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Masquerade, no more.

The Neapolitan commedia dell'arte ushered in a new platform from which to engage the blasĂŠ pedestrian in games of fiction. The ensemble of stage, set, actor, and audience operated as a fine-tuned political machine, strategically placing itself to intercept existing patterns of circulation through public space. In its economy of infrastructure, its universally accessible material, and its mobility, ensembles such as Pulcinella were able to distract the passerby just long enough to engage him in a story, a place, and a moment of pure becoming. The commedia dell'arte was a strategically placed slow space meant to pull a population from an otherwise unmediated work day for some play. In the journey to and from places of stasis, the urban pedestrian finds that the space between is a place as well. --Thomas J. Bogan


bridging space, place, and self in the Bywater

Poland Ave. Wharf New Orleans, LA, USA Thesis Project, Spring 2011 Prof. John Klingman


Where contemporary academic art muffles its memory of the gods, stifles its shame, and puts forth confident gestures, ‘folk’ is full of humility and horror, resurrecting old fires and almost-abandoned questions. It is not sure of itself and is unfinished even as it stands, a product. The scene is the most democratic of all the plastic arts. --Thomas J. Bogan

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Clockwise from Above: (p.2) Commerce St. render ; South Peters St. render ; floor plans ; site map ; open-air gallery render toward internal courtyard ; interior render of 2nd floor gallery (p.3) diagram of building systems, egress, tectonics ; exploded axonometric ; historical documentation courtesy of HDLC ; detail sections for roof, curtain wall, floor plates

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Archeology of the Now New Orleans Museum for Folk Art STUDIO SITE SITUATION

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3rd yr. comprehensive, Spring ’09 South Peters - Commerce This museum project sought to reconcile the discrepency b/t the museum of high art typology, with its sterile and institutional qualities, and the appropriate environment for curation of folk media. language of archeological excavation: relic and scaffold: relic_concrete sheer walls loosely follow layout of previous site occupation, defines framework, sets rules; existing post-lintel threshold retained as ceremonial entry from S.Peters St. scaffold_steel girders, stair tower, recycled-glass channel facade, vertical building-systems cavity support inhabitation and exploration by visitors indirect, meandering procession to lobby entry; exterior corridor leads from street to internal courtyard (historic, masonry facade of neighborhing structure is exposed), entry at rear of courtyard

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Second Floor Plan

Ground Floor Plan

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CHURCH

Multi-Use, Shared with 2nd Party

Classroom closed to extra-curricular access

30’ 20’ 10’

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New Orleans Public School Horto in Urbis STUDIO SITE SITUATION

3rd yr. Core Studio, Fall ’08 S. Claiborne b/t Conducted amid the formulation of a new New Orleans Schools Master Plan, this studio sought to develop strategies in tune with the current citywide discussion. The school is located in a highly flood prone area of the city. As such, all major components must be elevated > 6’ 50% of total site area must be left uncovered; opportunity for central courtyard massing separates purely academic program from that shared by/rented to community Each classroom has access to exterior, green teaching space K, 1st, and 2nd grade classrooms share continuous gallery for collaborative projects

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Public Patterns

Soft Street : From Artifact to Active Ground STUDIO SITE SITUATION

Research Seminar w/ Prof. Marcella del Signore severed intersection of N. Derbigny and Allen St.

This independent research seminar aims to test modes of imagining and occupying new urban forms relative to the study of public space. New strategies of interventions are explored to involve parallel parameters within design methodology. We focused on forms of public use and construction of urban artifacts. In particular we explored generative research tools for design, material properties, formal behaviors and digital fabrication techniques. Within the seminar each student developed a research project and a physical operational prototype. Soft Street highlights a particular scar in the urban fabric and introduces new layers of enjoyment and interaction that build on inherent qualities of the site. The project engenders new patterns of use that are not fully prescribed.

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The program that governs the mechanism for pulling the fabric up and down is scripted with the use of NXT software. The script is structured as a loop that is constantly reacting to feedback from ultrasonic sensors. The distance of a body from each sensor is the variable that enables the rotation of the motor and hence the height that each cord is pulled upward.

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SEABONES

Sea Swarm STUDIO

SPHERE_STRETCH PHASE I

SITE SITUATION

STRETCH PHASE II

BEND ALONG GRID PHASE III

ANIMATE ALONG CURVE PHASE IV

DEFORM ALONG CURVE PHASE V

Advanced Digital Fabrication Abstract, free space From a primitive sphere grows a complex organism, evolving through mutation and adaptation. As its body is stretched and deformed out of necessity, a new set of operations invites combination and variation among the family. Though formal differentiation is prevalent as the family multiplies, the genetic code that links them maintains its basic syntax. As scalar and rotational shifts occur along a path, the condition of each body is transformed by those adjacent.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF A.J. ALLEGRA & THE NOLA PROJECT

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“T.J. Bogan's main set piece is a painted, papier-mache forest, flanked by the ogres' throne room and the wizard's lair. Gabrielle Reisman's costumes are simple evocations of classic fairy tale raiment. Everything is of a piece here, with the company all on the same page.� --David Cuthbert, TheTimes-Picayune, May 15, 2008

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LONGITUDINAL SECTION-NW [EXISTING]

LONGITUDINAL SECTION-NW [PROPOSED]

LONGITUDINAL SECTION-SE [PROPOSED]

2ND 2N NNDD FL FLOOR LLO OOR OR PLAN L N [PROPOSED] [PR RROPO PO OSED] E

LONGITUDINAL SECTION-NW [PROPOSED]

Documentation of Existing Structure, Schematic Design for Renovation + Addition

LONGITUDINAL SECTION-SE [EXISTING]

New Orleans, LA, June-July 2011

LONGITUDINAL SECTION-NW [EXISTING]

1007 Kerlerec Street

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REAR ELEVATION [EXISTING]

REAR ELEVATION [PROPOSED]

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TRANSVERSE SECTION [EXISTING]

GROUND FLOOR PLAN [EXISTING]

GROUND FLOOR PLAN [PROPOSED]

TRANSVERSE SECTION [PROPOSED]


Saigon - Can Tho

Can Tho - Ca Mau

Can Tho - Vinh Long/Cai Be

Vinh Long - Saigon

(and return)

John William Lawrence Travel Fellowship

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loating Markets of the Mekong Delta

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T.J. Bogan - Work