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INFORMATION Name Nationality Phone email instagram

Elena BenĂ­tez Espino Spanish 07599472088 elenabenitezespino@gmail.com @elenabenitez_arch


Curriculum Vitae Profile I take pride in my interpersonal skills and enjoy being part of a team. I am punctual, honest, hard working and always bring a smile to work. I am a fast learner and I am often trying to broaden and improve my skills. Not just in architecture, but in any other aspect of my life. My career objetive is to help mental health and climate change by designing buildings and spaces environmentally friendly and having a city designed for a better mental health. believe in the ability of architecture, research, and design thinking to effect good in the world. I will continue to work, learn, and immerse myself in the field in order to create the best of my hability.

Interests

Achievements

One of my main interests is doing physical activity, I try to stay active by going to the gym or for walks. It helps me release stress and be active all the time. Also, I like photography. It is one of my passions and when I have time, I like to go out and take pictures of the nature and cities.

During my last year of school my class and I needed to organise a fund raising race. My job was to talk to several companies and get some sponsorship (like water, food, infrastructures...). I got sponsorship from CocaCola, Libbys, Base and others. Also, I helped designing the poster and a video of advertisement. We collected 3000€ for Cáritas, a Charity Organisation.

Work experience July 2016 - present Public Relations of Viberus Group

2017- Present Graphic Designer at the Strathclyde Law Review

I have been working for Viberus Group as an online Public Relations during summer 2016 and 2017 and during Christmas time 2017. I promote on the internet some of the parties they make and try and get as many people as I can, even though I am currently in the UK.

I am working for the Strathclyde Law Review . My job is to organise the layout of the printed version, meaning I need to design the way it looks and make it aesthetically pleasing. I work with a group of 20 people and we need to collaborate between each others to make the best. If we don’t cooperate, the Strathclyde Law Review can’t be release.

Summer 2017 & Summer 2018 Art & Design Teacher I have been working the past two summers at a small school of art helping children and some young adults to develop their drawing skills. I mainly teach them how to draw the basis of an object (plan, elevations and perspectives), as well as how to draw a building from a magazine, following the proportions and the points of perspective.

References Samuel Brown 84 St Andrews Drive | Glasgow |G41 4EQ 07760343886 sam@odonnellbrown.com

William Gunn will@wilsongunnarchitects.com



Contents YEAR 4 GANGS IN GOVAN: RESEARCH, MASTERPLAN & MAIN SPACE YEAR 3 SOCIAL ART COMMUNITY CENTRE HOUSING FOR MUSICIANS MODELS HAND-DRAWINGS PENCIL COLOUR PENCIL INK WATERCOLOURS


Year 4


GANGS IN GOVAN: RESEARCH, MASTERPLAN AND MAIN SPACE The first part of the project concerns both the identification of, and brief formation for, a selected building typology which you as an architect consider essential for a representation of the people of Govan (an historical burgh, and now district), located to the west of the City of Glasgow. This is to be formulated in conjunction with the strategic design(s) of the main voluminous space (Primary Space) within the building and one’s approach(es) to and from it. This typology should be selected from one of the 4 strategic silos mentioned above (City, Society, Technology and Environment) which are currently identified as the main areas of research within the Department of Architecture. This project will serve to challenge you in strategic project identification, brief formation, and conclusively the manifestation of that research into a fully designed piece of urban architecture.


