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Emmanuel

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Emmanuel

Tor res


E m m a n ue l

To r res

Selected Works in Architecture and Urban Design

20 05 -2014


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I approach every design project with the excitement, imagination, and eagerness of a child that grabs any item for the pure joy of creating something.

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Emmanuel Torres I am a project designer with six years of experience and a passion for design and dedication to craft. I received my Masters of Architecture in Urban Design From the Graduate School of Design at Harvard Univesity. Before that, I received

a B.Arch from the New School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. I am currently an Associate AIA in the state of Texas and Architect in Training in Puerto Rico. I firmly believe in registration, have finished all my IDP requirements and actively pursue licensure and LEED credentials.


A NEW IMAGE OF SPECTACLE: DEFINING THE NEW VERNACULAR OF THE PERIPHERY

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REVISITING THE IDUSTRIAL AMERICAN CITY

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RESIDENTIAL

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COMMERCIAL

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EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES

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ADDITIONS

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THE TOWERS

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CO N T E N T

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A IMAGE OF SPECTACLE: DEFINING A NEW VERNACULAR FOR THE PERIPHERY

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he globalization model that the metropoli impose over its territories requires of a primary urban center and a periphery from which it nurtures itself and delegates activities. In Puerto Rico, such model does not find a territorial or spatial accomodation. There is no growth capacity in an insular area where 84% of the surface is classified as urban. It does not foresee or is planned for the development of the relationship that the center/periphery modele thrives on. The project presents a new archetype to this model. In this model, the periphery/center are desarticuated and the latter coexists with the first rather than depend or oprees the it. Rather than being at the margin of a primary city, the periphery is articulated over a broad circuit of nodes or enclaves of specialized activity. In this new way of understanding globalization, the periphery ceases to be the void that surrounds the city or the hyperconcetration that characterizes ir to become a space itself. Understanding globalization from this new optic allows this nuclei to be categorized as urban catalysts of transformation that immerge their immediate context in a process of globalization/modernization different from that exposed by the most prolific theorists and scholars, but equivalent to that model.

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s an example of this, we can evaluate the conditions set forth by the major sporting events during the latter part of the XX and XXI centuries. This spectacles have become a complex intersection of local and global ideals that in architectural terms is traduced into a proccess of image contstruction and makeover. This events tend to form clusters linked by a broad network that tend to inject a global image to their context. examples of this are Barcelona (1992), Sydney (2000), London (2012) and Brazil and Tokyo (2016). As global urban scenarios these events present the opportunity to restructure, reimagine, and represent. They also facilitate the development of a local nucleus that can connect itself to other sporting enclaves by athletic organism and major events. By means of establishing such relationships rather than following theories that were set forth, we can achive a state of globalism and modernization within a new global circuit that does not follow the model of the center/periphery or its relationship of heirarchies.

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Diagramatic Section Through Site Site Plan


THE STADIUM

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he image of the stadium is a result from the extrapolation of the immediate context into an architectural program. The black mangrove offers a structural solution to design but also an aesthetic language that is appealing to both sustainable and parametric discourses of design.

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THE COLOSSEUM

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he colisseum acts as an open roof stadium with optional tensil fabric sliding throug cables to provide a canopy during the summer months. The inspiritation came from another species of mangroves, the red mangrove, whose tentacles extend forming two systems: an intricate root system and a canopy. Concepts of contrasting systems were explored in this design poject: built vs. natural; rigid vs. organic; stereotomic vs. tectonic; opaque vs. transparent; etcetera. The program is mixed and the colisseum is fully operative in the off-season.

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THE NATATORIUM

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he natatorium becomes an expression of the mangrove both physically and visually. It is anchored building that floats on the bancks of the water‘s threshold with the land. Its plan is perforated to allow the water and mangrove to come through. Is as if the spectacle is embedded in nature, and nature in it.

