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Daniel Luis Martinez Architectural Portfolio


“Working in Philosophy - like work in architecture in many respects - is really more a working on oneself. On one’s own interpretation. On one’s way of seeing things.” Ludwig Wittgenstein


Daniel Luis Martinez Architectural Portfolio

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Chongqing, China: Shi Ba Ti [18 Steps] District

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East Asia 2011 Gallery: Drawing[s] in Space

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Charleston, S.C. Historic Four Corners


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Gainesville, FL Libraries for Mind and Matter Ritual Objecs

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Gainesville, FL Libraries for Mind and Matter The Typing Pool

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Newnans Lake, FL Floating Landscapes


Chongqing, China: Shi Ba Ti [18 Steps] District

Joint Studio with the University of Chongqing, Department of Architecture UF Design Team: Daun Jung, Lulu Loquidis, Daniel Luis Martinez and Jason Worrell CQ Design Team [Phase 1 only]: Ge Guicheng, Liu Jing, Huang Shiyuan, Yang Rongbing and Zhou Yunfei

Chongqing is one of four Direct Controlled Municipalities in China [along with Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin]. Its population is nearly 32,000,000 and its rich and varied regions offer a glimpse of one of China’s fastest growing mega-cities [it currently sprawls 82,300 sq km]. Recently, the local government has taken on a series of major initiatives to accommodate the speed of its rapid growth, including a recent project to plant, “one hundred years worth of trees in ten years,” along all of the city’s major corridors and highways. Despite these efforts, the city’s architecture and urban identity remain largely untouched. The Shi Ba Ti district, in the heart of Chongqing [just south of the main Central Business District and north of the vital Yangtze River] is a slum of traditional, stilted structures [mostly in a state of decay and headed for demolition] that nonetheless house important, historic landmarks and fertile social connections. The areas name, Shi- Ba-Ti or ‘18 steps’, refers to the sites steep terrain and labyrinth of stepped alleyways leading down to the river. All along the edge of the site, opportunistic development schemes threaten to seep in and wipe out a poverty-stricken neighborhood with few plans for displacement or conservation. Students from the University of Florida School of Architecture, along with students from the University of Chongqing School of Architecture and Urban Planning, were asked to analyze and re-imagine the future of the Shi Ba Ti through the lens of architectural speculation. As is the case with all great sites, intense contingencies interplay with new predictions and hopeful visions. 





Phase 1: Analysis and Master Planning

THIS IS THE MOST INTENSELY LAYERED BORDER FROM NORTH TO SOUTH: A MAJOR ROAD, A ROW OF OUTMODED, HI-RISE TOWERS [WHICH SIT ALONG THE STEEPEST TOPOGRAPHICAL SHIFT IN THE AREA], AN ELEVATED HIGHWAY, A WATERFRONT PARK WITH PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS AND FINALLY, THE RIVERS EDGE. THE JOURNEY TO THE WATERFRONT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE ON FOOT, LEAVING THE PARK AS AN ISOLATED URBAN NODE.




THERE IS EVIDENCE OF EFFECTIVE URBANIZATION AND CONNECTIVITY HERE. A MAJOR SERIES OF HISTORIC STEPS FLANKED BY A FAMOUS PUBLIC ELEVATOR. ALSO,

FLANKED BY A FAMOUS PUBLIC ELEVATOR. ALSO, PUBLIC SQUARES ARE SHAPED BY CIVIC BUILDINGS, SUCH AS THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER HEADQUARTERS. TO THE WEST OF THE SITE, POORLY PLANNED HI-RISE DEVELOPMENT THREATENS AN INTERESTING ZONE TOPOGRAPHICALLY.




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Given the inevitable onset of future development and the existence of a strong, cultural fabric in the Shi Ba Ti, we chose to explore the spatial possibilities of interlocking fingers.

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Master Plan Area of Focus

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Podium Infrastructure: A multiprogrammatic podium is added to the fabric along the North and East edges where various towers can take root.

Existing Shi Ba Ti Fabric: The strategy for connection is within the in-between spaces of the proposed ‘fingers’. Historic, cultural fabric is allowed to flow between the new.

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Podium Level +40’ Programmatic variation through one podium ‘finger’ of proposal shows retail, performing arts and a residential tower lobby with adjacent landscapes flowing through in multiple directions.


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Bridge Level +100’ Sky bridge connecting northern podium to residential tower: programmatic connection: swimming pool, spa and recreation center

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Bridge Rooftop Level +150’ The rooftop of the bridge connection becomes an openly programmed landscape promoting local participation through Tai Chi and market culture.


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East Asia 2011 Gallery Drawing[s] in Space In Collaboration with: Jason Worrell, Lulu Loquidis, Daniel Adams and Yifan Tao

An exhibition of the work for all students attending UF’s 2011 summer studio in East Asia was held from October 3rd through the 7th at the School of Architecture. The gallery was treated as a drawing in space. Student work, sketchbooks, archival photographs and critical essays were suspended in a field creating new relationships between each other, those entering the gallery and all passing by. 18


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Charleston, S.C. Historic Four Corners Resolving the tension between programmatic differences is not predetermined or conceptualized but rather sought in the design process. In this case, the traditional library typology offers itself as a rule to be broken. Spaces are organized with the premise that information evolves into knowledge through dialogue.

