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EMBRYOLOGICAL ISOMORPHISM SPRING 2009, William O’Brien Jr. Studio LOCATION: FREDERICKSBURG, TX PROGRAM: LAND | ART MUSEUM
DESCRIPTION This project focuses on the development of alternative reciprocities linking site and building. Temporarily eschewing common, practice-oriented, site-defining elements—lot lines, set back requirements—this methodology will instead test interpretations of site which highlight systemic attributes, life-cycles, time-based ecological processes, topological characteristics, etc. PROGRAM & SITE The program is a small Contemporary Land | Art Museum located outside of the town of Fredericksburg, TX. The museum consisting of approximately 40,000 square feet includes interior permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, public spaces, education amenities, and administrative spaces. Strategically located on the western perimeter of central Texas, the Contemporary Land | Art Museum will act simultaneously as a gateway to the country’s seminal works of contemporary land art.
1: similarity in organisms of different ancestry resulting from evolutionary convergence 2: similarity of crystalline form between chemical compounds 3: a correspondence that is held to exist between a mental process (as perception) and physiological processes
COMPOSITE MODELS This project investigates the geometric, formal, and physical attributes of composite systems. Two expansive surfaces, each representing sides of distinct volumes, become referential set for the building design. Several methods of surface integration are used; design, appropriate, steal, vary, inherit and extrapolate, which are modeled three-dimensionally as composite systems. According to a set of these models, a link of design principles will operates as architectural elements with functional adaptation. In spite of originally non-gravitational based status, they have potential characteristics endowed such as transparency, heaviness, giver-taker, or naturalness. As the characteristics get integrated into extracted contexts from site analysis and given programs, the characteristics in the system will transform into architectural and structural entities which are flexible for external conditions.
INTERNAL AMALGAMATION HOMOGENEITY
METHODS FOR CREATING SURFACES BAND
OBJECTS PLOTTING ON THE LINES
SET MID-LINES FOR VALLEYS
PHENOMENAL COMPOSITION : TOPOGRAPHICAL GEOLOGY ARCHITECTURE
UPPER FLOOR PLAN (1”=1/128’)
ROOF PLAN (1”=1/128’)
TRANSITION PROCESS Formal, material, and dimensional varieties from the experiments are linked with topographical issues, especially related to landscape/architecture unification. Potentiality which the flexible surfaces had in separated models becomes scaled-reality and is integrated into a phenomenal collage model. It contains a unified boundary for the future architecture as a set of discovered ideas and principles from the previous models. GEOLOGICAL ADAPTATION The notion of unification for landscape and architecture is presented by topological connectivity of the collage model. One surface conceptually plays a role in eliminating tacit boundaries which are otherwise generated on edges of materiality. As a whole, this system demonstrates a positive alternative to phenomenal segregation.
A-A’ SITE SECTION (1”=1/64’, 1:768)
B-B’ SITE SECTION (1”=1/64’, 1:768)
Enlarged Partial Section
View of Exhibition Hall
VISUOSPATIAL MITOSIS FALL 2010, Kevin Alter Studio LOCATION: AUSTIN, TX PROGRAM: Public Library Team Project with J.S Lee
The mushroom structure is realized from thinking of both cultural aspects and advanced digital technologies. We expected this bundle of mushrooms works as a systemized spatial homogeneity. Through the simplified geometry we tried to show an assumption that the composition of the structure can accomodate a various type of functional requirements. A region which is created by the boundary of the plane on a mushroom defines its functional identity although it seems boundless in section.
Book Stacks Foyer
Book Stacks IT Room Lounge
Third Floor Offices Cafeteria
Third Floor Plan
1’=1/64” Main Hall Reading Room Conference Room Lounge
Second Floor Plan 1’=1/64”
Sectional Study Model
Longitudinal Section 1’=1/64”
View from 7th Street
View of Reading Room on the 3rd Floor
ENDOTRACHEAL INTUBATION FALL 2009, Wilfried Wang and Werner Lang Studio LOCATION: AUSTIN CENTRAL AREA, TX PROGRAM: STATION FOR HIGH SPEED RAILWAY Design Excellence in School of Architecture, University of Texas At Austin
Texan culture and Lifestyle created by abundant resources and the wide territory have become the biggest obstacle in the pace of economic crisis and environmental pollution. Beyond the campaign which requires changing our lifestyles and legal penalty, do we not need a fundamental change? Explicit expansion in Austin has created a pattern of inefficient energy uses. With the dormant public transportation system, two highways penetrating through the city shorten the commute time to the downtown area, but are now over-saturated. Through the restoration of the train line which now seems somewhat inefficient, people anticipate a more developed public transportation system. From when IH-35 built, it worked as class segregation between East/West Austin. This practical and political urban wall has made different phases of two regions in terms of lifestyle and density. With gentrification as the goal, East Austin becomes a target for urban development. Although regional solidarity and cultural rejection prevent the natural direction, the potential for East Austin to make a connection with the downtown area becomes inevitable. Austin central station will be an unchallenged gateway which connects cities in the Texas mega-regionâ€”including Dallas and Houston areas in the basis of dense development and public transportation system. As a part of an urban landscape, the train station plays the role of an urban connector. Elongation of 6th street and its events also become good motives. Bringing IH-35 underground and actively overlapping the pedestrian passages with train station programs, it is expected that the train station itself becomes a part of urban scaled landscapes. Vertical separation is one of the clearest ways to share spatial occupation of each entity. Each path is intersected and indicates the connections which are programmed and controlled relative to the function of the station. Geometrical manipulation on the 2nd floor helps to control the pedestrian flow such as an artificial valley.
Analysis with Austin Downtown Area
Zoning minus View Corrdor Hotel Residence Commercial+Retail Office Convention Center Religion Public Service Cultural Station Related
CBD (no limit) DMU (120 ft) Commercial+Office (60 ft) Multi-Family (50 ft) Single-Family (35 ft) TOD (varied height) Station Related
Sightseeing + Entertaining Residence Proposed Expected Connection
Green Space + Possible Parking
Existing Bus Lines Proposed Bus Line Proposed Train Lines High Speed Railway
Green Space Possible Parking Spots
Proposed Green Space Passing through TOD R1,000 ft
1,500 Parking Lots
Music Hall Downtown
Time-based Activity 24:00
06:00 6th St.
Interstate 35 (Underground)
06:00 it Trin
TOD - Station
Interstate 35 (Underground)
Commuter Rail Passenger
Using cross ventilation systems on the platform level, this building requires minimally controlled areas which include offices and retail spaces. The geothermal exchange system penetrates inside steel structures, and the merged system guarantees functional compatibility and systematic simplicity. This new T.O.D will bring a huge amount of physical and psychological transition to the East Austin areas. The constructions are foundation stones which propose a new way of urban development. One of the short-term objectives of this station is to make a successful connection between downtown area and the East Austin area. The city of Austin still has a lot of potential for increased density in this area.