The studio challenged the linear process and sought to look less at architecture as the expression of an architectural god complex. Rather the design is driven by a concept that integrates and informs every scale of the design. The approach was thus non traditional in that it did not begin with a form or plan but rather with analatiques of signature architects. These analatiques investigated in graphically these architects attitudes and techniques for handling site, space and detail. The board to the right is the analatique of Williams and Tsiens handling of detail. The threshold was the first design exercise and it focused on the detail. This illustrates the ideology of the studio that sought to look at each element of the design as it relates to the overall concept.
FABRICATION, STUDIO AND GALLERY CRANBROOK, MICHIGAN
The Legacy Lab is an individual exploration that challenges the traditional linear design methodology of academia. The prompt called for a space to facilitate fabrication, studio and gallery space on Cranbrookâ€™s campus. The project investigates the phenomenological approach to design with a strong emphasis on the evocative nature of material, light, sound and form to bring forth expression of the primordial.
Cultural Making Center Cincinnati, Ohio
URBAN REFORM The story of the American city is one of collapse, economic failure, uncertainty, fear and doubt. These factors have fused to create a very negative view of the urban. This point of view is only now starting to be overcome. The city of Cincinnati has suffered from this even more than most urban environments. The riots of 2001 punctuated the fear and negative views with which the city was viewed. ReFab seeks to encapsulate this history of fear and negativity and juxtapose it with the current revival, hope and enlightenment that is sweeping the Pendleton neighborhood. The center is designed to serve as a studio for modern making. The center features digital art and fabrication while also containing classrooms, retail and coffee shop.
BIRDS EYE TO SW
TED Works “ideas worth Doing”. It is time to stop merely talking and time to start doing. It is time to put out backs once more to the task at hand. We as a people need to stop merely planning the future and start building it. The old industrial model is dead and the Midwest with it. We must reinvent ourselves or perish. TED WORKs is a satellite of the University of Cincinnati and TED Talks. Together we can shape a space that creates the physical manifestation of the ideas and energy that still thrives beneath the cataracts of lethargy. TED WORKs is such a place.
R&D CAMPUS UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI, OHIO
TED WORKS TED Works was a partnership with Chris Saunders. TED Works fuses the purpose of both University and TED with a focus on the fabrication of a physical product or experimentation. Each academic year a new “faculty” will be chosen from the pool of TED Talks presenters. These will be given funding and a group of students from a multidisciplinary background of engineers, designers and fabricators to pursue their “ideas worth spreading”. The University of Cincinnati will provide the pool of students but also assisting professors and deans that will help the visiting faculty establish a curriculum and syllabus. TED Works will anchor the neighborhood of Camp Washington. Camp Washington embodies the entire rust belt. It is everywhere and nowhere. Its fate was tied to that of industry and today both are desolate and abandoned. It is the ripe nucleus that still possesses the rich history, character and nostalgia of its industrial past but little else.
GATHER | MAKE SPACE
SPOLIA CENTRAL GREEN
EXISTING BUILDING STOCK
Locate at the site of the Tribune Tower, this project hypothesizes that a recent fire has destroyed the new Tribune addition. Fortunately, the original tower has been saved. I propose the construction of a new cultural museum that not unlike the Experience Music Project in Seattle is focused on contemporary culture. The museum seeks to explore, experience, celebrate, decipher and record the current cultural trends and forces.
CONTEMPORARY CULTURE CHICAGO CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
C3MUSEUM The museum is intimately connected to its site formally and programatically as Chicago and namely Michigan Ave. serves as a major cultural artery for the region and the world. It is therefore important that the program interact as intimately as possible with the pedestrian. This interaction and activation of the space is achieved through sectional dialog. Pedestrian desire lines through the site are preserved and commercial retail populates these pathways. The museum is woven in section through these desire lines with the major vertical circulation happening around a central winter garden that serves as a central attractor point.
ELEVATOR CORES MUSEUM CIRCULATION PED. CIRCULATION
TRIBUNE TOWER HOTEL TOWER EXISTING CONTEXT WINTER GARDEN MICHIGAN AVE. PROPOSED DESIGN
HOTEL TOWER GREEN ROOF
WINTER GARDEN TRIBUNE TOWER
EQUITABLE BOOTH BUILDING EXISTING GRID
SITE FORCE LINES
TRIBUNE SET BACK
N. WATER STREET
DUAL LIGHT WELLS
IMPROVED VIEWS + SOUTH EXPOSURE
Immigrants could only afford to live in tiny, rented tenements. The entire family often had only 225 square feet. The family looked for a means to escape this cramped existence and Wielerts provided the perfect outlet. Beer Gardens such as Wielerts provided the desired release for not just the men but entire family. Beer gardens became integral to both the business and pleasure aspect of life in OTR. Famously even political were decided from its tables. This and the Germansâ€™ cultural affiliation with beer were the catalyst for the development of the 3rd largest brewing district in the country in OTR.
WALKING FLIGHT Cincinnati Brewing District Museum Wielerts on Vine
The roof on the original building had collapsed in some spaces and needed to be replaced. The solution was to give structure a domed glass roof with external, operable louvers to control glare and heat gain. The glass roof is in keeping with the feeling of continuity that the projects seeks to create. These seven masses represent the seven bars that museum goers would visit during their experience. The bars would serve small taster beers that would be sampled as one moved along the ramp examining the historical information and artifacts that populates the original, exterior walls. The bar tenders would also serve as your tour guide directing you through the space. The ramp is designed to tie the composition together. It is accessed by taking an elevator to the very top and then ramping down. The ramp is at a five degree slope and provides an intimate interaction with the different artifacts and microbrewery from all possible angles as museum goers move through the space. The working microbrewery was designed as a feature piece of the museum and as a catalyst for restoring interest in brewing at all scales. The different bars would serve beer brewed at the museum. Museum goers would be able to participate in home brewing tutorials and beer appreciation classes featuring local breweries.
The facade of the existing building would remain untouched except for renovation work. This adaptive reuse project sought to enhance the impact of historic references by comparing and contrasting it with current architectural interventions. This modern treatment would respond to the industrial nature of time in which Wielerts was originally built.
The section perspective line drawings show the composition of the interior spaces in the museum. The museum is designed to create a linear movement system creates vertical and horizontal movement through a central, unified space. This is achieved through the use of ramps and the removal of typical floor and ceiling layout.