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the market on bayou st. john


mardi gras indian museum of folk art

residential competition

artists’ lofts sicily lab 2009: data flood uli hines competition: the seed


piazza study: st. peter’s square, rome historic american buildings survey: st. roch gates


tradition meets technology

the market on bayou st. john fall 2010

the neighborhood around the termination of bayou st. john has a long history. during the golden age of the french quarter, the bayou played a key role as a strategic location, and it was one of the earliest areas developed before the expansion of greater new orleans. today, the termination of bayou st. john, where the site is placed, is a key central location between various large corridors, including canal, esplanade, and the mid-city corridors. because of its centrality, it is a perfect location for a commercial hub, one which caters to every need, from fresh produce, boutiques and art galleries, to restaurants and bars. So come down to the market on bayou st. john- walk around,shop, and eat with the views of the bayou in front of you.


boutiques restaurants temporary food supply neighborhood

strands curve into u-shape to emphasize views towards the bayou.

temporary space cuts through each strand to create ease of movement and view into the main central temporary space.

ground floor

first floor

food retail strand expands on the ground floor to penerate other strands. on the first floor, the boutiques and restaurant strands bridge over the food retail strand to create further opportunities for views towards the bayou.

facade morphology original plan is deconstructed as to derive its base lines.

in designing each facade of every building, the catalogue is referenced to create various, and unique iterations.

shapes are derived form the various lines.

each shape has its own mode of transparency, and a materials with related to it. it may or may not extrude out. from all facades on site, a catalogue of parts is formed.

wood panel for opaque/storage conditions

backlit signage

clear glass panels

glass door

frosted/translucent glass

figure ground

vehicular and pedestrian circulation

ground floor green space

the final design incorporates green space and pathways in between buildings to create the feeling of a busy bazaar a la chandni chawk in new delhi, or the isfahan market. within the temporary, walkable fabric, small stalls are placed for independent artists and stages are strategically located for day and evening concerts.


mardi gras indian museum of folk art spring 2009

focused towards the exhibition and the harnessing of the mardi gras indian culture. the four floors are programmatically divided into the factions of the year in the mardi gras indian tribe. in this museum, there is a library and manuscript space initiating the user towards the history of the culture, an audio visual museum space intermingled with “pow-wow� rehearsal areas to display the musical facet of the culture, and then a parade and performance space which connects the costume, music, and culture of the mardi gras indians to the roads in which they perform.


back facade

artists lofts spring 2008

this apartment complex is located in the warehouse district of new orleans. it utlizes a simplistic L-shape to organize program within it, from private and semi-private, to public space, in a logical and efficient design.





sicily lab 2009: data flood fall 2009

this group charette project was published through the Tulane School of Architecture as well as in “L’Architetto Italiano.” it was also part of the FAR Exhibit in Rome [summer 2010.] the charrette design speaks about a crisis in the lack of connection between the mountains of the town in the north to the meditteranean sea to the south. this connection is synapsed through information technology design. information is gathered from the mountains through various sensors within the town of gioiosa marea and begins to “deposit” itself through the various sectors. when the information reaches the sea, it takes a more physical and organic form and is able to support program for the people and visitors of the town. members of this group: zach bishop, zeke jordan, brinda sen gupta, lexi wirthlin





ULI hines urban design competition: the seed spring 2012

when designing the Sustainable Environment Educational District [the SEED,] located in Downtown Houston, our group envisioned a space for cultivating innovation in sustainable community living, which can evolve over time to incrementally improve its own standard of living. by recognizing the street grid found west of the I-45 corridor, we reconnected the site into the existing infrastructure of the area. we also realigned Franklin Av. slightly to the north to allow for greatly improved public space along Buffalo Bayou. we also introduced a strong pedestrian corridor to connect the major components of our mixed use program, including a major transit hub, a retail center, a research and education node, and the Bayou, and create a highly dynamic urban space, embroidered with innovative sustainable components. members of this group: tyler antrup [msred], erin despot [mba], andrew mayronne [msred], alison mckelvie [mps], brinda sen gupta [msred]


pedestrian retail square major site circulation transit civic gathering points development center

DESIGN STRATEGY LAND USE Residential Retail Office Civic/Institutional Structured Parking Green Roof Open Space Sidewalks Existing

piazza study: san pietro, rome fall 2009

this is an analysis of st. peter’s square in rome, italy. the purpose of the greater project was to understand the scale of the various piazze in the ancient city. in addition to plan, section and elevation analysis was conducted. this project is the recipient of a grant from the Tulane School of Architecture which will finance a publication studying and comparing the various piazze of the city.


historic american buildings survey: st. roch cemetary gates spring 2010

this is a Historic American Buildings Survey of the gates in st. roch cemetary. the accuracy of measurements and details, including the angle of lean, in this case was of the utmost importance. the project was nominated for the Peterson Prize 2010, published in the Tulane School of Architecture Summer 2010 Newsletter, and was also put on display in the TSA website gallery for the masters of preservation studies program.


traditon meets technology summer 2010- spring 2011

just as the jet engine intensifies existing air current to propel a plane through space, tradition meets technology seeks to intensify an already effective passive building system, based on the ancient indian theory of architecture, vastu vidya, with active sustainable technologies. the design is proposed in various scales, from the urban condition to a single building. as the design zooms in, the manifestations of the modern vastu system increase to create and organized, efficient, and sustainable use of various programs. at each scale, there is a constant reference to every other scale, such that the single building design is the seed which contains, and can clearly explain, the universe around it. the modern vastu vidya seeks to create an intensified dialogue between the past, through traditional passive systems, and the future, through technology, to exhibit for its users a new way of thinking about one’s interaction with energy and healthy living.


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