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sean nicholas baxter master of architecture _ 2012 work samples

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2012 u.s. embassy proposal advising professor: anca trandafirescu

labscape**

2011 marine biology labaratory advising professor: geoffrey th端n

the normal

2011 live work spaces and park adivising professor: christian unversagt

03-09 rabat, morocco

st. croix, u.s.v.i.

detroit, mi

cfua

2009 center for urban agriculture detroit, mi advising professor(s): mireille roddier, craig borum, maria aquero

district library

2010 urban district library advising professor: joshua bard

chicago, il

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furniture fabrication project modeling projects done parallel to studio book construction

family and fellowship

* 2012 Thesis Project **2011-2012 International Sustainable Laboratory Competition Submission **2012 Student Exhibition 2G3/3G6 First Prize Winner


abstract[ly]

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on m.arch, life and this sample of my work

It might be extremely “architecture student-like” to have tried to do this, but over the last few years I have been trying to think of simple ways that I might describe myself with a clever phrase or a play on words. I came up with the following: “multi-rational”. A play on the idea of multi-national, which is the mixing of dispirate backgrounds. I relish the idea that the mixing is not only a figurative thing that changes an aesthetic like skin color but actually implies a life long access to other ways of thinking about the world. Coming from a family that is multi-race, multi-national, multi-tradition, multi-sexual orientation, multi-class, and located across the U.S. and the world, I’ve always been excited about the creativity that emerges out of the coming together of diverse perspectives. Architecture then, as a profession, was the perfect position for me as the architect is often the negotiator that creatively turns ideas and intentions of multiple voices into a built form meant to be used by multiple types of users. As far as the sampling of work that follows, I’ve tried to find excitement in the forms that emerge as multiple rationalities come together into a single project. Sometimes the contradictory necessities of security and accessibility, or the urban (seed) bank and rural agriculture can yield unexpected architectural results. My projects, having dealt with the dual depressions of nearby Detroit and the recent recession also try and project a certain amount of optimism and aspiration that opposes the dominant narratives of devastating economic conditions, apocolyptic climate change or nuclear terrorism.

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SEAN N. BAXTER

seanbax@umich.com | 734-358-9943 1414 McIntyre, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

education University of Michigan, April 2012 - Master of Architecture candidate Busan National University, May 2004 - Intensive Korean Language Program University of Oregon, August 2003 - Dual Bachelors of Intl Studies & Chinese Language Central University for the Nationalities, Dec 2001 & 2002 - Intensive Chinese Language Program

work Busan, South Korea July 2004 - August 2011 Teacher Taught ESL courses at the following schools and companies in Busan: LCI Kid’s Club (Jul 04-Jan05), Reading Town (Feb 05-Feb 06), Maersk Logistics (Oct 08-Jan09), Jeong-Cheol ESL Academy (Oct 08-Mar 09), Lee Bo-young ESL Academy (Oct 08-Mar 09), Moojuk School (Jun 11-Aug 11) Sales and Logistics Milwaukie, Oregon Dec 2007 - September 2008 Managed the sales of product and logistics for the shipments of Carlton Company Chainsaw Chain to customers in East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. Import-Export Beaverton, Oregon August 2006 - July 2007 Managed import and export transactions and logistics for shipments of timber between the US and East Asia and also specifically between China and Japan for Ike Trading Co.

volunteering World Affairs Council Portland, Oregon June 2006 - July 2006 Contacted organizations throughout Oregon to arrange meetings between local professionals and visiting international professionals dealing with similar business or social issues Namgwang Shelter Busan, South Korea June 2005 - February 2006 Taught English to orphaned and under-privileged high school to college-aged boys at shelter for children without families


skills Computer Apple & Microsoft Rhino Autodesk CAD, Revit Google SketchUp Adobe Suite (CS4) Illustrator Photoshop InDesign MS Office Word Excel

Personal Language Korean Mandarin Chinese Machine Shop (HS) Wood, Metal, Plastics Shop Work (Michigan) Welding Wood Bending Laser cutting

recent achievements Student Exhibition 2G3/3G6 First Prize/AIA Honorable Mention

2012

SeAH-Haiam Arts and Sciences Scholarship

2011

University of Michigan Korean Language Program Scholarship

2011

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Recipient

2010-2011

Taubman College Merit Based Continuing Scholarship

2010-2011

online portfolio and other work http://www.behance.net/baxmac1 http://thenormal-detroit.tumblr.com/ http://tomorrowhanok.tumblr.com/ http://issuu.com/hajusun

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g.o.l.

