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contents undergraduate student work addition to the farnsworth house a library for the 21st century chicago olympics aquatic center air force villiage chapel transit oriented development

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professional work newpointe community church mount carmel christian the ridge

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graduate student work loggia for the weary traverlor vertical farm nashville vertical farm toronto cooper union stool

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creative works sketches drawing model making lamp

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undergraduate student work judson university [fall 2006 - spring 2010] addition farnsworth house sketchingto+the drawing library the 21st century bla blafor project chicago olympics aquatic center another project air force village chapel transit oriented development

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farnsworth house project brief 2nd year_spring 2008 This project’s called us to design a guest house for the historic Mies Van Der Rohe Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois. When designing we are encouraged to think conceptually and use the principles of design theory which Mies used in creating the original. The goal of the addition was to create a living space for an artist, which included such programs as living quarters, studio, kitchen, and an art gallery. The idea was much like Mies design, to create a unique experience of public/private spaces. 01 02

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design approach The Farnsworth embodies the idea of context and justifies the reaction of spaces to each other. Part of the form making in my design comes from the negative spaces that the forest and grassy areas create in juxtaposition with the Farnsworth House. Ideally creating significant views to and from the addition, reinforcing the site as the primary goal. During our site visit to the Farnsworth house, the thing that stuck out to me the most was the vistas, and not only the vistas, but the alignment of the vistas compared to the site, the parallel nature of the forms in relation to the river. In my design I wanted to focus my composition as outward as possible creating a connection to nature and to the original Farnsworth house. 1/8 scale model

longitudinal section

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library for21stthe century

campbell street

project brief third year_fall 2008 As an entry for an AIAS national design competition, this project aimed to develop an innovative library design formally, functionally, and sustainably. The Library has transformed into a community-oriented building type over the past years, and coupled with the increasing prominence of technology, it requires a new look. This design is sited in Geneva Illinois, replacing an old library. Requiring around 50,000 total square feet, this library functions as more than a resource center, but as a community-gathering place. south 7th street

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design approach The concept behind my design was to create an interactive space, where the relation of the inside and outside can come together. Focusing the building on its engagement with the site and how the people who will use this building, or even the people in the community will use this land was my focus. Especially when thinking about the process of reading or knowledge gathering, often times we say that we are engaged in our readings, if that engagement can also be about place making, and interaction with our surroundings. top entrance perspective bottom rear library stack pods

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chicago olympics

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aquatics center project brief third year_spring 2009

Working in teams of three, our studio took on three of the projects intended for the Chicago Olympics master plan 2016. The three projects were a modified transit station, Olympic housing, and the aquatic center. During the design time period we met with SOM out of Chicago and talked strategy of design as well as spent some time on the site where the buildings would eventually be constructed if Chicago won the Olympic bid. Because of this unique design opportunity, we had many strict guidelines that our designs were to adhere to, such as sustainability of materials, and the largest design challenge, scale. Our eventual building needed, after the Olympics had left Chicago, to shrink by a factor of 35%. This caused our studio to critically think about any design moves we were to make.

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design approach Osmosis is the diffusion of water through a semi-permeable membrane, from a solution of low solute concentration (high water potential) to a solution with high solute concentration (low water potential), up a solute concentration gradient. The simplest definition is that it is diffusion of water across a semipermeable membrane.[1] It is a physical process in which a solvent moves, without input of energy, across a semi-permeable membrane (permeable to the solvent, but not the solute) separating two solutions of different concentrations. The Chicago aquatic center filters its users differently based upon what their purpose is, the athlete experiences the building different from the judges, the judges different from the press, press different from the viewers and so on: the venue is designed with different parts and different experiences: the same way that water experiences osmosis, occupants can feel osmosis through their experience within the building.

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air force village

journey chapel project brief 4th year_fall 2009 The Air Force Village in San Antonio Texas is in need of a new chapel to accommodate their growing community needs. This design takes a sustainable approach to design while addressing all the needs per required by the Air Force Village. The needs of the chapel were a large group worship space, as well as general gathering lobby, and the typical classrooms and offices associated with religious spaces.

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design approach The airplane wing-canopy that crosses over the road gives cover to the building’ users during all types of environmental conditions. The wing symbolizes the physical wings used in aviation, tying the physical to a metaphor of the past, a past that the future users of the building are well aware of.