RESEARCH Before deciding what can benefit Govan, I decided to do some interviews to people that live there. This helped to have an idea of the main problems in the area. I focused on one of them, getting the following data:

River Clyde

After the interviews I started doing a study on Gangs in Govan and how it relates to kids. The kids who run in Scotland’s gangs are branded for life by the streets where they grow up. There is no initiation ceremony. The streets decide which gang they belong to. Lots of kids grow up in tough areas and don’t end up fighting in the streets. But the kids who do are following the same problems as their parents and grandparents. Govan is one example, there have been gangs for over 70 years. Nowadays, more than 10 are crammed into a three mile radius. Most parents do all they can to keep their kids away from the gangs. Some send them to schools outside Govan to escape. Most of the guys in gangs want to be out but they can’t because they feel the need to be in the gang. “Finding a fight is easy, all you have to do is cross a line into another territory” “There wasn’t much to get up to (when growing up). Nothing to do but get into trouble I suppose. Most of the daft gang fights I was involved in broke the boredom more than anything else.” Gang members express through aggression, gym musculature, physical dominance and violence. For them, fighting provides achievements with no financial costs. These ‘masculine’ traits for lads in the schemes were sources of esteem and recognition.

Borders of Govan and location.

Knowing why kids join Gangs, I decided to research a way of giving them the same thing (fighting) but in a heathy and disciplinary way. I found out about MMA and Martial Arts. One of the main achievements of these fighting modalities is having the mind completely blank so there is a better concentration with the mind-body-spirit connection. Through daily practice with a partner, you master not only technique, but develop a spirit of satisfaction and enjoyment. This fosters a relaxed natural attitude with is very beneficial to the students who wishes to go beyond just the physical aspects of the martial arts. Mutual respect is very important for each other. This is because you practice with each other being thrown or exchanging technique so you need thoughtfulness for each other. It requires a great dedication to practice every day. This dedication builds a discipline strength and mental toughness. Training with an opponent develops speed, power, and timing, and will expose any weakness in technique. The children show respect to the teacher. No difference in religion, race or sex. It all comes together.

Govan and Glasgow City


MASTERPLAN The masterplan identifies problems in Govan that could be considered redemption to crime. All the buildings involved in the masterplan have taken a similar approach in that all the buildings are attempting to alleviate these problems rather than punishing. All buildings take the users through a process and each building will focus on helping a different generational group and help a whole community.

Silence

Voice Memories Body

Sites taken to develop in the masterplan

Our aim is to connect all the buildings by creating a road that will help regenerate govan and, as mentioned before, prevent the crime Govan has. We created this curved road with different point of accesses.

The street needed to be regenerated, we accomplished that by adding new uses to the building there and/or adding new ones. The main street has really tall buildings used for retail and restaurants, cafes… so there is a new ‘high street in Govan where people can get everything they need and help with the tourism. There is also a plaza in the north, around the current church. We created a wall on the left of the plaza and several retail building on the right. These create the shape of the plaza.

The sites ‘developed’ for our buildings have different views. The site right next to the plaza has a view to the river, he triangular shape one has a view to a garden and also river and the one on the south of the street has a view of a few gardens.

After the creation of the road and the plaza we realised there was a need of connecting Govan to Glasgow City Centre and Partick because there is no connection with the other side of the river Clyde for a few kilometres. We connected Govan to the Transport Museum and Partick and Partick to the Transport Museum too.

Final Masterplan


SITE


Plans & Section






Year 3


AN UNDER-GRADUATE DESIGN THESIS: A SOCIAL ART COMMUNITY CENTRE This project explores the theme of ‘Performance’ and ‘the City’, it is proposed that it will take the form of a Thesis project similar to that which will conclude the post-graduate degree. Taking the results of your research as a starting point, you are required to develop a suitable built response to the issues raised. The specific brief for your design will be a direct response to your unit Manifesto. However, the programme shall be for an institution to satisfy man’s need to play and will contain at least one large performance space designed to accommodate an audience of between 100-200 people. The building provides a venue for public performance in a predetermined and specific controlled environment. It will demonstrate your ability to handle a complexity of user groups. Spectators, performers, administrative/technical staff and those who come to practice/learn all have differing requirements. Complex sequences of circulation willrequire to be resolved in your design. As a public facility, it is expected that your design will be located within and relate to a designed public space, either as part of a unit or an individual urban design strategy. The ‘image’ of your design should reflects its purpose, and be contextually appropriate in its specific and designed urban environment.