03 u.s. embassy proposal

rabat, morocco

Embassy architecture is steeped in layers of rhetorical demands and physical constraints other projects don’t usually encounter. The embassy is an institutional building representing the interests and values of one sovereign nation within the territory of another. This places enormous amounts of pressure on making contextual sensitivity coexist with symbollic representation of the foreign. My thesis project poses the question of whether architectural innovation can be a catalyst for changes in the diplomatic process itself and how would an architecture, intent on manipulating the way embassy buildings construct relationships with their local communities and environments manifest itself? Through research and design of a new embassy in Morocco, I wished to wade into the heavily trafficked controversy over the paradox of architecture that simultaneously strives to symbolize the rhetorical strength of the American values of openess and democracy while increasingly seeking to further insolate its foreign civilian work force from the lethal dangers they face as a result of the response to their controversial policies. For this project, I wished that the embassy not only not be a bunker, but also that it be an object that lends itself to the support of a respectful, optimistic, projective idea for the local population who view the embassy and possibly utilize the services it provides. The title “Gift of Legation� suggests the idea that embassy estabishment is not an entitlement but actually an invitation. One nation is admitted into another for the purpose of developing a bond that benefits both parties, and the architecture built for the purpose of maintaining that bond should reflect that attitude.


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VIENNA CONVENTION ON DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

Article 1, (i) For the purposes of the present convention, the following expressions shall have the meanings hereunder assigned to them:

Done at Vienna On 18 April 1961 32 acre compound in Istanbul, Turkey

(i) the ”presmises of the mission” are the buildings or parts of buildings and the land ancillary thereto, irrespective of ownership, used for the purposes of the mission including the residence of the head of the mission.

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HOST UNITED NATIONS GUEST

Current Standard for Embassy/Consulate Design

My Proposed Site for Rabat, Morocco

U.S. Embassy, Stockholm, Sweden. Rapson & van der Meulen

PROVIDE THE PREMISES

The thesis references the 1950’s modernist embassy project in its use of lifting, structural and material lightness, and the emphasis of transparency. In looking at the Vienna Convention and the historical place of the embassy in the urban centers of nations this project also tries to prioritize the move back to the core city as a necessity for the successful function of the embassy. The simple move back to a constrained site forces the design to rethink how requirements, such as the set back security requirement, can be met when a 32 acre compound is not an option.

Article 21 1. The receiving State shall either facilitate the acquisition on its territory, in accordance with its laws, by the sending State of premises necessary for its mission or assist the latter in obtaining accomodation in some other way. 2. It shall also, where necessary, assist missions in obtaining suitable accomodation for their members.

Article 25 The Receiving State shall accord full facilities for the performance of the functions of the mission.

Article 11 In the absence of a specific agreement as to the size of the mission, the receiving State may require that the size of a mission be kept within limits considered by it to be reasonable and normal, having regard to circumstances and conditions in the receiving State and to the needs of the particular mission.

Former U.S. Embassy, Accra, Ghana. Harry Weese ESTABLISH FACILITIES Article 12 The sending State may not, without the prior express consent of the receiving State, establish offices forming part of the mission in localities other than those in which the mission itself is established.

Article 20 The mission and its head shall have the right to use the flag and emblem of the sending State on the premises of the mission, including the residence of the head of the mission, and on his means of transport.

Article 41 3. The premises of the mission must not be used in any manner incompatible with the functions of the mission as laid down in the present Convention or by other rules of general international law or by any special agreements in force between the sending and the receiving State.

Diagrammed on the opposite page, the intentions for security and transparency started to intertwine as the site constraints pushed the embassy into a vertical orientation. Security lifted the building and in effect opened the ground. The response of inviting in a parallel public program that first inhabits the ground level but gradually makes its way up to the roof of the building begins to re-shape the interactions between the insular-ness of the embassy interior with the openness of its new exterior envelope that is now not only inhabitable by the Moroccan citizen but also by the larger environment and eco systems that flow around the building.

