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Christine Bilsky Work: 2005-2010

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Thesis Work (overview) Research Studio

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The Coptic Khan Rome Campus

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Agricultural High School Battered Women Shelter A House for Antonioni

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Campus Hotel Printmaking Atelier Private Spa and Sauna

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Tea House Art Gallery Figure-Based Shelter Painting Analysis Community Concrete Path

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This portfolio represents work done towards my Bachelor’s of Architecture degree at Temple University. These five years shaped my thought process and honed my design approach. At the end of these years, my designs became increasingly research and process-oriented. A good knowledge base is imperative to generating good design. My strengths lie in layout and graphics. Beautiful work makes people put in the effort to understand embedded ideas. At its best, my work is thoughtful, sustainable, and shared.

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Thesis Work (overview) Research Studio

Architecture as Life: Systems for Interaction The Wissahickon Valley, Philadelphia PA Fall 2009-Spring 2010 8 months Abstract: Imagine an architecture that walks the line between object and entity. Architecture embedded with characteristics of life would allow the cultivation of mutual respect between user and structure. To be alive, architecture needs to merge with its surrounding environment. This thesis lives by burrowing, climbing, and inhabiting its site. Four interventions in the Wissahickon Valley function as collection points for human, animal, and landscape interaction. Using game theory as an organizational strategy, trails and architecture form a pulsating network of life across the site. Interventions occur at points of overlap, such as the meadow, the creek, the tree canopy, and under the ground. Each responds to its own site conditions. Materials come from the valley itself, but natural systems are preserved. These structures create destinations within the valley for users to discover and explore, creating opportunities for true connections both with other users and with nature.

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Forbidden Drive

Germantown Ave Wissahickon Creek South

Wissahickon Creek North

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Presidential Lifestyles Michael S. Smith Fall 2009 4 weeks Aspects of President Obama’s lifestyle were analyzed and represented. Michael S. Smith, Obama’s interior designer, is contrasted with IKEA merchandise with respect to price and quantity.

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Cataloging Socialist Monuments Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania Fall 2009 4 weeks Socialist monuments in Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary are researched and compared. Their geometrical elements, site size, location, materials, and scale are represented.

Brancusi’s Endless Column

Moldova

Chastised by the Communist government for being too bourgeoisie

Budapest

Romania

Hungary

Târgu Jiu

Buzludzha Monument

Abandoned ampitheater sitting on a ski mountain, often called the “Flying Saucer“

Shumen Buzludzha Sofia

Workers’ Movement Memorial

Bulgaria

Located in Statue Park, Budapest

1300 Years of the Bulgarian State

Located in front of the National Palace of Culture, in Yuzhen Park

Founders of the Bulgarian State

Celebrates the 1300th anniversary of the foundation of the Bulgarian kingdom

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Fantastical Imaging Camp David Fall 2009 2 weeks A fantastical composite image of a warehouse is created. Elements are taken from IKEA, Michael S. Smith, socialism, and the Obamas, and sited in Camp David.

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The Coptic Khan Rome Campus

Adaptive Re-Use Jerusalem, Israel Spring 2009 15 weeks An overcrowded building in Jerusalem needs rehabilitation and new spaces. Evaporative cooling strategies and traditional home layouts are explored.

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The Coptic Khan Rome Campus

Adaptive Re-Use Jerusalem, Israel Spring 2009 15 weeks Built in the mid-19th century, the Coptic Khan is an old stone building adjacent to an ancient pool. This structure is fitted for traditional apartment, garden, and community spaces while managing the harsh weather.

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The Coptic Khan Rome Campus

Adaptive Re-Use Jerusalem, Israel Spring 2009 15 weeks

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The Coptic Khan Rome Campus

Porta Portese Market Rome, Italy Fall 2008 6 weeks After analysis of the city, a new college campus was designed for Temple University on the outskirts of Rome. Along with dorms, classrooms, and gallery space, access to the Tiber River and connection to the community are paramount.

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Agricultural High School Battered Women Shelter A House for Antonioni

Seeding Philadelphia, PA Spring 2008 15 weeks An agricultural high school is designed to tie together two disparate communities. It is located on an old rail site, and, with bioremediation, would be used as farmland. The topography is shaped to create an axis of circulation from the school to the El stop. This entire project was done with a partner. Images wholly/partially produced by a partner are marked with two/one asterisk. *

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Seeding Philadelphia, PA Spring 2008 15 weeks The school sits in the most private area of the site, surrounded by plots of farmland and orchards. It is partially earth-sheltered for heat protection, and the double level space bridges the height difference to the community.

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Seeding Philadelphia, PA Spring 2008 15 weeks The program includes an aquaculture center and greenhouse, a living machine and rainwater catchment system, along with daylit and naturally ventilated classrooms, auditorium, and library.

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Agricultural High School Battered Women Shelter A House for Antonioni

Center City Philadelphia, PA Fall 2007 8 weeks A parking lot in Center City provides rehabilitation and healing through hydroponic gardening. The faรงade tears and peels to create necessary green space. Programming includes child care areas, community meeting space, library, and apartments.

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Agricultural High School Battered Women Shelter A House for Antonioni

Center City Philadelphia, PA Fall 2007 8 weeks

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Agricultural High School Battered Women Shelter A House for Antonioni

The Passenger Michelangelo Antonioni Fall 2007 5 weeks An analysis of the movie The Passenger inspires a house for the director, Michelangelo Antonioni. Detailed diagrams were created about the feeling of the main character, latitude and longitude, and time.

