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BONNIE NETEL collection of work


BONNIE NETEL [570.807.9803]

Ab s t ra c t This portfolio represents the work developed until my present standing as a fifth year student in the 5-year Bachelor of Architecture Program at Philadelphia University. Over the course of four-plus years, I have consistently pushed to further develop my ability to design and represent my work through verbal presentation, hand-drawing, physical modelling and the various tools the computer has to offer. The representation of work is an extension of the architecture itself. While design has been the focus of my education, I understand that strong leadership skills are necessary for not only entering the field but playing an active role within it. As the Team Captain of Freedom by Design and a member of the National Freedom Task Force, I lead students to design, fundraise and build projects for the disabled and elderly and the greater Philadelphia community. The collection of my work represented in the pages to follow merely mark the beginning of my growth as a designer.




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Layering of Old and New Systems

the 111th John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship in Architecture 2012 HONORABLE MENTION* The current urban condition staggers between the historical origins of the city and the need to accommodate change in the future. This flux creates a tension that requires sensitivity toward the modification of the urban fabric. Linguistically, the term cinema is derived from the Greek word for motion but often now refers to a favorite past time. However, when thinking of the term architecturally, the term “cinema” describes the urban tension between past, present and future. The book Recombinant Urbanism by David Graham Shane describes this era as “cine citta,” or “the world of physical flows, of flows of people and goods on rail, road, and in the air (72). Cine Citta is wedged between the industrial era and modern reformism, hesitating to progress urban development. Therefore, [Cine]City is an exploration to utilize the Reading Viaduct at Spring Garden Street and 9th Avenue in Philadelphia as an element that weave improvement into the city. [Cine]City addresses the need to revitalize the Reading Viaduct to integrate green performative systems into Philadelphia’s infrastructural grid.

Diagrams of Addressing the Viaduct with New Construction

*One of three honorable mentions after the evaluation of 33 applicants in the final submission round. Competition called students to design an urban cinema, park, and streetscape within 10 days without assistance.


Lower Level South Site

Reading Viaduct Level

01. Community Gardens & Bus Waiting Area 02. Lobby 03. Cafe/Restroom Area 04. Loading 05. Entry to 120 Space Parking & Access to Mechanical 06. 225 Orchestral Theater \ which can be opened to urban park during warm weather

10. Upper level cafe 11. Ramp from viaduct to project 12. Lobby & Concession 13. Split 300 Person Theater 14. Green Roof

Green wall to filter air naturally & lower energy costs paired with a green roof to assist with water management

Lower Level North Site


07. Lobby to Spring Garden Station 08. 150 seat traditional theater 09. Permeable pavers for shared car & pedestrian space



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Water collection system to gather runoff from the green roof to be utilized for plants in the public garden during a drought

View of Entry/Public Gardens, also Serving as a Location to Wait for the Bus

Represents the relationship of [Cine]City with Spring Garden & Use of Landscaping to Control Stormwater Runoff


Flexible brise soleil for light control & transformation of purposes in the space Box truss supports theater above the ground plane Cinema During the Day to be Used for Community Gatherings

LED outdoor lamp to highlight digital theater as night


Operable panels provide ability to release warm air for passive ventilation

Le f t : S e c t i o n C u t t i n g through Auditorium Spaces Right: Night Rendering to Highlight Digital Cinema

Digital Cinema Allowing Guests toView on Personal Laptops

Competition Board Entry


harvesting the future FALL 2011: SYSTEMS INTEGRATION STUDIO

Rhinoceros + Grasshopper Plug-in, Revit Architecture, Autodesk AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop

