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Erin Elizabeth Ruhl_portfolio


Erin Elizabeth Ruhl erin.ruhl@gmail.com 502.299.4613 Graduate Student at Rice University Masters in Architecture Second Semester

Living Library_Houston, TX SCAPA_Lexington, KY Bus Hub and Transit Center_New Orleans, LA 1700 St. Roch Neighborhood Kisok_New Orleans, LA James E. Pepper Bourbon Bar and Museum_Lexington, KY MOCCA_New York, NY Sneaky Manchester Streetscape_Lexington, KY Artist’s Vacation Home and Campground_Lexington, KY Proposed Salk Center Housing_La Jolla, CA Selected Creative Works

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Living Library

Becoming a Multilingual Cultural Institution in Houston’s East End Houston, TX Fall 2011

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Ground Floor

The historical function of the library was to provide a source from which visitors could absorb knowledge and then leave, taking that knowledge into the world. It was primarily a quiet place for solitary reading and study from which a visitor only consumed knowledge.

A contemporary library should challenge this historical model and become a lively, engaging and collaborative source for consumption and production. Instead of a visitor gaining knowledge and then leaving with it, the library should also provide an opportunity for visitors to share knowledge amongst themselves and give knowledge back. Particularly in this multilingual neighborhood, a way to establish this give-and-take model for a library is to provide the resources needed to listen, record and create oral histories and stories. Oral histories have been a source for knowledge and cultural heritage for centuries. Now, with new technologies of video and audio recording, histories and traditions that define a culture can be captured and shared. Voices can then transcend the limits of location and time. The recording process, much like a conversation, allows for a twoway exchange of information, where each participant learns and responds to the other. This multiple exchange of information and knowledge breathes new life into the library and re-establishes it as a vital cultural institution.

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The neighborhood has a rich Hispanic culture and pedestrian scene. It has all the ingredients necessary to foster the addition of a Houston cultural destination: a place for people to find pieces of their history as well as create their own. Architecturally, the library aims to frame a very public and conversive ground floor while simultaneously allowing for more intimate, quiet places above. This ground floor acts like a one-room extension of the already lively sidewalk. The second floor consists of more intimate, quiet spaces concealed as separated volumes hovering above the louder, more public space. Creating a range of acoustics within the library allows spaces for listening and recording oral histories and conversations. Additionally, the two main entrances on either end of the site address both the commercial and residential sides of the site and signify the dual approach inherent in the framework for a dialogue.


Section Perspective

Formal Diagrams

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View of Downtown Houston

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SCAPA

School for the Creative and Performing Arts Lexington, Kentucky Fall 2008

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Massing Studies

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Auditorium Instrumental + Vocal Music Studios

High School Classrooms Library + Media Center

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Views from street into studios

Although academics and final showings are crucial elements in the school, working and learning in studio is at the heart of SCAPA’s mission. Bringing the school downtown presents an opportunity to showcase the studio work that usually happens behind closed doors. Turning the school inside-out and conceptually peeling back the walls that usually hide the studio spaces will reveal to the community the artistic work the students are engaged in daily. Pedestrians will be able to see the studios and are encouraged to stop, watch, and listen. Opening up the studios also creates more interdisciplinary learning experiences for the students. The permeability of the site is ideal for framing views into various studios from the street as well as views from inside the school out into the city.

Visual Art + Creative Writing Studios

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Views from studios into the city

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Porosity of the site to be continued throughout the school

Downtown Lexington has various artist studios, galleries, and performance venues available to the public. However, there is a need to activate the public’s involvement and interest in the arts.

SCAPA (School for the Creative and Performing Arts) of Lexington aims to educate students ranging from grades 7-12 who are particularly interested in the arts and allow them the opportunity to fully develop their artistic potential. Relocating the school in a current downtown parking lot would bring density to the downtown landscape, act as a catalyst for a developing arts district, and revitalize downtown Lexington as a cultural center. The school would also provide the community with artists, advocates for the arts, and values contributors to society as these students make their career and life choices. It would be a source of light and color on this city block: a place where students can learn and create while engaging the public and activating an awareness of the arts.

