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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 consistently push 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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harvesting the future 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 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.

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.

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? 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

Massing Orientation: Public/Prisoner

Processing Level

Building section cut to show prisoner shared spaces

Public Visitation

Public Space intersection prisoner volume

Prisoner cells have control over facade system to create a symbiotic relationship between inside and out

View driving beneath prisoner residences.

View entering public visitation spaces.

occupying the path 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.

Model of van stop

N Site plan

Collage focusing on center of campus so van stop can become an entry to the campus.

Early conceptual model

View approaching the stop

Detail of stop construction

Section through ludoteca to review interior/exterior hallway

temporary day care; rome 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. 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.

Plan of ludoteca demonstrating the building being broken into three distinctive age groups.

Model of ludoteca to demonstrate contextual relationship to adjacent church courtyard

Site study highlighting impermeable surfaces near the Tiber River

Approach to ludoteca

for a new campus building 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.

Sketch-to-scale section of classroom and spaces to evaluate sun relationships

Sketch-to-scale detail section

precedent: San Pietro; R

nolli map of rome activate architecture!

the need for a continuum between architecture and the urban realm

Party on the Parkway; container buildings do not contribute to city collective

“sign has turned architecture into a contemplative passive object not a place that confronts spaces and actions.”

Philadelphia Marathon; path Parkway Museum District; daily activity

buildings do not border the Parkway

passive architecture: architecture that no longer contributes to the urban realm

event space amount of parking lots to be utilized

bernard tschumi analysis Duomo; Florence La Sagrada Famiglia; Barcelona

not to abandon technologies, embrace it

as building

evolution of site residential neighborhood demolished to pave way for the Parkway

Piazza San Marco; Venice Benjamin Franklin Parkway selected as site

Times Square; New York City directional

curb cuts

as rule

as separation

creation of bike paths

as container collection of traffic volume data


pedestrian as catalyst

the locations sandwiched between parkway & residential neighborhood to the north are disjointed from the city as “infill” projects precedent: Mission Grande Axe; OMA


traffic studies

Diagonal axis in the city connecting iconic buildings; City Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

case study: Benjamon Franklin Parkway Louis Kahn- Traffic Studies of Philadelphia

technology & evolution

Buchanon Report- Segregation of the Car



“I propose to mend the gap between the experience of the vehicle and the pedestrian to respect the origins of the city while still furthering the development of the urban plan in terms of an evolving, technological society.”

“Shared space between the pedestrian and the car in the urban environment requires not only physical interventions but modification of one’s perception of space. Street graphics directly influence cultural behaviors and responses that inform city systems and architecture.”

what is the pr

erasure of the

City Beautiful Movement in Philadelphia

creating a diagonal axis that pulls Fairmount Park into the city

Baron Haussmann’s Plan for Paris

creation of a boulevards for programmatic need


allowing the g established ru

boulevards connecting iconic buildings


functions due to the consistent height of the buildings that border the boulevard


precedent: Parc de la Villette

units become cod MIDREVIEW REMARKS resident



who is the user?




the car is a technological advance that we need to embrace precedent: deconstruction/construction the cheonggyecheon restoration project in seoul

The pre ban rea methodo tween th

In contra evaluatin chitectur trian, dri to provo change in


accelerating urban response to user defined need Time is a crucial factor in the transformation of a city, equal to that of the economic and cultural behaviors of its people. As the needs of its people change due to the insertion of additional factors such as technology, the city reflects these shifts in the population’s needs through gradual, progressive change. However, the adaptation of the urban environment cannot occur as rapidly as the user demands.

roper life span of a building?

e urban context of a rule: institution of the urban grid

grid to repopulate based on the ule

ary process

At its simplest, the term “city” characterizes the human collective consisting of a set of user groups: residents, tourists, passerby, pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists. However, due to the relative condition of time, each user group experiences the city differently. While the city naturally evolves due to the inevitable push of time, technology increases the velocity in which the user travels through and interprets his or her environment. Due to the incessant demand of time and technology, attention has been directed to vehicular patterns, inevitably weakening public space for the pedestrian in regards to architecture and the urban realm. As a result, the city’s architecture has become static, lacking a malleability that allows the urban environment to respond directly to any user group.