The project for Harvesting the Future serves as the model for urban growth by blending technology with natural growing methods. According to the Urban Age Project,75% of the world’s population will be living in a city by 2050, a leap from the 10% in 1900 and the 25% in 2007. Based on the consumption of 300 calories a day of only fruits and vegetables, one can a feed 375 people, or 150 households, a year. Growing vertically provides social, environmental, and economical benefit to the expanding urban community, and as each element evolves, Harvesting the Future challenges the limits of technology to accommodate the increasing need for farming in the city. The concepts of shifting density and the subsequent need for interweaving spaces have emerged to inform the design approach for Harvesting the Future. Because the incorporation of the public into the program of this building is essential, a market space carves itself into the grade plane to lend itself to become owned by the community through allocated vendor spaces. In the levels above, interior parks are created by weaving planes of hydroponic planter systems with light and with circulation of people. Harvesting the Future integrates seamlessly with the site conditions while setting itself apart visually to state its futuristic addition to the community. This project was a collaborative project with Gary Carnevale & Daniela Rodriguez over the course of the semester.


Approach from 2nd and Race Street

form development

Iterations of form using Rhinoceros to respond to site forces & optimal sun utilization. Lower right image describes structural strategy to use floor plates suspended between superstructural trusses.


The program consisted of an urban farm and a community market space. This is view looking through the center of the building from the market space.

Market Plan and Section Cutting Through Central Core of Building


program development

The program as an urban farm focused on hyrdoponic systems and crop sunlight need. Four main categories of crops were incorporated: fruit bearing, vegetable bearing, leafy greens, and root crops. Because each crop requires a different amount of light, each crop was placed throughout the building according to sunlight orientation. Since the crops are being hydroponically grown, a constant water system flows parallel to the superstructure, branching out to the crops. The axonometric view of the first level describes these relationships.


Sectional model of one building corner to show diagrid structure

Interior of sectional model to display building systems

Building system detail


a prison as a gateway? SPRING 2011: ACSA STEEL COMPETITION ENTRY

Revit Architecture, Autodesk AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop

The objective of prison design is to provide secure conditions for the prisoner and civilian. Rather than considering the prison as a place of punishment, the prison needs to be recognized as a place of reform to help reduce the rate of recidivism. A microcosm of the city, the prison provides its residents with work experience and educational opportunities to prepare them for a productive life beyond prison. Helping to integrate the facility into the urban fabric, Upper 30th Street contains retail space, a cafe, visitor’s center, and rooftop park. At the spatial intersection of the overhead residential volumes with the street level public volume is a visitation space for prisoner and civilian. An articulated perforated metal panel system allows each prisoner to control the amount of daylight and visibility into their cell. The changes in aperture of these panels allow the public to engage in the transformational experience of the prisoner, and to view the prison as a collection of individuals vs. a monolithic institution. The limitation, intersection and separation of space, challenge the difference and level of comfort between the prisoner and public space.

Left: Conceptual Massing Collage Right: Diagrams depicting civilian-prisoner relationship


[ S E PA R AT I O N ] : t h e c r e a t i o n o f d i f fe r e n ce Massing Orientation: Public/Prisoner

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Processing Level


Public Visitation


1- Vehicle Sallyport/Prisoner Entry 2- Group Sallyport 3- Prisoner Processing 4- Vertical Circulation Core 5- Operations Control Center 6- Exterior Sallyport for Egress 7- Sunflower Farm , Work for Prisoners 8- Public Gathering Space 9- Retail 10- Visitor’s Education Center


Unscreened Waiting Screened Waiting Noncontact Visitation Private Visitation Visitation Kitchen Distribution Pod Manager Office 6’x10’ Cell Pod Common Space Healthcare/Educational Facilities

21- Security Point 22- Barber Shop 23- Pharmacy 24- Laundry 25- Shared Kitchen Space



Building Section Cut to Show Prisoner Shared Spaces

Public Space Intersection Prisoner Volume


25 Prisoner Cells have Control Over Facade System to Create a Symbiotic Relationship between Inside and Out

27 View Driving Beneath Prisoner Residences.

29 View Entering Public Vsitation Spaces

occupying the path SPRING 2011: TWO WEEK TECTONIC EXERCISE Autodesk AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop

Being that the site is located at the threshold between the parking lot and main campus, the definition of the “bus stop� should be reevaluated. The location provides opportunity to create a new entrance into main campus due to the view toward Kanbar Campus Center. After manipulating forms with concepts of view and shelter in mind, I searched for tectonic methods of constructing the bus stop. A concrete wall allows for Philadelphia University advertisement while serving as an element to give the project strength. On the hub closest to the curb, a sheet of polycarbonate provides shelter to those sitting and standing while waiting for the van to arrive.

