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Escape from the architecture ghetto is one of the major drivers and has been from the very beginning. -REM KOOLHAAS
There was a time Iâ€™d have rather been a poet, painter or filmmaker. But I came to realize that architecture was not very far from any of these things. I do not see this as a discipline. -MASSIMILLIANO FUKSAS
Architecture is the hybridization between art and technology. In the contemporary sense, architecture fuses the natural environment with the artificial elements and complements the environment without corrupting it.
today as well as what the projected world may look like. Explorations are also taken into other disciplines in order to fully understand the over arching reach of the architecture field. Beginning with experimentation and materials studies that eventually culminate in a developed project, this work encompasses a developed design process that produces provocative work.
Form should walk hand in hand with function as the future of architecture evolves. Radical forms, pushing the limits of materiality, and creating environmentally friendly elements are the main goals of architecture today. Architecture blends societal needs with the human desire to go beyond the conventionality of the status quo. It requires advances in technology to drive it as well as human ingenuity. In order to accomplish this, risks must be taken and other disciplines must be studied. The work shown here, blends previous architectural theory with the reality of the world experienced
Woodbury University (Bachelor of Architecture Program)
Adolfo Camarillo High School
Relevant Work Experience: 12-13 Designer Tractor Vision, Inc. Los Angeles, Ca 08-12 Writing Center Coordinator Woodbury University Burbank, Ca 06-07
Intern Arketype Architects Ventura, CA
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pocketed[IN]efficiency Inserting inefficient space into a mechanized landscape through pocketed inclusions. Proposal
Courtney Power Professor: Berenika Boberska
The site is a blank canvas and can be “dressed” accordingly. By engulƤng the existing buildings with another structure, architecture breaks the monotony of the site through clothing the landscape to accomodate the program of a factory.
1/8” = 1’ The distribution centers are primarilly Ƥlled with machinery to package and send out goods. However, a this project requires other programmatic areas such as oƥces and display areas that must be incorporated into the existing structures. This scheme uses the shell structure as a way to accomodate these other program needs.
Protruding 1/8” = 1’
Over run by machinery on the site, this proposal fold in pockets into the exisiting building to re-instert the missing human spaces into the primarily machine automate structures. The pockets create more “human-habitable” areas for the employees to occupy.
1/8” = 1’ There are no communal areas on the site due to the lack of people located in the area. Each building is segregated from its neighbor by a thin wall. This portion creates communal areas in between structures to tie the site together through the architecture.
A conceptual site plan began the exploration of how to fuse the human with the machine using a “pocket-like” approach based on my initial research into the construction of clothing in relation to architecture as well as how to connect the disjointed landscape back together through these insertions of ineﬃciency.
The site of Ontario is dominated by machine oriented architecture. The site has been completely shaped by the machine and human space has been forgotten. This proposal uses techniques learned from the study of pockets to re-introduce ineﬃcient space into an extremely eﬃcient landscape. The program of these pockets of ineﬃcient “human” space is an escape for humans to get away from the machine. These pockets deploy irrational architecture to deal with acoustics, natural lighting, and a total disconnect from the surrounding landscape. The rational structure of the landscape is broken through the introduction of pockets of space meant to be occupied by humans.
A series of conceptual drawings breaking down the pocket and translating it into habitable, fantastical spaces and construction methods
Each of the three types of modules are placed at specific areas inside and outside the existing structures based on environmental conditions as well as their connection to the system as a whole.
The concrete module connects the individual buildings together to encourage social interaction between buildings
Each module is equipped with charging stations, a hydroponic canopy and may only be accessed from outside the warehouse
primary canopy structure existing structure
nutrient tube 1” bolts
1/2” steel bolts steel bracket
steel bracket 1/2” steel bolts hydroponic plants suspended root system
new supporting structure
steel connecting beam
tube nozzle 1” bolts
hydroponic plant container steel bracket
fabric cast concrete shell new primary structure
Planter bracket detail depicting relationship to primary structure and nutrient tubing system 1” = 1’
Hydroponic planter detail
Structural connection detail showing relationship between exisitng and added structure 1” = 1’
Attachment to existing structure detail
The modules are arranged according to light and noise conditions, specific to each warehouse
The physical model shows atmospheric qualities such as shadows and scale
Each space was designed with the same system but gives radically diﬀerent spacial qualities
3 Hydroponic watering system
Fabric cast concrete plant holders
Wired charging hanging charging stations for various electronic devices
Main top structure, modeled after a hoop skirt
The translucent skin of the module allows it to replace a bay of skylights while still letting light into the warehouse and provides the entrance to the system.
Specifically placed near loud machinery, the ruﬄe module creates an acoustic barrier for the occupant within.
Translucent panels Ruﬄed acoustic shell Memory foam seating and circulation
Bottom primary structure, also modeled after a hoop skirt
Each module functions as a pocketed insertion into the existing structures
Additional structure is added to the existing columns to provide extra support
The pocketed ineﬃciencies puncture the machine dominated environment to re-insert the human element
Within each module, an entirely diﬀerent world, fueled by ineﬃciency and irrationality, is created for the factory workers.
[HOME]made Restructuring homeless rehabilitation through creative arts at the individual level as well as the public scale.