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Middle School Classrooms

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At the entrance to the school, there will be an interior street that maintains the “cut-through” space on the block. Inte rior circulation will pierce the volumes to   serve as a formal and visual link between all the different art disciplines. The public gains views into the studios and new green spaces.

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Bus Hub and Transit Center

For the River Transit Authority of New Orleans Kentucky New Orleans Architecture Studio New Orleans, LA Spring 2008

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Active routes before Katrina

Active routes after Katrina

Inactive routes after Katrina

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Problem: Number of street crossings necessary to make popular transfers/destinations

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CA all of these bus stops and By relocating NA L consolidating them into one large bus hub and transit center in the neutral ground on Elk Street between Canal TU StreetLANand Tulane Avenue can allow E for the introduction and more efficient use of larger amenities that the stops are currently lacking as well as cut down on the foot traffic.

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Research revealed that most of the bus transferring activity was happening in the Central Business District. From This part of town, most of the city can be reached within a 15-20 minute bus ride. Here is also where every resident of New Orleans East or from across the river that takes the by-pass bus route must be picked up or dropped off. This means that there is a lot of foot traffic in this concentrated area, whether it be between stops or to their destination. ACTIVATING THE NEUTRAL GROUND

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Since Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans is rebuilding and its displaced population is returning. With a returning population the public transportation system is in desperate need of restructuring and redesigning. Existing conditions are poor: bus stops are ill-equipped, street furniture is outdated and damaged, and route/ticket information is limited and disorganized.

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Popular Destinations

Solution: More pedestrian friendly and accommodating bus hub and transit center in neutral ground

Five-minute increment travel locations

Route and destination research revealed a high activity level of commuters in the Central Business District and proved the neutral ground on Elk Street to be an ideal site for a bus hub and transit center.


DIAGRAMS

SITE PLAN

DIAGRAMS

SITE PLAN

Existing live oaks to remain PALM TREE PATH

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EXISTING LIVE OAKS TO BE MAINTAINED ON NEUTRAL GROUND

SCORED CONCRETE

Existing monuments and sculptures to remain

EXISTING LIVE OAKS TO BE MAINTAINED ON NEUTRAL GROUND

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PLANTER WITH BENCH

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MONUMENTS TO BE MOVED TO ADJACENT NEUTRAL GROUND

Modified route and bus stop location

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Above is a series of line drawings illustrating the design intentions and reactions to this particular site. The neutral ground is one of the few in the Central Business District with full-grown live oaks. Wishing to not interfere with these trees, the bus lanes weave between them (A). With the bus lanes pushing into the neutral ground the loading platforms must follow (B). Once these are established, a series of crosswalks allow the pedestrian to walk safely and directly from across the street to the ticket desk or from the ticket desk to their platform (C). The result is a downtown park like space where people can enjoy themselves safely while waiting for the bus.

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COMMUTER RESTROOMS

INFORMATION AND TICKET DESK

PLANTER WITH BENCH PLATFORM A

MONUMENTS TO BE MOVED TO ADJACENT NEUTRAL GROUND

CROSSWALK

LIVE OAK

BUS ACTIVITY

Primary circulation

PLANTER

PLATFORM B

TALL GRASS COMMUTER RESTROOMS

INFORMATION AND TICKET DESK

PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITY

CROSSWALK

COBBLESTONE

Information and ticket desk as anchor for the two platforms

BUS ACTIVITY

PLANTER

PLATFORM B

PLANTER WITH BENCH

COMMUTER SERVICES AND BOARDING

WOOD SURFACE

New bike racks

New recycling receptacles

Improved signage

New public restrooms

Improved seating

Improved public telephones

Improved shelter

Improved newspaper and advertisement services

PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITY CREPE MYRTLE

PLANTER

Improved lighting Trash receptacle COMMUTER SERVICES AND BOARDING

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Enlarged Site Plan with New Amenities and their Locations