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isually is is a stereotomic piece composed of seven eight structural axes that secure it to the lagoon. The roofing is made of EFTE, which is able to have light or images projected to it. Under the starry sky of the Caribbean, the roof will behave as a firefly with light pulsating to the beat and emotion of the crowd. The program is organized in a way that maximum safety and security are achieved for athletes and spectators alike.

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15 YEARS/ 15 EMBLEMATIC PROJECTS 15 Años/15 Proyectos Emblemáticos

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n Image of Spectacle: Defining a New Vernacular for the Periphery was chosen as one of the 15 emblematic projects in the education of an architect during the 15 year celebration of architecture instruction in the New Shool of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. This Project was also used as the Image of the school in a statewide publicity campaign promoting the school and was published in the School‘s Architecture Core Publication. These can now be found on Youtube or the school‘s portal.

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Video Clip from Ad Campaign „Your Future Lies at the Poly“

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REVISITING THE INDUSTRIAL AMERICAN CITY

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he American city is a fascinating phenom. It growth was unstoppable fueled by growing consumerism and private capital investement. However, in the era after the collapse of the free market economy the cities have entered a state of decay and rapid detereoration of socio-economic conditions. this section looks at different rust belt cities and proposes revitalization projects at the core of disdain. New Jersey, Illinois, Minnessota and Tennesse are the focus of this section. Cities like Weehawken, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Nashville are the points of interest within the state of focus for there history of thriving industry and economic progress.

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CHICAGO, IL

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hicago had one of the bids for the 2016 Olympic Games. However, it was riddled with controversy and critics of social displacement and gentrification. I chose to look at the region of the Lower West side. It is a region of mostly Latino immigrants that is extremely polluted and lacks the social infrastructure to support a thriving community.

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he sports program were incorporated with new housing and education facilities connected by a network of proposed parks along the tiver once the mitigation process is complete. The concepts driving the design were the vertical „greentification“ of the site, opposed to the gentrification feared that the Olympics would give rise to. This means providing new civic amenity nodes in the banks of the river and creating a system of parks that would ensure public access to recreation and the waterfront. Another concept was the horizontal stitching of the communities accross the highway and Metra Lines.

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M E D I A LO U N G E Rehabilitate an abandoned warehouse into a media lounge and multiuse facility on the banks of the bubbly creek.

O LYM PI C VE LO D ROM E Construct a velodrome under the ground behind a highschool and later convert it into a vocational wing to the institution. This will focus in infrastructure and large vehicular mechanics.


NASHVILLE, TN

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ashville is at the peak of redevelopment initiatives. The intervention looked at the Sulfur Dell District. Once an Industrial Site, it later became famous for its sunk baseball pitch. It lies between the Bicentennial Mall and the Cumberland River. The intervention Could also Incorporate the Adjacent Farmer‘s Market.

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s the lead designer, I suggested we create two bars of mixed use

One on the north edge to create a fringe that would attract new recidents and one in the south to create a buffer between the Central Business District. On the east, overlooking the Cumberland, I believed it was best to construct housing. On the west, low rise housing following the vernacular brick and mortar was incorporated to merge the project to the context. Our other Concepts were health, neighborhood, and interconnection.

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Proposed Section for our Sulfur Dell Promenade

Opposite page: Master plan

Emmanuel Tor res Reyes Wendy Wang Zi G Susan Nguyen


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Proposed townhome typology. Sustainable and flood

mitigation srategies highlighted. 2 Faรงade


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Proposed Typology for mixed use buildings near CBD. Sustainable and flood mitigation srategies highlighted.


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Office Typology proposed for residential areas, sustainability and flood mitigation strategies are highlighted.

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WEEHAWKEN, NJ

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he threshold city of weehaken is scarred by the post World War II infrastructure of the American Interstate system. Now in an obsolescent state, the famous Art Deco Helix is not only an eyesore but also a threat to safety and efficiency.

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he idea was to create a new public waterfront at the edge of the Hudson River while mitigating years of pollution and runoff. Using the recently planned F1 track as an economic driver, we established that the new destination would incorporate a series of mixed incomes and programs, including a Tier One research Facility.

