James C Lewis
March 3, 2011
Featured Work Parametric Partition Wall for Hide House, 2010
Cardinal Strich Library Renovation, 2009
Urban Land Institute Urban Design Competition, 2010
Maple Rocking Chair, 2004 !
Siyathemba Design Competition, 2004
Chennai 113 Residential Master Plan, 2008 Note on group work Some of the most successful work in my portfolio I did in collaboration with others. As I take on the role of leader and organizer, I would like to suggest that the successes of the ULI Competition, Parametric Wall, and the CDS projects are directly related to my skills at assembling strong teams, Further, in the case of the Parametric Wall, I was able to combine my different interests to create a product that would not have been achievable otherwise. In this case I created an opportunity at
Background image: Spackle and twine screen, latent property of material study.
Parametric Partition Wall for the Hide House This partition wall provides a vital capacity to the Hide House community beyond its functional aspects of dividing space and " # House, serving as a visual reminder of the individuality and community within. The Hide House is home to various artists, musicians, designers, businesses and organizations brought together by a desire to work within a community of creative people. As each individual piece of the wall is unique, so are the artists and businesses who call the Hide House their home. Further, these groups provide a spectrum of functions which support each other as an interconnected community, working together to be successful, much like the individual components work together to form this wall. Finally, it is a piece of intrigue which calls to Hide House patrons upon
interconnected community inside.
MATERIAL: PETG Plastic TOTAL PIECES: 1150 Unique Shapes FORM: Two walls (8â€? module & 12â€? module)
LOCATION: # # $ % 2625 South Greeley Street Milwaukee WI 53207
Parametric Partition Wall for Hide House UW Milwaukee SARUP General Capital Group
Professor: Kyle Talbott Designers: James Lewis, Tom Foley, Jim Hinze, Peter Nguyen, Kevin Schneider
7 Weeks: March - April 2009 ' # #
1 Digital Methods
2 Analog Methods
Cut sheets into 15” X 24” sections.
Laser cut pieces
Melt component over rockite mold
Making of the rockite mold
Grind connections into form
Shear tabs for ground connection
Bending tabs for ground connection
Cardinal Strich Library Renovation Cardinal Strich University asked CDS for a visioning plan, desiring to transform their library into a contemporary informa " designed to illicit more student use of on campus resources. Challenges and Opportunities Sig of the decision making process. The design team helped establish the students vision for the library renovation through focus groups, interviews and representation on the design
" worked very well as it developed a common language between the students, library committee, and designers. Strong communication created an environment where high A design process was created that allowed all members of the school to comment on the design as it went through different iterations. Plans were created in which large spaces were color coded to represent different atmospheres and icons were created to represent different furniture. A key, showing the icon with a picture of the furniture type and a " laminated with space for comments and a dry erase marker was attached. Students wrote their comments directly on the boards, librarians typed up the comments and distributed them to the design team. Following, a new scheme was created and set up for comments. This process kept the student body involved and allowed them to take ownership of the library renovation.
Design Solutions Four major considerations were established as a design framework. First was to open up the library as much as possible, this happened by removing fake partitions, drop ' change in character was achieved by moving the entrance. This also established hierarchy in the interior spaces allowing a smooth transition form active spaces to quiet spaces. Third a large variety of study spaces were created as the team recognized that everyone studies a different way. Finally, technology to fully permeate the library by and data lines. Status of the Project Cardinal Strich was very pleased with our work, our layout design by Groth Design Group. The space was opened up more natural light gets in. There are many different types of study spaces and technology permeates its entirety. As one librarian said, â€œThe library just feels better.â€? The library opened to the student body in September of 2010 and has received much praise from students, faculty, and staff. Library staff state its use is higher than it has ever been. Images: Before and after the renovation
Cardinal Strich Library Renovation Community Design Solutions
Project Manager: James Lewis Student Designers: Sam Brannon, Juan Feliciano, and Payman Sadeghi
12 Weeks: September - November 2009 Renovation completed, August 2010
Cardinal Stritch Information Commons : 1SFMJNJOBSZ%SBGU/PW
Soft Seating t Comfortable seating provides a relaxing study atmosphere. Chairs and stools are on wheels and can be arranged for individual and group work.
