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CHRISTIAN WAGNER 1381-841-63134


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Chri s ti a n W a gn e r 1-381-841-6314 E D U C AT I O N Master of Science Candidate in Urban Design and Planning Tongji University, Shanghai, China Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany (Dual Degree) 2010-2012 Bachelor of Architecture Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA 2004-2009 Architecture Summer Study Abroad Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR May 2006, 9-week Design Studio

misce l l aneous Citizenship: German -Colombian Dual-Citizen Permanent Resident of Brazil Student (X) Visa - China Languages Fluency in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, Level B1 German Currently learning Mandarin (6 months experience - as of Dec. 2010) Shop Woodshop, Digital Fabrication (CNC Mill, Laser Cutter, and Vacuum Former), Fabric and Tensile Design Computer Autodesk AutoCAD 2009, Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere) Maya, Rhinoceros, Google Sketch-Up, V-Ray for Rhino, Ecotect Analysis, Green Building Studio Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), Fundamentals in HTML


Portable/Permanent Library

Rowing Facility for Pittsburgh


A Path through Schenley Park

Center for Regenerative Landscapes

Edge-based Acupuncture in Larimer


A House for New Orleans


Site Analysis

Physical Model


Site Analysis – Mood Sculpture

SUN, WIND, RAIN VECTORS A Path through Schenley Park Site Plan

DESCRIPTION: 48-100: Architecture Design Studio – Form Instructors: Kent Suhrbier & Lee Calisti The site forces of sun, wind, and rain in an east-west swatch of land in Schenley Park gave form to this path in the woods. The planar definitions overlap to develop a sense of implied space. As a result, shadows obscure and reveal as an occupant progresses through the overlapping enclosure. Physical Model

Process Model

Exploded Perspective

DESCRIPTION: 48-205 - Materials and Assembly Instructor: Lee Calisti This medical library begins to question the relationship between occupant to architecture. Can the human scale and proportion define spaces? How does the human body relate to a series of modular spaces and vertical space? This medical library takes into account the existing context. The library is designed with similar lot proportions to its neighboring buildings, and the eastern facade, facing the Western Pennsylvania Hospital, serves a porous medium between the neighborhood and the hospital. The museum’s architectural expression involves the sense of sight, but also those of the skin and muscle, where the body takes an active role in experiencing the space.





SKIN, BONE, MUSCLE Neighborhood Library


Site Section

DESCRIPTION: 48-305 - Landscape Design Studio Instructor: Vivian Loftness Pittsburgh is a city designed around its rivers. In conjunction with a classmate (Diana Lui), the design utilizes the city’s barges as floating docks for rowing equipment. These new dynamic rowing facilities are then used as pick-up and drop-off sites for novice and experienced rowers. As a requirement for the landscape design studio, we were asked to look at design at various scales - from the local (the static, land-anchored element), to the regional (the connection the the existing watershed and beyond).

Regional Plan

Site Plan

STATIC DYNAMIC Rowing Facility for Pittsburgh


48-405 - Advanced Building Systems Instructor: Vivian Loftness The Center for Regenerative Landscapes was designed in collaboration with a classmate (Annie Bodhidatta) for the completion of the ninth semester studio themed “Building Systems Integration” at Carnegie Mellon University. The aim of this project is to attain knowledge on the use of passive and active technologies that ultimately reduce a building’s carbon, water, and waste footprints. Creative solutions were incorporated to recycle air, reuse and store water, use the earth as an active system, and use the sun in as many ways possible. Essentially, the key theme of this project aimed to integrate the building to the natural landscape.


