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COMPENDIUM OF WORK Carolina Montilla Master of Science Architecture and Urban Design, 2013 Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Bachelor of Architecture, 2010 Southern Polytechnic State University School of Architecture and Construction Management


CONTENT : Architecture Architecture studio PreFabricated Home+ Studio Academic 4th year Kemp Mooney pag. 4-5

COMPETITION

Transportation Hub Urban Intervention Downtown Atlanta pag. 6-7

Thesis

Parque de la Cultura y la Musica Caracas, Venezuela Elizabeth Martin + Ermal Shpuza pag. 8-15

Models

Dencity Cardboard Models Hand-Made Lamp Exhibition WireFrame Mask pag. 16-17

Professional

Almere Olimpia Kwartier Almere, The Netherlands Urban Think Tank with MVRDV pag.18-23 Modern backyard addition & Carport Atlanta, Georgia Dencity pag. 24-25

Studio for a Writer Atlanta, Georgia Dencity pag. 26-27


home + Office/studio INTERIOR layers DETAILS: MOVABLE WOOD PANEL SYSTEM

GREEN ROOF EXTERIOR

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home module perspective ELEVATIONS

Pre-Fab home/studio

DESIGN CONCEPT: This home/studio is a prototype that can be placed at different locations due to the flexibility of its skin, simple components and easy transportation. The shifting wood panel system allows the user to control views and shadows, while the movable louvers provide natural ventilation. The modularity of the space allows for multi-purpose rooms to be attached. The unfolding deck creates spaces of interaction between new shells. PROJECT LOCATION: Anywhere CATEGORY: Architecture DATE: Fall 2009 TYPE: Academic Studio (4th Year)

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Transportation Hub

Transportation Hub: RETAIL and ticketing Transportation Hub: building section

people | bikes | open public spaces private vehicles drop-off | busses trains 6


Conceptual MASTER PLAN

Transportation Hub DESIGN CONCEPT: A CITY REVERSING THE SPRAWL

The site is surrounded by a few pedestrian-friendly areas that are currently disconnected. The master plan intends to create interactive spaces that connect neighborhoods, allow for alternative and public transportation systems and encourage pedestrian activity. This mixed-use development includes residential and retail spaces, an environmental center that focuses on urban farming, parks, an outdoor performance space, elevated bridges with green areas, bike stations, and a transportation hub. Most existing buildings are readapted and existing railroads are part of the transportation hub. This hub allows for different transportation systems to interact (trains, cars, busses and bikes) while creating dynamic pedestrian spaces that activate the urban life of Atlanta. PROJECT LOCATION: The Gulch, Downtown Atlanta, GA CATEGORY: Architecture + Urban Design DATE: Fall 2010 TYPE: 48hrs Competition 7


DUDAMEL’s free concert in favela- caracas (2009)

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CARACAS: FORMAL | Informal CITY

parque de la cultura Bridging the formal and informal city

DESIGN CONCEPT: Caracas, a city in which one million families live in informal settlements, not only presents itself as an urban challenge, but also a social one. Its citizens belong to a politically polarized society; a society that encourages exclusion, social segregation and in which social classes prevail over human dignity. My thesis analyzes the complex relationship of the formal and informal city, the social as well as the urban challenge, and proposes open-ended public spaces that serve as a neutral ground for the divided city of Caracas using music and culture as catalysts of social transformation. PROJECT LOCATION: Caracas, Venezuela CATEGORY: Architecture + Urban Design DATE: Spring 2010 TYPE: Academic Thesis (5th Year)

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section through the site

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MASTER PLAN

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design strategies based on site conditions

fragment the box

create new connections to the site

network the site to incorporate existing paths

break the program

bridge the site

fill the void

create flexible indoor

activate rooftops

capture unused spaces

consolidate public

add infrastructure

and outdoor spaces

follow informal morphologies

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spaces

through new connections


connecting points to existing paths interior overlapping connections stairs [perpendicular to topography] ramp system across the site third layer of connections existing paths

final conceptual model

new and existing connections on model

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Zoning diagram

classrooms rehearsal space

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outdoor amphitheater


section A section B

community library computer center children library meeting spaces classrooms

rehearsal spaces music classrooms cafe

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CARDBOARD models

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Models & hand-made objects

PAPER LAMP

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Urban-think Tank commissioned locations