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Site Plan

Collage Focusing on Center of Campus for the Van Stop to Become an Entry to the Campus.

Early Conceptual Model


View Approaching the Stop

35 Detail of Stop Construction

temporary day care; rome FALL 2010: STUDY ABROAD STUDIO Autodesk 3DS Max, Autodesk AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop

In Italy, the ludoteca is a place for children to stay temporarily while their parent or guardian is at work. Unlike American daycare, however, the child does not stay the course of an entire day. The site is located perpendicular to the Tiber River and adjacent to Santa Maria Cecilia, one of the first three basilicas in Rome. With the courtyard of the church also abutting the project site, an existing ancient wall provided oppotunities for the study of permeability in terms of the wall, visibility through the project and the containment of children. Section Through Child Playspaces

Taking a studio course in Rome allowed me to expand upon my perspective of design. Working with Italian studio professors pushed my ability to design for a different culture as well as to communicate that design to someone who does not speak the same language. Drawing truly is the univeral language.

37 Approaching Ludoteca, First Seeing Covered Outdoor Play Spaces

Aerial View; Adjacency to Church Courtyard

Sun Study Sketch for a Sustainable Design

for a new campus building FALL 2009: SUSTAINABLE STUDIO With the exponential growth of Philadelphia University’ s Master of Science of Sustainable Design program, studio professors challenged students to design a building on main campus to provide a home for the program. Philadelphia University was founded as the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences, and is deeply rooted in the study and implementation of textiles. This project explores the evolution of the campus “fabric” as an integration of other majors that include fashion design, architectural design, graphic design and industrial design. Left: Sketch of decompression point between studio and research spaces Right: Study of form & light. The models were formed from the concept of weaving and then used to create shadows to inform these decompression spaces in the program.


Front and Back Images of Project Promotion

Project Process Images from Start to Com


accessible kitchen renovation PROJECT COMPLETED FALL 2011 AIAS Freedom by Design is the community service organization aďŹƒliated with the American Institute of Architecture Students. The Freedom by Design program at Philadelphia University began in 2007 helping those limited in mobility in the Philadelphia community. After being involved with Freedom by Design since 2007, I have risen to the position of Team Captain to lead others to design, fund and build a kitchen renovation for Mrs. Bailey, a Germantown resident of Philadelphia. Mrs. Bailey, being bound to her wheelchair, struggled with circulating her kitchen due to cracked ceramic floor tiles and inappropriate entry widths. To address these issues, my team removed the floor tile and replaced the flooring with a PERGO tongue-and-groove wood that is durable and easy for Mrs. Bailey to clean. In addition, the team replaced the island countertop to become part of a storage system with easy access drawers. Finally, we widened the entryway for Mrs. Bailey. The work was done over three build days in November. Leading a team of fifteen people to complete this project challenged my ability to communicate with a client, design for a particular need, and manage an economy of materials.



Philadelphia Residential Neighborhoods 1

Benjamin Franklin Parkway as Connection to Fairmount Park from Center City

Deterioration of Urban Fabric

architectural thesis The Benjamin Franklin Parkway was intended to revitalize the Philadelphia fabric by becoming a connector between Center City and Fairmount Park to provide additional green space beyond William Penn’s plan for five green parks. However, in order to become realized, the Parkway disrupted and destroyed residential neighborhoods. Intersections where the Parkway meets the Philadelphia street grid have become problematic locations for the pedestrian, cyclist, and motorist, and architecture has since receded from the Parkway to avoid confrontation of the transportation corridor. By inserting commercial catalysts at these intersections, systems of movement will merge and the edge of the Parkway will be stimulated to activate the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as a public place integrated with the urban fabric.