Site Plan

PHIPPS CONSERVATORY Center for Regenerative Landscapes

Greenhouse Design

Summer Ventilation Strategy Winter Heating Strategy

Building Plans

Perspective, Section, Site Plan, Aerial Perspective

PHIPPS CONSERVATORY Center for Regenerative Landscapes

Edge Condition as an Interruption Compilation of all the interruptions found in the neighborhood - from drops in topography, to crime, to vacant lots and the industrial-sector Highways are not scaled proportionally to traffic

Underutilized streets and dead ends

Vacant Lots

Areas of Criminal activity compared to bus stations

urban FRAMEWORK Acupuncture on Larimer’s Edge

Design Principles Address the Edge

Centralize Functions

Community Meeting Photographs Connect Infrastructure


48-500 - The Urban Laboratory Instructors: Rami El Samahy, Jonathan Kline, Kelly Hutzell Address the Industry

This course introduced the concept of participatory urban design through a series of three community meetings. Based on the results obtained at the community meetings, three classmates and I (Diana Miller, Tim Thianthai, Alison Schloemer) sought to answer the question: Could one change the condition of the edge condition as a place bound by interruptions and convert it into an opportunity for development? We noticed that the natural edge boundary of the cliff was optimal for the development of a mixed-use promenade. Rather than focusing on one particular region, our group focused on finding connections within the existing landscape. We aimed at understanding the relationships between the existing elements to find new ways to intervene in the neighborhood - hence the notion of Urban Acupuncture.

Connect to Assets

Connect to Neighborhoods

Connect to Development

1 neighborhood

7 districts

1 strategy

6 supporting projects

1 neighborhood

Promenade Before and After

New Roads




New Housing

Removed Housing

urban FRAMEWORK Acupuncture on Larimer’s Edge

Phasing - 20 Year Plan

The main concept of our framework is to focus on transforming the edge into a destination, called “the Promenade.” There are also seven projects which further complement and complete our framework. These projects addressed varous scopes, some as systems, and others as distinct anchors. Green Spaces

7 Key Projects from other students that support the promenade framework

Bird’s Eye Perspectives

1 year plan

5 year plan

10 year plan

urban FRAMEWORK Acupuncture on Larimer’s Edge

20 year plan





USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition Winner: GBA Regional Design for Emerging Professional Category Total Cost: 97,867, 875 square feet

The design takes into consideration the Louisiana Arts and Crafts style within the neighborhood and the historic passive cooling strategy of the rural dogtrot present in Louisiana. By combining the two together, the resulting design is conscious of the general micro-climate of the region while being mindful of the urban fabric of the neighborhood. The team, comprised of Brain Kish, Cathy Chung and Christian Wagner, were all working professionals in the Pittsburgh region. The Urban Dogtrot´s open plan design offers exceptionally adaptable spaces for the elderly. The house is zoned into 2 conditioned areas the master bedroom and the rest of the house - simplifying the cooling loads and providing energy savings. The second bedroom is designed with a sliding door that could very easily become an extension of the living room or can also double as family room or study according to the targeted occupants’ needs. The bathroom core allows for the potential sharing of the same shower tub, a progressive concept that could make both bathrooms functional full bathrooms. Innovation and Design: 7 Location and Linkages: 7 Sustainable Sites: 19 Water Efficiency: 13 Energy and Atmosphere: 11.5 Materials and Resources: 12 Indoor Environmental Quality: 18 Awareness and Education: 2


LEED Platinum: (projected: 89.5)

THE URBAN DOGTROT A House for New Orleans

REINVENTING WEIMAR NORD A New Creative Industry Hub DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the Methods of Project Development Instructors: Prof. Dr. Ing. Bernd Nentwig Christina Hoffman For the completion of the degree studies in Urban Planning and European Studies, the Project Development course introduces key terminology in the area of Real Estate Development in the European Context. Our group comprises of 6 students, two of which are in the Urban Planning dual-degree, three of which study in European Studies and one PhD candidate in Urban Heritage (Jennifer Nietsche, Tania Konig, Onur Camurlu, Kyu Suk Byun, Sonia Cubides, and Christian Wagner). Historically, the Internationale Bauaustellung has been a catalyst for improving existing infrastructures, buildings, cities and regions in Germany. All the regions the IBA has previously selected had specific challenges. Weimar Nord is situated in a prime location, and could potentially host the future growth of the city of Weimar. Bringing the IBA to Weimar Nord could serve as a tool to revitalize the local area. 6 key principles were adressed with our design solution: 1. Connect the site to the local occupants 2. Bring new commuters and tourists into the region 3. Improve technology facilities for the city of Weimar (Film production) 4. Bring the “creative class� into the site 5. Keep rent rates low 6. Use the IBA as a catalyst for the development of the new small business core.

