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


context and accessibility in regards to tegucigalpa

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 have 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, this 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.

This project required thorough research for informing a useful and accurate picture of the site and context. Some of the diagrams and schematic views of the property included scope of influence, climate, soil, city-wide hydrography, as well as contextspecific, vegetation and biodiversity, brief mapping of demographic and socioeconomic sectors, urban equipment, and several others limited to the property.

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

site analysis

current land use around toncontin airport

Project location: Tegucigalpa, Honduras Date: 2012-2013 Institution: UNITEC Team role: Urban Design leader and Art Director

Although we 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. It 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 whole area obliterates the needs of the pedestrian. As such it was required that some new infrastructure was built and new transport interchanges were 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.






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

This drawing was handsketched and later edited in Photoshop for the visual effects


MIXED-USE URBAN DEVELOPMENT FOR ROATAN ISLAND team role lead urban designer (Hand Sketching and AutoCAD) and creative Director (Photoshop, indesign) Sept-December 2012 Roatan, Bay Islands

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residential complex loRoatan Island comprises:

• Apartments Building • A commerce and retail plaza, including cinema, spa, night club, restaurant and a number of retail space. • Children’s area and resting public square. • Parking place 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 and analysis, initial sketches and brianstorming, 2D drafting in AutoCAD, 2D rendering in Photoshop 3D modelling in Sketchup.



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. A small creek which passes below the property during season finds relief in the artificial pond located to the west of the property, which helps to creates a micro habitat, as part of the landscape.


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.



project scope

circulation and points of contact

landscape and social area program

STRATEGIC LANDSCAPE DESIGN FOR CENTRAL AMERICAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY Date Sept-December 2012 Location: Tegucigalpa, UNITEC 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. The main square which opens from the Library was also 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. My role in the project was Lead Landscape Designer and Presentation Plans



BIM (REVIT 2016)

EL HATILLO RESIDENCE Date April-July 2017 Location: El Hatillo, DC. Honduras Tools: Autocad 2016, Revit 2017, and Photoshop CS5 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.


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

DENTAL CLINIC, watercolor pen, marker pencil

ARTIST STUDIO, pen watercolor and pencil

BEACH HOUSE, 6X6m, watercolor and pen

HAND RENDERING These are examples of rendering by hand, including color pencils, markers, watercolors, and mixed media. I am also adept with quicker color renderings of concepts. I am confident I can work well and communicate easily with the aid of drawing sketches, flow charts or diagrams by hand.

SITE SKETCHING I have a keen interest in urban and landscape sketching, and always try to carry with me 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 always 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 .


One of my favourite side activities is developing my art and illustration skills. I feel very tuned to it as an artistic outlet of the rigour that is demanded in architectural studies. In particular, I have always been passionate about fashion design as art, as a cultural expression of ideals and values, a collective identity. Especially when not taken too literally, it further becomes a means to discover self identity and personal expression.

GRAPHIC DESIGN Considering the importance of marketing for business, I try to develop my skills as a graphic designer with hand illustration and digital software in order to offer a fuller and more comprehensive service as a designer.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

Johana Kafie Tegucigalpa, honduras

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