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PLANTER WITH BENCH


The information and ticket desk is housed in a structure that aims to blur the lines between interior and exterior. It allows a view of the entire neutral ground and its surroundings while simultaneously providing shelter against the elements. Continued daylight and materials from exterior to interior can easily be seen and understood. Previously nonexistent amenities such as pubic restrooms and customer service now have a permanent location without disrupting the park-like feel of the neutral ground.

SOLAR PANEL

INTERNALLY LIT PANEL RTA LOGO

504-234-9052 www.norta.com

During the day, the building acts a transparent interior space where commuters can wait for their bus without feeling too disconnected from their respective platform. When night falls, it becomes a source of light and sense of security for those still commuting.

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HELP LINE ROUTE INFORMATION

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A contemporary logo and new signage clearly displays route and system information on an internally lit panel powered by the sun. Reorganizing the existing web site and creating more legible system maps makes information readily available and easily located. A new bus stop furniture system allows for the reconfiguration of different key elements to accommodate the needs of each bus stop. Stops that see more activity may need a shelter element (A) and stops that are on a less popular route may only require a bench and a bike rack or a trash receptacle (B & C). This single system is designed to meet the needs of any bus stop in the city.

Information/Ticket Desk Entrance

Bus Stop Furniture Assembly


1700 St. Roch Neighborhood Kiosk

For the Faubourg St. Roch Project of New Orleans Kentucky New Orleans Architecture Studio New Orleans, LA Spring 2008 Team members: Mark Richards Annie Smith St. Roch Project

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At 1700 St. Roch Avenue two new buildings are being developed, both of which will incorporate residential and commercial spaces. The project, part of a larger effort to revitalize the St. Roch neighborhood after Hurricane Katrina, employs a “Standard of Sustainability,� including the use of local materials and resources. In a preliminary environmentally-conscious gesture, the Faubourg St. Roch Project organization approached the KNOA Studio to design a neighborhood kiosk using reclaimed materials from the building that previously existed on the site. The kiosk is intended to be less like a sign on the corner and more like a hint of the neighborhood renewal efforts to come. Its function includes showcase space for the project, display area for community announcements and events, and seating to promote community interaction. Conceptually, our vision was to create a design that celebrated the characteristics of the reclaimed lumber employed as exterior furniture, a piece that once assembled would take on a continuous and monolithic form seemingly carved from a larger whole.

Detail Photographs


James E. Pepper Bourbon Bar and Museum James E. Pepper Distillery Fermenting House Lexington, Kentucky Fall 2007

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Bourbon distilling, drinking, and appreciation is an integral part of the history of Kentucky. Today, the once very productive James E. Pepper Bourbon Distillery in Lexington Kentucky is a place overgrown with vines and occupied by old car parts. The entire compound is practically abandoned. However, there has been an effort to revitalize the area around the Pepper Distillery aptly named the Bourbon District. As part of this revitalization effort, the fermenting house of the Pepper Distillery is looking to become a bourbon bar and museum that not only would be a source of life in the Bourbon District of Lexington, but also a major stop along Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. Despite the site being abandoned, the vegetation and open space gives it a sense of life. A framing structure not only stabilizes the existing structure but also allows the vines to continue growing giving the building a feel of a modern ruin.

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PEPPER COMPLEX AND FERMENTING HOUSE

DOWNTOWN LEXINGTON

WEAVING NATURE INDUSTRY RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN LIFE

The James E. Pepper Distillery on Manchester Street in Lexington has been abandoned for years. Recently, however, there has been an effort to create a new arts and entertainment district along the street aiming to highlight and preserve the area’s buildings and rich history. The James E. Pepper Distillery Museum and Bourbon Bar is an adaptive-reuse project that tells the story of bourbon making and drinking in Kentucky. Housed in the old fermenting room, the reclaimed fermenting tanks contain the various programmatic elements while a large cylindrical bottle wall displays various bourbon bottles throughout history from distilleries across the state.

