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DESIGN PORTFOLIO Celina Yarid Scheidt

Academic Projects _01 Park for the 21 Century : Artificial Scape Oleta State Park, Miami, Florida Pratt Institute / David Ruy / Spring 2012 _02 Cloud Architecture _ Active Erosion and Disassembly: Games, Cities and Time-Off Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Pratt Institute / Carla Leitao / Fall 2011 _03 hydro_Farm East River, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York Pratt Institute / Ferda Kolaton and Eric Schoenenberger / Summer 2011 _04 Parallel Messages : The Jewish Temple Bombing 1958 Atlanta, Georgia Southern Polytechnic State University / John Abbott / Spring 2009 _05 Social Housing : Mixing of the Classes New Kingston, Jamaica Southern Polytechnic State University / Kemp Mooney / Fall 2008 / Thesis

Digital Artwork and Fabrication _06 Scripting and Form Pratt Institute / Roland Snooks / Fall 2011 _07 Computer Aided Construction: Parametric Assemblies Pratt Institute / Christopher Whitelaw / Spring 2012


Park for the 21st Century _ Artificial Scape

Oleta State Park, Miami, FLorida


A park is a protected area in a natural or semi-natural state. It is usually used for recreation or for protection of wildlife. The concept originated by creating a mask to separate the natural and the artificial in order to avoid erasing ecology but protecting it. Similar to the use of the classical mask in theatre, its use was said to bring the characters face closer to the audience. By using this notion, people will enter into the park with one perspective but leave with a completely different take on what was just experienced. The park, Artificial Scape, takes place in Oleta State Park. The last chunk of undeveloped ground in Miami is to be preserved through a theatrical sequence of carved out pockets. The sequencing of 16 ‘episodes’ follows the model of the theme park and golf course as an internal wall against the known pressures of the encroaching city. Each of the episodes presents itself as a self-contained world amplifying the strange conversations between the natural and the artificial in contemporary life. Like the Appalachian Trail which preserved a continuous band of undisturbed wilderness across the eastern coast, could a chain of artificial objects leave undisturbed the last bits of wilderness left in Miami?


a. Images that drove the idea of creating a deeply artificial intervention into the park. Artificial elements that are placed right into the natural which leaves the individual questioning what is real and unreal. b. Interest was triggered by images of nature. The idea of nature being picturesque vs. natured being scared. Nature is often more dramatic and theatrical. c. Comparison of Central Park along with site, Oleta State Park. Central Park has a boundary that is significant and has restrictions, whereas, Oleta Park has no boundary and is very internal.


Experiments - Wax Models, Ink Patterns,Mudbox Patterns and Components Hyper-intense Forms and Patterns through Networking a

a. Results after pouring hot wax into bowls of ice cold water. The experiment with wax models came about from investigating different types of form with using a natural element.


b. Hand sketches of path networks were initially drawn, then an experiment of using ink on plexi was done to create a more intense system of networking.



c. Sample Mudbox patterns illustrating possible deformation with landscape. The top right image illustates how the carving out of pockets could happen in a densely forested area and still has a natural feel. d. In the beginning of the studio, students were asked to create floral bouquets. From those bouquets, components were created from the disseted flowers and then assembles of these components were created.


Theme Park Urbanism: Thinking about how to scatter these experiences throughout the site, theme parks like Disney’s Epcott was looked at in reference to its explorers experiencing different worlds. By carving out pockets in this densely mangroved site, 16 episodes were created by following the system of the golf course where they are all linked to each other. The visitor would be able to start at episode one and travel to the others but also have the flexibility to leave in the middle.



e d a. Site plan showing the 16 episodes [light grey] and the mangrove area [dark grey] that has been preserved. b. Images illustrating Episode 3. Strategy deals with the feeling of the environment closing in on you. The explorers are able to interact with these intensified forms while having a claustrophobic feeling when passing through and trying to figure out whats natural and whats artifical. c. Enlarged area of the plan. d. Overall Scheme e. Plan view of Episode 3 f. Section cut through Episode 3


Episode 6


Cloud Architecture _ Active Erosion and Disassembly: Games, Cities and Time-Off Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

The majority of cities that host large events are often known for their existing amenities, tourist attractions and safe and comfortable urban environments. Host cities usually go through extensive processes in order to bid for the event, and are evaluated by specific measures to see which city has the best conditions for the events.


When conducting the research phase, I was very curious about the cities that were unable to secure a bid to host such events. I began examining cities with less than ideal security procedures that have hosted major events, and proposed an alternative approach for making such events secure. Rather than resorting to a “cleaning process� as in the case of the Beijing Olympics, I am interested in an approach that can avoid that process. Case studies such as the Vancouver Winter Olympics, the Beijing Olympics and future Rio de Janeiro Olympics were examined which employed different methods for dealing with security concerns. The Vancouver games security was tightened due fear of terrorism, the Beijing games swept the streets of unwanted protestors in order to portray a clean image, and Rio de Janeiro is in the process of the slum upgrading. Rio de Janeiro was examined in greater detail in relation to security as a concern.


