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The Net-Zero Training Facility serves as a nexus between individual, community, and environment. Addressing this overalp, the center becomes a model for architectureal performance at all scales.

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ENERGY SIMULATION Running daylight simulations in Ecotect and wind simulations in Phoenix informed the formal operations. By splitting the block on a north / south axis into two 160’ by 32’ blocks, interior day light penetration was maximized while establishing a central courtyard served by southern winds. Organizing the program according to specific function, the western public block could be split and rotated to engage the street and allow the eastern private block access to western winds for natural ventilation. The northwestern admin block was further rotated and connected to the western classroom block, establishing a lobby entrance and the primary vertical circulation. Skywalks connect the interview rooms, counseling workshops and roof terrace to the circulation core and define an open-air atrium. Data collected from Green Building Studio informed HVAC design, wall insulation, glass ratings and PV requirements.

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WALL SECTION 1. Exhaust for Top Floor 2. Heat Exhaust Vents 3. Roof Membrane(2 Ply) 4. Dropped Uplighting 5. Interior Wood Finish 6. Air Pocket 7. Raised Floor System 8. 5� Topping Slab 9. Steel Outrigger 10. T&G Bamboo Flooring

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SKIN DESIGN The skin design serves three functions; (1) as a billboard for the school, creating a regional icon for sustainable development, (2) as a sun shading device and (3) to amplify natural ventilation strategies. As a billboard, the holes of the perforated metal sunscreen are defined by a custom Grasshopper script developed to analyze image values and define hole diameters accordingly. Using an image of the Long Beach skyline, the semi-urban plaza offers a panoramic ocean view of the city. The screen angle is adjusted to minimize hole apertures during the summer, while allowing solar penetration during the winter. On the administration wing, the screen acts as a thermal sink, heating an enclosed air channel that fosters air circulation.

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CONCEPT The skyscraper, as a “metabolic gateway,� mediates both border crossing conflicts and the interface between tall buildings and nature. The skyscraper acts as a living organism mimicking its qualities as a bold expression. Living organisms have specific properties that define them. These properties are size, shape, metabolism, movement, irritability, growth, reproduction, and adaption. Understanding these properties and the relationship to the revitalization concept has provided a train of thought that drives all aspects of the design.

KINETIC SKIN METABOLISM

The skyscraper’s envelope is kinetic, contracting and expanding in actively adapting to the climatic environment - like a living organism. This on going metabolic process generates wind energy and purifies air throughout the building. The system consists of a matrix of pistons that are connected at one end to a translucent and recyclable fabric and on the other end to a generator. Wind is the primary source of the kinetic motion allowing the pistons to have movement and charge the generators. External cladding of translucent photovoltaics collect energy as well. Vertical landscaping enchances air quality and enhances energy efficiency. The open portions of the buildings are perpendicular to the both summer and winter prevailing wind which optimizes cross ventilations and wind power generation.

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DWELLING GROWTH AND ADAPTION

The living units are staggered to provide a single family dwelling on the first floor and a private work space on the second floor. This separation provides a peaceful place for the inhabitants to work on their projects. The unis use a raised floor system that works in conjunction with the aerodynamic form. The form allows air to move from living unit to living unit.

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ECONOMY AND IRRITABILITY

A market, Mercado in Spanish, is a distinctive characteristic of Mexican and South American cultures. It’s a social node where people congregate and are able to sell their goods and services. Mercados are a significant componennt to hispanic communities which keep the economy in balance.

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PROGRAM MATURATION

The metabolic skyscraper is a model of an ecological alternative to the barrio thorugh vertical cores of interwove communites and clustered workspaces. The building gives the underprivileged sector of Tijuana’s population a chance to improve their condition and promotes self improvement. The market and park act as an economic stimulus providing avenues in which tourism can flourish.

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Special thanks to Gabriel Aleman for being my partner on this project.

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Experimenting with different joint connections and diagraming West African quilt patterns, my group and I produced a bridge that reflects history and unity. The variety of joint connections represents the different services that the West African slaves provided for the LeConte Family. The connections and continuous lines created by the bridge symbolize the codepedendence between the LeConte Family and the West African slaves. My group and I produced a bridge that represents the history of the plantation and allows for a modular design that can be used throughout the entire plantation. My roles in this project consisted of project management, construction drawings, and aiding in model building.

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PROPORTION PARAMETERS These parameters allow for a proportional relationship between the rig’s height and width. This is accomplished through formulas that constrain their dimensions.

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Parameters that control the height of the component’s “bloom”.

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The premise of this thesis is based on the notion that technology has heavily saturated our daily lives and that architecture has made marginal attempts at keeping up with the progressive trends in technology. The ultimate goal of this thesis is create a museum and research facility that will act as an interface with the public, invoking a user response through kinetic architecture. This project will utilize methodologies of interaction design to effectively incorporate technology and provide a building that is environmentally responsive, adaptive to user density, and creates an interface with the public.

Legend: Kinetic Motion Interaction Design Environment

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Legend: 1. Classroom 2. Restroom 3. Conference Room 4. Egress 5. Mixed Private Lab and Collaboration Lab 6. Private Offices 7. Uni-sex Bathroom 8. Lab Storage 9. Demo Lab 10. Prep-Lab 11. Loading Dock 12. Dock Offices 13. Museum Storage 14. Janitor Closet/Mech Room 15. South Admin Offices 16. Kid Zone Exhibition 17. Main Auditorium 18. Security Station 19. North Admin Offices 20. Museum Shop 21. Cafe 22. North Lobby 23. South Lobby 24. Auditorium Lobby 25. Parking Structure

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INTERIOR DIAPHRAGM

The interior kinetic component resides in th which fluctuate in size in accordance to user to the idea of user defined interaction and cl tion. While the size of the space can change the floor system can be modified to arrange the path in which the user is traveling. The permanent and can be arranged for a part activity by the owner.

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EXTERIOR KINETIC COMPONENT The external component responds to the position of the sun and controls the amount of light that can enter the space. This component allows for the façade to be completely open or closed. The initial design of this component is a based on a hydraulic system that allows for the component to open and close. Interactive Architecture | 36

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