Alec DuMond Fall 2010 - Fall 2012 Undergraduate Studies Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Photo credit: HIRISE
+ MARTIAN TERRAFORMATION Conceptual Colonization | Mars
The prospect of inhabiting Mars has captivated the minds scientists and writers alike. The concept of Martian Terraformation was born from the idea of gradual adaptation. The creation of a habitable climate and landscape emerges from a rigorous study of the existing landscape.
The process of colonization is rarely ever characterized by a peaceful process. The creation of this process of Terraformation took in the weather patterns which created the existing landscapes, and reduced them to their most visceral acts of manipulation through a rigorous drawing process. The process was then applied to a conceptual artificial landscape, as a first step towards deriving a final architectural consequence. Alec DuMond
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+ CAUSTIC MANIPULATIONS Museum Addition | Glens Falls, New York
The campus of the Hyde museum stands steeped in history. But as has become the reality of the museumâ€™s industrial neighbors, the changing social and economic climate of the 20th and 21st centuries has proved to be a difficult transition for the small town collection. The Museumâ€™s administration is now looking to an architectural intervention to re-energize the campus and the surrounding area.
The proposed intervention draws upon the macchiaioli ques of painting using pools of light to create an atmospheric affect. This 2-dimensional technique was spatialized into a generative aggregation which would allow for a radical curatorial method on an intrinsic level, and a respectful treatment of the campus on the extrinsic level. Alec DuMond
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+ EMBEDDED LOGICS Pavilion | Seaside Setting
Architecture and art have always been deeply intertwined, from the earliest cave dwellings to the most elaborate baroque vaults. But at some point, religious art came under deep questioning and as new art forms took shape, works of art came off the wall to become their own autonomous objects. The focus of this project was a synthesis between contemporary art and architecture in a manner which goes beyond applying art to an architectural surface.
The driving force behind the design of this pavilion was an analysis of contemporary artists Perry Hall and Mark Bradford. This was done in an effort to derive a notion of how each artist uses their materials in a manner which accesses the inherent qualities of those materials; and subsequently spatialize that notion. Alec DuMond
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+ REPOPULATING ISOLATED SPACE Housing Complex | Troy, New York
The site for this intervention was along Troy’s waterfront area. Both programmatic and contextual influences required a great deal of social integration: both within the complex, and outside of the building envelope as a means of accessing the waterfront.
The intervention looked to Louis Kahn, specifically the formal strategies which he employs in order to manipulate the way in which light enters a space. As a design discourse, I chose to create an interpretation of these strategies (in particular Kahn’s manipulation of poché to create thickened wall space) which would mimic Kahn’s use of light, while also integrating traces of the architectural subject. This was done in an effort further integrate the social influences of the context, and create spaces which welcome human occupancy. Alec DuMond
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+ VERTICAL INTEGRATION Business Incubator | Turin, Italy
The Palazzo De Lavoro stands as one of the largest remaining monuments of the work of Pier Luigi Nervi. Constructed as an exhibition center during the early 1960â€™s, the buildingâ€™s massive 22,500 square meter footprint has created a seemingly unusable space. The aim of this workshop was not only to redesign, but also to re-program the Palazzo de Lavoro.
Our scheme developed a long-term sustainable program, a business incubator comprised of programmatic zones which embody every step of the design process. As a means of creating chance encounters and impromptu meeting between subjects, we incorporated a series of circuited catwalks supported by glass facades on either side. These catwalks connect programs, users, and community. Alec DuMond
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+ SCALAR URBAN TOPOGRAPHY Business Incubator | Rome, Italy
Rome’s EUR district was conceived of as the host for 1942 World’s Fair under the Fascist regime. During this time, the concept of future Urban planning was based upon the speed and efficiency offered by the automobile. As World War II engulfed all of Europe, construction was stopped on the EUR, resuming in the 1960’s when the Ligini Financial complex was built.
Our refurbishment of the unused Ligini complex focused on a model for the re-scaling of the EUR. The scale of the district and the somber affect of Fascist wage a psychological war on the individual subject of the EUR. We used the pleated surface as a means of transitioning from vertical to horizontal, providing a juxtaposition to the autonomous fascist monuments that terminate every urban corridor. Alec DuMond
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Putting Faith in Ambiguity