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PORTFOLIO johana kafie martinez 5 yr-BSc. Architecture and Urbanism (2008-2013) 2-yr European Sustainable Planning (2014-2016)


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URBAN REGENERATION FOR THE AREA OF TONCONTIN

A notice from government that Toncontin Airport would be relocated was our main reason to create a proposal of urban regeneration for a very crucial part of the south of Tegucigalpa. The disorderly sprawl towards this region has led to increasing traffic congestion and misused space, less sense of safety and a general dip in the levels of quality of life. As the terminal would be relocated, the project aimed to provide planning, urban and landscape design solutions to the airport. The long term impact of the project demanded optimizing the space to provide not only a spatial solution but also address social, environmental and economic pressures.

Project location: Tegucigalpa, Honduras Date: 2012-2013 Project Team: Claudia Paguaga, Johana Kafie (lead role in Design, sketching, digital drawing output, Cad, photoshop and indesign, 3d modeling),

The project required thorough research to inform a useful and accurate picture of the site and context. Some of the diagrams and schematic views of the property included city-wide hydrography, as well as context-specific, vegetation and biodiversity, brief mapping of demographic and socioeconomic sectors, urban equipment, and a number of diagramas limited to the property.

current land use around toncontin airport

city layout of major transport lines and urban accessibility related to Toncontin

context and accessibility in regards to tegucigalpa

site analysis Although the project relied on a very limited set of data, and at times contradictory plans from Municipality, the proposal successfully addressed and provided solutions to four urgent topics: 1. The creation of a city “lung,� as a metropolitan park to address major environmental pressures and the rebalance of biodiversity especially in river zones. 2. The reorganizing of motorways and local roads, and creation of modal interchange terminals for ground transportation 3. Redistribution of land use to organize heterogeneous zones and limit illicit commercial or residential use. 4. Environmental recovery of the river, and mitigation of urban heat effect, especially in this part of the city


MASTERPLAN FOR TONCONTIN PARK KEY 1 Art Museum 2 Fine Arts School/University 3. Institutional Use 4 Eco-Structures for commerce 5 Aeroplaza (commerce) 6 North Terminal 7. Lookout Point- “El Pedregal” 8 National Gardens 9 Playground Area 10 Main Path 11 Lagoons for water reserve 12 National Theatre 13 Artificial Lake for water reserve 14 Sports area 15 Central Square 16 National Library 17 Sustainability Complex 18 Botany Gardens 19 Central admin office 20 Auditorium 21 Multi-use Hall 22 Aviation Museum 23 Sports Area 24 Archery 25 Lookout Point 26 Lookout Point 27 Paintball 28 Extreme Sports

zoning sketch for internal use

The masterplan includes distributon of land use equipment according to early zoning schemes.

An initial zoning scheme for the area established ideal locations for a program of needs both urban, ecological and transport related. As can be seen in the masterplan, the initial scheme is perceivable in the final proposal.

Program needs that were derived from site visits and intensive research asked for intervention in 3 key areas: environmental, transportation and urban equipment needs. A system for water catchment connects artificial ponds which slowly empty out to San José river during rainy season. This not only prevents run-off and erosion at the river banks but also supplies water to other buildings throughout the park . Urban detail considerations included the reuse and adaptation of existing pavement concrete to be readapted as plantation containers. These would have drainage installed to nearby water reserves.

Hand sketching was crucial during all project phases.


1 TRANSPORT AND MOBILITY The primary ring encircling Tegucigalpa connects at its southernmost part to the Airport of Toncontin. During peak hours, this positioning causes a load of traffic moving in north-south direction at over-capacity. Nearby roads become prone to car accidents and the entire area obliterates the pedestrian. The situation demanded new transport infrastructure, including roads, terminals and interchanges as projected. An analisis of existing mobility provided key observations for the design phase and related to the final proposal. Some critical areas were resolved as observed in graphics 1-4, below.

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EXISTING ROAD LAYOUT AND CONFLICT AREAS


MIXED-USE URBAN DEVELOPMENT FOR ROATAN ISLAND

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West End is an area located to the northwestern part of Roatán island, one of three most touristic islands in Honduras. It has a busy, touristy and lively feel to the region. A micro city of its own, one can find a number of restaurants, hotels, bars, boutiques and supermarkets bustling with locals and tourists alike. It is a 20 minute drive from both Roatán Airport and the Port of Roatán cruise terminal. Located to the left part of the main entrance, the project site benefits from being at the center of this pedestrian-led and tourist-friendly, economy flow. The area is an expanding one with a growing economy, that requires additional commercial and residential space. The project sought to provide an urban design and outline architectural response to the locality by incorporating the following: • Apartments Building with 90 units of varying size. • A commerce and retail plaza, including cinema, spa, night club, restaurant and a number of retail space. • Public square and children’s play area. • Parking space.

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The scheme fulfills a great demand of retail space and housing for local community. In doing so, it becomes a key attraction which fosters tourism and boosts local economy of the island. Some aspects specific to the area of the island, including local regulations, the elongated shape of the property as well as a specific program of needs provided input for the final masterplan and design of this multi-use complex. The beach front proximity set constraints and determinants for the architectural design of the buildings, including height, materials and automobile transit allowance. The design process included site visits, precedents studies, concept sketches, 2D drafting in AutoCAD, 2D rendering in Photoshop 3D modelling in Sketchup. team role: lead urban designer (Hand Sketch ing and AutoCAD) and creative Director (Pho toshop, indesign) 2018 Roatan, Bay Is lands

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With private properties delimiting both sides, the north and south ends became access points. This noth-south flow of circulation lends tour of facilities and private enjoyment of the central square. It also facilitated mobile transit of commercial tenants.