city of almere, NH 18


master plan

almere olympia kwartier Urban-Think Tank with MVRDV

DESIGN CONCEPT: MVRDV invited a group of international architects for the design of housing blocks in a development in Almere, The Netherlands. Urban-Think Tank was commissioned to develop two buildings for sites K8 and E4. U-TT’s proposals introduce “charged voids” as internal spaces that activate vertical, incidental and transient spaces to become the stage for community interaction and expression within each building. I was part of a five-member design team for both buildings. PROJECT LOCATION: Almere, The Netherlands CATEGORY: Architecture + Urban Design DATE: Summer 2009 TYPE: Professional

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North Street facade BUILDING SECTION

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concept diagrams 21


DIAGRAMS

BUILDING SECTION through

‘charged VOID’ or atrium

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charged void interior perspective street view

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carport (Schematic DESIGN) Finished Carport

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Extruded diagram

addition + carport dencity

DESIGN CONCEPT: A client in Atlanta, Georgia approached dencity to design a modern backyard addition to their traditional house and a new carport that included environmental-friendly features like rain water collection, solar panels and reclaimed materials. I was charged with the design and development of this particular project. The design is being carried through construction documents and permits. Project completed in August of 2012. PROJECT LOCATION: Atlanta, GA CATEGORY: Architecture DATE: Fall 2011- Spring 2012 TYPE: Professional 25


Schematic Design

UNDER CONSTRUCTION 26


project under construction

Studio for a writer dencity

DESIGN CONCEPT: A writer in Atlanta, Georgia approached dencity to design a modern small-scale retreat, where he could concentrate on his next book. I was charged with the design and development of this particular project. Construction has started. The project was completed in June of 2012. PROJECT LOCATION: Atlanta, GA CATEGORY: Architecture DATE: Fall 2011- Spring 2012 TYPE: Professional

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CONTENT : Urban Design urban design studio

SEMINAR

urban design studio

urban design studio

SEMINAR

Visual Study

Fabrics and Typologies: New York/Global Plug-in 23 de Enero in Caracas Richard Plunz pag. 42-43

Web As Site Conflicts on the Bowery Troy Therrein & Leigha Dennis pag. 64-65

Urban Planning studio

EXHIBITION

Learning Cities: Smarter Regions Greenpoint:Emerging Stages Moji Baratloo pag. 30-37

New York City: Five Boroughs South Bronx: Agents of Change Kaja Kuhl pag. 38-41

Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Redevelopment A Vision for Talca’s Future Clara Irazabal w/ Alejandro de Castro pag.44-47

Recombinant Urbanism Fragmented Jerusalem David Grahame Shane pag. 48-49

Global Studio in Ghana Leveraging the Edge in Fante New Town Richard Plunz pag. 50-63

New Museum Ideas Festival Conflicts on the Bowery Live pag. 66-67

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NYC Influence in Film Industry

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Collaboration and Innovation in Brooklyn

EMERGING STAGES A Film and New Media Core in Greenpoint

A learning city continues to innovate through collaboration. Greenpoint presents itself as a strategic location for collaboration within the film industry. Greenpoint’s urban fabric allows for different levels of collaboration not only within the film industry, but also with other industries already present in New York City like fashion and apparel, multimedia software, finance, performing arts, network TV and broadcasting, among others. The intend is to promote Greenpoint as a core for the film industry in NYC, while maintaining interaction and collaboration among industry sub-sectors. Within the film industry the stages of Pre- and Post-Production are the ones that allow for the highest level of collaboration with other fields. In order to promote such interaction, the proposal creates a set of programmatic clusters around anchor points. These clusters (pre-production, postproduction, education, cultural and residential) provide spaces and proximity for exchange on multiple scales: within a building, between buildings in public spaces, and between sectors through cluster relationships. Through the creation of a set of design strategies Greenpoint will maintain its current urban character and scale, providing an alternative to the recent zoning changes implemented in 2009. At the same time, a new network of transportation is proposed using the current ferry terminal on India Street as a node of activity, introducing bike sharing stations and activating a new network of bike paths. This proposal challenges the idea of ‘gated innovation campus’ by integrating technology, innovation and collaboration into the urban fabric in Greenpoint. In collaboration w/ Vanessa Espaillat, Scott Archer and Jun Peng

