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héctor dávalos


content philosophy curriculum works jewish center strategie pro smĂ­chov macg II mudevi spa tonatico 3 R's of Architecture


philosophy The work of an architect is not meant to be over with the design or construction of an architectural object, it has to go beyond to be able to understand in a profound way the problems and the necessities of the users in order to provide a holistic solution that guaranties the overall satisfaction instead of just covering the symptoms of the problem. Nowadays architecture is heading towards an interdisciplinary way of working. This is not only for the variety of ideas that can become a good solution, but for the endless aspects that have to be consider for making of architecture a functional, esthetic, sustainable, contemporary solution. My formation has given me the opportunities to know different ways of working and producing architecture and design, therefore I compromise myself in finding the way to provide of good architecture which solves the user necessities as well as the connection to the environment and surroundings.

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curriculum Personal Information name address number mail nationality birth

Luis Héctor Dávalos González-Plata Wisconsin #76 Colonia Nápoles /México 044 (55) 34 64 25 13 hector.davalos24@gmail.com Mexican April. 24th. 1990

Education and Formation elementary middle high school

Colégio Británico /MX Colégio Británico /MX Colégio Británico /MX

Grade

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México /MX Architecture. UNAM CU. Average 8.8 (1st to 6th semester, Faculty of Architecture, Atelier J. G. Reyna)

Czech Technichal Univesrity in Prague /CZ Architecture. ČVUT. Average 9.2 (7th and 8th semester, Faculty of Architecture)

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México /MX Architecture. UNAM CU. Average 8 (9th semester. Faculty of Architecture, Atelier J. G. Reyna) Overall advance - 98 % de credits

Languajes native

Spanish

others

English 90 % Cambridge ESOL Examinations CAE "PASS" Level 2, C1

German 30 % Goethe Institut. UNAM CELE

French 20%

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Capacities

Ability to work in teams Ability for leadership and direction Good communication, responsibility and easygoing for social relationships

Graphic design knowledge Manual / Digital. Autocad 2d, 3d. 3dsMax, Archicad, Artlantis Adobe Suite C6. FreeHand. Microsoft Office Suite.

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romita rehab housing | commerce | public space Roma neighborhood, México

Thesis Project Made in colaboration with Gerardo Ezquerra Faculty of Architecture. UNAM CU| México D.F. advisers . arq. Eduardo Schütte | arq. Javier Senosiain

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intentions location

Morelio - Real Romita Roma neighborhood México D.F. México

Independent entrances to the apartments in ground floor and a common entrance hall for the upper levels. Transition between interior and exterior areas inside the apartment Separation between private and public area for privacy. Double height spaces illumination and views.

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Create a vertical city. The problem with normal apartment building is that you lose the privacy of a single house. In this project the apartments are intended to recreate these qualities, double height living rooms, central courtyard with a an entrance hall and separation of public and private spaces. The building is standing in the courtyard of an ancient house (beginning of 1900's) which has been neglected over the years, returning to its original residential use and giving rehabilitating the space inside. Round the corner is one of the oldest squares and churches form Mexico. Dating from the 16th century this place has also being neglected to a point where is not safe to be in there anymore. We intend to bring new commerce to the area making an urban reactivation following the trend from the rest of the neighborhood.

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The entrances to the apartments of the ground floor are directly in the street. The upper level apartments have an entrance hall on the second floor. All the upper level apartments are of different levels and each one of them have their own private terrace. In addition to this, there is a public area for all the neighbors on the second floor. The lattice that covers the building and that divides spaces in the inside of the apartments is made of mud and clay following traditional constructive methods.

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Living Room Interior Courtyard

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Inside the apartments, the stairs play a scenographic role in the space. In the living room they hang from the steel structure and in the upper levels, the stairs which go to the roof garden bring an exterior courtyard to an interior space. In the Ground level, the courtyards are in the middle of the apartment divided by a special lattice. This brings light to the apartment and also works as a terrace for the dormitories. The spaces are proposed to be very open without divisions in order to maximize the use of it.

