitable terrain, we are forced to look at contrasting landscapes and challenge the unstable topography of these new locales. When dealing with unstable terrain, we cannot foresee the vigor and extent of damage a landslide can have to its immediate surroundings. By understanding the trajectory and flow pattern of landslides, debris catchement systems are implemented to catalyze the mitigation processes and allow the architecture to grow from these land manipulations. Over time, the correlation of unstable topography and the expansion of the facility, allow a new typology of Architecture to emerge through the destruction of land.
SCAFFOLDING CATCHMENT DETAIL
PASSIVE LIGHTING BARRELS
HEAVY TIMBER FASTENING PLATES
Wired Geotextile Catchment In order to create intriquite spaces, 4 catchment systems are implemented to create spaces from debris accumulation. All 4 have their own way of working and construction method.
GABION WALLS CONCRETE
Catchment Pod Longitudinal Section
Proposed catchment system will mitigate and restrain debris in order to create architectural space depending on the program enacted, its construction consists of; heavy timber construction, tension cables, geotextiles, and gabion walls. (TYPICAL SETUP UNTIL DEVELOPMENT OF PROGRAM IS IMPLEMENTED)
Mitigating Landslides as a tool to form Architecture.
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PROBLEM What is a debris flow? It is a rapidly moving slurry of water, mud, rock, vegetation and debris.Their development is strongly tied to exceptional storm periods of prolonged rainfall. As mountain side communities continue to thrive, debris basins are created in order to collect debris to protect houses, people, and streets from being destroyed with debris flow.
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SOLUTION After finding a proper site that conflicts with landslides, I try to mitigate the earth through an architecture intervention that responds to its position on site. In the process of mitigating earth I plan on developing a sprawling campus for T.H.O.R. that mitigates landslides while interacting with them to create spaces from accumulating debris in Catchment Pods.
ENLARGE CATCHMENT POD
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By knowing when landslides occur, a 3 phase masterplan is devised in order to aide in the mitigation process of debris for the years to come.
Plan of a Catchment Pod features classroom spaces created through the mitigation and catchment of debris.
PENETRATED GALLERIA_mix use_gallery space_boardwalk extension
Existing Program on Boardwalk
The design proposal for this mix use building comes from trying to maximize the use of an existing parking lot into a building that adequately meets the needs of its surroundings while accommodating for parking and people. By having a building that interacts with the boardwalk, I propose Penetrated Galleria; a place where locals, artists and tourists come together to enjoy the environment of Venice Beach. In order to create an interactive enviornment one major proposition was having public circulation throughout the whole building extending from the boardwalk that allows the people to enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean from elevated vantage points.
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By taking some of the local program found on the boardwalk, i propose my mix use building to be designed accommodating for a selected few. The choosen program are; an Autodesk office, Parking, Graffitti Interraction walls, Medicinal Marijuana Shop, Gallery Space / Retail and Housing.
Pixilation of Program through Longitutional Axis The exterior
balcony spaces allow for elevated views toward the ocean rather than the common boardwalk perspective.
Pixilation of Program through Longitutional Axis
Longitudinaly: trying to incorporate 3 key factors to create Mixuse Building.
Across: trying to incorporate the circulation through penetrating the building diagonally. Distribution of Circulation throught Penetrating the Program.
1_PARKING 2_VACATION HOUSING 3_AUTODESK OFFICE
3A_LOUNGE 3B_CUSTOMER SERVICE 3C_COMMUNAL SPACE
This sectional perspective shows how a penetrated staircase allows for the users to easily access the rest of the programs.
HOUSING PUBLIC HOUSING
GALLERY SPACE/RETAIL BOARDWALK
This section shows how the boardwalk extends into the building, allowing porous circulation among the mixed used program.
HEXAGONAL PARK_ public park_public facilities_water treatment
Throughout my trip in India it was evident that the low economy level has led to unimaginable poverty and the formation of slums. The lack of water circulation, sewage treatment and waste removal in these heavily populated areas have turned public parks into a micro-landfills. My proposed design is to promote personal hygiene through a constructed wetland system and washroom facilities that filters water onsite to be used by the nearby slum inhabitants and the locals of Ahmadabad. The driven design is circulation porosity from the individual program to the entire site, waste cleansing throughout facilities and site, and primitive integration of passive systems to promote a cool enviorment in a hot climate, along with a pool area for locals to enjoy.