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Ground Level

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Level 2


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EXPLODED-AXONOMETRIC DRAWING


Gainesville, FL Libraries for Mind and Matter Graduate Design Studio with Ivan Smith visiting professor Tod Williams, FAIA

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Project 1 Ritual Objects

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Project 1 Ritual Objects Creating a new home for two canopas (carved, ritual objects from the colonial Andes), proved to be an act of architectural interpretation. Frank Solomon identifies the four integral components of Andean culture as, “sign, sacred productive essence, inheritance for continuity, and reciprocity.� My process began by painting abstract investigations into these themes in order to assemble a series of collages that would allow new relationships to manifest between ideas. This yielded the opportunity to construct a mount based on the drawings from elemental materials (wood and steel). In this way, object and vessel lock together in a meaningful way; key actors in a ritual that is legitimated by the act of making. 35


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Project 2 The Typing Pool This project envisions the design of a public typing pool and library in downtown Gainesville. The urban strategy aims to carve away a public space adjacent to the Hippodrome Theater and outdoor cafe across the street [important cultural destinations within the city]. At the heart of the project, a field of typewriters on desks is sunken three feet into the ground beneath a large skylight. And though a library’s identity often hinges on the arrangement and display of its written collection, stacks are hidden from view within a circulatory ring around the typing pool allowing the act of writing to be displayed at the forefront instead. The material palette is based on a series of abstract watercolor collages developed early on. The idea is that richness in texture, color, and light can animate simple volumes and echo the layered process of crafting beautiful text. As a counterpoint to the public character of the building’s central room, a roof garden is proposed with three contemplative alcoves. These spaces are shaded by the buildings continuous roof plane, which is interrupted only by ‘text screens’ at the center of each room. Embedded within the screens are works of poetry [‘The House of Glances’ by Octavio Paz, T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland’ and Jorge Luis Broges’ ‘The Hourglass’] creating an opportunity for two possible readings. One as powerful works of language in and of themselves, and the other as dynamic architectural elements, filtering the rain and sun into beds of wild grasses below.

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Writer’s Scroll Catalog of Experience

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Ground Level 1/32” = 1’

Typing Pool

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Roof Garden 1/32” = 1’

The Wasteland

The Hourglass

The House of Glances

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Section A 1/16” = 1’

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Newnans Lake, FL Floating Landscapes Located at the edge of two cities, students were asked to intervene at Newnans Lake (one of Florida’s most polluted) on behalf of the One Drop organization. This project, echoing the ancient Mesoamerican technique for creating floating gardens, envisions an infrastructure to collect and dispense storm water within the lake that feeds a series of new, occupiable landscapes atop the water. The new landscape invites biological action beneath the surface and human action above, imbuing the site’s horizon with new meaning.

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Site Plan

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Alachua County, FL

Newnans Lake

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Residents are invited to experiment in the lake’s new agricultural zones, celebrating clean water’s power to generate and sustain life, while a provocative art installation space is imagined in a small portion of the initial infrastructure’s vast reservoir. Here, architecture confronts the landscape and initiates a dialogue with the premise that, if a shift from the market-image of the “green” movement towards authentically sustainable work is to manifest, earth’s vastly mutilated and beautiful landscapes must be enlisted as natural collaborators in the design process.

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Daniel Luis Martinez

Contact

References

Digital Media

111 NE 8th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32601-5534 786-423-7280 GrassStickers@gmail. com

Nina Hofer 352-317-8140 adeline@ufl.edu

AutoCad AutoDesk Revit Arch Adobe Design Suite [Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat] Rhino MS Office

Education

Nancy Clark 352-262-9884 nmclark@ufl.edu

A.A. Miami-Dade College [Liberal Arts], 2002 B.A. University of South Florida [Philosophy], 2005 M.Arch University of Florida, 2012

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Martin Gundersen 352-219-2193 margund9@gmail.com


Travel

Extra Curricular

Recognition

Emerging Landscapes Conference University of Westminster, London [selected presenter] June 2010

Graduate Teacher’s Assistantship Fall 2009 Architectural History I

Miami-Dade College Presidential Scholarship

UF East Asia Summer Design Program 2011 [Hong Kong, Beijing and Chongqing] Dallas Arts District Photography Seminar with Philippe Ruault Fall 2011 [Portland, Seattle, New York, Denver, Atlanta and Detroit]

Florida Merit Scholarship Graduate Teacher’s Assistantship Fall 2010 + Fall 2011 Advanced Architectural Theory Drawing Seminar with Kelly Wilson [Harvard + Columbia University] UF SoA faculty search, student committee 2009 + 2011 Architrave Student Publication, text editor and contributor 2011 + 2012

USF 2+2 Scholarship Zoller Award for Design 5 project [Floating Landscapes] UF GSoA design achievement award Spring 2011 Gresham Smith Scholarship for Top Graduate II design project, Fall 2011 [The Typing Pool]

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Architectural Portfolio University of Florida  

Architectural Portfolio for Daniel Luis Martinez, University of Florida G|SoA Graduate School of Architecture

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