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Cafe Study Space t Cafe style seating for study and socializing tBOETFBUUBCMFT
Cafe Lounge t Couches and comfy chairs for discussions, studying, relaxing , and socializing
Info Desk, circulation, and printing services t "OTXFSTHFOFSBMRVFTUJPOTBOEXJMMEJSFDUZPVUPUIF resources you need for IT and library services. Centrally
Individual Lounge computers t Cozy computer cove
Coffee bar reserve book pickup and printing center. located
t Small satellite coffee bar for The Bean with extended hours
Small group work spaces Clustered computer stations t Seated computer stations for long term use
t Fixed table and computer for small group work and meetings. Rolling white boards and single fixed back wall can be used to make space private
Standing and Barstool Computer kiosks t Computers for short term use
Large group meeting area and flexible classroom space t Lounge space transforms into discussion space for class, student group meetings, or large group projects. Rolling white boards and single fixed back wall can be used to make space private
Cardinal Stritch Information Commons Strategies: Scheme 5: Breaking Down Borders
Preliminary Draft Nov. 12, 2009
Maple Rocking Chair Designed as an update to Hans Wegner rocking chair of 1944, this chair embodies my need to create objects that will last. I designed this chair with the sincere intention that I would be able to put my children to sleep in it and that it would still be desirable enough that my grandchildren will rock their children to sleep in it. In a way, my hope for itâ€™s durability is a reaction against a culture where everything is disposable. Consumerism is everywhere, I believe it has begun affecting our relationships, suggesting people are just objects, and can be disposed of. I perceive that objects acquire meaning over time; history is embedded in objects. They inform us about who we are and remind us of who we have been. In a culture that allows every freedom, they can ground us through memory and give us a sense of belonging.
Materials Maple and Cane Joints Mortise and Tenon, Blind Dowel, and Lap with Blind Dowel Major Processes Drop Router and Chisel on Arms; Shaver on Front Mortise and Tenon Joints; Horizontal Drill Press and Chisel on Rear Mortise and Tenon Joints, Horizontal Drill Press on Dowel Joints, Jig to Prepare Compound Angle, 8 Sets of Rockers to Test Speed and Rock, Hand Woven with X Pattern to Prevent Cane Slippage Jigs and Created Tools Jig For Compound Angle; Jig For Rockers; Three Meter Pipe Compass; Flat Ice Cream Sample Scoop to Slide Cane Finish Soap Treatment: 1 Part Soap to 1 Part Water
Maple Rocking Chair Denmarkâ€™s International Studies Program
Professors: Erling Christoffersen, Flemming Jensen, and Bjorli Lundin Designer: James Lewis
Design and Build, 3 Weeks: July 2004
Urban Land Institute Urban Design Competition, 2010 The site for the 2010 Urban Land Institute Urban Design competition was located in the East Village of San Diego. The brief called for a revitalization of not only the given 73 acre site but also for the proposed development to catalyze development in the entire East Village Neighborhood. Our proposal creates a green spine for the East Village, linking amenities such as Balboa park at its northern end, to Petco Park in the south. The + / neighborhoods, turning an ambiguous area into distinct places. NoMa Terrace is an active urban park along the green spine that creates a focal point for the district and catalyzes development around it. % ! < " retail to the east and the restaurants, entertainment, and gardens of NoMa Terrace to the west. NoMa terrace merges public and private investments to create a dynamic public spaces with amenities that support an outdoor urban lifestyle.
