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Danny Salamoun Teaching Portfolio


Model Photos | Remington Elliot | 1863 | Brandon Choy

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Model Photos | Colt Navy | 1861 | Tara Chen Sue

Guns: Myth & Manufacture

Guns: Myth & Manufacture | Theory Elective Baird Visiting Critic Benjamin Nicholson & Teaching Associate Danny Salamoun Firearms are an integral aspect of American culture. The historical and contemporary design of guns, as well as their manufacture, use, politics and mythology touch society deeply. This theory elective seeks to lay out a balanced and well-informed appraisal of the pivotal issues concerning America’s firearm culture, through a series of practical and academic studies of handguns and long guns. The different points of view of both the ‘Red State’ rural and suburban community and the ‘Blue State’ urban; suburban community will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on the topic of guns in the academic university; school setting. Pictured on the right is Cornell Police Deputy Theodore Lazcano training students on Gun Safety. Cornell Police was heavily envolved in the course and the critique of the final relief models.

Theory Elective | Ben Nicholson + Danny Salamoun

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Model Photos | Chiappa Rhino | 2009 | Alejandro Finol Model Photos | S&W Model 3 | 1868 | Emma Boudreau

Fall 2017

At all stages of the course, no opinion will be emphasized for or against firearms. The course will be delivered without any individualized political agenda, in order for participants to make an informed opinion of their stance upon the subject.

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The focus of the class is for each student was to study one of seventeen pre-selected revolvers spanning 190 years of design development, up to 2009. The lectures covered mechanical and ergonomic design, patent development, manufacture, historical and contemporary use, and depictions in cinema. An illustrated research paper was written on the selected revolver, including You Tube films on the gun.

Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Model Photos | S&W Model 29 | 1955 | Po-Yen Hsieh

Guns: Myth & Manufacture

Theory Elective | Ben Nicholson + Danny Salamoun

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Cricket Hairs | Touch | Jacob Wong

Fall 2017

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Star-nosed Mole | Touch Sense | Gracie Meek

Chameleon | Sight | Christian Xie

The Senses

The Senses | Val Warke + Luben Dimcheff The students study the subject of the perception and reception of architecture. Specifically, the study of human organs of perception—the 5 Senses—and evolve strategies for the production of architecture. The senses as well as their manifestation in both humans as well as a representative of the animal kingdom and investigate devices are researched and analyzed.

This challenges the typical concepts of representation as well as of design thinking.The hybrid sensory mechanism is used to develop a new, prosthetic device, one that is capable of mediating between two sets of realities—that of an organic entity and that of a machine—and two contexts— that of nature and that of the artifact.

Freshman Design Studio Core I

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Snake Tongue | Smell Sense | Fernan Bilik

Fall 2017

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Butterfly | Taste Sense | Deniz (Ece) Ozturk Owl | Sight Sense | Yiwei Xue

The Senses

Freshman Design Studio Core I

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Manatee | Dwelling | Noah Liao

The Senses

Prosthetic Garden An architect may sketch a mountain silhouette that later becomes a roof, dissect a fruit cart in a local market that later becomes a pre-school, translate the translucent tessellations of a Paul Klee painting into an urban design, or apply a pig’s penchant for wallowing to a design for desert structures. Mining the unfamiliar often results in an expanded inventory of forms, contextual and environmental responses, and analytic and representational techniques. The final phase of the semester involves the production of the final design. This semster the students designed a dwelling for a specific group of dwellers with heightened sensitivities, for e.g. a musician, a sommelier, a chef or an artist etc... The dwelling and its construction, calls upon techniques and artifacts produced throughout the previous phases.

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Snake Tongue | Taste Sense | Dwelling | Fernan Bilik

The Senses

Freshman Design Studio Core I

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Chameleon | Sight | Dwelling | Christian Xie

Fall 2017

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Star-nosed Mole | Touch Sense | Gracie Meek Cricket Hairs | Touch | Dweeling | Jacob Wong [1] [2]

The Senses

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Summer 2017

Introduction to Design Henry Richardson + Luben Dimcheff + Dasha Khapalova [Cornell, 2017]

Gorge Dwelling| | Chuxi Xiong

The Introduction to Architecture Program is an intensive six week class that introduces high school students to ideas, principles, and methods of exploring architectural problems in a studio setting. Through a graduated sequence of exercises culminating in a final project, students study architectural concepts of space, form, function, environment, and technology. The Students begin with a series of drawing exercises that help transform The Perfect Cube [1] into The Field [2]. Through the materialization and manipulation of the field surface, the bar-relief is translated into A Hybrid Construct [3]. Culminating with the siting of the exploration on the Ithaca Gorge to create A Place & Space for Observation & Contemplation [4].

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Introduction to Design

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An Archeologist’s Gorge Dwelling | Chuxi Xiong

Summer 2017

...to fold, to impress, to weave, to fragment, to layer, to densify, to shear, to intersect

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Cube | Intersect | Chuxi Xiong

[1] The Perfect Cube

[2] The Field

This excersize begins by constructing a 4” cube & a 6” cube. The students establish a clear strategy regarding order; articulating structure and surface to allow the clear reading of space through an assigned verb.

From a hard-lined drawing of related cuts, the cube is disassembled onto a flat plane. This drawing combines respective elevations and sections of the cube to establish a new reading and a narrative. A genetic imprint of sorts – where only certain genes are expressed in a parent-of-origin- specific manner and certain evolutionary developments are projected to create a speculative drawing.