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TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CITY OF CHICAGO

MILWAUKEE AND CALIFORNIA

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project brief 4th year_spring 2010 What happens when a train collides with a building? How do you celebrate a train line / train stop? What does a transportation node look like? The idea behind the transit oriented development was a merger of programatic types; office, residential, retail, live-work, and transit. With the site located at the intersection of Milwaukee and California in Chicago, the goal was to create an ‘el’ stop, that can function as a new node and in turn revitalize the district. n. milwaukee ave.

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design approach The folding shapes were initially a narrative brought about by the question, what if a train collided with a building? The folding forms of the buildings southern face were the attempt to recreate the bending of metal. The large faces also offer shading and solar mass to spaces inside. The challenge with this building was integrating all the functions into one space. In an attempt to solve this problem, I divided up the spaces into a few bars then set security points to minimize the overlapping problems.

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church solutions group [spring 2010 - spring 2013] chipman design architecture [spring 2013 - current] millerburg church: oh sketching christain + drawing mount bla bla carmel project christian: oh the ridgeproject church another

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newpointe church project brief

2010 - 2011

Located in Millerberg, Ohio, NewPointe Community Church has been a partner with Church Solutions Group for 3 years. Besides the Millerberg campus, CSG has worked on NewPointe’s other two campuses, Dover, OH, and Canton, OH. This project was supervised and completed by John Wallis Architects out of Ohio. My role in this project was lead designer, and in charge of completing renderings, as well as SD – DD documents. A unique design feature to this building was the desire of the client to make the building inviting for families during the week, when typically religious spaces are not as lively. To accomplish this, we designed an internal play structure for children as well as a community café for mothers with children.

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2011 - 2012 church mount carmel christian

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design approach

The church in Mount Carmel Ohio came to us looking for a contemporary worship space that felt natural yet modern, however still had the elements of the typical ‘church’. They had asked us if we could create an ‘axis’, in which most of the public programatic spaces could be located off of, ie. ‘cafe’, ‘worship center’, and ‘kids drop off’. The schematic design was completed and signed off early 2012, however due to funding complications, there is not yet a targeted completition date.

What set this project apart from the majority of other churches we have done, was the design of the junior high / senior high space. The plan was to design a space that was multi-leveled, bottom level was small group space with large group worship potential, and above was a caged basketball court.

The client required a building that can hold a maximum of 700 seats in the main auditorium, and another 200 in the lobby for AV streaming. Based on these numbers we needed to program the building for 900 seats, which includes sizing all the classrooms and the support spaces appropriately.

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the ridge church milwaukee project brief late 2012 - early 2013 opened March 31, 2013 The Ridge Church in Milwaukee came to us at Church Solutions Group and asked us if we can design a church for them. They asked us to design a church that looks ‘Harley Davidson’ friendly, as well as not to scare off the typical contemporary church people. The catch was, they had purchased an old Walmart building, and had very little money to work with, and wanted occupancy before easter of 2013. My involvement/roles: Exterior Designer / Visuals / CSG’s embassador for site meetings / Partial CD’s / Partial Interior Design Architect: Skiffington Architects LTD Contractors: Catalyst Construction 10600 west layton ave greenfield, wisconsin 53228

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graduate student work judson university [fall 2011 - fall 2012] loggia for the weary pilgrim sketching + drawing vertical farm nashville bla bla project vertical toronto anotherfarm project copper union stool

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loggia

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project brief 6th year fall 2011 Built along the pilgrims path in Spain this loggia acts a resting place for the wandering pilgrim traveler. The design calls for local materials that can be found in Spain, cork concrete etc... Simple construction techniques and easily modifiable for various locations along the path. This particular design was intended for a hillside on the northern seaside of Spain. site address: a5-263, llanes, spain rio bedon, river basin just west of niembro

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vert. farm nashville

6th year fall 2011

project brief

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, by the year 2050, nearly 80% of the worlds population will live in urban settings. During the next 37 years the population will increase by a margin of approx. 3 billion people. In order to provide healthy and safe food to the increase of people living in these urban centers, local farming is going to be very important. With the use of new technology in the fields of agriculture and electronics, large scale urban farming is becoming closer and closer to reality.