1_Exterior Program 2_Pool Area 3_Market Place A_Active Landscape B_Passive Landscape
SITE SYSTEMS Annual Sunpath
South West Prevailing Winds during Monsoon Season
The park proposal is to promote personal hygiene, create a public marketplace, and a public pool for the inhabitants of Ahmadabad.
North-East Prevailing Winds
CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS 1
Pumped Water Treated Water
Stored and Used Water
1_Sabarmati River pumped onto site 2_Water used in Exterior Program A_Flushes Feces from Restroom 3_Settling Pond 4_Water treated in Constructed Wetland B_Water Purifying C_Oxygen Supplying 5_Storage 6_Distribution Pool Area Usage
Water Puifying Plants -consumes extra nutrients by removing Carbon Dioxide
Oxygen Supplying Plants
Micro Organish Eating Fish
inhabitance, and limits algae growth
Leuciscus Leuciscus max size 16in Middle
Rotilus Rotilus max size 14in Bottom
HYGIENE STATIONS SECTION TOILETS
Tinca Tinca max size 18in D: 60-120 cm deep
D: 0-20 cm deep
D: 60-120 cm deep
Restroom Feces Cleaned
Anearobic Digester-Feces Collection
On Site Water Treatment
By using the water from the Sabarmati River I can cleanse the exterior hygiene facilities before the water gets cleansed onsite. SHOWERS
D: 0-60 cm deep
By introducing a Constructed Wetland System, i plan to make the locals aware of the importance of water and personal hygiene. Itâ€™s components consists of invasive plants and fish making them sustainable in foreign terrain, while filtering water onsite. 5
POOL AREA SECTION
Hygiene stations are ment to be self sustaining and inviting to the slum population while creating a cool and shaded enviorment.
The Pool Area allows natural lighting in and attracts you to how you should circulated towards the building, transistioning gradually from the exterior to locker rooms to washroom to pool area.
DISSOLVING ASSISTANCE CENTER_artificial city park_public facilities
The design proposal of this project is to introduce a dispersing facility that caters to needs of the homeless by providing a plug-in unit that is deployed throughout Los Angeles. On site a space frame structure is created in order to support a gantry system, the gantry system is used to organize the plug-in program as well as assist in loading them onto cargo trucks to be dispersed throughout LA. Beneath this gantry system lie two towers supporting the gantry structure, the plug-in program that is dispersed throughout Los Angeles consists of; housing, libraries, health/restrooms, soup kitchens and green recreational spaces.
assistance SITE PLAN
Module is prepared for movement
Volumes float with the support of the structure. The spaces between them are used to increase the amount of ventilation and SERVICE TOWERS sunlight that each space can naturaly get.
PLUG-INS 9th floor plan 0’
The two towers have light program. The cafeteria is located in the south tower is also used to access the recreation rooftops of the movable program.
3rd floor plan 0’
Module is lifted either for movement in site or out of site
LONGITUDIONAL SECTION CAFE
Module is mounted on Flat bed and disperesed thru skid row
When plug-in program is stored we’re able to create inhabitable that can be accessed fortyle temporary during the in night. introduces nomadic services to thespaces nomadic lifes of shelter homeless Los angeles. 8
SOUP KITCHEN PLUG-IN
deployed soup kichen units create mobile food services.
DOUBLE HOUSING PLUG-IN
deployed library units create outdoor education services.
public soup kitchen service 300 S. alameda st.
libraries creating outdoor education 580 s. alameda st.
DEPLOYABLE LIBRARY PROGRAM 1/8”= 1’-0”
DEPLOYABLE DOUBLE UNIT HOUSING PROGRAM a temporary housing unit can be deployed to create living area 1/8”= 1’-0”
PROVIDING immediate assistance for HOMELESS by
double housing units creating living area 1304 e. 15th st.
reusing vacant sites in Los Angeles.
SOUP KITCHEN- GARDEN SITUATION
Whether it be on site or plug-in’s, the designed program enriches the connotation of homeless people by beautifying the city with deployable garden plug-in’s and artifical gardens onsite.
ASTRONOMERS HOUSE_individual residence_type V construction
Astronomer’s house is a project that was intended to produce documented drawings of a fictional residence of our choice. As a process we choose Bill Nye the science guy to be our potential client, we also gave the scenario that he wanted a residence where he can enjoy his passion for Astrology. By having criteria to meet we began to design a residence that was based on natural lighting, openings to the sky/outside, and a mezzanine to do his astrological studies. To design the residence we oriented the interior program to be related to the sun during the day or the stars during the night. This residence construction is mainly Type 5 construction due to the laws and regulations of Los Angeles, making it’s structure wood frame.