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PORTFOLIO: works of process

Jonathan Hammett Chesley | e: t: 541.743.3551 | a: #3-652 W. 10th Ave., Eugene, Or., 97401

CONTENTS: who: what:

jhc the table of contents categorizes and organizes the following projects by highlighting their specific contribution to my understanding of architecture. where: canada, usa and france when: 2007-2011

i. design ii. draft iii. build ix. compete x. research xi. sketch x. cv

DESIGN: who: what: where: when:

jhc thesis studio university of oregon 2010-2011


movement in six acts

How can the relationship between urban watercourses and urban fabric refresh biological processes, nourish vibrant social connections and stabilize economic interactions?

Introduction Rome is a city rich with historic walking processionals (or vias) weaving through monuments and relics in reverence of the cities traditions and cultures. Strangely, the Tiber River has consistently been ignored within the catalogue of honorary routes. Even with the profound role it has played in Rome’s cultural, ecological and economic evolution--supplying goods and services to sustain its urban infrastructures--the Tiber has, in many ways, been treated with apathy and disrespect. The goal of this project is to establish the Tiber River within the catalogue of Rome’s significant urban artifacts by expanding the complexity and scales of interactions between waters, edges, people and the greater urban flows. Assuming the cities urban fabric to be an innate connective tissue, a network of architectural focal lenses-considered architectural follies--are placed in the river. The idea of the follie is derived from the structures of 18th century English garden design: they contrasted against the botanical aesthetic while functioning as respite and shelter. Along the Tiber River, the program of gallery is added to the concept of the follie while it is combined with six distilled river experiences: meander, float, eddy, sink, perch, drift. By punctuating significant moments in the city, these vessels of meaning will transform the river’s status to one of prominence and respect. This is the first step in any true consideration of the kind of ecological harmony possible between Rome and the Tiber.








ANCIENT FERRY CROSSING: Sensitively placed at the locations of historic Traghettos--ancient cable ferries that acted as secondary bridges--the follies will be stages upon which a dialogue of the future evolutionary possibilities speak to the history of the river.










CONTEMPORARY CONTEXT: In contrast to the heavyhandedness shown by the engineers of the Tiber’s embankments, the follies are subtle moves driven by the ethic that simple interventions can breed extensive and complex results.



ELEMENTS: of the river


mills + wares


By creating this hard and fast ‘edge’ of impenetrably stacked travertine the experience of the Tiber water course was severed from Rome’s urban fabric. This act catalyzed a decisions to further fragment the river from the city when, in response to congestion and traffic, the state constructed two grand automobile highways flanking the embankment’s edge. These layers of material and abstract barriers--from building edge, to highway edge, to embankment edge, down 50ft to river edge--have constrained the productive role the river could play for Rome and its people. The first steps in changing how cities interact with their ecological amenities--forming symbiotic partnerships between built form and natural growth--is to create awareness and manifest value in order to inspire conscientious activities by citizens and visitors.

the widening and hardening evolution of the tiber’s edge and its effects on urban flows.

These fantastical structures of elemental phenomena will illuminate the mind as well as engage the senses, acting as catalysts for Romans and other visitors to participate more regularly and directly with the river. Rather than acting as mechanisms of transportation across and along the river, like existing bridges and highways, the Follies will be mechanisms of attraction that seduce citizens by inviting creative participation with its waters. The Walking Museum envisions how this neglected path becomes the Museum of the Tiber River. In a city so restricted by existing building density the river emerges as the most dynamic plane of architectural imagination.

Act Three: eddy in order to re-invigorate the rivers edge, this follie offers market stalls for seasonal vendors. when the river is too high to walk along the lower embankment wall, three islands rise individually to the height of three of the rivers most famous flood elevationsheights. jump on in and swim!

