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“It

doesn’t say much.

Only, “Howard Roark, Architect.” But it’s like those mottoes It’s a challenge in the face of something so vast, so dark, that all the pain on earth - and do you know how much suffering their is on earth? - all the pain comes from that thing you are going to face. I don’t know what it is, I don’t know why it should be released against you. I know only that it will be. And I know that if you carry those words through to the end, it will be a victory. Howard, not just for you, but for something that should win, that moves the world - and never wins acknowledgment. It will vindicate so many who have fallen before you, who have suffered as you will suffer. May God bless you - or whoever it is that is alone to see the best, the highest possible to human hearts. Your on your way to hell, Howard.” men carved over the entrance of a castle and died for.

-The Fountainhead

by

Ayn Rand

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The 24�

x

36�

graphite on vellum is a graphic study completed in

a first year studio. analyzing three

The graphic is composed of jack-in-the-box toys to create the

ARCH 2401,

layers of drawings created from overall layout.


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[Right] Schematic Floor Plans Graphite on Vellum [A] Site Facing East [B] Grain Elevator

[A]

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An

artist retreat is introduced into a grain elevator in

West Texas. The

resulting

symbiotic relationship creates opportunities to explore the interaction between the industrial process of storing grain and the program of an artist retreat and studio.

The

grain elevator remains functional while the new program is nested in

a void between the two elevators.

The

dominant vertical grain elevator is used as

transition space along a programmatic path providing both structure and hierarchy.

The

retreat is accessed from the grain elevator roof and contains a central library

terminating with the studio space.


[ E ]

[D] [C]

longitudinal section model in basswood

[D]

longitudinal section graphite on vellum

[E]

collage of the central library

[middle]

combination floor plan with grain elevator massing

[C]

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[Left]

study model

photographs related to site plan

[A]

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[left] exploded Axonometric

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[C]

[B]

[D]

study model rendering

[E]

schematic section

[behind]

[D]

massing

Study

site plan

[B]

[C] [A]

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[E]

A

proposal for a museum of research and archeology

In Salamanca, Spain. The

proposed facility provides gallery and research space for current archeology in central

Salamanca.

Located

across from a

14th

century church, the site

wraps around a private residence while also serving the south west entrance to a residential courtyard.

The

design response encases the archeology spaces into

private boxes and the circulation space becomes the public museum galleries.

The

historic church is respected with heavy massing and vernacular construction on the

corner entry to the courtyard while the remaining materials, which are fabricated off site, create a contemporary

Urban

infill.

[A]

courtyard entrance

[B]

courtyard perspective

[C] Aerial View


online

[F]

wooden section model in mdf and

Basswood

[G]

fourth floor gallery space

[behind] [H] Floor

construction detail

plans with night aerial

[F]

www.blakecaskey.com/projects/ofsr.html

[G]

[H]

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[A]

site photograph

[B,C] [D]

site experience photographs

program study model

[middle] [A]

[bottom

section model of page] unfolded building section

[B]

[C] The

proposal for a baby boomer generation social club.

downtown lubbock, texas.

the facility is located in

the original downtown square mile is

80%

pavement.

the design solution expands the users site experience of the existing parking lot.

The

building is constructed as a continuous tube with the envelope serving as

structure.

The

building wraps around to create an interior courtyard and allow for

expanding program requirements.

The

cantilevered exterior and interior ramps serve

as circulation promenade for the users and also double as shading devices.

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West

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The

roof contains garden squares which moderate temperature in the micro climate and provide recreational spaces for the users. lot for people.

North

The

resulting design becomes a parking

East

South


[E]

interior rendering

[F]

exterior roof garden rendering

[right]

aerial photograph with building

[below]

longitudinal section cut

composite of graphite on vellum section

West

[ E ]

North

[ F ]

East

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Project Page

www.blakecaskey.com/projects/slsf.html

[A]

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[above] 1919

sanborn map of sugar land

[D] 6th

floor of char house

[E] 5th

floor of char house

[F]

[above]

char house documentation

GRADUATE THESIS One of the most iconic buildings in Sugar Land Texas is the Imperial Sugar Factory Char house. The refinery is located on 724 acres in northwest Sugar Land. The original factory occupied 34.5 acres and is located on

present day char house

[B]

the north east corner of the plantation

Oyster Creek. The

on the banks of

60,000

square foot building was used

in the purification process of sugar manufacturing.

The

project

centers

around the redevelopment of the char

Char House

house transforming the

into a mix use museum and art center through adaptive reuse and sustainable

[C]

[D]

design concepts. occupies

the

The

museum program

primary

functioning

spaces of the char house while the

[A] Schematic

art

sketch of museum

[B]

historic site model of

The

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resulting

function

are of

placed the

program

similar

refinement process.

study model light study of main

gallery and art space

space

within

sugar

the

within

the refinement process as a whole.

sugar land

[C]

galleries

process

gallery

[ E ]

[left] char sugar. the

to

relationships the

historic

house process of refining char house contains

bays of equipment.

The

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char house

process purified sugar into a white granulated consistency.

[right]

exploded axonometric of the

proposed mix use char house.

The

museum is located on the first three levels with floors four and above reserved for artistic space.

[ F ]

The

top

floor contains a restaurant and roof garden.