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Greenpoint Zoning

Film Industry in Greenpoint 32


Creating an Innovation District

Strategies at Neighborhood Level

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GREENPOINT FILM FESTIVAL

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Proposed Cultural Cluster in Greenpoint

Building Guidelines

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GREENPOINT FILM FESTIVAL

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Proposed Cultural Cluster Plan

Re-Use of large warehouse structures

East Ferry

Insertion of new commercial pedestrian corridor

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THEATH

Transmitter Park

art market

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OFFICE

CLASSROOM OFFICE CLASSROOM

PERFORMANCE CHAMBER BACKSTAGE

LOBBY

LOUNGE/ CAFE/ MEETING SPACE

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ENCIL FABER P LOFTS R FACTO Y

SOUND STAGES

Fishing Pier

Activation through new cultural space ROOFTOP

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POSTTION PRODUC

Core of interaction and collaboration Highlight and enhance local landmarks

Occupied roof spaces Public interaction in retail and education spaces

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Water

OWS Tower LIGHCOTMMSUNHITY EVENTS

Existing Playground

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Before: existing entities on the waterfront

After: occupied waterfront by big and small agents of change


South Bronx Agents of Change The concept of the studio was to use New York City as a laboratory for experimenting with a process that rethinks, re-shapes and regenerates the city in the 21st century. Public space and public infrastructure were treated as central concerns of the studio, encouraging to critically investigate and re-interpret the many layers of urban infrastructure and public systems at work in NYC. The proposal acknowledges the city’s goal to promote economic growth in this industrial zone and the community’s desire for participation, access to the waterfront, and health simultaneously. The design project located on the South Bronx waterfront encourages participation from bottom-up and top-down agents of change. The proposal provides socioeconomic, cultural and spatial conditions that incentivize and nurture the full realization of its residents in equitable and sustainable manners. In collaboration w/ Jerry Yu + Robert Mujica 39


Big lots for large Agents-Of-Change and community partners

Smaller lots for community programs and non-profits

Strategy masterplan Waterfront roads and paths

Pedestrians+bikes+cars Pedestrians+bikes Cars only

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Large lots for future partnerships Existing buildings


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Existing Conditions

Proposal

23 de Enero, Caracas. Source: El Universal- Venezuela 42


Fabrics & Typologies

The project studies urban fabrics in which formal and informal typologies interact, creating symbiotic relationships. The project proposes a formal plugin framework that allows for informal flexible growth. In collaboration w/ Vanessa Espaillat

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Route Network - Primary Circulation and Infrastructure Platform

Incremental Growth - Housing Units and Commercial Nodes 43


Greater Talca Affected houses in the center of Talca

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Damaged houses by earthquake in the historic center of Talca, Chile 28% =1,700 units to be demolished

33% =1,900 units to be repaired

A Vision for Talca’s Future CHile urban planning Studio

The studio evaluated the plans and projects proposed for the reconstruction of the city of Talca in Chile after the earthquake. In particular, the studio analyzed alternative approaches to the redevelopment of its city center with inclusionary housing while considering different land use and housing alternatives such as the integral land readjustment, consisting of organized landowners acting collectively to pool their land in order to accomplish a redevelopment project. The proposals explore short and long-term innovative models for post-earthquake redevelopment, while encouraging community development and local economic growth which respond to Talca’s rich historic and social fabric. The studio traveled to Chile to research first hand the current situation of the city of Talca, as well as to study successful approaches for redevelopment in surrounding cities like Constitucion. Planning team: Collin Anderson, Juan Azares, Norabelle Greenberger, Jinny Khanduja, Julia Lewis, Madeeha Merchant, Lucrecia Montemayor, Max Podemski, Lucy Robson and Allison Schwartz. 45


Study Block - City Center

Phasing for Zoning Changes

Existing Plan- Barrio Las Heras

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Short-Term Plan- Barrio Las Heras

Long-Term Plan- Barrio Las Heras


Zoning Interventions

Community Development Zoning

Residential Pedestrian Zoning

Historic Facade & Preservation Zoning

Residential Laneway Zoning

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Palestinian U.N Bid 2012

Tele Citta- Jerusalem Globalized conflict between Israel and Palestine source: CNN November 30, 2012

