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BONNIE NETEL work samples

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 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.

Market Space Looking Up through Central Core of Building

Axonometric of First Level Hydroponic Growing Systems



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

Sun Study (Above & Below)

Sun Study Diagram

Above: Sun-Plant Requirements Right: Model of Urban Farm, approaching project from 2nd and Race Street, Philadelphia, PA

First Level Grow Pods for Social Gathering

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.

Above: Diagrams Depicting Civilian-Prisoner Relationship Below: View Driving Beneath Prisoner Residences

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


SPRING 2011: ACSA STEEL COMPETITION ENTRY Revit Architecture, Autodesk AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

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Above: Massing Orientation: Public/Prisoner Below: View Entering Public Visitation Spaces

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



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. *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.

Ground Level Plan

Green Wall Filtration System

Le f t : S e c t i o n C u t t i n g t h r o u g h A u d i t o r i u m S p a c e s


SPRING 2012: 10 DAY COMPETITION Revit Architecture, Autodesk AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

Above: Layering of Old and New Systems on the Reading Viaduct Below: Detail Diagram of Cinema Facade Systems

Flexible brise soleil for light control & transformation of purposes in the space

Rainwater Collection System for Urban Park Trees at Entry

Box truss supports theater above the ground plane Operable panels provide ability to release warm air for passive ventilation LED outdoor lamp to highlight digital theater as night

Above: Viaduct Upper Level Plan Below: Cinema During the Day to be Used for Community Gatherings

Above: View of Entry/Public Gardens, also Serving as a Location to Wait for the Bus Below: Digital Cinema Allowing Guests to View on Personal Laptops


Philadelphia University | Bachelor of Architecture 2012 | GPA: 3.536

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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.

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


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

Public Relations Coordinator [September 2008 - May 2009]

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

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AIAS Freedom by Design | National Freedom Task Force | 570.807.9803

Designed graphics for membership outreach and involvement.

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Bonnie Netel: Selected Work 2007-2012. Philadelphia University