Former U.S. Embassy, Accra, Ghana. Harry Weese

PROVIDE IMMUNITY AND INVIOLABILITY Article 22 1. The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter them, except with the consent of the head of the mission. 2. The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity. 3. The premises of the mission, their furnishings and other property thereon and the means of transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution.

Article 30 The private residence of a diplomatic agent shall enjoy the same inviolability and protection as the premises of the mission

Article 45 If diplomatic relations are broken off between two States, or if a mission is permanently or temporarily recalled: (a) the receiving State must, even in case of armed conflict, respect and protect the premises of the mission, together with its property and archives;

U.S. Embassy, London, UK. Eero Saarinen


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CURRENT US EMBASSY SECURITY DESIGN GUIDE DIAGRAM

Figure 1: Key Security Measures at a Notional Embassy Compound

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First, the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 19997 requires that office facilities be at least 100 feet from uncontrolled areas, such as a street where vehicles can pass without being checked by security officials. This distance is meant to help protect the buildings and occupants against threats such as bomb blasts. Second, State requires high perimeter walls or fences that are difficult to climb, thereby deterring

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An aviary program parallel to the embassy program in this proposal gives the building a new type of connectivity to its local context, simultaneously rethinking the method by which embassies reference or connect to their context and also proposing a new functional positioning for the embassy as having the unique ability to inject something unexpected and controversial into an otherwise ubiquitous cultural landscape.

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Varying the programmatic spaces by weaving the separate paths around each other

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Abuja, Nigeria

2005

Lifting Building to Open Ground

Regulations Require 100’ Setback from all uncontrolled terriitory

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Yaounde, Cameroon

2006

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Baghdad, Iraq

2008

Lifting Building to Open Ground

Lifting Embassy more to meet security requirements

Varying the programmatic spaces by weaving the separate paths around each other

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Lifting Embassy more to meet security requirements

Varying the programmatic spaces by weaving the separate paths around each other

Connecting with local ecosystems through habitat creation

Connecting with local ecosystems through habitat creation

Connecting with local ecosystems through habitat creation

Connecting with local ecosystems through habitat creation


labscape marine biology labaratory

04 st. croix, u.s.v.i.

2011-2012 International Sustainable Laboratory Competition Submission 2012 Student Exhibition 2G3/3G6 First Prize Winner


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This laboratory imagines that the future of scientific exploration will be characterized by its interconnectedness to ecosystems, direct connection to the public, and access to global information databases. It also takes a cue from ecology and blurs the boundaries between programs that were traditionally segregated into highly controlled zones. Blurring the edges between programs creates a dynamic environment that is enriched by the potential for spontaneous interactions. The lab scape will be increasingly flexible as ubiquitous data allows researchers to move freely beyond the constraints of highly conditioned and controlled space to be in direct contact with the environments they study.


the normal live work spaces and park

detroit, mi

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My proposal is meant to incorporate multiple potential futures which might include a prosperous waterfront community or may proceed slowly into a much less vibrant future. By stripping the facade and renovating the interior structure, the ground can be immediately made into a public park space for the users of the Dequindre Cut and the Waterfront parks. I propose that the incredibly sturdy structural frame then be reinforced to allow for prefabricated live work units to be inserted into it above the park. If the neighborhood remains sparsely populated the space is valuable as a part of the larger park system. If developement happens in the near future this proposal allows for the continued use of the historic structure to create a unique new living environment that also allows for the public space to exist below it.


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Live units on the East Side of the building are inserted into the former Machine Shop. The units hang from the large cross member that extends between the trusses. Work units on the West Side of the building sit between the columns.

An exhibition space sits behind the one section of wall that will be preserved and provides public access to information on the history of the building and Detroit.

One section of the facade will be kept in order to remember the original character of the building.

