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ERIC FURA SPRING 2013

MISSION BAY: UCHRONIAN GARDENS

ARCH 103 FINAL PORTFOLIO


CONTENTS: SITE ANALYSIS PRECEDENCE STUDIES ADJACENCIES/CONCEPTUAL LAYOUT MASSING STUDIES INITIAL DESIGN PLAN/SECTION/ISOMETRIC VIEWS ANNOTATED PLANS/SECTIONS PERSPECTIVE VIGNETTES MODEL PHOTOGRAPHS REFLECTIONS

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RUTTER CENTER TOWER

OCEAN WINDS SCUPTURE

PARKING

PROPERTY LINE MAJOR PEDESTRIAN PATH

CITY/BALLPARK VIEWS

TRAFFIC LINK TO MISSION

PUBLIC GREEN SPACE BAY/SHIPYARD VIEWS SUN PATH

UNDEVELOPED/EMPTY LOTS

THIRD STREET RAIL & STATION

MISSION BAY: SITE ANALYSIS

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ABERDEEN CITY GARDEN

SUPSI

DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO

http://europaconcorsi.com/projects/189714-Aberdeen-City-Garden/images/3007541

KENGO KUMA

THE CITY OF CULTURE EISENMAN

http://www.designboom.com/architecture/kengo-kuma-design-for-supsi-mendrisio-switzerland/

PROS:

PLENTIFUL AREAS OF PUBLIC GREEN SPACE CONNECTIVE PATHS LEAD TO EXISTING CIRCULATION LEADING UP TO THE SITE AND PROVIDE MULTITUDE OF OPTIONS FOR VISITORS TO EXPLORE BLENDING OF OUTDOOR/INDOOR SPACES, TERRACED GREEN SEATING AREAS TO VIEW THE CENTRAL PLAZA/THEATRE, AND MULTI FUNCTIONAL ROOF/PATH/CEILING STRUCTURES SEPARATE AREAS OF GARDEN VS PARK LARGE ENOUGH TO ACCMMODATE A PLETHORA OF ACTIVITES WHILE CONCEALING THEM IN THE OVERALL PARK-LIKE FORM

PROS:

http://www.archdaily.com/141238/the-city-of-culture-eisenman-architects /

PROS:

A LANDSCAPE IS CREATED DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE ENTIRE SITE HISTORICAL CONNECTION TO MEDIEVAL SANTIAGO THROUGH LAYERING STREET MAPS OF THE OLD CITY CENTER OVER CURRENT IS BUILT STRUCTURE TOPO MAPS- PROVIDING A SENSE OF CONNECTION TO THE PAST SURFACES ARE ALL UTILIZED AS HABITABLE SPACE AND COULD CLEAR GATEWAY INTO THE HEART OF THE PROJECT ALONG A CENTRAL SERVE MULTIPLE USES AXIS CREATES AN EASY CHOICE FOR NAVIGATION OF THE SITE STRONG RELATIONSHIP TO CIRCLATION BRIDGING ACROSS THE HEIGHT OF BUILDING MASSES ACCOMMODATE A GRADUAL SLOPE HIGHWAY WHILE ALLOWING AMPLE ROOM FOR ACTIVITIES WITHIN FRAMED VIEWS AT EACH END OF THE RAMP FORMATION

CONS:

LACK OF GREEN SPACE

CONS:

CONS:

SLOPED FORMS DO NOT INTERSECT GROUND LEVEL AND ARE THEREFORE INACCESSABLE WHICH LIMITS THEIR MULTI-PURPOSE POTENTIAL

ONLY ONE CLEAR PATHWAY WHICH MAY BE DIFFICULT FOR SOME TO POSSIBLY UNCLEAR WHERE SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES OCCUR AND EASIEST WAYS TO ACCESS REACH THE HIGHEST POINT AND POSSIBLY LITTLE REWARD FOR THEM GETTING TO THE END OF THE TOP PLATFORM