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Agricultural High School Battered Women Shelter A House for Antonioni

Old City Philadelphia, PA Fall 2007 5 weeks The house embodies the fluctuating feelings of the characters in the movie. It closes off the city, and, in doing this, liberates the inhabitant.

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Campus Hotel Printmaking Atelier Private Spa and Sauna

Temple University Philadelphia, PA Spring 2007 15 weeks Body, movement, grouping and arranging studies produce a modular unit and layout with circulation, light, and ADA accessibility in mind.

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Campus Hotel Printmaking Atelier Private Spa and Sauna

Temple University Philadelphia, PA Spring 2007 15 weeks Vertical circulation and green space become strong elements, along with a central atrium to allow light and ventilation. The final proposal tilts towards the sun as each floor shifts slightly for view, passive solar design, and privacy.

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Campus Hotel Printmaking Atelier Private Spa and Sauna

Temple University Philadelphia, PA Spring 2007 15 weeks

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Campus Hotel Printmaking Atelier Private Spa and Sauna

Artist Community Lambertville, NJ Fall 2006 6 weeks A printmaker’s studio and living space, based on positive and negative space, rests on the Delaware River and becomes part of an artist community.

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Campus Hotel Printmaking Atelier Private Spa and Sauna

Artist Community Lambertville, NJ Fall 2006 6 weeks

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Campus Hotel Printmaking Atelier Private Spa and Sauna

Artist Community Lambertville, NJ Fall 2006 6 weeks The final project lightly sits on the river, with layers reminiscent of prints produced by the artist. There are spaces to work, live, store supplies, and display artwork.

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Campus Hotel Printmaking Atelier Private Spa and Sauna

Artist Community Lambertville, NJ Fall 2006 6 weeks

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Campus Hotel Printmaking Atelier Private Spa and Sauna

Private Bathhouse Wyncote, PA Fall 2006 6 weeks A spa and sauna is designed for a manor house in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Loosely based on Roman bathhouses, the arrangement of spaces, heights, views, and materials becomes an exercise in natural and passive solar design.

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Campus Hotel Printmaking Atelier Private Spa and Sauna

Private Bathhouse Wyncote, PA Fall 2006 6 weeks

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Campus Hotel Printmaking Atelier Private Spa and Sauna

Private Bathhouse Wyncote, PA Fall 2006 6 weeks

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Tea House Art Gallery Figure-Based Shelter Painting Analysis Community Concrete Path

Site Analysis Old City, Philadelphia, PA Spring 2006 2 weeks

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Old City Philadelphia, PA Spring 2006 6 weeks A series of events is created based on the ritual of drinking tea and conversations. Strips flow to create the walls, and windows at eye level let in the city.

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Tea House Art Gallery Figure-Based Shelter Painting Analysis Community Concrete Path

Old City Philadelphia, PA Spring 2006 6 weeks

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Tea House Art Gallery Figure-Based Shelter Painting Analysis Community Concrete Path

Rodin’s Medea and Monet’s Poplars on the Epte Philadelphia, PA Spring 2006 6 weeks The gallery is based around Medea’s Greek story of revenge, deceit, and murder. Monet’s painting would serve to imprison the sculpture for the murder of her children.

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Rodin’s Medea and Monet’s Poplars on the Epte Philadelphia, PA Spring 2006 6 weeks

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Human Body Analysis Shelter for One Fall 2005 4 weeks A shelter is designed to contain basic movements of the human body while providing visibility and ventilation at all stages.

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Tea House Art Gallery Figure-Based Shelter Painting Analysis Community Concrete Path

Ocean Park No. 24 Richard Diebenkorn Fall 2005 4 weeks A diagrammatical analysis of a painting’s edges, nodes, and striation becomes a three-dimensional study of space, folding with the original.

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Ocean Park No. 24 Richard Diebenkorn Fall 2005 4 weeks

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Tea House Art Gallery Figure-Based Shelter Painting Analysis Community Concrete Path

A short study of positive and negative space is implemented in a nearby community when a path is created with poured concrete blocks. Village of Arts and Humanities Philadelphia, PA Fall 2005 2 weeks

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A small design/build project explores the sense of touch with a soft, curving handrail and a crooked base that forces you to grab it.

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Handrail Design/Build Temple University Fall 2006 3 weeks

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The basics of AutoCAD, layouts, lineweights, and technical drawings are taught while studying an architect’s home in Chicago, Il.

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The Tower House Fredrick Phillips Temple University Fall 2007

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The Vatican Rome, Italy Partial Blind Contours Black and Gold Ink, Pen

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The Forum Rome, Italy Partial Blind Contour Ink and Bamboo

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From left to right: Table Design Philadelphia, PA Ink Other Work Sketches Photography Crochet

Nude Model Sketches 20 Minutes Each Ink and Brush

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Moses Michaelangelo Rome, Italy Ink and Pen

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Piaza del Popolo Rome, Italy Ink, Pen, and Brush Sketch Pencil and Ink

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Brittany Leigh Dean Rome, Italy Piazza Sant’ Ignazio Rome, Italy

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Campo de Fiori Rome Street Photography

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Casa Batll贸 Antonio Gaudi Barcelona, Spain Spanish Steps Rome Street Photography

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Protestant Cemetery Rome, Italy

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Campo de Fiori Rome, Italy Wine Festival Marino, Italy

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