SECTION B A small creek which passes below the property during rainy season, finds relief in the artificial pond located to the west of the property. This also allows a micro habitat to emerge, enriching and supporting existing biodiversity .

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AUTOCAD 2D PLAN


CAMPUS SITE PLAN

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LANDSCAPE DESIGN IN FOUR GARDENS CENTRAL AMERICAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY

The project looked to optimize and enhance neglected garden space in a strategic area of the campus, while carving out small places dedicated to social interaction and tranquility among nature.

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The main square which opens from the Library was requiring activation through a pavement redesign and fluid continuity from and to the gardens. The proposal reclaimed usable space by reimagining the four garden areas, redesigning the central square and creating new landscaping and social area near the main access from the bus station.

B Location: Tegucigalpa, UNITEC Software: AutoCAD, Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator

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PALMA ARECA

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PYROSTEGIA VENUSTA

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landscape and social area program

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EL HATILLO RESIDENCE

The project consists of a residential home to be located in a lush and woody area of Central District in Honduras. Set at a higher mountainous locality, the area is moist with much lower temperatures than Tegucigalpa during the early morning and late night hours. The client was looking for modern look to a classical northern cottage, and inspiration was taken from the traditional styles of English, French and American cottages. The house was to be limited to a 10 m x 12 m area and in consideration of a small budget. Front, side and back corridors were added to enjoy outdoor meals and absorb the lovely weather happening during the best part of the days in the mountains.

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Date April-July 2017 Location: El Hatillo, DC. Honduras Tools: • Autocad 2017, • Revit 2017, • Photoshop CS5


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Readaptation of Airstrip Use and Leisure Ponds landscape design section, pencil color, marker

Pedestrian bridge, landscape design section, pencil color, marker

HAND RENDERING

Art Pavillion Landscape Ecological Architecture Quick exercise of revisioning a parking lot. Approx 2 hrs, watercolor, pencil color


ARTIST STUDIO, pen watercolor and pencil BEACH HOUSE, 6X6m, watercolor and pen

HAND RENDERING I can work well and communicate easily with the aid of drawing sketches, flow charts or diagrams by hand.

DENTAL CLINIC watercolor pen, marker pencil

These are only a few examples of rendering by hand, including color pencils, markers, watercolors, and mixed media. The process of hand sketching helps to transmit ideas more easily and I find it is essential to the design process.


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S K E T C H I N G

I have a keen interest in urban and landscape sketching, and always try to carry a Moleskine and watercolors so that I can capture a scene of my interest when a moment arrives. I believe that as designers it is relevant to be aware of our context and surroundings and hone a sensitivity to the strengths and weaknesses of a particular place. That way, not only do we cognitively try to make sense of a design solution but also emotionally and spiritually we exert our abilities and talents to respond to that inherent chaos or order of a place.


I L L U S T R A T I O N

One of my favourite side activities is developing my art and illustration skills. I am engaged by the rather quick, expressive flow of line and colour that produces a simple yet eye pleasing outcome. In particular, I deem fashion design to be an exciting art that expresses culture, values, ideals, ideas and a collective identity. Especially when not taken too literally, it further becomes a means to discover self identity and personal expression.


GRAPHIC DESIGN

Exercise of graphic design in watercolor and gouache for a conceptual name and visual device for a group of cocktails that are made with sustainable, ecological and natural ingredients. As a critical thinker and visualiser, I wanted to present a concept that wanted to go a step beyond the trendy style of illustration that goes in packaging of organic products nowadays, which mostly focus on fresh produce, green leaves, and green leafy lettering. Instead I chose to evoke a sustainable world through the various ramifications that stem from our individual decisions to consume sustainably.

This is a logo for the Toncontin Metropolitan Park if it were realized. It outlines the perimeter of the airport and terrain of the Air Force unified as would encompass the park. The green colors unmistakeily remind of the nature of the area, while the circle in the background more tacitly implies its positive influence that speads radially to the city.

I participated in a Talenthouse Contest for creating a packaging design for a Box and Bottle label of Ballantine’s 21 year old Signature Flavour Series. The main concept, which asked to focus on the theme of “Complex Spices� gathered inspiration from the natural colours of cinnammon, liquorice and ginger, as well as the icy mouthfeel of Whiskey. I prepared a watercolor illustration for this brief and adapted it as artwork to the packaging templates.


ARCHITECTURAL MODELS

Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome Tools: craft knife, cardboard, craft paper, craft wood, markers and color pencils ( to add depth and detail to the facades)

Guggenheim Museum, NY Tools: craft knife, cardboard, acetate paper, velvet paper.

Toncontin Park Model Tools: craft knife, cardboard, craft paper, craft wood, washing scrub, acetate, foam, markers


THANK YOU

Johana Kafie +504 96437419 Tegucigalpa, honduras johanakafie@gmail.com

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