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View from below the Helix

Emmanuel Tor res Reyes Victor Perez-Amado


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Masterplan of Project


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RESIDENCES

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esidential design is about creating a place as unique as their owners. It is the design of a lifestyle, a daily experience that starts and finishes in the usual spot. The house is an augmented version of a sanctuary, a room, a processesion of rituals.

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APARTM E N T F O R AN ARCH I T E CT U RE S T U D E N T the apartment for an architecture student was a quick charette to get introduced to architecture scale and composition.


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RESIDENCE FOR A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

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he design began with the production of an image that would describe bridge. My thesis was that a bridge is a set of opposingor contrasting elements that act in unison.

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onpept design centered around creating an axis to a tree in the backyard. the house is a bridge, whose urban faรงade is a block and forest faรงade is a transparent volume. A series of objects were developed in the shop to explore the initial definition and word diagram.

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Ground Floor Render Showing Main estrance

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Figure 64. ground floor, omiting part of pool.

Figure 65. east elevation, city side. for perspective of this façade refer to the section’s opening page.


Figure 64. ground floor, omiting part of pool.

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Vega Residence

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his residence is for the bachellor dog lover. it features sunset Lanais for afternoon wine tastings, in room hot tubs open living room and kitchen, and most importantly a kennel and grooming facility.

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VILLA SHODJAN GUEST HOUSE

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he guest house is an exploration into the culture of India and climate responsive architecture. The program is spread across different levels that are also separated in gender-specific functions. The main idea driving the design the inhabitation of the Le Corbusier‘s brise soleil in a way that was style appropriate while designing a new way of living vertically.

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COMMERCIAL FACILITIES

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he space for business must be able to draw and adapt to its public, become a dynamic space with a diverse confluence of relations, and innovate. It should be able to provide experiences and promote new connections or interactions.

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THE CROSSING

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he crossing is an office building that lies at the intersection of three neighborhoods, eache with a different scale of income. The building becomes alive with an ETFE faรงade that accomodates the diverse interests of each sector while becoming an importan gateway into the CBD.

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Site plan

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Parking layout

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THE PLP PAVILLION

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he first excercise in architecture school is the point-line-plane. in this excercise we begin with an exhibition pavillion adjacent to a commercial building and expanded to become a landscape intervention in the block. My main idea was to create a procession from light to dark and from tectonic to stereotomic.

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EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES

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earning is facilitated through dynamic and interactive spaces. Interaction occurs at many levels, from the most intimate chats at nap time, to the experiments in the lab, and finally between the interior scale and the landscape through the window in which many day dream.

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Harvard University

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uring my graduate studies at Harvard University I had a chance to leave some constructed work additions to the world reknowned Gund Hall. First, my research on bicycle transportation patterns culminated with an award from the Harvard University Office of Sustainability for a grant to build a bicycle self-repair station and intall an additional bike rack. This confirmed the succes of my Research/Design/Build approach to design.

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nother important task I had was designing the interior layouts for both the 2012 Thanksgiving Banquet and the 2013 Commencement Ceremony. TBD

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MArch I =70 MArch II =30

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J UAN D E D I OS Q U I N O N E S E LE M E N TARY SCH OO L As par t of the summer renovation program I had to design a solution to the collapsing rood of the stand alone kindergar ten building. Above is the proposed solution for a renovated open space and revamped circulation corridor.


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LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR TOMORROW

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he LEFT program is an intensive two day symposyum where ideas about future classrooms are explored. My group was a group of 12 interdisciplinary professionals, including two architects. I served as lead designer and produced a project. from the sketches provided by the architects and teaching professionals. the main idea was fearless learning. The main design driver was creating and infinite loop that would capture the essence of the neverending process of learning and making mistakes from which you learn.

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THE ADDITIONS

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dditions are a careful manipulation of the collective memory. Inserting a new piece of architecture should be not only consciencious about the effect on the psyche but also on the context and building. Thus, an addition must both respect and challenge the existing.

