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HARMON12.31.2010 MArch Application

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timothy harmon . 809 catherine apt 8 ann arbor, mi 48104 . m arch applicant . 12-31-10 2


segregated integration

design studio fall 2010 university of michigan

pinwheel box

design studio spring 2010 university of michigan

speranza!

collaborative design initiative summer 2010 paris, france

diamond in the rough

design studio spring 2010 university of michigan

LIVING SURFACE

INTERDISCIPLINARY ELECTIVE FALL 2010 university of michigan

civic friche

research project summer 2010 paris, france

DIGital project

elective course winter 2010 University of michigan

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SEGREGATED INTEGRATION 1st ITERATION

2nd ITERATION

UG3 Prof. Keith Mitnick fourteen week project univ of michigan

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running track

dorm room

dorm room

dorm room

dorm room

dorm room

classrooms picnic area

study room

studio space

exhibition space

lobby

studio space

exhibition space

auditorium

computer lab

classroom

library

plan drawing 6th floor off the ground

Through this studio class we were interested in studying Marcel Duchamp’s work on “inframince,” a perplexing term that helps clarify conflicting doubling effects. This first iteration of the project utilizes a small number

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levels -1, 0, 3

of formal moves to clearly and definitively separate two distinct user’s spaces: that of the museum and that of the school. However, by juggling the exhibition program boxes up through the school, a visual intersection emerges from the circulation of each program.


exterior rendering, physical model, conceptual diagrams

The tilted exhibition program boxes create atypical spaces - whether inside, underneath or on top of the boxes contrasting to the regularly stacked floor slabs running uninterrupted in “normal� skyscrapers. These atypical spaces create variety throughout the building as well as a heightened sense of orientation within the building.

segregated integration - first iteration

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dorm room

dorm room

dorm room

dorm room

dorm room

dorm room

dorm room

study room

dorm rooms

dorm rooms

dorm room

dorm room

dorm room

study room

dorm rooms

tennis court

swimming pool / ice rink

exterior gallery exhibition space

restaurant

dorm room

dorm room

dorm room

dorm room

dorm room

offices

study room

exhibition space

studio space

plan drawing 12th floor off the ground

To further pull pedestrians vertically up through the building, exterior park spaces span the building limits at staggered heights off the ground. These park spaces offer users accessibility and activity not offered by nearby Chicago parks.

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levels 7, 9 , 14

Moving forward from this iteration, I was able to remove aspects of the project that were not working while maintaining essential moves in the project. Much of it was absolved altogether as the project progressed.

dorm room


exterior rendering, physical model, conceptual diagrams

segregated integration - first iteration

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exterior park exterior park

school school

museum museum housing (dorms) housing

auditorium auditorium

class rooms class roooms

restaurant restaurant

class rooms class roooms

exhibition exhibition space space

offices

offices library library

exhibition space space exhibition exhibition space space exhibition / storage / storage

entrance / lobby exhibition space

In this second iteration, I continue to develop alternatives to what I consider “typical” large buildings which are filled with uninterrupted regularly stacked floor slabs. Responding against normative monotony and building off the first design iteration, I wanted this building to heighten a user’s sense of orientation both at the scale of the city and the building itself. section perspective facing east toward lake michigan

conceptual diagrams and section facing west into the city

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class room

office / class

office / class

office / class

office / class

office / class office / class

class room

public basketball court

exhibition space exhibition space

media center

office / class

office / class office

office

exterior park / picnic space

exhibition space

office

office

exterior park / picnic space

office

housing

housing

lounge room

office

exhibition space

lounge room

exhibition space

museum lobby

restaurant

exterior balcany / breathing space

kitchen auditorium

class room

Orienting someone within the city was straightforward; it was just a matter of cutting visual apertures to frame views and providing an ample amount of exterior park spaces at staggered heights of the ground.

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class room

plan drawings: ground level, 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th, 10th, 12th level above ground


perspective drawings of basketball court on fifth floor above ground and museum lobby on ground level

Working toward that sense of orientation within the building, I set up a logic to define spaces. I split the general program into two main forces: that of the museum and that of the school. Both work within a perpendicular grid within themselves but are rotationally offset from one another. This difference in spaces allows a user to understand his space relative to the opposite space.

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section perspective facing south along lake michigan

perspective drawing on 12th floor and physical models

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exterior perpectives of east facade, conceptual site model

The two grid logics merge together in the designed shared exterior park spaces to create moments of “segregated integration,� unifying the building with formal moves at the scale of the city. These park spaces have a variety of programs including a basketball court and picnic areas. The collision of the grids changes the given rules of these programs forcing users to question the given standards.