By examining the areas near the proposed venues for the future games and how the slums have developed over time, I am interested in how to create an event, which can trigger changes to the area both short term and long term.


a. Favella -squatter settlements occupying hilly sites b. Illegal Subdivisions - lack infrastructure and do not comply with planning rules c. Invasions - riverbanks, swamps, parks and by roads


Site Plato de Lagao

Lagoa Rodrigo de Frieitas

Morro dos Cabritos

Morro do Cantagalo

Major roads Minor roads Green/ Hills

Favela de Cantagalo Fort Copacabana Site- Copacabana

Settlement along Morro do Cantagalo

Image showing concept forming along hillside and working its way around existing favella

Fluid connections- all 5 phases of proposal 1. Initial Paths 2. Training flats on Morro do Cantagalo 3. Program and viewing on Plato do Lagoa 4. Program and viewing on Morro dos Cabritos 5. Extra paths and viewing pods transformed into cultural pods

Connections for viewing the event Event space for aquatic games Connect to existing formal circulation to allow transport of materials

Link all connections Allow room for existing favela to sprawl Create new edge along existing favela

Process_Timeline _ 2020 _ onward _ Connection pathways to formal circulation - for equipment to get to future cultural program areas. _ Event space and training areas are set in place. _ Audience flats/ pods for viewing are formed _ Event takes place. [2 weeks] _ Disassembly of flats/ pods - viewing areas are transformed into cultural programs throughout time.

Copacabana: Strategy



East River - Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Community gardens and farms are popular in Brooklyn and consumers are always interested in fresh produce. By utilizing the concept of hydroponics and urban farming,the hydro_Farm would create a new way of farming by bringing the produce closer to the consumer. The consumers and visitors in the area will be able to pick up fresh produce at the daily market space, as well as learn more about hydrophonics and purchase space to grow their own produce. The site along the East River, Williamsburg will consist of a Research Institute, Urban Farm Housing, Visitor Center, Market Space and the Farming.

Leased Community Farming Farm Housing Hydroponic Farming

Farming Research Based Hydroponic Farming

Urban Farm Housing

Farming Research Based Farming Viewing Platform/ Market Space


Urban Farm Housing

Research Lab

Research Based Hydroponic Farming Leased Community Farming


Research Based Farming

Research Based Hydroponic Farming

Research Lab/ Visitor Center

Research Based Farming Leased Community Farming Farming



Overall Site Plan - Visitors will be able to enter at the north end and south end of the site. By travelling along the common pathway, they will be able to see the different types of farming as well as purchase from the daily market.

Channel water from the East River

a. Diagram showing water being channeled in from the East River and the different types of hydrophonic techniques that will be used to create the produce.


b. Diagram illustrating the possible fluidity throughout the site and connections that could be formed with the existing fabric. c. Image showing breakdown of the hydro_Farm.



Final renderings of the hydro_Farm


Parallel Messages : The Jewish Temple Bombing 1958 Atlanta, Georgia

The Hebrew Benevolent Congregation is Atlanta’s oldest and most prominent Synagogue also known as the Temple. The Temple was bombed in the early morning hours in 1958. The White Supremacist movement wanted to scare away Rabbi Jacob Rothschild because of his support of the Civil Rights. The intention of this installation is to provide a sequence of spaces illustrating the parallel events of the attacks on the Jewish Community and the Civil Rights Movements. The exhibit has been broken into three parts. First, the Introduction Gallery where visitors will learn about the Temple, the Rabbi, Atlanta at the time and the Civil Rights Movement. Second, the parallel volumes,Stair Case A and Stair Case B , where visitors will learn about before and after the attacks. Third, the Memory/ Reflection Wall, the final exhibit space that shows excerpts of letters received by the Rabbi after everything ended, and this is where visitors will be able to gather their thoughts from what they have just experienced.

Entry Level - Intro into Exhibit 1. Main Entrance 2. Restroom 3. G1 - Introduction 4. Elevator 5. Stair Case A - Messages before the Bombing 6. G2 - Images of the 8 attacks 7. G3 - Images

8. G4 - Images of the civil rights movement 9. G5 - Images 10. Stair Case B - Messages after the Bombing 11. G6 - Images 12. G7 - Images showing how the attacks ended 13. Memory / Reflection Wall

Basement Level


Section cut through Entrance and Gallery Space

Section cut through Gallery Space and Stair Case A

a a. Images showing various study models investigating possible light wells for the gallery space in stair cases. b. Section cuts through model showing the various light wells. c. Final model and study model of stair case.

Section cut through Gallery Space and Memory/ Reflection Wall


Final renderings of spaces throughout the exhbit


Social Housing : Mixing of the Classes New Kingston, Jamaica

New Kingston Jamaica is one of two parts that makes up the central area of Kingston. It is the second largest Central Business District in the City of Kingston. The area is not only a Business District but it also a very upscale residential area and is also home to many different thriving businesses. The selected site is located at the edge of the commercial area situated between existing residential and commercial lots and has potential for a built intervention of housing which is greatly needed. The approach for mixed- income housing involves several categories. The main goal is to push the idea of individual privacy in the urban context by providing both private courtyard space and public outdoor space. With the proposal of flexible unit types with courtyard spaces for each will allow for change with the demographics over time. By creating several clusters of housing in attempt to create a much needed urban atmosphere will bring different classes together in one community. Residents are not limited by income, living style or family size because of the variety of dwelling units that are provided.



a. Images of physical models showing overall site and clusters of units. b. Schematic sketchs of proposal for site plan. c. Overall site plan showing final scheme and layout of housing units. Five different units were created for the different classes that would take residency on the site. c

Plan and section of Unit 4 which consist of 4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath.

By creating multiple trails with attractor points, a dense pattern was created in order to form this agent structure.


Scripting and Form: Agent Structures

After understanding the basi behaviors of agents, trails and targets, drawings were produced to illustrate the different functions that could be manipulated.




_notched connection A+B+C connection Front face of each rib is notched





Fabrication : Parametric Assemblies Virtual Interpolarity

Virtual Interpolarity is a combination of a seat + virtual screen. The structure consist of three parts _ screen + seat + structure. These three surfaces are merged together to form one structure. The screen + seat can be assembled without hardware by a system of front facing notches and plugs. It can be used as a seat or partition in a gallery space and also be projected on.

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