The Site

Research The topic of the manifesto is Laurieston. A performance centre for the community and for the visitors of Laurieston was the initial task. The main focus of the task was to propose a design that would regenerate a run down area of Glasgow and restore the social richness. PERFORMERS

AUDIENCE

PUBLIC SPACES GALLERY

THEATRE WORKSHOPS LIBRARY

SEMI -PUBLIC SPACES STUDIO

RECEPTION

CAFE

COMMUNITY GARDEN & VIEWS


Development Diagrams


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A’ Ground Floor 1. Cafe 2. Reception/Bar 3. Staff Area 4. Kitchen 5. Plant Room 6. Toilets

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First Floor 1. Exhibition Space 2. Storage Space

Second Floor 1. Flexible Space 2. Stage (if needed) 3. Backstage 4. Waiting Area

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Fourth Floor 1. Library with Study Spaces 2. Meeting Rooms/Workshop Rooms

Fifth Floor 1. Big Studio 2. Smaller studio 3. Kitchen and sitting space 4. Storage and Workshop

Sixth Floor 1. Viewing Platform 2. Community Garden


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Third Floor 1. Rehearsal Space 2. Changing Rooms

Public Space

Circulation

Fire Staircase

Private Space

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Seventh Floor 1. Viewing Platform


A-A’ Section

B-B’ Section

East Elevation

North Elevation



Year 3


HOUSING FOR MUSICIANS The first part of the project concerns both the identification of, and brief formation for, a selected building typology which you as an architect consider essential for a representation of the people of Govan (an historical burgh, and now district), located to the west of the City of Glasgow. This is to be formulated in conjunction with the strategic design(s) of the main voluminous space (Primary Space) within the building and one’s approach(es) to and from it. This typology should be selected from one of the 4 strategic silos mentioned above (City, Society, Technology and Environment) which are currently identified as the main areas of research within the Department of Architecture. This project will serve to challenge you in strategic project identification, brief formation, and conclusively the manifestation of that research into a fully designed piece of urban architecture.


The Site

Actual Site

Masterplan


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Ground Floor

1st Floor

1. A recording studio. 2. Four Practice rooms residents. 3. Plant room. 4. Bin storage.

5. Instrument shop. 6. Lounge Bar. 7. Entrance to the building. 8. Bike parking for the residents

3rd Floor

Flat type 1: It is located at the north side of the building. The flat is repeated on the other floors.The flat is designed for 3/4 people. Two of the walls are facing the outside, giving natural light to the bedrooms, living spaces and bathroom. There is enough storage for instruments.

2nd Floor

4th Floor

Flat type 2: It is located next to the circulation space. The same flat is repeated on the other floors. This flat is design for 1/2 people.There is enough storage for the instruments. Just one of the sides of the wall is facing the outside, the bedroom and the living room.

Flat type 3: It is located on the south side of the building. This flat is design for 1/2 people. There is enough storage for the instruments. One of the rooms and the corridor are facing south. As in the other flat, there is a terrace facing south.

5th Floor

Flat type 4: It is located on the south side of the building. This flat is design for 3/4 people. All the bedrooms are ensuite. There is enough storage for the instruments. One of the rooms and the living room are facing south. There is a terrace facing south.

6th Floor

Flat type 5: it is the same arrangement than the flat type 3 but south facing and with a terrace.

Flat type 6: It is located on the south side of the building. This flat is design for 1/2 people. There is enough storage for the instruments. The room and the living room are facing south. There is a terrace facing south that is just connected to the bedroom.


East Elevation

North Elevation


West Elevation

South Elevation



Models







Hand Drawings PENCIL COLOUR PENCIL INK WATERCOLOURS










CONTACT INFORMATION elenabenitezespino@gmail.com 07599472088 @elenabenitez_arch Elena Benitez Espino


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