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JOE POLACEK


DENSITY - DIVERSITY - DURABLITY

My interest in architecture began at an early age while growing up in a pre-WWII neighborhood just one block from the beginning of post-war expansion. Major differences between the two neighborhoods became clear to me as I spent time in both. While studying architecture through an economic recession, it occurred to me that our country is reexamining some of the standards established during the Great Depression. Many of these standards related back to the contrast between the pre-war and post-war neighborhoods. I believe that we are entering a time where re-urbanization will take place and the city of Minneapolis is the perfect model for this movement. There is a high standard-of-living among residents and there is room to grow, which makes it a great model case for postrecessional growth. I find three aspects to be most crucial in the proper development of Minneapolis: density, diversity and durability. Many areas of dense construction are already established and lively within the city, while many others remain empty and underutilized. This diverse cityscape boasts lakes and parks that compliment the urban grid and make it a healthy place to live. This is a great city with much greater potential. By preserving and constructing durable structures in Minneapolis we allow it to have a sustainable and powerful future.


Joseph D. Polacek 924 West 53rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419 joe.polacek@gmail.com 612.708.4074

Objective: Be part of a comprehensive team to design structures to benefit the livelihood of residents of Minneapolis and neighboring communities Work Experience: C J MA

CJMA Financial Assistant Developer

Faribault, MN Summer 2012

Analysis of bankrupt housing development Streamlining of new sales information Development of model-home

Central Parking - Gaviidae Commons Valet

Minneapolis, MN May 2007 - January 2012

Greet customers and record car information Parking and retrieving cars quickly but safely Record vehicle location and reorganize stock as needed

Education: University of Minnesota School of Architecture Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Minneapolis, MN Graduated Spring 2012

Classes taken include but are not limited to: Design Fundamentals, Infrastructure, Twin Cities Geography, Urban Design Knowledge in GIS, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Kirkythea

Loyola University College of Arts and Sciences Visual Communications, Entrepreneurship

Chicago, IL 2007 - 2009

Classes taken include but are not limited to: Drawing, Micro-Economics, Two-Dimensional Design Knowledge in Adobe Suite - Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign

Southwest High School International Baccalaureate Program (I.B.)

References available upon request

Minneapolis, MN June 2007


DESNOYER MERIDIAN

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DESNOYER MERIDIAN The St. Paul Desnoyer neighborhood is undergoing a significant transformation with the addition of a Light Rail Transit line. This improvement to public transportation has caused an increase in population density in the areas surrounding the train stops. Some residents of Desnoyer will now cross an industrial area to reach the LRT stop prompting neighborhood groups to oppose construction of an industrial park. This project was assigned in a development workshop to overcome issues with this struggling project. My role was architect for the class.

Corner Store with Apartments above


DESNOYER MERIDIAN

Before:

After:

Townhomes along Pelham Blvd. with entry to Warehouse between

Historic neighborhood pictures


DESNOYER MERIDIAN The St Paul Port Authority had proposed a warehouse for this site with surrounding surface parking - a predominantly auto-oriented development. However, neighbors and the City Council want a pedestrian friendly passage to the LRT. This addition of a mixed-use structure wrapping two sides of the original proposal diversifies the program of the structure and creates a better environment for pedestrians. My job was to draw an improved design for the development.

Meridian structure: Mixed-use (brown), Townhomes (grey), Warehouse (under green-roof)

Section along Pelham Blvd.


DRAWING STUDY: CALHOUN SQUARE


CHAMBERS CABIN

Kitchen (with loft above) looking toward Dining

Construction Sequence

Dining looking toward Kitchen


CHAMBERS CABIN Gun Lake, MN - A cabin is meant to be an escape from the city and a worry-free getaway. The current Chambers cabin, however, has structural issues that take away from its relaxing qualities. Since its construction in the 1940’s by my greatgrandfather, it has absorbed water flowing down-hill and into the lake, creating significant problems to the structure and air-quality. This new cabin takes inspiration from the previous model while improving upon circulation issues and water repulsion to improve structural durability.

Façade facing lake

Plan (excluding lofts)


THE ALLEY

This map was created for a visual communications class to illustrate important events in time and space that have effected my life while growing up. This alley is dense in structures and people. It is an integral piece of the neighborhood for the way it removes car traffic from the street and also for the living space it creates within the block.