STRATEGIES 1. Widen Pennsylvania Avenue to lessen congestion on the Parkway while recognizing this Avenue is predominantly for residential use at present. 2. Utilize current plans to create a subway line that runs beneath Pennsylvania Avenue, connecting Center City to the Philadelphia Zoo. 3. Implement tunnels for direct vehicular access. 4. Constrict traďŹƒc flows by widening pedestrian edge 5. Create pedestrian and bike bridges for direct movement that sculpturally add to the Museum Without Walls. Problematic Intersections Where Parkway Dissects Original Grid


Phase 01: Immediate Impact Through Material Application art creating transformable space

path as spectacle land becomes path : seat : space

water collection through permeable surfaces

overlaying user paths & systems

Phase 02: Long Term Impact Through Large Scale Intervention Current relationship between two paths of movement and grade

Fragmenting grade to allow for uninterrupted paths of movement

Commercial support programs mend disconnect at edges to merge inhabitable and circulatory space

Diagram of Tunneling to Intersect Paths of Movement

Commercial Punctures to Create Tunnel and Activate Edge

Preliminary Master Plan

Zoomin Plan and 3d Diagram of Urban Puncture

Urban Capacities During Large City Events



Philadelphia University | Bachelor of Architecture 2012 | GPA: 3.536

t h e s i s

ACT//REACT This thesis fulfills the requirements for the Bachelor of Architecture, developing a methodology to merge pedestrian and vehicular systems on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA.


Honorable Mention | 111th John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship in Architecture 2012 Earned one of three honorable mentions chosen from 39 entrants in 10 day competition to design a cinema, an urban park, and landscape proposal for limited sections of the Reading Viaduct and Spring Garden Greenway in Philadelphia, PA.


AIAS Freedom by Design | Philadelphia University Team Captain/President [September 2011 - Present] Led a team of 15 people to redesign, fund, and construct an accessible kitchen for a wheelchair bound individual in the local Philadelphia community. The kitchen renovation provided a safe, comfortable and dignified living environment for the client.


University of Arkansas- Rome Center | Study Abroad Fall Term 2010

Project Manager/Vice President [January 2011- May 2011] Organized the design team to form accessible solutions for a client in the community. Designed graphics for membership outreach and involvement.

AIAS Freedom by Design | National Freedom Task Force

Helped design community service initiatives for Freedom by Design programs across the country. [August 2011 - Present]

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Member [September 2007 - Present] Fourth Year Representative [January 2011 - May 2011]

professional involvement

AIA Phila. Young Architect’s Forum “Elevator Pitch” Presenter [March 2012] Communicated thesis project to professionals to be evaluated on the ability to clearly frame an argument verbally and support the argument graphically.

AIAS FORUM Presenter [December 2010 - January 2011] Enabled and inspired new chapters across the nation by presenting the work and progress of the Philadelphia University Freedom by Design chapter at the Freedom by Design seminar.


Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia [October 2009 - Present] Assisted with the construction and completion of various rowhome projects requiring demolition, installation of insultation and drywall, and finish work.


Office Assistant, Office of Student Development Programs Philadelphia University [May 2011 - August 2011]

Assisted incoming parents and students during campus visits to create a safe and welcoming environement that will ease the life transition. Evaluated candidates for administrative positions in the office that will progress the missions of the office.

Laser Lab TA, College of Architecture and Built Environment Philadelphia University [October 2009 - May 2010]



Collaborated with students to alter and cut materials in an appropriate manner that achieves the design goal. Adobe Creative Suite CS5.5: Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign Autodesk: AutoCAD 2012, 3D Studio Max 2012, Revit Architecture 2012 Rhinoceros + Monkey Editor and Grasshopper Plugins Microsoft Office: Word, Powerpoint, Excel Hand drafting, Sketching, Physical Modeling, Lasercutter | 570.807.9803

Public Relations Coordinator [September 2008 - May 2009]


Bonnie Netel: Collection of Work