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PINWHEEL BOX VOID CONNECT

UG2 Prof. Adam fure six week project univ of michigan

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pinwheel box mo harmon 4.23.10

For this project, I made use of three structural columns which support three ice rinks as well as radiating arms housing program. These arms are then able to invade the “void” space which connects the entire building. The facade reflects the interior program, seamlessly connecting the two, as if the window openings were pushed into and through the exterior walls in order to form the program arms. 20

Geometric reasoning dictates the sculptural form of the seating, carefully removing surfaces to remove barriers and form connections. A user of any part of the building is intrinsically connected to every other user of the space.

the pinwheel box makes use of three structural columns support planwhich drawing 1st floor off three the ice rinks as wellground, as radiating housing concept arms diagrams, site program. these arms are then able context plan to invade the “void” space which connects the entire building. the facade reflects the interior program seamlessly connecting the two, as if the window openings were pushed into and through the walls in order to form the program arms.


formal, geometric design process

plan drawings ground floor and third floor off the ground

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section drawings facing east and north

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interior rendering and physical model built at 1/16� = 1’

pinwheel box 23


physical model built at 1/16” = 1’

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1. figure skating 2. speed skating 3. general office 4. dining 5. retail 6. curling 7. hockey 8. bathroom

plan overview, interior rendering, physical model built at 1/16� = 1’

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POP UP BOOK

DESIGN MODEL

Design collaborative Quatorze architects five week project Paris, france

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There is an old French story called “Vendredi ou les Limbes du Pacifique” in which a man is stranded on a desert island. Isolated and ill equipped, he must build his own habitat: the kind of world he wants to live in. He names the island Speranza, literally meaning “hope,” in Italian.

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This title Speranza is a namesake adapted by a group of architects in Paris to describe a collection of their projects. These Speranza! projects are humanistic proposals in which architecture is used responsibly to build affordable structures for those who need it. The over arching premise is broad, but the common idea is to act specifically with small scale level projects that collectively can make a significant impact for the people that they benefit.


pop up book used for presentation to the mayor’s representative

Analysis of the project dictated that the design for a temporary homeless shelter must not only provide places to rest; it also needed to offer visual, audio, and light privacy as well as provide secure storage for personal items. The design also needed to be easily collapsible to make room to accommodate the daytime program - meeting and exhibition room. Furthermore, the overall cost needed to fit into a tight budget.

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As the primary designer, I decided the best way to accomplish our goals was to extensively utilize the concept of folding. Everything we wanted to offer the users – beds, tables, shelves, lockers, and partition walls - could fold out of a compact central module.

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We presented our ideas and initial design strategies in pop-up book form to the mayor’s representative, and gave her a visually tangible idea of what we wanted to do.


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The folded form offers flexibility of space which in turn allows the design to not only collapse, but also allows the folded up structure to be used productively as a standard exhibition wall during the day. Costs are minimized by maximizing four living areas folding out of a single exhibition wall.

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folding process of design


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speranza - design model 35


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DIAMOND in the rough

FORMAL FACETS

UG2 Prof. Adam fure five week project Univ of michigan

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This project was to design a multi rink Olympic ice sports training facility. The site allowed for a low lying complex that spread out in an open field, on Belle Isle, Detroit. I divided the sports into their necessary rinks and wrapped the building around the exterior speed skating rink. 38

The speed skating rink sinks into the ground allowing the faceted groundscape to provide spectator seating.

interior perspective rendering


physical model built at 1/8� = 1’ and perspective drawing

The faceted surface continues out of the seating to form the envelope around the other rinks, stairways, and forms rooftop seating. By removing certain facets, the void in the skin naturally brings in users into the interior.

While the exterior uses the aesthetic of folded groundscape, the interior continues the move, with most of the spaces giving off a feeling of navigating a cave. The cave spaces stand in stark contrast to the bright lit, light rink and seating spaces.

section facing west

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The faceted groundscape folds up around the bright white boxes like eroded ground would offer diamonds. These diffused glowing lights act as signage to bring users to the space even at night. 40

exterior perspective rendering


excercise

coach

lock

lock

office

coach

excercise

health guest office

guest

ice

guest women

guest

men

guest

office health

kitchen

ice excercise

retail restaurant men

women

recept

coach

excercise health mbr guest

wbr

health

conc

guest

recept guest

dine kitchen

guest

mbr

restaurant

wbr

equip

dine

garage

conc

wbr

excercise

mbr

recept

coach

health

locker

ground level plan

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LIVING SURFACE DESIGN

INSTALLATION

Prof. Karl daubmann John marshall max shtein six week project univ of michigan

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For this project, I worked with two art students and three material science engineering students in an interdisciplinary Smart Surfaces course. Using a smart material called ferrofluid, which is physically attracted to magnetic field lines, we created a surface that invokes the feeling of playing with something that is living. 44

We used microcontrollers and electromagnets to have the fluid respond to motion, light, and sound as a user interacts with the surface. The primary function was to have the fluid bubble up and form pointed spikes when a user reaches a hand toward the surface, mimicking the defense mechanisms of some sea creatures.


north pole

acrylic

magnetic field

positive lead

negative lead (-)

(+)

south pole

Even more than the technical skills and design strategies learned in the class, the most significant learning came from team dynamics and communication across a variety of educational backgrounds. Everyone had a different way of working and a different way of thinking.

