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CHRISTOPHER GARDNER

PORTFOLIO 2008-2012


TABLE OF CONTENTS

STUDIO PROJECTS:

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THOMAS C. GREEN SWIM CENTER

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GRID PARK

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DESERT CARCASS

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TAYLOR ART+SHELTER

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SHOE STUDY

advanced design-europe fall 2011 DESIGN 5 FALL 2010 DESIGN 5 FALL 2010

DESIGN 3 FALL 2009

DESIGN 6 SPRING 2011


VARIOUS WORK:

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PRECEDENT STUDY DESIGN 1 FALL 2008

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ANALOG DRAWING VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS 1+2 Fall 2008/ SPRING 2009

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DIGITAL DRAWING VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS 3 FALL 2009

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BALLET ANIMATION SUMMER 2011

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FIREPLACE MANTEL Competition SUMMER 2010

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BURGEONING BUTTS COMPETITION SPRING 2010

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RESUME + CONTACT INFO


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DESIGN 6 / SPRING 2011

THOMAS C. GREEN SWIM

CENTER

The semester long project for Design 6 was a Swim Center located on Austin’s Town Lake. After many adjacency studies, I discovered the dichotomy of wet and dry within the program. I took this separation and applied it to the overall building, having a stereotonic plinth representing water and a tectonic canopy representing the swimmer. The structure of the canopy is derived from the combination of a space frame and the basic elements of an arch. This semester is called “sound building” and required thorough development of the design including the actual sizing of structural members, a detailed section of the building envelope and even an HVAC and mechanical plan.


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STREET LEVEL (DRY)


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POOL LEVEL (WET)


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14 DESIGN 6 / SPRING 2011

BAY MODEL 1/2” = 1’ - 0” Part of the semester was devoted to designing the envelope of our project at the detailed scale of 1/2" = 1'-0" including specific material choices and dimensions as well as systems integration. This also included the construction of a bay model at the same scale. For my model I used 3D printed connectors at the nodes of the canopy.


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18 PARIS STUDIO / FALL 2011

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During my study abroad in Europe, I was in studio with French students for 8 weeks. Our project centered around revitalizing an urban site, under an elevated metro. After studying the history of Parisian urban development, I wanted to create a project that didn’t exist on a time line, that could evolve with the site and the neighborhood while still adhering to the plan I’ve set out. My proposal called for the implementation of a 4m x 4m grid across the whole site, expressed in either the first, second or third dimensions. I also designated an area of the site in which a system of temporary walls would allow for many different programs.

MASTERPLAN


3RD DIMENSION: VOLUMETRIC

2ND DIMENSION: PLANAR

1ST DIMENSION: LINEAR

0 DIMENSION: POINT

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SCENARIO: MARKET

GROUND LEVEL PLAN

SCENARIO: ART EXHIBIT

SCENARIO: CONCERT


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TEMPORARY SYSTEM

RAIL LEVEL PLAN


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26 DESIGN 6 / SPRING 2011

DESERT CARCASS Design 5 was a theoretical semester focused on Design/Build projects. Our first assignment was the design and construction of a shelter/art piece in Marfa, Texas at the annual El Cosmico Music and Arts Festival, 3 weeks after the introduction of the project. My group (Matt Krolick, Ty Larson) found inspiration in the idea of a dead animal carcass providing shelter and the implied narrative of adaptive reuse. To achieve the natural forms of ribs and spinal column, we CNC routed organic skeletal shapes out of plywood and connected them using acrylic cartilage. We weaved bailing wire around knobs on the outside of the ribs and wrapped the interior with burlap, thereby securing and weatherproofing the structure. The week after the project was constructed we each made a YouTube video documenting the experience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8VxLbOTNM


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CHRIS GARDNER, MATT KROLICK,TY LARSON


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PLYWOOD RIBS PLYWOOD SPINE JAR LAMPS PLEXI CARTILAGE BURLAP LINING


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32 DESIGN 5 / FALL 2010

ART/SHELTER TAYLOR, TX The main project of my design/build semester was the design and construction of a personal shelter/art piece for the “Design/Build 17” event in Taylor, Texas. The event stimulated arts in the Taylor area by involving local businesses and high school students. I began with the concept of the Desert Carcass, with organic shapes made of manufactured materials, and flipped the “equation” by taking organic bamboo from the site and manufacturing it to make a structure. I manufactured steel connectors which I personally cut, drilled, and welded, becoming versed in those skills through the process. The frame of manufactured bamboo and steel was supported with canvas pulled through holes in the connectors and secured with disposable bamboo chopsticks. The final presentation of the piece included a projected movie of me constructing each part in juxtaposition to the natural surrounding of the bamboo grove. Final Video made in conjunction with structure and exhibited in Taylor: http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=s8YeCcCVwDA


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CUT

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DRILL

STEEL

BAMBOO

SCORCH

GRIND

WELD


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STEEL JOINTS CANVAS COTTER PINS CHOPSTICKS BAMBOO LED LIGHTS


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38 DESIGN 3 / FALL 2009

SHOE STUDY

The goal of my study was to capture the deterioration and construction of the shoe. This included examining and drawing the loss of rubber and the space within the sole, as well as replicating the layered construction of the shoe through a representative model.


