Brian Oâ€™Dowd Parallel is a project that began with observing the site as it is and considering how to add a manmade construct to it without infringing on that which had been there for centuries. The pursuit of this balance lead to a linear structure which viewed from certain angles has a minimal impact on the scenery. By constructing large parallel walls that are in line with the already existing boardwalk, the site conditions are framed instead of obstructed. The system of parallel walls also allows for compression within the building in order to minimize the area of ground it impacts while maximizing the inhabitable space within. By layering each floor at different elevations and simplifying the central circulation, the project is able to be compressed without sacrificing the interior spaces available. Despite this high level of density, the project maintains an open feeling throughout due to its structuring. All of the walls within this project are parallel to one another and thus do not interfere with the inhabitantâ€™s line of sight in one direction. As a result this building has a porosity throughout and seems accessible throughout. The sense of access also enables public engagement through site without interference with the work being performed. The central pathway that is available to the public passes through the laboratory and past the individual offices to maximize the publicâ€™s exposure to the research facility. This research laboratory operates in parallel with the environment and never against it.
Brian Oâ€™Dowd Architecture Experience 2014 BANG Studios Competition Design Team 2013 Atlantic Yards Modeling Team Assembly and construction of professional model for OPerA Studio 2013 NJIT Architecture Library Volunteer Organization of Design Programs and Periodicals
Education/Extra Curricular 2012-2017 New Jersey Institute of Technology Bachelors in Architecture Graduation in 2017 Current GPA 3.7 2012-Present AIAS Member, Communications Board Member 2012-Present NJIT Albert Dorman Honors College
2014 Brick Build Competition Project Manager Mock Up Design Winners Thrid Place Overall 2014 NJIT Design Showcase Contributor 2013 NJIT NAAB Accreditation Showcase Contributor 2012-Present Delta Epsilon Iota (Honor Society) 2012-Present Albert Dorman Honors College Member 2012-Present NJIT Faculty Scholarship 2012-Present NJIT Honors Scholarship 2012-Present NJIT Honors Room Scholarship
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Boonton Firehouse: Staged Interactions
Staged interactions is a firehouse in Boonton, NJ which is focused on the idea that a public service station should be open to the public. This integration is acheived by using a large stair along the main path of pedestrian travel which invites the passerby into the station blurring the distinction of what is public and what is private. This blur is emphsized by the masonry screen which changes density in respnse to the programs around it. The entire station responds to a grid which is derived from the public circulation around the site and angles the building towards the pedestian. All of these elements come together to create a sense that this firehouse is meant to be shared between the public and the public servants.
Drawing: Rhino, AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop
Renderings: Kevin Lushaj
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Concrete Waffle Slab
Plans & Sections: Alfredo Silva, Agnes Puzio, Kishtija Joshi
Diagrams: Adobe Illustrator
The idea of staging interactions that is explored in the firehouse isincorperated into the mock up on a smaller scale. While the firehouse stages interactions on the macro scale of a community, the mock up focuses on how individuals will interact with one another. These interactions can happen in countless different ways around the trianglular seats. The screen surrounding the interaction area allows for only glimpses of the interior to be seen creating a cuorsoury level of interaction to contrast with the more intimate interaction on the interior. This mock up reitterates what the firehouse strives to do in a condesned scale.
Diagram: AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator
Rendering Series: Kevin Lushaj
This project utilizes a component system that was developed originally from the song â€œRocks Off.â€? The form of two squares angling against one another connected by several beams at various angles was adapted into a system for a staircase at the Highline in New York. The connections followed the changes in the song in a visual format. This form was adapted to the stair and allowed for a system which created and withdrew views of the city as well as creating two paths of travel from the street to the Highline for both rapid and leisurely means of transport.
Resumption The overall sound is weaker now in harsh contrast with the full sound heard earlier.
Alteration The vocals return distorted and are supported by a diminished selection of instruments. Pause The vocals, drums and guitar cut out leaving only the horns which fade making a pause in the song
Connecting The instruments intertwine with one another to support the building vocals.
Angling The vocals escalate growing after each stanza.
Opening The vocals during the begining are building around the instruments. Model: Basswood Drawings: AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator
Montages: Basswood, Chipboard Model, Photoshop
Research Laboratory: Parallel
Parallel is an oceanic and atmospheric research center that began with observing the site as it is and considering how to add a man made construct to it without infringing on that which had been there for centuries. The pursuit of this balance lead to a linear structure which viewed from certain angles has a minimal impact on the scenery. By constructing large parallel walls that are in line with the already existing boardwalk, the site conditions are framed instead of obstructed.
Rendering Produced in: Rhino, Illustrator, Photoshop
Initial SiteInitial Conditions Site Conditions
Site Inclusion Poor Site Inclusion
LinearLinear System System Increase Site Inclusion Incereases Site Inclusion
Site Orientation Spatial Compression
ProgramProgram Rquirements Requirements
Extension Past Extension Past System LinearLinear System
Researcher Office Research Office x 12
Conference RoomRoom Conference
Drawing Produced in: Illustrator
Drawings Produced in: Rhino, Illustrator
Exterior Observation Deck
Third Floor Research Offices
Second Floor Research Offices
First Floor Research Offices
Drawing Produced in: Rhino, Illustrator
Rendering Produced in: 3ds Max , Photoshop
Rendering Produced in: Rhino V-ray, Photoshop
Models: Basswood, Museum Board, Foam Core
Montage: Basswood, Chipboard Model, Photoshop
Little Falls Raptor Center
The Little Falls Raptor Center is a facility which houses infirmed birds and birds meant for public viewing and study. Using a a large central space to house all the programs with connecting members both supporting the building creates a forest like condition within the Center. this acts as a counterpoint to the exterior forest of the site. As you ascend towards the main aviary the connection with the original forest is renewed through large windows that connect the occupant with the site more and until the full open effect is attained in the main aviary.
Drawings: AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator
Models: Basswood, Chipboard, Rigid Insulation Base
Montages: Basswood, Chipboard Model, Photoshop
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