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Most concepts and ideas come from existing presentations. It is the perception and interpretation of these designs that often spur the genesis of fresh creativity. Humans have a connection to their surroundings whether it be positive or negative. A successful creation invokes emotion and the feeling of a journey or experience. An objective is to bring about a lasting impression to those exposed to and influenced by my design. For architecture to remain relevant as a profession, it must be made place specific. Architecture can be a tool to reveal new ways of experiencing an environment. It can allow one to notice details and to develop a new appreciation for their landscape.
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Pierre Cardinâ€™s Quarry
Savannah Music Conservatory
Democracy of Public Space
M.Arch Thesis in progress
performing arts center, Cleveland, OH
outdoor amphitheatre, Lacoste, France
Factorâ€™s Walk, Savannah, GA
east Savannah, GA
Positive Expression through Artistic Interaction East Cleveland Performing Arts Center Cleveland, OH
Eastside Cleveland, Ohio was selected as the site because of the amount of crime that occurs in the area. One positive influence would be exposure to artistic pursuits. A performing arts center located in an area accessible to under-privileged children would give them the opportunity to see respected and honest careers at work. This location allows them to conveniently gain access to the center.
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The idea is that all visitors would benefit with the added value that some would be influenced and encouraged to develop their personal talents. The wide variety of performing arts presentations is bound to trigger them to get involved in something positive, rather than follow the criminal pattern they might otherwise seek.
outdoor cafe and performance space
1 Lobby 2 Reception 3 Adminstrative Offices 4 Break Room 5 Storage 6 Cafe 7 Kitchen 8 Outdoor Seating for Cafe 9 Music Room 10 Outdoor Performance Space
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9 first floor 5’ 0’ 10’
Chatham Area Rowing Association Boathouse Oatland Island, GA
The objective of this studio was to conduct a thorough site analysis and acknowledge conditions and issues specific to the site. The site was located on a local tidal waterway near Oatland Island, GA. The project was to design a contemporary rowing boathouse.
site model built with four other group members
The rowing coach and rowers were interviewed as clients for programmatic needs and suggestions. The design was developed through a conceptual process which ultimately led to a unified facility for rowers, large regatta activities, and public community use.
first floor plan
A structural overhead canopy was designed for Pierre Cardin’s private amphitheater in Lacoste, France. Once absorbed in the environment of Lacoste, the physical history of the site became apparent to me. It is clear what the quarry has been used for. Its purpose is to provide building materials for shelter and protection. The quarry stone is used in construction, and is ultimately subjected to the most prevalent environmental condition in Lacoste, the wind. I focused on the strong winds which constantly interact with the stone buildings. The wind is a dynamic force interacting with these rigid structures. These two elements dominate one’s presence in Lacoste and capturing them is the essence of my design concept. 03
Pierre Cardin’s Quarry Outdoor Amphitheater Lacoste, France
Steel I-beams create a grid system over the quarry. It has a slight slope to incorporate a weather drainage system within the structure. Lightweight steel tubes make up a truss system to support the canopy membrane. The steel tubes are joined together by spherical steel nodes. The resulting framework is exceptionally strong and aesthetically pleasing.
bird’s eye perspective
Combining the obviously visible stone with the invisible, but ever present, wind.
Savannah Music Conservatory Factorâ€™s Walk, Savannah, GA
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third floor plan
acoustic ray diagram sight lines
10% greenspace within 185,123 sq ft 0.9% greenspace within 1,160,044 sq ft
3% greenspace within 299,481 sq ft segregation boundary
inequity of public space
Democracy of Public Space Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? east Savannah, GA
site bike route bus stops
N selection of site
Will we permit our most beloved cultural neighborhoods to be sanitized?
Social Impact Democracy requires a physical presence. When people are allowed to assemble in a physical space on a regular basis, they forge dense and more meaningful social networks. Having a physical space is a prerequisite to developing new forms of power - and sustaining them.
Fall 2013 * All works developed through collaboration with team members:
Amber Thomas and Eliza Matthew Martínez
When there are physical locations to act as platforms for ordinary citizens to simply show up and automatically have a voice, without elitist barriers of entry, people gather, speak their own truth, form social networks, make plans, and get work
done. This is the founding framework that perpetuates democracy. The town square in civic life is the “Office of the People.” It creates a place for anyone to assemble, regardless of access to power or priviledge. The freedom of being heard encourages them to speak, stay, meet, and return daily. They exchange ideas, strategize, and very quickly begin forming their own institutions. “This reveals what is perhaps most important about occupying space - it is far more than a tactic or campaign.” 1
Shiffman, Ron. Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space. Oakland, CA: New Village Pres, 2012. 1
Transformational Space Even the most ordinary of spaces contain a narrative infused by its inhabitants. The stories told by the spaces that surround us shape us as much as we shape them. It is in this dialogue - of creating space and it creating us - that we become who we are and who we want to be. Transformational spaces, have been traditionally churches or institutions and illicit us to enter those spaces and become someone different. The public square is a very different kind of transformative space - unlike churches or institutions,
Social Narrative stories are not delivered by hierarchies (priests or professors), but rather self created and open to interpretation and reinterpretation. These spaces do not abide by the same rules as the rest of society. “You are allowed to change it, make it yours, and allow yourself to become someone else. The story here is a different one. It’s a story that you along with everyone else here, get to create.”
Communities have to make choices. The economic contributions of historic preservation need to be among the factors a community considers when pondering its future. But a community without memory is a meaningless place. Historic resources are the physical manifestation of memory. Today quality of life is essential for a competitive community. The long-term quality and character of a community
is directly related to its willingness to identify, protect, and enhance those places that deﬁne and differentiate it. Educational, cultural, aesthetic, social, and historic values are building blocks of quality of life. Historic preservation is not about cities being the museums of yesterday; historic preservation is about using heritage resources to build quality of life for tomorrow.
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night perspective of plaza
“Nothing Without Us About Us Is For Us” Shiffman, Ron. Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space. Oakland, CA: New Village Pres, 2012.
One is only empowered or contained by what one knows of their landscape. 06
Architecture of Revealment Place for Practical Knowledge Stilson, GA
thesis in progress
Rurality can inherit a new set of tools to inspire inhabitants to move forward as a powerful culture. New traditions will allow them to contribute to and influence the modern day global society. More specifically, the idea of practical knowledge and the physical act of making should be redefined for younger generations. They should learn trades that relate to their personal interests rather than learning
agrarian skills that seem no longer applicable to their lifestyle. Since advanced technologies and new machinery are more readily available to rural areas, inhabitants have the opportunity to create and redefine their environment that restructures their current framework, ultimately establishing a new identity evolved from their cultural heritage.
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