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This project is meant to be aspirational about the future of downtown Detroit. Urban Agriculture is already common in the Detroit area so the question had to be asked about what more the Urban Agriculture could accomplish, what Urban Agriculture means at the very center of the city and how this Center in particular would be useful in pushing Urban Agriculture into the future. The rooftop is raised to meet the view of those who would pass by on the mass transit “people mover” and is sectioned to allow for multiple crop types to be planted as each section of the roof would contain a different soil makeup and depth. Because the roof is not large enough to produce enough goods to profit from their sale, the facility can be used to harvest varieties of seeds. It will also serve as a catalyst for re-imagining rooftop use in a city that is in the midst of a giant overhaul after reaching dismal levels of disuse in the recent past. Below the roof is a system of thick, long, walls meant to appear structural and exaggerate the weight of the farming plots above. Because the thickness of the walls will not need to be solid structure in order to hold up the roof, the interior poche of the walls will house the other program, which is the seed bank. As the roof is extensive, the seed bank below will easily maintain the required reduced sunlight and temperature levels necessary to preserve the stored seeds until they are distributed to farmers around the city. Other programs in the building will house an lab for seed preservation, and soil toxicity testing for prospective urban gardeners in the city, as well as an educational facility and “bank” for distributing seeds to the public.

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center for urban agriculture

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detroit, mi


Urban agriculture has become a common phrase in and around Detroit and there are currently multiple community and city programs working to solve the multiple problems of abandoned lots, disconnected neighbors, rampant unemployment and lack of nutritious foods by establishing gardens in empty lots around inner city neighborhoods. The eventual goal though is for Detroit to return to its former glory. If Detroit recovers, the empty lots fill back up, the unemployed will return to work and the urban garden will likely follow the garden programs of the past into disuse. If Detroit is to be the center of a new movement, like Urban Agriculture, as this center foreshadows, then the center must be geared towards promoting a program that not only assists community members when times are hard, but also is promoting a vision for a brighter furture. This project asks the question, is there a way to reimagine urban farming having a place in the city and as a piece of the world’s effort to “go green?”

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I’m proposing a project that focuses the attention of city dwellers on the possibility of a downtown roof-top that is not just reducing urban heat island effects, saving energy, and controlling runoff, but is doing all of those things and providing a new element to the productivity of the city. A farm on every roof of downtown Detroit would provide a new economic and social base for the city. A green roof that not only reduces costs but in the long run will provide a return for the businesses that construct and run them. Could we, with this project, provide employment that would attract a new generation of workers into the city, provide nutrition to an urban district that besides being sparcely populated, doesn’t have a single supermarket, and start to bring nature and life into an area that has been concrete, brick, and steel for over a century. That is the movement this project aims to promote.

Farm A: Fully functional farm demonstrating the ability to grow healthy produce in the city. Four separate roof sections operate on a four year crop rotation hoping to manage the farming of a full range of regional over many years in the same soil. Farm B: Deeper heavier section of roof designed to allow larger plantings like a small scale orchard. Farm C: A much larger roof section that can be divided into smaller plots for crops that don’t interact well with the main crops.

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Three infill lots sit vacant around a common street corner in a developing commercial corridor just northwest of downtown Chicago. The open lots, currently an informal park space for local residents, has an old raised rail line that cuts through one site and behind another, while the L train line passes 30 feet overhead. The abandoned rail line, renamed the Bloomingdale Trail, is becoming dear to the local residents as a public path for walking and biking and may soon be renovated.

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that critiqued some form of communication. Our project took on talking. As a response to the smart phone

shop, we built wood steamers,

and the evolution of communication into texting, facebook, and twitter, in place of speaking, our team looked

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to devices predating those current systems. The form of our device recalls the can and string phones where

peices we designed and routed,

two people are distant but remain tethered together and find excitement in the idea that a simple device can

and as an experiment in the

project their voice. It is assembled by laser cut acrylic frame work that is then strengthened by the string.

techniques of wood bending

The components of a child’s walkie-talkie were reappropriated and housed in its base. A sound responsive

pushed 8’ long 2” by 1.5” strips

light was then inserted into the base so that it projected light out through the open end of the “can”. The

of white oak to its bending limit

final device then was connected to another via 100 feet of spliced wire, not to imply the need for wired

in order to construct the contours

connection but instead to imply the value of having that physical bond to those we speak to.

designed to fit the ergonomics of a lounging body.


extra-architectural foreign language and area studies fellowship

focus Korea

During my second year of three at Michigan I was the recipient of the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship which allowed me to spend a year studying both of my interests, which are International Studies and Language, and Architecture. Specifically, I studied more in depth into East Asian history while also studying second year Korean language. During the summer, I was then lucky enough to be able to travel to Korea and research and add valuable experience to the studying I had done during the year.

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Nothing would have been accomplished without the support of my family. Wife, Kuihwa and Son, Ian.



Sean Baxter Work Samples