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Project 1: Geomimicry N. Canal & W. Lake St. High-rise mixed use infill Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup, Illustrator, Photoshop, Kerkythea

Project 2: Bifurcation N. Kingsbury St. & W. Erie St. Landscape infill Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup, Rhino Illustrator, Photoshop Kerkythea

Project 3: X-Factor Lake Michigan Interior Urbanism Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup, Illustrator, Photoshop, Kerkythea

Project 4: DeCompressed Galien, Michigan Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup, Illustrator, Photoshop, Kerkythea

Project 5: Revit Architecture examples Unspecified location Software used: Revit Architecture 2011, 3ds max


Geomimicry |

following the river to create form & views | Highrise mixed use

Utilizing the curve of the Chicago river to create form, the project tries to maximize views towards the downtown area and towards the west. This is evident mainly in the residential units, where views are focused either east or west, with circulation corridors that expose a panoramic view. Office spaces also contain these focused views as well, with floor partitions dictating what can be seen. However, one main condition that exists throughout the building, are large lobbies that allow unrestricted views towards any direction.The buildings functions as a mixed use building with retail, office spaces, and residential. However, many of the floors can be realigned with a spacious bay system that can accommodate various programs.


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Relation to surrounding context. Buildings surrounding the site have geometry that flows with the river 1. Riverbend Building | 2. 333 Wacker | 3. View south from Wolf Point showing curvature of river, and how buildings follow curve

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3. 1. Identifying the river boundary and exploitation of a simple curve to create form, hence geomimicry. 2. Extrusion of base curve to create tower.

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Views to the North, East, and South from site

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3. Addition of stepbacks along curve to provide plazas. Extrusion of curves and stepbacks are mirrored on southern facade.


Residential Condos

Student, Senior, Low income housing

Office

Retail

Parking

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Views to the west:

Floor plans

Residential units in this variation have westward view. Circulation corridors have panoramic views to the downtown area Lobbies have unrestricted views. Office levels have focused views to the east or west. This is a variation of a typical residential floor, other variations face eastward.

1. Site plan 2. Residential variation 3. Office 4. Retail

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Construction sequence: 1. Excavation 2. Railroad isolation tunnel 3. Lower tower construction 4. Upper tower construction 5. Completion


Bifurcation: Creating spaces for an art museum | The inbetween landscape Using previous projects to influence design, bifurcation creates curved forms that create space. In between the separate buildings, a system of ramps creates circulatory patterns that bifurcate and come back together, connecting the various galleries as well as other spaces. In addition to the ramps, a system of tunnels connect most of the spaces in addition with the ramps. The museum is generalized into one central theme, as the museum’s works critique society from the 1970’s to the present, arranged in a way that features artists such as Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Robert Longo, and Jenny Holzer. This progression of social critique is furthermore enhanced in the articulation of intended movement, as influenced by the ramp and tunnel networks. As a result, visitors experience a narrative history of a controversial past and present, to create an understanding of American society past and present.


Cindy Sherman: exploring feminism

Barbara Kruger: Criticism of cultural movements and politics

Robert Longo: Violence in society Jenny Holzer: critique of politics

Artist work examples. Pieces are located in the galleries through historical timelines. See diagram on page 3 on locations of artist work.

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Robert Longo: artwork Coat check

Landscape Riverwalk

Jenny Holzer work: projections on wall

Installation of Longo in middle

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Circulaton diagrams showing movement within landscape, allowing transition between river front park and between galleries.

Ground level plan

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Second level plan


Cross sections facing east

longitudinal section facing North


X-Factor :

Chicago lakefront arena & casino |

Interior Urbanism

Gambling isn’t legal unless it is on the water in Illinois. Located a quarter mile of the Chicago lake front, this project serves dual use as an arena and casino. Form is created by four primary view cones facing generalized directions facing towards and away from the city. The resulting form creates an X, allowing numerous views towards the lake and the city and within the building Itself. Utilizing a system of ramp ways that encircle the building, patrons experience seamless transitions of different atmospheres from retail, to entertainment, to arena and to casino.


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low to medium cost chicago cuisine churrascaria chinese pan-asian

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american eagle

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2) Simplization of location of buildings.

high end

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top shelf

fine wines

imports

patio

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3) From a proposed arena and casino, these buildings create view cones that help create form.

skill vs. chance

black jack

poker straight

community

views to arena

main slots

below main floor casino

players lounge

electronic games poker virtual slots

drinks food

roulette

patio

views to lake

Conceptual Plan

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9. Views not limited to exterior, but also interior via atrium conditions.

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Casino 8. Project includes view ports from city and lake.

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5) Rotation of the view cones. Split to the city and the lake.

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Conceptual Plan

7. Establishmetnt of view cones within buildings

4) The 4 main view cones to the city.

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6. The result of rotation

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1) Documentation of Iconic buildings of Chicago.

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Sports booking/racing basketball hockey concerts

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entertainment: nightclub and bar public: retail and dining: buffets

Conceptual Section


Site plan

North Casino level plan

Plan Catalog


Longitudinal section

Section catalog

Cross section


DeCompressed: The hall family retreat | residential unit: Galien, Michigan Using client requests as a basis for design, the house features a large communal space that creates expansive views towards the surrounding countryside and pond, blending interior and exterior. The project was inspired by two intersections of volumes which separates different elements of programs of public and private. Primary construction of the house would consist of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) in a modular fashion allowing high performance building systems and reduction in time of construction.


Compressed Vs. Decompressed


Concept diagram

Construction sequence

Intersection of 2 bars light vs. heavy

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2. SIP instalation

Lift to create wings and lighten up

3. Installation of curtain wall system and exterior siding

Punch out windows to make transparent

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Site plan Landscaping strategy: to line primary entrance driveway with trees to provide privacy in an expansive landscape

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