LACK OF PERMIABLE EDGES

WOULD REQURE RAILING SYSTEM CONSIDERING THE HEIGHT OF BRIDGES AND THE NECESSITY OF USING THEM TO GET ACCROSS THE SITE

BUILDING MASSES BLOCK VIEWS

SEEMS LIKE THE TALLEST MASS IS SERVING ONLY TO BLOCK THE HIGHWAY AND SUBSEQUENTLY, THE MOUNTAIN VIEWS BEYOND

LITTLE TO NO GREEN SPACE


UCHRONIAN GARDENS: CONCEPTUAL LAYOUT

EXPLORAT ORIUM

MARKETP LACE

AMPHITHE ATRE

PUBLIC GARDENS

PROJECTED CIRCULATION/USAGE

MASSING:SLOPED EDGES

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MASSING STUDIES: MISSION BAY UCHRONIAN GARDENS ERIC FURA ARCH 103 SPRING 2013 *ALL PROGRAM ELEMENTS PLACED AS TRUE TO ADJACENCY SCHEDULE AS POSSIBLE

OPTION I* BENEFITS ● ●

Marketplace adjacent to 3rd St for visible attraction Organic garden on south side promoting further development to continue green space on south side Museum faces Terry Francois Dr promoting the discoveries of the bay and easy access Gardens are centered; activities occur on busy edges while attractive green space is protected within

DRAWBACKS ● ● ●

Amphitheatre views – parking garage Attractions not adjacent Unresolved outdoor galleries

OPTION III*

OPTION II* BENEFITS ● ●

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Gallery very visible on corner of 3rd and South St Organic Garden adjacent to marketplace and views of the bay reinforcing connection to nature Circulation flows easily from east to west MarketPlace highly accessible to residential developments just north of site

DRAWBACKS

BENEFITS ●

DRAWBACKS ●

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Amphitheatre not visible from major thoroughfares MarketPlace fronts South St, which is not as vital as 3 rd Unresolved outdoor galleries

Greatest emphasis on creating southern green space to encourage mirrored approaches on adjacent site Marketplace appropriately placed on intersection of existing major circulatory paths Amphitheatre has views to the bay as backdrop

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Exploratorium has limited viability from 3rd St and main access from South St next to parking garage Missed opportunities on west boundary Unresolved outdoor galleries


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PLAN

CORNER OF 3rd & South St Looking East

VIEW LOOKING NORTH FROM SOUTHWEST EDGE

MAIN CIRCULATORY PATH FACING WEST

MUSEUM SHOP/CAFE

AMPHITHEATRE

EAST-WEST SECTION CUT

OVERALL SUCCESSES AMPHITHEATRE DESIGN – PLACEMENT & FUNCTIONALITY CREATION OF “PLACE” AT 3rd and South LANDFORM BUILDING APPROACH USING RAMPED SURFACES APPROPRIATION OF ALL REQUIRED PROGRAM ACTIVITIES

FAILURES ORGANIC GARDEN CANOPY NOT INTEGRATED OUTDOOR GALLERY & DINING SPACES UNDEFINED ALLOCATION OF SPACE WITHIN STRUCTURES UNIFYING THEME


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SITE PLAN

SITE PLAN

UCHRONIAN GARDENS: INITIAL PLAN|SECTION|ISOMETRIC VIEWS ERIC FURA ARCH 103 SPRING 13

BELOW GRADE PLANS

SECTIONS:

GROUND LEVEL PLAN

AMPHITHEATRE

ISOMETRIC VIEW: MARKETPLACE (BOTTOM LEVEL)

SECOND LEVEL CUT

EXPLORATORIUM

EXPLORATORIUM

MARKETPLACE

AMPHITHEATRE

TRANSVERSE


PERSPECTIVE VIGNETTES


UCHRONIAN GARDENS: EXPLORATORIUM

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In-Site Photographs


FINAL THOUGHTS Looking back on the semester, I feel like it all went by so fast!

Faster than any previous studio

has. Perhaps it is due to the fact that many are transferring and I will never see them again. Perhaps it is because I wish I could have continued to develop my work. I suppose an architect is never truly finished. I did learn a great deal this semester. Tackling a project of such immensity was challenging yet exciting and I am glad to have been given the opportunity to try and accomplish the task. I learned something about the process that I hadn't realized before- and that is; It's OK to not be resolved, but don't be afraid to present what you have. Feedback is SO important! How else do you determine if you are on the right track? It surprised me so much to see projects emerging for the final presentation of which I had never seen a glimpse of prior to that moment. I was happy to create amongst the determined in the group, who demonstrated their passion for the field and willingness to do the work and present, challenge, participate and inspire each other. I cannot say the same for the rest. While ultimately, I am proud of what I have ended with as a whole, there is another part of me that wishes I could have made a few more moves before coming to an end. I think that the most exciting part of the semester came when there was little time left. I would have killed for a chance to present my model as it stands and have gotten feedback with enough time to make some more big moves. If anything, this semester also taught me resourcefulness at a level I hadn't accomplished yet. I taught myself how to use unfamiliar software and produce documents I had not been asked to produce before. The whole semester was a learning opportunity, and I embraced it. To begin to speak on how the semester began vs. how it ended, I must say, you are speaking to a student who has elevated his level of understanding and expectation of output. Watching the final presentations revealed a great deal to me. It has been reinforced so many times that pretty pictures just don't cut it. I couldn't agree more!