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Hyper- Fragmented Tele Citta

FRAGMENTED JERUSALEM Recombinant Urbanism In collaboration w/ Sagi Golan, Janice Tan, Ryan Jacobson and Ishita Gaur 49


The project proposal takes advantage of Fante New Town’s central location and leverage its relationships with the surrounding neighborhoods to benefit both Fante New Town and the city of Kumasi. The proposal will help preserve and nurture the existing community and urban fabric by improving infrastructure and supporting small businesses. By analyzing the situation and identifying the potential best-case scenario outcomes for the edge conditions, our project proposes three strategies for treating the edges: a hard edge on the west and southwest, an edge of exchange on the north and a porous soft edge on the east and southeast of Fante New Town. Situated in the heart of Kumasi, Fante New Town is home to the Fantes and other recently arriving ethnic groups of people to the area. As a result, a large number of informal small businesses, colonial architecture and mixed use building typologies result in a collaborative and productive environment. It also has religious and educational institutions with an interest in community development. Its proximity to the Kejetia (Central) Market and the financial district of Adum poses real estate pressures on the existing urban fabric of the compound houses which currently encourage social interactions and business collaboration. Fante New Town’s urban fabric is thus under threat by large-scale mono-use development that could hurt the people and the city of Kumasi. This proposed project has been initiated by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly and thus the strategies are bilateral: top down implementation and bottom up innovation and maintenance. Hard Edge - The first strategy for revitalizing Fante New Town includes developing the western hard edge, creating two-sided development strategies that control and absorb real estate pressures from Adum while protecting and nurturing the community. The design allows public- private partnerships in order to develop the edge as a profit generator, while providing infrastructure and social services in return to the Fante New Town community. This infrastructure buffer will prevent demolition and consequent loss social capital in Fante New Town. Edge of Exchange - The edge proposal will help organize informality and absorb the overflowing commercial and retail activity from the Kejetia Central Market in the north, in order to stream line systems and provide an integrated platform to showcase and market the products. Soft Edge - The strategy for the eastern part of Fante New Town includes designing a porous edge. A new typology of compound housing which preserves the existing culture and the pedestrian scale is proposed. This will connect the ground floor courtyards to create a unified public realm of productive and retail spaces. Activating Jubilee Park as a flexible civic and recreational space is expected to increase the park’s functionality throughout the year. The secondary strategy includes inserting three programmatic nodes along the edges that will function within the parameters of the three edge conditions discussed above. The proposed buildings will house an incubator for shared productive spaces, an innovative training center for small business development, and a transportation and logistics center; which will create a physical connection to Adum. A layer of infrastructure involving separate sewage and storm-water collection system will prevent erosion, replenish ground water and channel storm-water through the site to create a hygienic living environment. By employing these strategies, Fante New Town has the potential to become a new Creative Business District that nurtures and promotes small businesses which are critical to the economic development of Kumasi. The large-scale alterations in the physical environment are expected to manifest themselves as social changes by empowering the local community to lead neighborhood scale improvements to the physical environment, businesses, health and overall quality of life. In collaboration w/ Jun Peng and Ishita Gaur 50