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TURNER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART ADDITION

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he eastern addition to the museum to creates an environment where the manipulation of light entrances bathes the walls with the colors of the sunrise and sunset that create a sense of art floating on the pastels of the coastal skies of Margate.

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mart Louvres turn like sunflowers towards the setting son of the east. Sets have been created to allow different hues, tones and intensities during different periods of the day. The shear walls maintain a more discreet perforation that accentuates the horizon and longitudinal scale of the addition. We accentuate the existing buildings by pitching the roof perpendicularly to their pitch, creating a neutral line horizontally but a completely new profile.

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he new western elevations seeks to create an adition that becomes an extension of the existing project and do not contrast the language or proportion. Rather, it contrasts the existing built form by the an attention to

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Emmanuel Tor res Br ian Haulter Whitney Hanley George Athanasopoulos


THE TOWERS

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owers have always been iconic. The design must be unique, timeless, and expressive. In other words, a tower must be the signature of the architect on the skyline of the city.

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INSURGENTES SUR COMPLEX

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he Insurgentes residential complex becomes an iconic high rise in the south side of the famous sunken rotunda. It serves as an obelisque and becomes a totem of the insurgentes spirit. It becomes a staggered volume with bridges connecting the different towers and programs.

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PLAN & PERSPECTIVE VIEWS

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DIOMIRA

Leaving there and proceeding for three days toward the east, you reach Diomira, a city with sixty silver domes, bronze statues of all the gods, streets paved with lead, a golden cock that crows each morning on a tower. All these beauties will already be familiar to a visitor, who has seen them also in other cities. But the special quality of this city for the man who arrives there on a September evening, when days are growing shorter and the multicolored lamps are lighted all at once at the doors of the food stalls and from a terrace a woman‘s voice cries ooh!, is that he feels envy toward those who now believe they have once before lived an evening identical to this and who think they were happy, that time.“

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rom the above passage extracted from Italo Calvino‘s Invisible Cities I designed a maritime billboard with a mapping on how to arrive at a rest stop in the high seas also designed with the city in mind. The driving concepts behind the design was the circular nature of the cupula and the metallic silver sheen they had in the city.

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Figure 77. masterplan for the island

Figure 77. masterplan for the island

Figure 79. typical plan security and medical glass tower [tectonic]

79. typical security and medical glass Figure plan security andplan medical glass 4 79. typical Figure tower80. [tectonic] Below. groud floor plan for hotel tower tower [tectonic] Figure [stereotomic]

Below. floor plan for hotel tower Figure 80. Below.Figure groud80. floor plan groud for hotel tower [stereotomic] [stereotomic]

Figure 78. façade study, hotel building [stereotomic] Figure 78. façade study, hotel building [stereotomic]

Figure 78. façade study, hotel building [stereotomic]

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THE RIG

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he rig is a multi-purpose tower ingrained in the rowing traditions of both the Charles River and Harvard University. It is an ode to the character and materiality of the context and addresses the program of the observation towe in a very innovative and thought provoking way.

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OBSERVATION DECK

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REFLECTION DECK

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1’x1’ Timber Members 1/2” Steel-framed viewing void Concrete-Wood Flashing Flashing Impermeabilization layers Interior drywall furnishing 3” Square Aluminum frame member Insulation/weatherproofing layer Insulation layer Window sill Operable Window Jamb Window fram Drip Stop Single glacing 101’

SPORTS BISTRO

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VIEWING PLATFORMS & SEATING

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Wood+Aluminum Hand Rail Wood Deck

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Structural Solutions of bridge

Emmanuel Tor res Melanie Wavamuno Olayinka Dosekun


THE RIG

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THE HARBOR LOTUS

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he brief was to create an iconic skyscraper in the Boston Harbor that would serve as teh Schiaparo signature in the city‘s skyline.

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he concept was to have three towers of mixed use behaving as one entity in the least invasive way to the neighbors and the context.

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Emmanuel Tor res Chen Ling Heng Zeng


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