 History of Bourbon  Bottle Wall  Bourbon Bar / Kitchen  Men’s / Women’s Restroom

Framing Structure

PEPPER COMPLEX AND FERMENTING HOUSE

Proximity to Downtown Lexington

By bringing the old fermenting tanks back and repurposing them to house various programs such as the bar and museum display, the room regains a sense of its spatial history: a reminder of the way the room felt when the distillery was in operation.

Interior/Exterior Space

A connective walkway from the ground up and through the building would continue the existing ambiguity of interior and exterior space as well as provide a place to gain a new perspective of the fermenting house.

Site Conditions and Observations

New Tank Configuration

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Among the reprogrammed fermenting tanks, a bourbon bottle installation (consisting of historic as well as modern bourbon bottles) acts as a lightwell transforming the light from the clerestory above into a kaleidoscopic display of color and shapes. A mezzanine level walkway allows the visitor and bourbon enthusiast to experience the bottles and the space from a different perspective as well as cast their own shadows on the bottles below, bringing them to life.

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MoCCA

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art New York City, New York Fall 2010 Team members: Jordan Hines

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The mission of MoCCA is to “collect, preserve, educate, and display cartoon and comic art” with the primary goal of “educating the public about comic and cartoon art, how it is crafted, and how it reflect history.”

Site Plan

With history and education as the heart of MoCCA’s mission, the library, classrooms, and gallery spaces become the body of the museum. It is then lifted off the ground not only to provide communal space at the street level, but to elevate the contents to a more dynamic position. An outer exoskeleton of screens protects this body and the art inside. These screens not only filter the daylight to avoid contact with the art, they allow the programs to be highly visible from the street and easily accessible to the public. As one enters the museum, a central spine allows the visitor to take their time and travel upward through the underbelly of the museum, towards the featured exhibition space and roof garden. Plan

Featured Exhibition Space Exhibition Space Classrooms / Gallery Space Floor Area Ratio = 6% max

Classrooms / Computer Lab / Workshop Cafe

Conference Rooms / Administrative Offices Archives / Lecture Hall

Library / Admssions / Retail

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Process drawings

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Final streetscape

Above are the results of an exercise done in attempt to portray a particular quality through form, material and animation. For this exercise, I chose to capture the qualities of being sneaky. Here sneaky is defined by sense of quiet, secrecy, and stealth. Formally, this definition of sneaky translates into sleek surfaces with points that divert from a predictable course and reach for something unseen with as if preparing for a silent attack.

Manchester Street serves as a direct link between industrial Lexington and downtown Lexington and has generally been a place of manufacturing and making. Presently however, it is a street in transition. Given this quality of the streetscape, driving down the street becomes a playful rhythm of architectural and spatial elements as well as a game of seek and find. The purpose of this drawing and collage investigation is to evaluate the streetscape of Manchester in order to qualitatively convey this unique and seemingly musical sense of place with multiple levels of understanding.

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Site plan

Site section

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Building and site plans, sections and elevations

Artist’s Vacation Home and Campground Spring 2006: Connecting the old oak tree to the lake beyond the trees, the house and studio become a contemporary tree house among the forestlike feel of the aggragated trellis units of the campground.

Housing Proposal for the Salk Center Spring 2007: Staying in tune with Louis Kahn’s Salk Center formally and conceptually, the proposed housing aims to designate and explore the relationship between private and public space.

Building plans

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Selected Creative Works: Digital and Freehand Drawing, Physical Models, 3D Stereolithography, Figure Drawings, Collages and Diagrams.


Portfolio  

Graduate and Undergraduate Work

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