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1. THIEF WITH STROLLER - 7 YRS a young woman in yoga pants and sunglasses walks through with running stroller “she’s was just scoping it out” says Dad.

3. GARBAGE RACOONS - 12 YRS pulling into garage, mom starts honking car horn. “Raccoons!”

ALLEY

2. STOLEN BBALL HOOP - 10 YRS heard hoop get ripped off while inside clubhouse. “why didn’t you get it back?” said owner of hoop.

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4. FIRED MOWER - 14 YRS a two day tardiness is grounds for termination on 53rd Street, even while rainy. 5. YARD OLYMPICS - 16 YRS built and rode large luge on snow-day. toboggan start in side yard and jump into alley. DUPONT AVE


THE ALLEY TIME/SPACE MAP


DRAWING STUDY: ST ANTHONY MAIN


PLAZA DE LA SOLEDAD While studying in Oaxaca, MX, we came to a historically significant and largely underutilized church yard. By removing walls and streamlining the stair system, Allison Smith, Tori Wiegand and myself (all U of M students) created a diverse set of spaces for inhabiting and passing through. With the addition of a public library, restrooms and a platform for vendors, we created a more productive plaza.

Isometric of proposed plaza - Joe Polacek


PLAZA DE LA SOLEDAD

Caption (if necessary)

Existing plaza elevation - Joe Polacek, Allison Smith, Tori Wiegand

Basilica faรงade - Joe Polacek


MONSEIN HOME

Master bathroom

Kitchen with adaptable lighting

House plan


MONSEIN HOME Retiring baby-boomers are demanding different types of homes than currently on the market. When Peggy and Matt Monsein retire they want a smaller and more comfortable home that allows them to remain independent. This house is adaptable for a diverse range of uses and number of inhabitants. The house is laid out on one floor with ramps to the outdoors and a side-yard especially designed for a robotic mower. These designs were generated though ongoing talks with the future homeowners.

Street-view


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2324 COLFAX AVE S

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Neighborhood map

Current Boarding Houses

Neighborhood Apartments


2324 COLFAX AVE S Two dilapidated boarding houses sit atop a highly-valued corner in south Minneapolis. This neighborhood features a wide range of building types from single-family homes to busy commercial strips. A local developer wishes to increase the density at this site by replacing two decrepit mansions with one larger apartment building. This concept includes two above-ground structures atop a single underground garage, connected by open-air halls on each level. The designs were generated after talks with the developer, site-visits and neighborhood research.

Building concept


2324 COLFAX AVE

Small living room

Large living room

Open-air hallway

Southern elevation

Fourth floor

Third floor

Second floor

First floor


MICRO UNIT At 2324 COLFAX

Smaller unit sizes allow for a greater attention to detail. Allocating more funding for craftsmanship on a smaller footprint can mean a more durable product that lasts for generations. These small spaces afford great living conditions at affordable rates in a desirable area of town. The kitchen becomes the living space for maximum productivity and includes a built-in desk and shelving. It is simplified into living, laying and closet spaces. Per square foot, this micro unit hosts more programs without wasting space. Ultimately, the unit is comfortable and usable with adequate privacy for the inhabitant.


IN PROGRESS: FARIBAULT MODEL

Living Room

Bedroom Living Room 18x20

Garage Four Stall

Master Bedroom Bedroom

Util.

Dining Room

Basement

Screen Porch

First floor

Bedroom

Second floor

Bedroom


IN PROGRESS FARIBAULT MODEL

Parkland Village is a new neighborhood on the outskirts of Faribault, Minnesota. From the beginning, development slowed as the economy slid into a recession. As a result, the neighborhood has thus far had poor economy in mind. The lot sizes are fairly small for a suburban setting at approximately 60’ x 100‘. To maintain space for a yard, a small house is required for the lot, but home buyers in this area demand three-car garages. The small construction makes durable construction easier to attain but planning a struggle.

Street-view


CHAMBERS CABIN 109 MILES NORTH

ST ANTHONY MAIN MONSEIN HOME

2324 COLFAX CALHOUN SQUARE

THE ALLEY

FARIBAULT MODEL 44 MILES SOUTH

PLAZA DE LA SOLEDAD 1940 MILES SOUTH

DESNOYER MERIDIAN


Joseph D. Polacek joe.polacek@gmail.com www.joepolacek.com 612-708-4074


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