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carlosignaciohernandeztellez m arch I applicant c a h e r n a n d e z @ v a s s a r. e d u 845.380.1751 vassar college box 2305 124 raymond avenue poughkeepsie, ny 12604


hong kong

pou gh k e e psie

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a series of reactions: to the informal path traversing the park kurven pavilion

to the abandoned street corner brooklyn city seeds library

to the neighboring sports field bĂŚnk bleacher houses

for an architecture that is site-specific, urban-minded, and aware of its historical and cultural contexts

contents kurven pavilion, copenhagen, denmark architecture foundations studio, dis, fall 2012

brooklyn city seeds library, new york, ny architectural design II, vassar college, spring 2012

bĂŚnk bleacher houses, copenhagen, denmark architecture foundations studio, dis, fall 2012

pop-up city(es), poughkeepsie, ny

visual urbanism, vassar college, spring 2013

study model: chapel of the holy cross, turku, finland detailing in scandinavian architecture, dis, fall 2012

parking by permit only, baltimore, md

gis: spatial analysis, vassar college, spring 2013

ib visual arts work, hong kong, hong kong

li po chun united world college of hong kong, 2009-2010

travel photography free-hand sketching/collage graphic design work

kurven exhibition pavilion copenhagen, denmark

situated in the king’s royal gardens, this project is composed by the exhibition pavilion, the free-standing wall, and the space between them. the working premise behind the design was to honor, relate and react to the informal path that the users of the park have created while traversing the site. the free-standing wall activates the dynamic parts of the building and acts as an element of play at the same time. The interior is programmatically flexible, allowing for multiplicity of use. Without losing its functionality, the building then becomes another "sculpture" in the gardens.

north elevation

south elevation

the exhibition pavilion is designed with an open plan in order to provide the mixed arrangement of the cubical platforms to support different functions. the “cubes� can be arranged clustered in an exhibition setting, or dispersed in case of a workshop. they can also be cleared out to provide a large covered space for lectures, galas or receptions. the windows, in conjunction with the building envelope, act as a porous membrane. users of the space can remain within the wall and the pavilion, or be absorbed by the latter for a closer look at events happening indoors.

floor plan

longitudinal section

transverse section


brooklyn city seeds library new york, new york

envisioned to occupy an underused parking lot, this library is a communal, programmatically flexible space for the residents of fort greene, brooklyn that activates the street corner it occupies and acts as a coordination hub for community gardening projects and their seed-keeping initiatives.


photographic documentation around the proposed site reveals the typology of the new york city corner, as well as already existing community initiatives that attempt to activate it through the insertion of movable furniture and public art.

axonometric view

north elevation

south elevation

longitudinal section

the library is designed with an open plan. no physical barriers exist besides the envelope of the building. book storage is incorporated in the curving wall that defines the library. the definition of interior space is achieved through the skylight system, that reaches into the building at different heights, providing “light rings� for study spaces and other interesting configurations, i.e. seating areas. the windows act as spontaneous openings providing moments of surprise and cater to audiences of different ages and heights, while at the same time providing interesting views in and out of the building.

the enveloping facade is not only in line with the premise of programmatic flexibility inside the library, but it also allows for the activation of exterior spaces. the installation of a pop-up cinema and movable furniture allows pedestrians to occupy the site and the sidewalk

adult library meeting area youth library computer stations services info/check-out

a sort of “cellular� arrangement in which different programmatic elements can be shifted and reimagined within the membrane.

bÌnk bleacher houses copenhagen, denmark a residential complex of ten houses, this project’s main design premise comes from the sports field that sits across the street from the site. the main feature of the complex is an activated roof that allows the residents to gather above their dwellings to watch the games across the field, enjoy the afternoon and the views provided by the surrounding area. the result is a grassy, communal promenade on top of the student dwellings that fosters community. as the client is the player of a team sport, the design of the communal and gathering space was prioritized .

north elevation

adjacency diagram

south elevation

floor plan, 1F


floor plan, 2F

pop-up city(es) poughkeepsie, new york

this project is located in the art library courtyard at vassar college, a normally deserted space with no real sociability or programmatic qualities. the project aims to occupy the space with a temporary structure that “pops up” and activates the precinct. a wooden frame made out of birch supports a perforated pegboard roof. through the orifices of the board, synthetic string pieces make their way from top to bottom, conforming proportionally almost all of the structure’s negative space. on the sides of the structure, timelapse projections of four cities relevant to me and my life are shown. caracas where i was born, hong kong where i went to high school, copenhagen where i studied the sleek angles of scandinavian architecture, and new york city, a metropolis that welcomed me during the summers. georg simmel wrote on the urban experience and stated that the “psychological foundation upon which the metropolitan individuality is erected is the intensification of emotional life due to the swift and continuous shift of external and internal stimuli.” pop-up city(es) is a city made out of cities.

case study model: chapel of the holy cross turku, finland


parking by permit only: rings of exclusion in the city of baltimore in many american cities, city agencies have responded to residents’ concerns about lack of street parking by implementing restricted parking districts. if two-thirds of a street or area’s residents approve, the city restricts street parking in various ways. this includes residential parking permits. although the city gives various reasons for these policies, the real aim is to exclude the larger public from specific areas. is this pattern of urban exclusion being reproduced in baltimore’s streets? what does it tell us about larger racial and spatial dynamics in car-based american cities? map 1 shows that baltimore is a relatively dense city. the presence of RPPs cannot be explained in terms of density alone. as both maps 2 and 3 show, it is more directly linked to a neighborhood’s income level and racial composition. this results in a clear “corridor” dynamic connecting the downtown and harbor districts with the northern neighborhoods and suburbs.

Neighborhood Density (ppsm) 10 - 9,999 10,000 - 19,999 20,000 - 29,999 30,000 - 39,999 40,000 - 86,889 Residential Parking Permit Program







4 Miles


Mean Household Income Per Neighborhood (USD)


Percentage of Neighborhood Non-White Residents

Less than 25,000

0 - 19

25,000 - 40,000

19 - 43

40,000 - 60,000

43 - 70

60,000 - 75,000

70 - 88

More than 75,000

88 - 99

Residential Parking Permit Program






Residential Parking Permit Program 3

4 Miles







4 Miles

visual arts work li po chun united world college

rotimi/tine, 2010 digital collage on canvas hong kong

our body, 2010 digital collage on canvas hong kong

the fishtank, 2009 digital prints on wood cube hong kong

extended exposure studies, 2010 digital photography hong kong

ocular kaleidoscope, 2009

digital photography

hong kong

travel and documentary photography 2010-2013 featuring work from: VENEZUELA LAOS SPAIN ARGENTINA CAMBODIA HONG KONG NORTH KOREA

free-hand sketching and collage


logo and website design for the frances lehman loeb art center blog, 2011

urban studies departmental merchandise logo, 2011

forum for urban design biannual newsletter logo, 2012

columbia gsapp latin lab logo and brochure design, 2012

graphic design work


Carlos Hernandez-Tellez  
Carlos Hernandez-Tellez  

Application Portfolio, Admitted at Harvard GSD and Yale SOA