LEVERAGING THE EDGE Saving Fante New Town in Kumasi

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Building the Edge

New development

New Edge

Existing Fabric

Adum- Kumasi’s Financial Center

Soft Edge

Edge of Exchange

Mixed- Use Development Hard Edge

Infrastructure Buffer

New Zoning + Creative District

Hard Edge New Commercial Boulevard Incubator Center

Innovation Center

Edge of Exchange- Central Market

Compound Houses

Soft Edge- Compound + Incubator

Water Collection System New Pedestrian Streets

Infrastructure 52

New Circulation + Systems


Strategic Plan

EDGE OF EXCHANGE New Market Typology

HARD EDGE

Innovation Center

Training for Small Businesses

SOFT EDGE Incubator

Shared- Production Spaces Jubilee Park Transformation

Infrastructure Buffer Mixed Use Development

Transportation + Logistics Center

Community Services Buffer

Network of Compound Courtyards

New Compound House Typology Mixed-Use Ground Floor

New Boulevard Spine for Expansion

The strategy for Fante New Town consists of building a mixed use edge that protects the culture, identity and economic value of the community, not only locally but also in relationship to Kumasi as a whole. The buffering edge is divided in three types: a hard edge to the west, an edge of exchange to the north and a soft edge to the east of Fante New Town. The western hard edge faces Adum, Kumasi’s main financial center. The hard edge strategy consists of building mid-rise mixed use development through a public-private partnership with local institutions. The idea is to create a two-face strategy for this edge. The exterior creates profit, while the interior provides infrastructure to Fante New Town. The northern edge of exchange provides a formal framework that absorbs commercial activity from the Central market. Lastly, the eastern soft edge creates a spine for expansion as well as a new pedestrian boulevard with new typology for compound houses that promote retail and production activity on the ground level and residential above. Along the three edges we have specific design interventions that provide a system of tools for small businesses to grow. These interventions are a transportation and logistics center, an innovation center and an incubator space. 53


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Hard Edge Development: Transportation and Logistics Center Section through West Edge New Edge

Transportation and Logistics Center 25,000 sf - Transportation 20,000 sf - Parking 15,000 sf - Storage

Residential

Commercial

30% of first 2 floors in service of community Increase in population : 25%

Office

Tro-tro / Taxi pedestrian access

New Residents : 2000 people Fante New Town Community Services

Adum

Daily water need : 60,000 L/day Avg collection through system : 167,986 L/day

Mixed Use New Edge

Street Level

New Biological Truck access

Use water for

Storage of treated

Small Scale

Irrigation

black water

Treatment

Collection

Filtration System

Ground Level

The hard edge constitutes new development designed to absorb real estate pressures from neighboring Adum. The new development is proposed to be 8- 10 stories, with 30% of the first two floors in service of the community through child care services, health care services etc. The western edge of Fante New Town will function as a small scale water treatment system for storm water collected through the neighborhood. The collected and treated water is calculated to serve the water needs of the new development The new transportation and logistics center located at the western edge will provide a regional scale outreach for small businesses to develop. The center will provide storage facilities for raw material and processed goods, as well as a physical connection to Adum through the extended pedestrian street bridge. 55


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Edge of Exchange: Innovation Center and New Typology of Market Section through proposed Innovation Center

Business Innovation Center

New Typology of Market

8,000 sf - Classroom 4,500 sf - Auditorium 1,000 sf - Cafeteria

The Central Market

1,200 sf - Day Care Center 1,500 sf - Faculty/Trainer Offices 2,000 sf - GYM 2,000 sf - Research Lab Total - 20,000-25,000 sf

St. Peter’s Basilica

Existing Tro-tro Station

Absorb Central Market The Innovation Center

New Typology of Markets

Lobby Auditorium Classroom Office 2- Storey Organized Retail

Programmatic section through Innovation Center Rain water collection system capture rainwater for domestic building use, reducing the potable water use

Re-utilize open street sewage system channels to capture storm water

To water treatment plant on western edge

Underground Sewage System

The edge of exchange proposes to organize informality while absorbing the overflow of commercial and street vendors from the Kejetia Central Market in the north. The new typology of market will allow more small scale businesses to happen through vertically developing retail space. The other development strategy is the Innovation Center. As a triggering node, it will foster the growth of local small businesses by offering them access to education, information and credit. 57


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SOFT EDGE: INCUBATOR CENTER AND NEW TYPOLOGY OF COMPOUND HOUSING Section along the Eastern Boulevard

New Typology of Compound Housing

Incubator Center

9,600 sf - Residential

5,000 sf - Retail

2,400 sf - Retail

3,000 sf - Info/reception

Total: 12,000 sf

10,000 sf - Care/School 25,000 sf- Make/Production 15,000 sf - Learn/Work Total: 58,000 sf

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Jubilee Park

Assembly Hall

Institution Property

New Typology of Compound Housing

Incubator Center

Programmatic section through Fante New Town

Learn/Work Make/Production Care/School Retail/Commercial Residential

Storm Water Collection

Rain Water Collection

re-utilize open street sewage system to

capture rainwater for domestic use, reducing

capture storm water

the city water use

The soft edge proposes a new typology of compound houses which encourages the compound culture while absorbing potential development pressures. A co-working innovation center with production, spaces and educational programs along the edge is proposed to foster and encourage local small businesses. 59


TRIGGERING NODES: NEW CREATIVE BUSINESS MODEL

A mother starts a dress making business with limited financial capabilities and management knowledge

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New Productive alleys/ courtyards enable small scale businesses

Incubator Center house social services like child daycare

Co-working environments in shared working spaces with rentable equipment encourage collaboration

Innovation center provides access to latest production, management and trade techniques, and knowledge of financial options.