5% male minors 5th 5th
60 % Single Males (target demo graphic)
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Los Angeles, CA
60 % Single Males (target demo graphic)
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group members: Chuck Romero and Chris Genest
Courtney Power Professor: Mark Owen
Skid Row is located in the heart of Los Angeles, near major transportation systems and the “Twin Tower” Los Angeles County Jail Roof Garden Exterior Facade
Located in downtown Los Angeles, California in an area commonly known as Skid Row, [HOME]made provides a life plan that begins with driven individuals looking for a way to improve their life condition. Starting with an interview, this first stage is meant to determine if the services provided are what the individual needs; if not, they are referred to other neighboring facilities. Once an individual enters the program, they are given everything a person requires to function in normal society (food, shelter, job training/placement) and are placed in a large apartment at the top of the facility along with five other individuals. As they progress through the program, hey move physically down the structure and become accountable for the services they were previously given. This allows for a gradual reintegration into traditional society. Along with other services oﬀered, such as job training physical and mental health services, counseling, and financial planning, the facility is equipped with an arts center that doubles as a sleeping area at night, similar to the kitchen space. The paintings created at the center are used as the skin of the building, which expands across the structure as more people move through the program. Other creative arts, such as music or film screenings, also have an outlet at this center. These activities directly connect the individual to the facility and creates a sense of ownership which leads to responsibility and accountability in the participants, ultimately helping rehabilitate a forgotten community in Skid Row.
Classrooms Auditorium Classrooms Library
3% female minors
32% single females (target demographic)
refer to other facility if illness/addiction is too severe
Main Entrance Lobby Area
Art Production Storage
Target Demographic Diagram
Heat Sterilization Chamber Parking
The program is divided into two main sections: Living Areas, which provides protected housing arrangements, and Rehabilitation Areas, that consist of classrooms, auditoriums, health services, and food to provide the necessary services to integrate someone back into society.
Second Floor Plan (+36’) The main circulation corridor allows male and female residents to have separate entrances to all services provided by the center
Ground Floor Plan (+3’) Consisting of only public spaces, the ground floor allows the community to have direct interaction with the facility
The skin of the building is activated by the residents through the art center located on the ground floor. Paintings created by the residents replace the metal panels currently located on the exterior to give a sense of ownership to the community which then builds responsibility and respect.
Utilizing creative arts at the individual as well as communal scale to assist in rehabilitation
3 18” x 18” Structural Steel Column
Lateral Support Bracket for Steel Column Castellated Major Beam Major Beam and Tension Beam Joint Bracket
Compression Clip Retainer
Unit Structural Column
The structure allows for communal corridors and pockets of outdoor reflection spaces
Section A 5’
Bedrooms within the housing units are located above and below the main circulation corridors in order to separate private and public spaces within the unit
View of the separate entrance and exit points for the male and female residents
The housing units are divided between two floors and when put together make main circulation corridors
Convertible spaces allow for multiple program opportunities depending upon the time of day
The housing configuration allows for semipublic communal spaces for residents in the treatment program
Final Model depicting skin system and overall relation of public and private program during the day
Active Slope Activating a non-traditional landscape in the midst of a housing crisis Courtney Power Professor: Eric Olsen
Location: Adjacent to Loyola Marymount University
Site Conditions: North facing slope, 1:5 grade Focused around a central public core, this project occupies a traditionally unbuildable landscape. By creating a central public core, it allows inhabitants of the structure and the general public to experience the slope. The aggregation of units supports the central public core and allows for the structure to connect the two existing access roads on the site. The circulation of the building not only allows people to access all parts of the structure but provides a semi-private green space for each unit. In essence, this project takes the suburban house, vertically stacks it, and organizes it in relation to a public core on a steep slope.
Unit Floor Plan
Parking area on the back of the structure
Structural skin system and semi-public spaces
CONCRETE WITH WOOD FORMWORK IMPRINT
ROUGH CONRETE (ON ALL UNITS) STEEL STRUCTURAL BEAM 3” X 8” BOX SECTION
STEEL STRUCTURAL BEAM CONNECTION DETAIL
3” x 8” steel box cut hollow beam 1’ concrete slab bracket poured into concrete during construction, beams then welded into the bracket weld
Central public core: Interior View Accessible to the public and residents with a flexible commercial program
One bedroom unit: Interior View Rooms are divided by changes in elevation instead of walls
Final Model Images
Mission: Possible Utilizing phytoremediation modules to tackle an impossible landscape at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Courtney Power Professor: Clark Stevens
Using a similar tripod structural system, the visitor centers complement the surrounding field condition
Detail module plan
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory has a large historical presence tucked back in the hills of Simi Valley. Most recently it was used as a testing facility for the rocket engines that propelled the first man to the moon. Consequently, harsh chemicals such as TCE (Tetrachloroethylene) were used to clean these engines and subsequently polluted the landscape. The mission is to clean up the landscape and return it to as “natural” as possible. The modules used in this project use phytoremediation to break down the harsh chemicals found in the soil and bedrock to rid them from the area. The tripod bamboo module has a biodegradable basket that the contaminated material is placed inside of. Specific native plants are then planted in the containers to suck up the chemicals and break them down into less harsh amounts. The entire field condition is designed to eventually breakdown over time and return vital nutrients to the now “too clean” soil through biodegradation thus returning the landscape back into an untouched valley essential to the migratory habits of surrounding wildlife.
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Timeline of system diagram
Biodegradable Fabriccontains phytoremediation plants, bedrock, and soil impermeable to resist water leakage Ƥ stability
Bamboo Posts soil material
Steel Eye Screwscan be easily screwed into bamboo connection
cu. yds. of soil
107,142 total modules
The module can work around delicate site conditions such as ephemeral streams and the riparian oak forests present on the site
biodegradeable connection keeps poles in tension in combina
cubic yards of material cleaned at one time Module construction
The repetitive field condition produces and intriguing space to occupy while that attracts visitors during the cleaning-up process