REINVENTING WEIMAR NORD Using the Internationale Bauaustellung as Catalyst for Development Based on our observations, our design intervention needs to improve the image of Weimar Nord, with a design that takes into account Cultural Heritage Sites, the Environment, and provides a space with Urban Flair that can serve as a catalyst for future development. It needs to serve as a visible symbol for incoming passenger traffic from the Hauptbahnhof, and aid in the future growth of small businesses. We believe the site we selected has a historical significance, and an ease of access that can attract festivals and tourism to the Weimar region. This central place will integrate a mixture of Culture, Leisure, Retail, Office, and Public Green space.

cultural space retail space storage space parking space garage underground parking space

347,61 225,33 170,30 40

m2 m2 m2 pl

rentable rentable rentable rentable

10,00 7,00 2,00 55,00

€/m2 €/m2 €/m2 € Monat

3.476,10 € 1.577,31 340,60 2.200,00

REINVENTING WEIMAR NORD A New Creative Industry Hub rent return per month

developer calculation - expenses

annus rent return per

15.748,64 €

134.820,00 170.000,00 total investment 1.973.924,96 C. building costs direct building costs (KG 300+400+600 nach DINrent 276)return p.a. initial rate of return 276.349,49 additonal building costs @ 14.00% 2.250.274,45 € sum mulitplier A. land acquisition B. land preparation


projekt management fee


financing costs

SUM total investment

Land Acquisition = 2,800.00 m2 @ 45 €/m2 Office Space Costs @ 1,150 €/m2 GFA Cultural Spaces @ 1,450 €/m2 GFA Parking Spaces @ 70 €/m2 Service Spaces @ 250 €/m2 Retail Spaces @ 450 €/m2 Storage Space @ 130 €/m2 Exterior Space @ 50 €/m2

2.789.920,28 15,76 rent return p.a. x multiplier total investment trading profit

K. matrix of alternatives

storage space (170,30 m2 rentable @ 2 €/m2


parking space (40 pl rentable @ 55 €/m2

SUM return per month Sum return per year

Trading Profit


Initial Rate of Return Matrix of Alternatives multiplier variations rent p.a. of rent return rent p.a

variations of rent return

A. 10% 188.983,68 € B. 0 207.882,05 €

170.085,31 €-10% B.

2.978.903,96 -2.789.920,28 188.983,68 6,77

2.978.903,96 € -2.789.920,28 € € 188.983.68 % 6.77 %

sales profit sales revenue/trading revenue/ trading rofit

207.882,05 € 188,983.68 € 170.085,30 €

14,76 3.068.912,31 € 10,00% 2.789.920,28 € 0,00% 2.510.928,25 € -10,00%

15,76 3.276.794,36 € 17,45% 2.978.903,96 € 6,77% 2.681.013,56 € -3,90%







€ €

A. rent return p.a. x multiplier 15.76 B. total investment

14,76 fache Jahresmiete

trading profit

Marketing Costs excluded from total cost - Lump sum = 50,000 €

8.154,63 -10% 00,00



A. office space (906.07 m2 rentable) @ 9,00 €/m2 B. service space (153.81 m2 @ 0 €/m2)

2.789.920,28 188.983,68 2.789.920,28 € 188.983,68 € 14.76 fache Jahresmiete 6,77 %


developer calculation - income

188.983,68 €

12 Mon.

A. total investment B. rent return p.a.


10% 0%

C. cultural space (347,61 m2 rentable @ 10,00 €/m2 D. retail space (225.33 m2 rentable @ 7,00 €/m2

I. rate of return

J. trading profit

developer calculation - rate of return 15.748,64

Preliminary Cost Assessment

2.250.274,00 €

Cost Index Calculation (step 2)

2.176.197,45 €

difference deviation

74,077.00 3.29%

16,76 3.484.676,40 € 24,90% 3.167.887,64 € 13,55% 2.851.098,88 € 2,19%

€ € €

Analysis of Astor Piazzola’s Libertango

The Structural System of an Artichoke

Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh

A Bench for Two

Image for Continuum - Architecture Exhibition

Exploded Axonometric - Mobile Library


Sample Portfolio - Christian Wagner  

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