Transportation Hub for regional access and storage facilities for raw materials and financial products.


STITCHING THE URBAN FABRIC OF FANTE NEW TOWN THROUGH PRODUCTIVE ALLEYS

Productive alleys

Pedestrian streets Hard Edge

Existing alley in Fante New Town

Proposed Productive Alley

The installation of proposed grass pavers made in Fante New Town prevents soil erosion while replenishing ground water and providing a hygienic space for productive activities. Storm water and sewage systems are separated in order to prevent overflow during the rainy months, such that the existing open sewage system channels along streets are used to direct storm water to the proposed storm water treatment plant on the western edge, while a new underground sewage system is installed under the alleys that directs sewage off site to a treatment facility.

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NEW compound house typology

Proposed Pedestrian Street

Proposed Community Garden

Street Vendor

Reuse under utilized

Temporary architecture structure

institutional land

for holding weekend market

Proposed Recreational Soccer Field in Jubilee Park Retail front to new compound house Roof Water Collection Collect water from rooftop for domestic use

New Compound House Courtyard Social and Collaborative Space

Compound House Courtyard

On-site Water Collection System Reutilize the existing street open sewage to collect rain water

Permeable Pavement Consolidate soil and prevent erosion

Sewage Pipe

9,600 sf - Residential 2,400 sf - Retail Productive and collaborative alley / courtyard

New Compound House- Water System Diagram

Section A - A’

New Typology Compound House (proposed)

Condominium Sewage System

76 % of houses in Fante New Town are compound houses. They typically house an extended family with family members living around a semi-private courtyard with access to shared amenities. Although most of the Fantes have moved away from Fante New Town, the compound house typology still exists.

New Commercial Boulevard

Storm water Collection and Channelling

Productive Ground Floor- Alleys and Courtyards

Ground Floor retail

New Compound House Typology Programmatic plan and section Residential Community Services Commercial

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The website allows users to upload video responses to ten different questions

Eva Franch interview- Storefront Art and Architecture Museum Director

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conflicts on the bowery ‘online’ Web As Site: www.conflictsonthebowery.com

Web as Site uses contemporary web technologies to design, develop and deploy interactive online projects to engage with, comment on, and provide an infrastructure for a debate. The course was part of a 5 school assembly—including Princeton, Yale, Cooper and NYU Wagner—that studied the potential of an “innovation zone” for the Bowery as part of the New Museum’s Ideas City biennale. The project Conflicts On The Bowery started as web platform for ideas, a public forum for stories about the past, present and future of the Bowery. Understanding that the Bowery is a place for constant change driven by different forces of conflict, our intention is to make visible the various forces that are actively reshaping the space. Initial video interviews were done to members of the Bowery community that formally or informally play an important role in how the neighborhood is changing. Interviewee ranged from museum directors, non profit staff and writers to activists, store owners and new residents. In collaboration w/ Hanxiao Yang, Emmanuel Admassu and Vahan Misakyan 65


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conflicts on the bowery ‘LIVE’ New Museum Ideas Festival Installation The concept of a platform of ideas was taken ‘live’ through an interactive videobooth installation during the New Museum Ideas Festival 2013. The public was able to record and upload their videos on the site, answering one to three questions about the changing nature of the Bowery. Close to one hundred people from different backgrounds participated in the project and more videos were uploaded to the library of ‘Conflicts On The Bowery’ website.

In collaboration w/ Hanxiao Yang 67


CONTACT

Carolina Montilla e: mcmontilla@gmail.com e: mcm2234@columbia.edu a: 10 Perimeter Summit Blvd, Apt 3302, Atlanta, Georgia 30319 c: 678 451 9640

Montilla Portfolio 2009-2013  

Compendium of Work 2009-2013 GSAPP - Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation Dencity Design SPSU Scho...

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