It's about “what is this person trying to communicate to me? Why do you do the things you do? Why are your forms as such? Can you defend your creative choices? After learning in 101 how to explore form and space, justify it with program responses in 102 and culminate in 103 with an understanding of how to bring all of these sensibilities together, I feel more ready than ever to take my process and apply it to whatever the future may bring! I believe many of the lessons from the first part of the semester actually did trickle through down to the work occurring during the last half. I definitely saw myself setting up edge conditions, recognizing opportunities for vital nodes, realizing the importance of pathways, etc. One of the biggest aspects of the design that I believe I have lacked in resolving thus far is the site circulation. I believe that my entrances are strong and allowed for multiple journeys, but there were two areas that got pinched off and made it difficult for a smooth journey from the west entrance to the bay which ideally would be the movement direction I intended. If I had to do this project over again, I would make that one of my most important factors. I believe that I accounted for it in the majority of my design, yet it really wasn't done as elegantly as I would have liked for it to have been. Something else that I've given some thought to was more related to the idea of recombinant urbanism. It seems to me that the idea of the urban actors bringing their own influences into the development of new areas of the city is already something that is naturally occurring in Mission Bay, however, because of how quickly the change is occurring, and due to the almost “master plan ” approach the city is taking to redevelop, it appears to be a bit homogenous. The very nature of the proposal to break up the grid of high rise apartments, parking garages and bio-tech facilities seems refreshing. I believe that by embracing the “park ” atmosphere my design plays well into an evolving, ever changing part of the city because it allows for changes of greenery or installations and the forms aren't making one big bold statement, they are broken up and work together but I believe they too could be changed fairly easily if that was the desire of the neighborhood. Also, the fact that there are temporary exhibit spaces, an amphitheater which assumes no specific use, and smaller parceled marketplace stalls, I would hope leads to a vibrant, ever-changing, attraction in Mission Bay; and one that will bring people back to visit time and time again.


After presenting, I also thought about the nature of what lunch time would be as I believe it would be one of the most bustling times for the marketplace and restaurants. I do have plenty of places where people could sit. However, many people may not be as adventurous as would be required to enjoy some of the places I've created. Therefore, more easily accessible and obvious places to enjoy a quick bite in the park would be nice to have incorporated. My battle against technology finally came to an end this semester when I embraced what it could do for me and began to use it as a design tool. Much of the design changes were accomplished through sketch up. I must say however, that I learned that because it so easy to make changes using the software, I found myself wanting to change things constantly and before one idea was fully experimented with. I think in the future it would behoove me to allow myself to complete one move at a time and save multiple versions of the model as I complete each move so that I can go back to a previous idea more easily. Even printing out snapshots of the model as changes are made and posting them on my cork board to remind me of where I've been would be useful. Also, the perspective vignettes were done fairly easily through SketchUp and they really to give an outsider a quick feeling of the environment. In fact, SketchUp became my best friend this semester. Love it! On a more serious note, I would have to wrap this up by saying that I was overwhelmed at first by the enormity of this project and thought that there was no way I would ever be able to design something so large in such a short time-span but thanks to the faith of our courageous instructor, Mr. Lum, it all worked itself out. (For better or for worse.) I'm happy with what I ended up with and although I continue waking up in the middle of the night with new ideas on how to improve the design, I rest assured that I did my best and am proud of the work I presented. As a student on a non traditional route, I am saddened that I will be returning to City College next semester and not see the familiar faces I've grown accustomed to greeting withing the walls of the Architecture department. However, I wish the best of luck to those moving on, and I look forward to seeing the faces of those who, like myself, will be wandering the campus for at least another semester or so before moving on. (Depending on the results of my transfer credits and placement tests I expect to be applying to Berkeley 3yr option for Graduate School as soon as the end of next semester or the year after.) The semester went by too quickly, but a lot was accomplished, and I'm so excited to see what challenges await in the future. -Eric Fura


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