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FRACTAL STUDIOS

studio & community centre chicago, illinois BY: JOHN LUCENTE


TABLE OF CONTENTS: 1-10 11-20 21-26 27-44 45-50 51-66

GENERAL STUDIES MACRO STUDIES MICRO STUDIES CONCEPT RESEARCH PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT FINAL PROPOSAL


GENERAL STUDIES


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SITE LOCATION...

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SITE LOCATION CON’T... The class was given the task of finding an apropriate site location for the community centre, ith the only given directive that it must be located within the “Halsted Triangle”. After much speculation and debate the vacant lot at the corner of Halsted St. and Division St. W. was seleceted. The shear size of the site, with it’s water front location, and high traffic along the Division/Halsted Intersection posed an overwhelming argument against any other possible site. The location is far enough away from the downtoen core that it has it’s own unique “quiet neighbourhood feel”, while still being in close enough proximity to be within walking distance to any of the main attractions that the downtown core providfes. The site is located somewhat on an axis between the major insdustrial sites of Goose Island, Cabrini Green Residential to the South-East, High-end real estate to the North-East, and light/Medium Commercial to the North.

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DRIVEABILITY... much of teh following 6 pages is supplemented by the City of Chicago Department of TRansportation’s “Halsted Triangle Plan”

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PARKING...

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NEW TRAIN STATION IN THE WORKS...

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EXISTING LINE STOPS...

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MAJOR BUS LINES...

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LOCAL BUS/TRAIN LINES...

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MACRO STUDIES


POSITIVE & NEGATIVE SPAVES...Dark are spaces created by building, Light are emty lots.

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SOFT SURFACES...Primarily green park spaces, or vacant lots turned to weeds.

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HARD SURFACES...Primarily parking lots, or vacant lots with rubble.

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HIGH TRAFFIC...Thuroughfares.

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LOW TRAFFIC...Streets.

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MUNICIPAL ZONING...

INDUSTRIAL RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL MIXED INSTITUTIONAL

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BUILDING TYPES...

INDUSTRIAL RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL MIXED INSTITUTIONAL

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SITE...

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SHADOW STUDIES...

June 21st 8am-8pm

December 21st 9am-5pm

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MICRO STUDIES


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EXISTING SITE...

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FUNSTIONING SITE...

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SITE W/ 50’ GRID SUPER IMPOSED...

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SITE W/ PANCAKED PROGRAM...

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CONCEPT


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MANDELBROT FRACTAL...Most popular fractal discovered, created by formula:

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TYPES OF FRACTALS...

Fractal Canopies: In geometry, fractal canopies are one of the easiest-to-create types of fractals. They are created by splitting a line segment into two smaller segments at the end, and then splitting the two smaller segments and as well, and so on, infinitely.

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TYPES OF FRACTALS CONT’D...

Base-Motif Fractals: Take a shape — any shape that is composed of line segments. Call this shape a base. Now take another shape and call it the motif. Substitute every line segment in the base with the motif. Do the same with the resulting figure. Now continue substituting an infinite amount of time. The process you are doing is called generator iteration. What you get at the end is a base-motif fractal.

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TYPES OF FRACTALS CONT’D...

Iterated Function System Fractals: In mathematics, iterated function systems or IFSs are a method of constructing fractals; the resulting constructions are always self-similar. IFS fractals, as they are normally called, can be of any number of dimensions, but are commonly computed and drawn in 2D. The fractal is made up of the union of several copies of itself, each copy being transformed by a function (hence “function system”). The canonical example is the Sierpinski gasket also called the Sierpinski Carpet.

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INITIAL CONCEPT INSPIRATION...

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Initial Function

First Iteration

Second Iteration

Third Iteration

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BUILDING ON INITIAL CONCEPT...

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Initial Function

First Iteration

Third Iteration

Forth Iteration

Second Iteration

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Point: 0d

Line: 1d

Plane: 2d

Cube: 3d

Hausdorff Dimensions Cont’d... The interesting thing about the Hausdorff Dimensions is that objects don’t always exist in whole-number dimensions. The Sierpinski carpet seems to be a plane (2 dimensions), but as you carry out the function an infinite number of iterations, the area of the object actually aproaches to zero and the perimeter approaches infinity. It’s actual dimension is 1.8938. The Menger Sponge is very similar as you’d expect, as you carry out the iterations, the volume approaches zero as the surface area approaches infinity, and it’s Hausdorff dimension is actually 2.726833.

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PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT


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BUILDING PARTI DIAGRAMS...

Intitial Function

Seperating into Blocks

Circulation Space

First Iteration

Gallery Space

Studio Space

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Studio

Program Isometric

Seperating into Blocks

Typical Studio Floor Plan

Building Isometric

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SITE PARTI DIAGRAMS...

Building located Perpindicular to N. KIngsbury St. while giving terminating vista to end of W Scott St.

Building rotated 26ยบ counter-clockwise to allow views from galleries to downtown core and Belmont Harbour & Park West/ Linken Park. This also allows sun light to enter more faces of the building

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96’ grid applied to site.

Pedestrian Traffic studies applied.

Pedstrians will be taken on a journey through the “fractal gardens”, this will explain the idea of ‘self similarity’ and fractals as you walk through the site.

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FINAL PROPOSAL


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