CREATING IDENTITY AND LINKAGES THROUGH PUBLIC SPACE
Analysis ACHIEVEMENTS â€œEAST VILLAGEâ€? NO MORE tAt over 120 city blocks, the East Village is too large to function as a walkable district tThe â€œEast Villageâ€? identity retires and its subdistricts become known as â€œNoMa,â€? â€œWest Park,â€? and â€œStadium Villageâ€? tâ€œNoMaâ€? â€“ North Of Market, East Of Park
One-Way to Two-Way
Over 20 One-way Streets
Noma District Converted
NOMA TERRACE â€“ Dynamic Public Space tDelivers a sense of place currently missing in the East Village tProvides dynamic participatory greenspace to northeast downtown
REDEFINING ACCESSIBILITY tSan Diegoâ€™s growth has been achieved in spite of its network of one-way streets tConverting them to two-way flow will help catalyze the next era of development t/P.BIBTGBOUBTUJDTJUFBDDFTTBMMPXJOHJUTJOIBCJUBOUTUPMJWFBDBSGSFFMJGFTUZMF LONG TERM
LIVING OUTDOORS - Active Urban Spaces
Two-way Grid Restored
t Vibrant public spaces promote active city life t-JGFCFUXFFOCVJMEJOHT outdoor living rooms for improved health and relationships
t One-way streets served no purpose until freeways were built. t The predominance of one-way streets in downtown San Diego confuses visiting drivers, encourages speeding, and reduces the exposure of retail storefronts to potential customers. t Addressing this condition will enhance walkability and drivability. t The resulting growth in retail sales will increase the tax base for needed infrastructure.
RESULT: Viable High Density & Mixed-Use
Linked to Amenity Balboa Park
1,200 acre park that also features restaurants, museums, and theaters.
Dominant employment hub of the downtown business district
San Diego City College Two year program 15,000 students
Golden Hill Predominantly residential neighborhood that is home to many artists and musicians who were no longer able to afford housing in Downtown.
San Diego MTS North
NoMa (subject site)
East Village Largest of the 8 downtown neighborhoods in San Diego with a recent history as a locale for artists and social services
Horton Plaza Gaslamp Popular outdoor District shopping mall that opened in 1985 and draws a significant tourist crowd.
Petco Park Stadium for the San Diego Padres that opened in 2004 and spurred a revitalization of its neighborhood and numerous recent residential developments.
Excellent Site Access
26.5 SOUTH THRU SITE 6.0 BOARD 8.7
Advisors: Harvey Rabinowitz and Jim Piwoni Team: James Lewis (Team Leader), Ethan Skeels, = > " ? @ $
2 Weeks: Jan 2010 Honorable Mention (8 recognized), 117 entries 8.2
PARK RK & MARKET 2.7 BOARD BO
Urban Design Competition: Urban Land Institute UW Milwaukee SARUP
30.0 NORTH THRU SIT SITE
Horton lam pQ uar Plaza Civic Core ter
Residential neighborhood with a substantial Mexican population.
Columbia G as
NoMa PROPOSED PARKS Logan Heights
Fault Lines as Amenities
CCDC PROPOSED PARKS
San Diego MTS South
Historical neighborhood spanning16 Â˝ blocks that caters to tourists and commuters by offering restaurants, entertainment, and frequently hosting street festivals.
Gritty neighborhood outfitted with warehouses and pockmarked with vacant lots and a significant homeless population. New residential development has occurred on the northern and southern boundaries.
TRAFFIC COUNTS AND RIDERSHIP IN THOUSANDS
Siyathemba Design Competition â€œLaunched in 2004, the â€œSiyathembaâ€? competition challenged the worldâ€™s designers to create the â€œperfect pitch,â€? for the youth of Somkhele, South Africa, who are three times more likely to become HIV positive than youth in other parts of the world. (Siyathemba means â€œwe hopeâ€? in IsiZulu.) In addition to serving as a gathering place for youth between the ages of 9-14, the facility will double as a health outreach center. The
league. On World Aids Day, (December 1, 2004), the jury, which included, Paola Antonelli, curator of the Design Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, award-winning designer Yves Behar and Survivor: Africa winner and former pro-footballer Ethan Zohn, from over 300 submissions.â€?
Researching Somkhele and the challenges posed to its inhabitants, we came up with the following thesis that drove our competition design: â€œThe people of Somkhele are starving, surviving day to day. Long term health issues cannot trump basic survival.â€? Soccer is the bright spot in their lives; it brings people together, it offers hope. In addition to using the soccer facility to serve as an AIDS treatment center, it needs to address the immediate need to survive. Through research, we also learned that the KwazuluNatal region, where Somkele is located in, is a very # ! to farm, especially if one does not know the proper techniques. Soccer will bring people to the facility. While there, people can learn to farm properly. Once survival is no longer the primary concern, AIDS treatment will have a much higher success rate. The design is simple, a hinge between the soccer ' accommodate the three functions required of it.