Act Three: eddy

Act Three: eddy

Act Four: sink This old ferry crossing was so valuable that a bridge was now sits near its location. This follie can act as a relaxation point in which the museum goer can escape the city and descend into the river—becoming part of a world that consists only of water and sky

Act Four: sink

Act Four: sink

DRAFT: who: what:

jhc these drawings were constructed for an advanced class in building sciences and enclosure and focused on the process and skills of cd sets. where: univeristy of oregon when: 2010

Following is a series of detail plans, sections and axonometrics illustrating both my technical drawing skills as well as my understanding of structural and eclosure systems.

double pane glazing

6 3/4" x 8" column double pane glazing


f lashing moisture barrier f lashing

stool backing rod + seal

blocking 2" x bottom plate j-bolt

10" exposed concrete foundation wall


rigid insulation standing seam metal moisture barrier blocking 3" car deck

f la shing f la shing/gutter attachment

6 3/4" x 8" column interior f inish ply

2" x 6" blocking f inish grade ply


moisture barrier 1/2" ply f la shing

sheet metal fascia

air barrier

stainless fastener sheet metal cap

gutter downspout

6 3/4" x 8" column window stop


double pain glazing

Roof Overhang Scale: 3" = 1'-0"



double pane glazing jamb


backing rod + seal 6 3/4" x 8" column

moisture barrier


insulation 2" x furing f inish grade ply casing

air cavity

6 3/4"


Corner J

Scale: 3" =

air-space stainless steel (ss) standing-seam coping 1/2" treated plywood

2x shim drift clip

parapet membrame laped over roof membrane

filter fabric reservior

1/2" gypsum sheathing roof moisture barier sealant brick ties every 8th coarse

representation of plant 6" minimum soil

continuous ss cleat

planter box

2x6 ss parapet stud wall supported by 2x6 ss brace mounting plate pre-welded to ss brace

2" free drainage space

EPDM roofing membrane wraps over rigid ins.

moisture barier

treated ply

1/2" treated ply for continuous cant strip spray insulation fill

3" rigid insulation brick veneer (2 1/4" x 3 5/8" x 7 5/8" brick dimension)

6" rigid insulation

5" post-tensioned concrete slab embedded steel angle lag bolt connecting cont. steel shelf angle weep/vent holes 24" o.c. 2 piece ss flashing

sealant METALFORM Man. 6" deep plane blade model MFL-29 mechanical louver assy

mullion (Kawneer 1600 glazing system wall assemy)

PPG SolarBan Starphire High V.T.

3" steel decking wind load mounting clip

18" castellated beams 10' o.c.

pre-welded column mounting plate

6" cylindrical steel column

PPG SolarBan 60 (2) Auria + clear Low V.T.

jon.hammett.chesley enclosures.project:2


Brick Wall: head to parapet Scale: 1 1/2" = 1'-0"

1x blocking windo sill assmy Kawneer 1600 series

moisture barrier backing rod

metal sill w/ end dams and counter clshing at brick return

sealant stool 2x fir trim nailed to drift clip

flashing detail connect with window sill 1/2" gypsum sheathing

brick ties every 8th coarse

2" free drainage space

moisture barier

3" rigid insulation drip angle at sill

brick veneer (2 1/4" x 3 5/8" x 7 5/8" brick dimension)

drift clip drilled anchor

flashing anchor

moisture barrier lapping flashing

2x fir trim

embedded steel angle

lag bolt connecting cont. steel shelf angle

weep/vent holes 24" o.c.

2 piece ss flashing

sealant METALFORM Man. 6" deep plane blade model MFL-29 mechanical louver assy

2 jon.hammett.chesley enclosure.project:2

Brick Wall: sill Scale: 3" = 1'-0"

Kawneer 1600 Wall System 1 1/2' fixed veritcal sunshades

METALFORM Man. 6" deep plane blade model MFL-29 mechanical louver assy

curtain wall attachment bolts

1 1/2' fixed veritcal sunshades

combination curtain wall anchor and sunshade mounting strip (welded to embedded shelf angle)

hole cut in mullion grout sealing around sunshade attachment

PPG SolarBan Starphire High V.T.

PPG SolarBan 60 (2) Auria + clear Low V.T. mullion (Kawneer 1600 glazing system wall assemy)

jon.hammett.chesley enclosure.project:2


Window Wall: Axon Scale: 1" = 1'-0"

BUILD: who: what: where: when:

jhc design/ build project clayton, new york 2011-present (paused for the season)

design/build project:

1000 ISLANDS BOAT HOLE Six hours from Manhattan there lies a property on which a series of cottages are set against the St. Lawrence River. Built fifty years ago for city dwellers fleeing dense metropoli, this vacation spot has evolved into a family’s dwelling. The main cabin is their home; three of the original buildings surround it, half gutted or filled with old furniture. One of these remnant structures is a boathouse with guest quarters. Preserving the existing footprint of the boathouse, the Jo(h)n’s will re-establish it as a destination. The vision of the Boat Hole project is focused on intimate interactions with the river: hearing the waves, seeing the wildlife, touching the ripples, feeling the energy. Driven by an ethic of material and historic perpetuation these two sensitive cats will source materials through onsite deconstruction and fallen tree milling.