Introduction to Design

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Sketch

Models | Taeang Moon

Summer 2017

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


[1,2] [3] Gorge Dwelling | Robin Fortunato Cube | Fragment | Ryan Oshimoto

[3] A Hybrid Construct The Field is manipulated to inform a material surface strategy to connect chipboard and basswood through their relationship allowing for an architectural proposition: a new space, an abandoned city, a never-seen before universe: or an articulation of an idea.

This drawing acts as a “blue print� for the excavation of three menaniugful spaces: Primary, secondary and tertiary. A cohesive composite between the original drawing and the inherent spatial ideas are explored as a connective tissue that binds them. Goverened by the instrumental operation of the prevailing system of the cube. Conceptual thought and physical structure intersect, interplay and inform a symbiotic relationship between surface and structure.

Introduction to Design

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Final Dwelling | Wanjia Wang

Final Dwelling| Ryan Oshinoto

Summer 2017

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


[4] A Place & Space for Observation & Contemplation A scholarly character is introduced and their particular senses informs the dwellings design. The understanding of an experiential sequence relates the scale of the human body to the Ithaca Gorge and helps introduce points of access, moments of rest, observation, places for work and contemplation and a garden.

Introduction to Design

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Wind Appliance | James Zhou

Fall 2016

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Cicada Tranformation | Daisy Dai

The Elements

The Elements | Val Warke + Luben Dimcheff The subject of first year studio is the four basic elements of our environment; air, earth, water, and fire, and their combinations — and the various ways in which they can be manifest in architecture. Beginning with the notion of the body as primitive. The studio analyzes an existing condition/object (the body) and its exchange with the elements.

The Cicada insect’s molting process allows it to shed its nymph exoskeleton. The abstraction of the process over time produces new revelations by transforming a layermass relationship into a shell to earth exploration. The Whirling Maple Seed air vortex created through space and time inspires the design of the Wind Appliance. By capturing wind’s sporadic yet nuanced chroreography an ink tapestry maps the direction and magnitude of changing winds.

Freshman Design Studio Core I

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Cactus Helmet | JingJing Liu

Fall 2016

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Cactus Helmet | JinJing Liu

Boxing Appliance | Alejandro Garcia

The Elements

Instrumental Species The subject of the semester is The Elements. The four basic elements of our environment —air, earth, water, and fire, andtheir combinations —and the various ways in which they can be manifest in architecture.

By introducing UNFAMILIAR SOURCES of conjecture as well as UNFAMILIAR TECHNIQUES of observing, of conceptualizing what is observed, and of describing what has been conceptualized, the architect is able to cultivate a set of enhanced sensibilities. The goal of DEFAMILIARIZATION is to prompt others to actually perceivefor the first time something that has perhaps already been seenon countless occasions—to grasp the extraordinary in something that has, until now, been routine.

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Ice Cube Drip | Dasiy Dai

Fall 2016

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Boxing Appliance | Alejandro Garcia Stomping Grounds | Grace Cheng

The Elements

Freshman Design Studio Core I

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Hybrid: Appliance & Mapping | Adam Yuzhen Zhang

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Wind Sheet Music | Adam Yuzhen Zhang

Sign to Brail | Benji Magin

The Elements

Elemental Biengs The final phase of the semesterwill involve the production of the design for both a programandits construction, calling upon techniques and artifacts produced throughout the previous phases.The final stages will be a dwelling that can recall the elemental drawing

Using the materials that are similar in temperament to your element, and forms that suggest the further engagement of building and site4CDesign a building for site; the program will requireshelter from as well as engagement of the elements

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Freshman Design Studio Core I Eroding Landscapes | Sahir Choudhry

Wind Carving Dwelling | Adam Yuzhen Zhang

The Elements

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StepWell | Ting Wei Fan

Spring 2017

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Steven Hol’s Simmons Hall | Jane Jackson

Collections & Adaptations

Freshman Design Studio Core II

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Hybrid Collage | Jane Jackson

Museum Section Drawing | Jacob Swaim

Spring 2017

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Hybrid Collage | Jessie Xiang

Hybrid Collage | Jason Xu

Collections & Adaptations

Freshman Design Studio Core II

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Final Museum Model | Jessie Xiang

Fall 2017

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Final Collage & Drawings | Jingxin Yang

Guns: Myth & Manufacture

Theory Elective | Ben Nicholson + Danny Salamoun

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Fiual Drawings & Model | Ting Wei Fan

Spring 2017

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Collections & Adaptations

Freshman Design Studio Core II

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Tug of War Assembly | Zoe De Simone

Spring 2018

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Casting Landscapes | Bushra Aumir

Contexts & Adaptations

Freshman Design Studio Core II

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Modular Assembly | Arthur Yang

Contexts & Adaptations

Freshman Design Studio Core II

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Swing Lock | Duncan Xu

Spring 2018

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Contexts & Adaptations

Freshman Design Studio Core II

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Swing Lock | Duncan Xu

Spring 2018

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Contexts & Adaptations

Freshman Design Studio Core II

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Swing Lock | Duncan Xu

Spring 2018

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Teaching Portfolio | Cornell University


Hejduk Tower | Ing Wongpaitoonpiya

Contexts & Adaptations

Freshman Design Studio Core II

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