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vert. farm

toronto wellness community

project brief

6th year spring 2012

Focused on revitalizing downtown Toronto’s disparate waterfront, this project comprised of a collaborative urban proposal and a building proposal from each of the eleven members of the studio. The process began with an analysis of fresh water at the global, regional and local levels, followed by a site visit to Toronto from which a specific region of the waterfront was selected to redevelop. Within the redeveloped area, eleven different building types were strategically located to be designed by each student to bolster the overarching intentions of the community while allowing room for creative liberty and personal exploration within the architecture.

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DID YOU KNOW: Collectively two worms, the hookworm and the schistomiasis worm, have infected approx. 3 billion people around the world. Infection through contact with feces, which isn't hard to believe when an astounding percent of the earth’s topsoil comes from manure.

what about the $$$? a farm of this scale might end up costing more than your average farm, in order to offset construction costs various programs have been set in place: rentable office space, retail stores, restaurants, cafes, and a school focusing on urban scale agriculture, are all means of generating an income as well as pedestrian traffic in this building

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DID YOU KNOW: Hydroponics was first written on in 1627 by Sir Francis Bacon in his book Sylva Sylvarum. His idea was for growing plants without soil and using nutrient infused water.

this may not be the most ideal situation for the city of Toronto, but imagine the impact of bringing locally grown food to places such as Hong Kong or New York when food is brought in from hundreds of miles away to feed the cities

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this is still a new concept, there is still much to be learned from this new system and this new way of life

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cooper union exploded

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project brief fall 2012

An exercise in rhino and grasshopper, it was our task to model a section of one of our favorite architects buildings, then pull it appart. Cooper Union by Morphosis was my selection. Completely built in grasshopper from a single point in rhino.

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shoes

project brief fall 2012

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stool for your

what can you make with a lazercutter, 3d printer, and a woodshop in two weeks. Make it larger than a breadbox, smaller than a bike. mankind has an inner longing to produce, to make, to invent, to create . problem / solution . do not rest the bottom of your shoe on the couch or any of the furniture in the house . tie your shoes on the ground . no . tie your shoes on the stool . 109 lbs . wont slide during tie . concrete and wood and abs . rough formwork lazercut cardboard boxes with interlock assembly . one time use formwork only . hand carved surface wood from fallen tree + stain . abs 3d printed disks for connection to the ground . poured concrete / aggregate with wood dowel rebar for legs and trough . stool .

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creative works judson university / crystal lake, il micron sketching + drawing sketching bla bla project drawing another project model making lamp

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micron

Ebert 40

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Mcdonald - 01 architecture + design portfolio

Mcdonald - 02


Fernbach

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Prokos undergraduate work 41 41


sketch

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draw

Entomology - the study of bugs Ontology -the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Take, for example, the Eupatorus Gracilicornis or the Rhinoceros Beetle and force a decay into a pre-determined plot or grid. The merger between the spacial reality, ‘the grid’, and the once living specie of nature are now forced to interact unlike they would in their previous state of being. The two drawings below depict this forced interaction and as a result a new contextual outcome can develop. The third element would be the existence of space as a result of the previous. Open to interpretation the existence of such space offers a look as to what may become. Partially void of previous scalar or typological boundaries a new experience arises.

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models

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lamp

2nd year spring 2008

project brief

Design and build a working light fixture that could be used in our current design studio project. The fixture was to be built at full scale. The basic premise for my lamp is taken from the style of my chapel design. The important element being the perforated panels that covers the exterior portion of my building. These panels act as sun shading devices as well as aesthetic symbols of American industry, “raw steel�. My goal was to design a general lighting fixture that would fit well in the context of my building. The idea was to illuminate the perforated panel from the interior and to diffuse half the light to create a glow from the direct light and to reflect the rest of the scattered rays. The container of the fixture is four feet tall and eight inches in diameter. The container is separated into two different sections, the top half is diffused by a semi-transparent layer, and the bottom half is left open to the perforations. The Light is suspended by the structure of the light at approximately six inches from the top of the container. The light source I chose is a 100-watt daylight florescent bulb.

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christopher j. strasser for additional portfolio peices please view sketching + drawing bla bla project http://cargocollective.com/strasserstudio another project http://www.behance.net/ChristopherStrasser http://christopherstrasser.blogspot.com/ contact me c.815.900.8087 e.christopherjstrasser@gmail.com

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Christopher J Strasser Portfolio