The class was also taught differently than many other classes. We were highly encouraged to constantly build prototypes. In this way we did not over think the project, but instead designed by making and learning from every failure along the way. living surface 45


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CIVIC FRICHE

RESEARCH

EXHIBITION

Research project UG2 Prof. Anya sirota Prof. Adam fure Steven Christensen five week project seven week project paris, france

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Eastern Wing Eastern Wing

Western Wing

owned bythe thecitycity of Paris belongs to of Paris

owned by the state of France

Musée d’Art d'Art Moderne Modernede delalaVille Villede deParis Paris Musée

Palais contemporaine Palais de de Tokyo Tokyo // Site Site de de création creation contemporaine

West Wing

belongs to the state of France 18 166,279 22.3%

192,675 27.5%

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39,677 24.6%

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25.5%

58,207 21.7%

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21,195 2 28.6% 18,040 22.2%

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46,202 20.4%

234,642 20.0%

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185,748 29.3%

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94,186 29.6%

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34,874 26.6%

153,047 25.5%

195,303 25.3%

28,868 21.9%

63,390 20.0%

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144,010 18.8%

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181,316 23.8%

135,618 21.6%

GREEN = Population of arrondisement BLUE = Percentage of immigrant population

West Wing

Paris Population (2006): 2,181,374 Urban Population (2006): 10,142,983 Total Population (2006): 12,324,357 Density: 20,692.2 per square km Total Lodgings: 1,131,810 Average Yearly Growth: +0.37%

belongs to the state of France

Palais de Tokyo / Site de création contemporaine

Total Employment (2006): 1,756,654, 88.9% Industry: 119,089, 6.0% Construction: 48,414, 1.9% Agriculture: 2,053, 0.1% Service: 1,587,098 92%

Businesses: 394,318 Birth Rate (2006): 14 per 1000 Total: 30,623 Births outside of marriage: 42.7% Death Rate (2006): 6.4 per 1000 Total: 14,111 Life Expectancy: Men Women

79.6 years 85.5 years

Unemployed (2006): 164,013, 11.1%

West Wing

belongs to the state of France

Palais de Tokyo / Site de création contemporaine

500m

500m 1000m

green space

green water space

water

1000m

During a study abroad program in Paris, we were grouped in pairs and assigned a building to study. The building I explored is the Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art museum located in Paris. Through a series of mapping and diagrammatic exercises, I gained a level of understanding about the surrounding area.

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RER

Metro RER

mapping of Paris, France

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Arc de Triumphe

Palais de l’Elysee

Hotel Victor Hugo

Parolsse Sainte Marie Madeleine

Hotel Franklin Roosevelt Galerie Saint-Didier Palais de Tokyo

Musee De L’Orangerie Hotel Les Jardins Musee De La Marine Musee Du Quai Branly

Tour Eiffel

2000m

palais de tokyo

paris border

Musee De Radio France Maison De Radio France

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Arc de Triumphe

Palais de l’Elysee

Hotel Victor Hugo

Parolsse Sainte Marie Madeleine

Hotel Franklin Roosevelt Galerie Saint-Didier Palais de Tokyo

Musee De L’Orangerie Hotel Les Jardins Musee De La Marine Musee Du Quai Branly

Tour Eiffel

Musee De Radio France Maison De Radio France

photo of NOMIYA, installation atop the Palais de Tokyo

Directly responding to monetary constraints, the architects Lacaton & Vassal employed a strategy of minimal intervention bringing the building up to code and working with lighting and circulation. They produced an open and unrefined aesthetic similar to industrial loft spaces, and created flexibility and freedom to easily adapt to new exhibits. This aesthetic is a visual trick, pretending to be a space in which art is created, rather than a space in which it is displayed. The unfinished interior “finish” stands in contrast to its polished surrounding within the heart of Parisian culture. civic friche - research 49


Back at the University of Michigan, we were invited to display an exhibition of the research done in France. As a group, we made seven scale models with routed context lines forming the ground and stands for the model. Hundreds of photos were arranged on one wall, with the opposite wall housing printed books of our research study. A projector ran through over one thousand photos one at a time making each visit unique. 50

Personally, I made the model above, assisted in the initial design of the exhibtion room layout, drew much of the context lines to be routed, assisted the routing of context lines, and helped with the installation in the space.


photos of exhibition by Peter Smith

feature article in the Civic Friche publication

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DIGITAL PROJECT APERTURES

ANIMATION

Prof. KARL DAUBMANN FIVE week project UNIV of Michigan

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Using the modeling program Digital Project, we explored the power of parametric relationships and the potential for those relationships to govern geometrical design. This project uses a tool called “knowledge pattern” to generate surfaces through a script. Once set up, the number of panels in both axes and the basic form of the curvilinear surface are completely editable. What I was interested in was using this tool to vary the size and frequency of cut-like apertures on a surface. By dividing a grid into regularly spaced intervals, I could

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easily play with the basic modular geometry to produce this broken faceted artificial groundscape. The project on the right uses a tool called a “document template” to place modules into a single file while retaining the governing parameters. The distance between each module to a control point on a spline determines the angle at which the module is rotated in space. By altering the spline, I alter the wall.


if distance >= max {length = max} if distance <= min {length = min} if min < distance and distance < max {length = distance}

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