schematic plan

project evolution


longitudinal elevation

COMPETE: who: what:

jhc, jhw, js, rf, jo submittal to the Urban Landscape Institute’s Gerald D. Hines Competition where: Eugene, Or when: fall 2011

Characteristic of North American, car-focused master plans, the area surrounding Mt. Baker Light Rail Station is constrained by both physical and conceptual barriers. Mitigating these barriers involves the identification of latent potentials embedded in the urban landscape. This is the story of how an urban remnant can be activated to the benefit of local economies, ecologies and cultures.

An under utilized alley becomes an armature of paths and nodes, supporting a diversity of interactions; the basis of a resilient neighborhood.


enabling stability through flexibility


car scaled

human scaled

0 units/acre

51 units/acre

DURABILITY THROUGH A PATCHWORK OF MOBILITIES. ECONOMIC MOBILITY the variety in scales of the alley economy allows for the process of small business development.

freestanding cart in alley

tapping into infrastructure

mature storefront business

infiltration habitat patch

alley corridor

ecological anchor

mom takes train to work

after school program at community library

public performance

ECOLOGICAL MOBILITY corridors and patches link parks in Olmstead’s 1903 landscape plan, and facilitate species movement between the sound and lake.

SOCIAL MOBILITY efficient transport, affordable housing and community projects result in a liveable community.










view commercial street life


bio swale



public park

view live






integrated habitat

24 hr center destination live


mt. baker transit station

bike parking

district energy park


flexible Rainer Alley

bio swale park


Rainier Ave

district bio-swale plaz

NODE SECTIONS: residential commons

community live

re-use of buildings


street life

- eyes on the street - nestled into the hill (ecological corridor) - utilization of old buildings - community/individual gardens - playing field/ water remediator - flex space: LIVE[WORK]

ecological anchor

LIVE 66% WORK 34%


live work

gather create


- habitat: PATCH - civic destination - linkage to Olmsted Park system - educational services garden: ‘stewards of urban ecology’ - park for water

commercial center green walls


LIVE 70% WORK 30%

- a destination for the city - 24hr center - green walls/ roof gardens - water infiltration swales

mobility/energy hub


Rainier Ave


LIVE 67% flex/park riding



taffic calmer





LIVE 85% WORK 15%

WORK 33%

- bio-gas - district energy/ swale - serves bikeable radius - the way people get to this place

RESEARCH: who: what:

jhc a research class in which distinct aspects of city’s urban structures were explored. with: Professor Howard Davis, an expert whose authored two important books on the subject, “The Culture of Building” and “Living above the Store” where: university of oregon when: 2010-2011

the FOOD that FOOD carts FEED

mapped above is the proximity between food cart pods and the source of their raw goods

the research began by studying five major food cart hubs, known as pods, in Portland, Oregeon. a



se. 12th & hawthorne

vendors were asked a series of questions in order to describe the ways in which they sourced, prepared and payed for their products.



sw. 5th & stark

diagrams describing the specific intensity of activity created by different pod compositions show the affect they have on urban block structures.

a b cd e

ne. mississippi & skidmore

by determining the proximity of a cart/ pod’s customer base and material sources a diagram of local food production, consumption and waste processing began to materialize.




b c

n. killingsworth and greeley

the implications of approaching such a closed-loop food economics are transferable to a variety of industries and would stimulate robust cycles in cities, directly cultivating vibrant, imaginative, playful and self-sustaining urban environments.

a b


sw. 9th & alder

by the final set of interviews it became evident that the neighborhood was key to a pods existence. not only were they the main consumer’s of delicous edibles but they had also become supplier’s of simple ingredients. some of the pods had unnoficially begun to barter with local backyard gardens: supply’s for carefully prepared food. the diagram below imagines how a neighborhood colonizing the underutilized space of a local right-ofway median could create a closed food loop both within household’s as well as in restaurants and at food cart pods.

this diagram illustrates the hypathetical interactions and flows within a localized food production, consumption and waste processing system.

SKETCH: who: what:

jhc examples of my ability to think and use a pencil where: everywhere when: 2005-present


End of January 2012 Portfolio. Version 3.0

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