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40 CONSTRUCTION 3 / FALL 2011

PRECEDENT STUDY Construction 3 required the construction of a scale wall section model. The model and supplemental drafted wall sections needed to show every layer and component of the assembly to accurately convey the construction of the final building. My partner (Nick Angelo) and I decided to construct a section from Father’s House in Lantian, China by the architect Ma Qingyun. The section contains stones cast into a concrete wall which we replicated in plaster. Also, in the original building, woven bamboo mats were used as a module so we cut the pattern of the weave into each piece of museum board we used.


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ANALOG DRAWING


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PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

Throughout third semester Vis Com, I gained proficiency of a variety of digital drafting tools using programs like Rhino, AutoCAD, Revit, and the Adobe Suite. I created a digital model of a cube and subtracted mass, smashing the elemental cubes in Rhino and laser cutting them to allow the creation of a physical model. From there we digitally added extending parts to the cube and replicated them in the physical model. We used Revit to render 3D perspectives with specific materials in an environment.

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

SCALE: 1 - 1/2" = 1' - 0" DATE: 09.27.09 CHRIS GARDNER UNFOLDED 1 OF 3

SCALE: 1 - 1/2" = 1' - 0" DATE: 09.27.09 CHRIS GARDNER

ODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

DIGITAL DRAFTING

UTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

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UNFOLDED 1 OF 3

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODU

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT


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52 MODERNISM / SUMMER 2011

BALLET ANIMATION My final project for my “Four Masters of Modernism” course was the creating of a line animation to analyze the work of George Balanchine. Ballet is all about the line so I created a purely objective way of representing the line by tracing a line through the pivot points on the ballet dancer’s body. I took two clips from The Four Temperaments and Swan Lake to compare the modernist line of Balanchine’s choreography to the classical style of Swan Lake. The final videos are currently on YouTube. Four Temperaments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XqSIuGjP-4 Swan Lake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwb9nBkQKzY


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54 COMPETITION / SUMMER 2010

5 7/8" 2 1/8"

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The Acme Brick Company and Texas Quarries held a competition for the design of a modular fireplace mantelpiece. For my entry I derived a profile from a Louis XIV fireplace at Versailles and placed it as a void within a basic mantel mass. The submission required dimensioned sections and elevations which I completed as well as a 3D rendering.

R1 3/8"

6"

R9 9/1

R3 11/16"

FIREPLACE MANTEL

36 1/4"

10"

R58 3/8"

R14 3/16" R2 13/16"

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R9 9/16"

R3 11/16"

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Variable Height Section: to accomodate differing ceiling heights

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56 COMPETITION / SPRING 2010

BURGEONING BUTTS Every year the Harry Ransom Center at UT has a design competition for an art installation in their unused planters. My partner (Alex Diamond) and I proposed the creation of a giant ash tray. We spent two weeks “harvesting� cigarette butts around campus, eventually getting 20 pounds worth. Some appreciated the piece, others were repulsed, we considered it a success.


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58 RESUME + CONTACT INFO EDUCATION University of Texas at Austin • Major: Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture • Current GPA: 3.65 • AIAS Member

Mirabeau B. Lamar High School • Houston, Texas. Received the International Baccalaureate Diploma

August 2008 – May 2013

August 2004 – May 2008

AWARDS Sound Building Distinction • received for Thomas C. Green Swim Center Texas TSA Best in State • for model building and CAD drawing

Spring 2011 2006, 2007, 2008

SKILLS/EXPERIENCE COMPUTER PROGRAMS: AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp, IDX Renditioner Rhino, Grasshopper, Revit, GIS, various sound editing software ARCHITECTURE RELATED: hand drawing, drafting, hybrid drawings, watercolor, model building, 3D printing, laser cutting, various woodshop tools, animation OUTSIDE INTERESTS: Photography, Art, Production Design (currently working with UT film students)


59 WORK/VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE Houston Zoo (Houston, TX) • Youth Counselor of the summer camp (Camp Zoofari) • various clerical work including: cataloging animal samples, accounting, library work. • skills gained: experience with children, organizing collections.

June 2003 – August 2005

KPFT Radio Station (Houston, TX) June 2007 – August 2008 • Youth Program Coordinator, organized a weekly half-hour show produced entirely by high-schoolers. • Organized extensive CD library, and digitized catalog. • Skills gained: Recording, editing and airing radio programs, production of a live radio show, experience with audio editing software (Audacity, Vegas, Logic Pro), experience with cataloging software. Soils Alive LLC. (Houston, TX) May 2007 – August 2010 • Designed pamphlets, brochures, advertising for circulation, a strong emphasis on clear communication • Assisted in the creation of “compost tea” through filtering organic compost and synthesizing a nutrient rich lawn and garden treatment product. • Skills gained: real life graphic designing, understanding of organic processes, hands-on application and understanding of organics.


CHRISTOPHER GARDNER 2814 SAN PEDRO ST. AUSTIN, TEXAS 78705 PHONE: (713) 851-0791 EMAIL: ChrisGardner@utexas.edu



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