Roof Garden Stairs

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jewish center gateway | exposition | cultural difusion. Jewish old town in Prague, Czech Republic.

Project made in the Faculty of Architecture. Czech Technical University | Prague adviser . ing. arch. Luboš Pata

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location

Prague Czech Republic Josevov J osevov Listopadu 17. Listop padu | Široká

intentions

Not to build a closing building. The area, although is a very concurred area, has a very strong separation between the historical city (old town) and the jewish neighbourhood, mostly because the primary way in is this street and has nothing to indicate it. Also, the new building has to be respectful towards the historical sites and contemporary at the same time. To achieve this, the building stands on a fluid circulation taking advantage of the different levels of the towns. This evolves eventualy in the inclination of the building making the roof habitable and directing the viewes to the city landmarks.

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Encounter place Junction between the old city and the contemporary interventions. Open space to deal with the urban density of the city.

jewish graveyard

n mai ance r ent

sq ua re

café

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This walk is meant to show Jewish history of the Czech communities throughout the centuries. It is supported with objects pictures and memories from the survivors. All the

way down, the wall contains the names of all the known habitants of the old Jewish ghetto.

historical walk m foru

yard

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basement

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urbanism | housing | cultural difusion. reuse of old industrial neighborhood. Smíchov, Czech Republic. Project made in the Faculty of Architecture. Czech Technical University | Prague advisers . ing. arch. Matyáš Sedlák | ing.arq. Ivan Plicka

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Prague Czech Republic SmĂ­chov Vltava riverbank

Bring back to life this former industrial neighborhood. Take advantage of the goodness It has, the riverbank, free-green space and reuse the buildings of the old brewery. In the new urban design is contemplated a new transfer station of metro, tram and buses ( inside and outside of Prague), a new housing development and a cultural center at the entrance to the city

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rehabilitation

Leveling of sidewalks and streets. Cleaning of public space and new color palette.

recycle

Former switching yard of train station turned into industrial park which includes sporting area, agricultural space, urban art space and open air forum.

depelopment

New housing state of 5 stories with business at first floor. 18


urban farm

public agricultural space for domestic and commercial use.

cafĂŠ restaurant highway

to release traffic jams

urban art

free space for artistic expressions and gathering

new station

transfer station for tram, metro domestic buses and foreign buses

sporting area open air forum alternative art museum cultural corner

reusing of former brewery to create a cultural center with space for exposition and representations. Conexion to museum of alternative art. portfolio | hĂŠctor dĂĄvalos


art exhibition | public space annex to former contemporary art museum. Project made in the Faculty of Architecture. UNAM CU| MĂŠxico D.F. adviser . dr. Ronan BolaĂąos

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location San Ángel México D.F. México

Create new annex to contemporary art museum that fulfills the integration to both, the former building and the context. The former museum will also have a reorganization of the exhibition areas as well as the administrative area. The main idea is to create an established path that will guide you through the exhibition and will give you information by projections on the floor. This path also includes special lightning and screens.

annex

former museum

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The path that guides you through the museum starts at the reception and it is continued by projections from the ceiling and walls. It also creates a media exposition which helps the physical art.

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The openings in the building help to bring light inside making the spaces more human and pleasant to work in. For the workers, it is included a private green area for resting or reunion. The new administrative

area was relocated in the basement to be more in contact with the workshops and the acquis of the museum.

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The exhibition area is made in double and single height levels disposed in different position in order to be able to take advantage of the exposition in all the different possible views. This also helps to have more space for media

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projections and better views of the outside. The game of levels is for the new building and in the places where the old building does not corresponds to a floor in the annex, a bridge will aid to communicate.


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mudevi the traveller museum

Project made in the Faculty of Architecture. UNAM CU| MĂŠxico D.F. adviser . dr. Ronan BolaĂąos

heritage and cultural difusion. site museum for prehispanic ruins. San Dionisio Ocotepec 26


location

San Dionisio Ocotepec Oaxaca Mpexico

intentions

Site museum for the archeological pieces recovered from the closer prehispanic settlement. This museum will also become a cultural and regional center for the village. Because of the minimal economical resources of the community, the museum will be built with materials and constructive methods from the region. The workshops for the regional center will include basic curses for craftsmanship, literacy and Mexican culture.