Architecture for Humanity website, 2008. The following spread shows the two competition boards and two supplemental images. Our submission received an honorable mention and was one of two student entries to receive recognition.
Siyathemba Design Competition: Architecture for Humanity Washington University in St. Louis
Professor: Zeular Lima Designers: Jeff Gaines and James Lewis Equal responsibility partnership
7 Weeks: September - October 2004 Honorable Mention (25 recognized), 300 entries worldwide
Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capitol city of the Federal State of Tamil Nadu. The fourth largest metropolitan city in India, Chennai is located on the Bay of Bengal and is the southeast corner of the â€œGolden Quadrilateralâ€?, Indiaâ€™s four major cities linked by highways. The city stretches 19 km (12 miles) along the Coromandel coast [ ! \] ^ _ strip of land, its highest point is only 60m (200ft) above sea level. As of 2007, Chennai had an estimated metropolitan population of 7.5 million. With a population density in the metropolitan area of 5,922 per kmÂ˛ (2,287 miÂ˛), it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. As with other cities in India and
` to reach megacity status, with a projected population of over 10 million people, by 2025. CBD
Served by an international airport and two major ports, Chennai two railway terminals. Each side of the â€œGolden Quadrilateralâ€? is undergoing upgrades to more contemporary road standards.
BAY OF BENGAL NH4 CORRIDOR
Chennaiâ€™s economy has a broad industrial base, including automobile, information technology, manufacturing, healthcare, ` " x _! offerings. CHINA
BAY OF BENGAL ARABIAN SEA
Source: Adapted from Chennai Master Plan
The Golden Quadrilateral
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2.4 SITE MASSING
Project Director: Rico Cedro Lead Editor: James Lewis
7 Months: January - July 2008 Book Coordination: May - July 2008
LAND USE AND ZONING
Neighbors A variety of land uses surround the site. These include a traditional Indian agricultural village, a housing estate of small private homes, brick pits and kilns, and SIDCO, a state-owned light industrial park. High-tension power lines cross the northern edges of the site, and are also visible on adjacent properties to the south. The character of these neighboring built-up areas, while small in scale (one and two stories), do not present favorable views from the site. However, the agricultural land to the west which is currently under rice cultivation, offers attractive and sweeping vistas.
The Bangaru Canal, with its bund road built on a raised earthen levee, is a diversion channel owned and operated by the Public Works Department. It clearly the western site edge. Canal water level varies considerably, depending on regional ~ control needs and seasonal ground water height. With improvement of the canal edge and bund road, this element could be a visual asset for the site.
SANTRO CITY HOUSING ESTATE
SIDCO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
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FAR Â€Â the siteâ€™s 146.2 acre can support a maximum of 9,552,708 SF of development
Zoning The site is zoned for residential development. Maximum building height, under the regulation of the Second Chennai Master Plan, is 27 m, assuming a minimum 18m bund road right-of-way. An FAR of 1.5 is available.
Site Access Access to the site is as it does not have a
frontage on any major public road. Substantial improvement to the existing in consort with the construction of new is required to provide access to support the project.
Initial test indicated that the buildable land area and TSI program requirements for the Villas, Townhomes and Apartments, using a 15m maximum height would not meet proforma requirements. With input from TSI, the quantity of Villas is as close as possible to program levels, while the quantities of Townhomes and Apartments were adjusted. " Master Plan exceeds the TSI program area requirements with an altered program mix.
RESIDENT POPULATION 5/unit
TRANSIENT POPULATION 1.5/unit
PARKING PER UNIT
3-Bedroom type A1
4-Bedroom type A2
5-Bedroom type A3
3-Bedroom type B1
4-Bedroom type B2
2-Bedroom type C1
3-Bedroom type C2
4-Bedroom type C3
SUBTOTAL CLUBHOUSES AMENITIES & RETAIL UTILITIES GRAND TOTAL
TOTAL UNDERGROUND PARKING PARKING AREA
1 350 SF/space; This does not include area for underground building cores or utilities
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Published on Mar 6, 2011