parametric modeling variations with evaluative process code & classification

de transformed by user


esence of architecture in the uralm has become static, requiring a ology to increase interactions behe person and the built environment.

ast to the method of creating a code and ng the output for its “best results,” the arre itself becomes the code for the pedesiver, and cyclist to manipulate in order oke a dialogue between the user and the n the urban realm he or she wishes to see.

Visual outline of conceptual growth throughout the semester

A symbiotic relationship between the urban environment and the user must be strengthened in order to accelerate the urban response to the user defined need. Architecture must then become the vehicle for urban transformation based on the individual input on the human collective.

There is a need to activate architecture in the urban context to inform public permeability through architecture and the urban realm.

What is the lifespan and purpose of one

As the role of architecture is reconsidered, the life span and purpose of an architecture must reflect events in the urban landscape. Inherently, space for the pedestrian and the vehicle will be better informed.

Bonnie Netel

the act of erasure

OMA Competition: Mission Grand Axe; La Defense, Paris France 1991

Site Comprehension

Thesis Intent








experiential osmosis





























precedence mapping as modelled from “cities for people” jan gehl



concert venues

carnival, brazil



dinner gatherings

art as space melbourne

activity as space eurochocolate festival, perugia

technology as space times square, ny

shared space copenhagen

pedestrian space venice

Diagrams analyzing personal relationships to the city and adapting to need in varying amounts of time.




ffic volumes

SENSE stoop, philadelphia

auditorium, rome

pompidou center

opera house, oslo




san pietro, rome




possible direction to mending the rift? leisure

s t r e e t s a r e program


buildings become m o r e p u b l i c



haussmann’s plan

paris as urban instigator

benjamin franklin parkway

philadelphia as urban instigator


Party on the Parkway: 500,000

not as successful

connection between two emblematic elements underutilized space in between

architecture not as public?


public life








space media

Philadelphia Marathon: 80,000

functions as an urban band-aid

paris as urban instigator

pompidou center

philadelphia as urban instigator

comcast center

rome nolli maps

car changing experience time


attempts to mend relationship still underutilized why?

historical notions of inseparability


not as successful

Finished kitchen with client Left: Organizational promotional work for the project for Mrs. Bailey, highlighting conditions prior to FBD intervention.

accessible kitchen renovation 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 University | Bachelor of Architecture 2012 | GPA: 3.536 University of Arkansas- Rome Center | Study Abroad Fall Term 2010

t h e s i s

ACT//REACT: accelerating urban response to user defined need This thesis fulfills the requirements for the Bachelor of Architecture, developing a methodology to create a more receptive city to the urban catalyst.


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 woman limited to her wheelchair in the local Philadelphia community. The kitchen renovation provided a safe, comfortable and dignified living environment for the client.

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

Public Relations Coordinator [September 2008 - May 2009] 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

AIAS FORUM Presenter [December 2010 - January 2011]


Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia [October 2009 - Present]

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.

Assisted with the construction and completion of various rowhome projects requiring demolition, installation of insultation and drywall, and finish work.


Proficient Adobe: Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign Autodesk: AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, Revit Architecture Drafting, Sketching, Modelmaking, Lasercutter

Less Proficient Adobe After Effects Rhinoceros Grasshopper


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

Coordinated parents and students for the incoming student programs. Evaluated candidates for administrative positions in the office.

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

Collaborated and shared with students the knowledge of material properties to cut material for student projects

c o n t a c t

BONNIE NETEL | 570.807.9803


Bonnie Netel: Collection of Work  
Bonnie Netel: Collection of Work  

Bonnie Netel. Bachelor of Architecture at Philadelphia University College of Architecture and Built Environment. Expected graduation: May 20...