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The whole building was built with compacted earth enriched with straws and clay. The art for the truss is made from an interpretation of the name MUDEVI (the initials of the museum in Spanish) cut into metal foil. This is characteristic from the village due to the fact that a close factory of bottle caps nearby, often donates some foils to the village. People from the village have adopted these materials and appropriated them into their own art.

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Project made in the Faculty of Architecture. UNAM CU| MĂŠxico D.F. adviser . arq. Lorenza Capdevielle

hotel room for ecoturism

spa tonatico

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location

tonatico, Oaxaca Module for double rooms for ecotourism in a new all-natural hotel spa. It is made of compacted earth enriched with straw and clay. The roof and doors are made of bamboo. With the inner garden, it is meant to transport the user to an ecological experience in a way of relaxation and detachment from the city.

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3 R's of architecture Nowadays, the urban development has reach a point where most of the cities are already finished or most of it at least, especially in our hemisphere. It is hard to find a new project for an Urban Development, nevertheless the chances we have got to restore, rehabilitate or recycle what has already been built, are endless. The evolution of human activities is a non-stopping process which has to be accompanied by the architectural or space design, in order to maintain the functionality of a space. Sadly in most cases, the evolution of the space cannot cope with fugacity of these changes, leaving the spaces unmodified until they become totally obsolete or useless. The first and wrong way to solve this problem is by refurbishing. Why is this wrong? By doing this we neglect the basic function of architecture, which is, provider of spaces suitable for certain activities. As these activities change, the spatial requirements change as well and by doing nothing but painting or changing materials, we do not attack this problem.

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R e h a b i l i t a t i o n The way in which we have been told to overcome a project, is basing the solution mainly in the necessities of the users. This way the created spaces will be completely adequate for the activities proposed r needed. Working in a rehabilitation project you realize that it is the same foundation, the difference is that consists in having a previously built space which needs to be transform into a contemporary work. This exercise allows finished cities (heritage or historical cities for example) to continue evolving an adapting to new technological developments and human activities without the need of destroying and reconstructing. In the other hand, by choosing this way of evolution, we create our own historical heritage for the future leaving a footprint of how everyday life was in our days, and how it adapted to new purposes.


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Paper for students architectural magazine "FUGA arquitectura"

R e u s e In some cases the upgrading of an existing space is not viable due to the loss of need of it or the disuse of the activity that it was created for. For example, old factories, psychiatric hospitals, manors or even some housing or panel-housing states, all of which became economically unsustainable and unsuitable for a proper service in nowadays society. Rehabilitation fails in these spaces for upgrading is its main purpose and having nothing to upgrade for, a new activity must be found in order to maintain the building functioning. The reuse of architecture is a sustainable way of development and evolution. The thing that most worries us a planners when we take a decision of maintaining or destructing is whether it is worth the investment or its architectural value is not enough. This exercise, in my opinion, should be taken more in consideration and should be more deeply studied in order to fully understand the relation between old and new architecture and these to the city. R e s t o r i n g Restoring, as a way of historical conservation, depends of a historical investigation in order to establish the architectural predominant style and its historical value. By this, the study of activities or its integration to a contemporary state is completely neglected because the main purpose is to maintain the architectural object for its future research and display.

The historical period in which the decision of maintaining (with one of the previous concepts) or demolish a construction is taken, takes a fundamental importance. After a big architectural crisis has taken place (for example the European cities after bombing in WWII or Asian and American cities after natural disasters) the need for habitation and infrastructure is so much bigger than in periods of calm making it a priority to give proper spaces to the population than to study its historical or architectural value. I am completely aware that construction as well as demolishment is a necessary process in the making of architecture. It brings new life to cities. There wouldn't be a New York without the demolishment of the previous houses nevertheless there wouldn't be a Paris either if they all had been demolished. Therefore, I think that, the study of what should be preserved and what should not has to take a more important place in the theory of architecture for us to be capable of making these decisions in the future.

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