Proposed Key Design Features [1] Interior Light Well

[2] Main Gallery Art/Museum [3] Primary Museum Space

Historic Photograph Overlay Historic Photographs [above] Ccontrasting har House

present day locations

Present Day Photograph Overlay [T op] Overlay: Main Street 1919 Present day locations contrasting

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[Middle] Overlay: Char House 1932 vellum overlay

[H]

Historic Photographs [Above] [top]

sugar factory

1901

[middle] Char House Construction 1931

Char House Historic Transverse Proposed Building Char S Hection ouse Transverse Building Section

[Bottom] Char House 1957

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char house documentation

GRADUATE THESIS One of the most iconic buildings in Sugar Land Texas is the Imperial Sugar Factory Char house. The refinery is located on 724 acres in northwest Sugar Land. The original factory occupied 34.5 acres and is located on

present day char house

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the north east corner of the plantation

Oyster Creek. The

on the banks of

60,000

square foot building was used

in the purification process of sugar manufacturing.

The

project

centers

around the redevelopment of the char

Char House

house transforming the

into a mix use museum and art center through adaptive reuse and sustainable

[C]

[D]

design concepts. occupies

the

The

museum program

primary

functioning

spaces of the char house while the

[A] Schematic

art

sketch of museum

[B]

historic site model of

space

are of

placed the

within

sugar

the

within

the refinement process as a whole.

The

1932

program

similar

refinement process.

study model light study of main

gallery and art space

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resulting

function

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process

gallery

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Proposed Key Design Features [1] Interior Light Well

[2] Main Gallery Art/Museum [3] Primary Museum Space

[above] Char House Present Day Photograph Overlay Present day locations contrasting vellum overlay

[G] Main Street [H] Old Main Street Road [I] Char House Roof Facing East

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2 [G]

3

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historic photographs pictured on

[H]

Proposed Char House Transverse Building Section [ I ]

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THERMAL IMAGING [below] thermal imaging of ranching structures. Images represent surface temperatures.

[top]

point cloud from laser scan

[middle] CAD [bottom]

final

screen capture

CAD

drawing

[behind] point cloud survey of XIT ranching headquarters site

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historic preservation projects completed during undergraduate and graduate work.

The XIT ranching headquarters building was documented by laser The images to the left highlight the documenting technique. The structure is scanned then drawings are created in CAD using the point cloud. To the right are thermal image studies of additional ranching structures. The images represent surface temperatures and can be used in preservation as a noninvasive survey technique. The opposed page is a personal studio project documenting a studio model using the same preservation process as the XIT headquarters building. scanning.


[A]

capturing model point cloud

[B]

studio model of villa rotunda

[C,D,E]

point cloud generated views

from scanned model

[behind] Villa Rotunda

point cloud

[A]

[C]

[D]

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[B]

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[D]

[B]

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[C] [ F ] [A]

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construction photo before table top

construction photo of metal fencing

veneer is attached

structure

[B]

[E]

construction photo of table top

detail of lower joint of computer

veneer being attached

stand

[C]

[F]

completed coffee table

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construction photo before wood

finish is applied

furniture design implementing fencing parts.

[left],

a computer desk

[center]

Pieces

featured include a coffee table

and a dinner table and chairs

[right

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[below]

METAL

WOOD

site model studies of wind

moving through site

[right]

schematic

study

drawing

of

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metal and wooden windmills

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proposal for the american wind power center in lubbock, texas.

the scheme is

developed from a study of wind interacting with the site. the building is constructed in dialogue with windmill design and construction methods.

the controlled gallery

space is framed through a massive truss which runs the majority of the interior of the museum taking advantage of site grading to allow for the difference in elevation of windmills to interact on eye level with the patron.

the cladding is designed for

wind to move through the larger museum galleries allowing for the windmills on display to function as they would in use.

the monumentality of the museum reflects

the interaction between the windmill and the land.

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Schematic Design Final Development 9/05/05

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Lubbock, Texas

Metal Windmill Collection

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1 5/27/05 Schematic Design 2 9/05/05 Final Development

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1 5/27/05 Schematic Design 2 9/05/05 Final Development

1 5/27/05 Schematic Design 2 9/05/05 Final Developement

[B]

[C] [left] [above]

building axonometric

plan section elevation right column

A.1 1 of 5

interior gallery entrance

[right]

east facade rendering

online

[C]

[A] building site plan [B] interior gallery

Project Manager: Blake Caskey

Wooden Windmill Collection

South Wind Park Key

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North Wind Park Key

Lubbock, Texas

Wind Museum Site Plan

Wind Power Museum

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[A]

site photograph

[B]

close up rig photograph

[C]

schematic sketches

[right] [A]

[C]

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Proposal

for adapting an offshore oil platform into a weekend retreat in the gulf

of mexico.

The

rig is located ten miles off the coast of

monitoring station for oil and gas production.

The

Texas

and serves as a

main design question is what

becomes of the oil and gas industry infrastructure once fossil fuels are replaced as the primary form of energy.

The

proposal combines historically documenting

the structure and sustainable practices.

The

resulting design is delivered in two

shipping containers and completely self sufficient.

Currently researching converting

refineries into sustainable cityscapes for carbon neutral cities.

[below]

existing rig axonometric rig axonometric composite


online

composite section perspective

[top [A]

right] schematic axon

converted roof garden helipad

[B]

interior perspective

[A]

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[left]

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you for taking the time to review my work.

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