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Sustainable Dormitory Long Beach, CA ARC 203: Architectural Design Studio Sustainable design cannot only prevent undesirable conditions but can also play a part in reversing damage that has already afflicted the earth’s limited natural resources. Furthermore, sustainable design encourages sustainable living. If the building itself operates using sustainable principles it is my belief that its inhabitants will replicate sustainable practices through their interactions with the building in which they live. Consolidating spaces while still providing a desirable environment was an important design intent for the student dormitory, significantly decreasing the building footprint as well as the amount of materials used. Therefore, I chose to design four doubleoccupancy units as opposed to the suggested 8 single-occupancy units.

PROPOSED PROGRAM: 4 DOUBLE-OCCUPANCY UNITS

RESOURCE CONSUMPTION

RESOURCE CONSUMPTION

SUGGESTED PROGRAM: 8 SINGLE-OCCUPANCY UNITS


The building engages the site by allowing access from the street side as well as from the campus. Wood louvers provide shade but also fold out and over to create covered outdoor spaces for the residents to utilize. Sustainable building materials such as permeable pavers, recycled wood, and photovoltaic panels facilitate energy saving and healthy living.

SOLID MASSING: INDOOR PROGRAM WOOD LOUVERS: OUTDOOR PROGRAM


PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS VEGETABLE GARDEN RECYCLED SCRAP WOOD LOUVERS

N SITE PLAN

PERMEABLE PAVERS

EAST ELEVATION

SOUTH ELEVATION


DN

N

GROUND LEVEL FLOOR PLAN


N

SECOND LEVEL FLOOR PLAN


GLASS WALL

GLASS CEILING WATERPROOFING MEMBRANE

WOOD LOUVERS

CONCRETE ROOF DECKING

SKYLIGHT

METAL FLASHING WINDOW FRAME

SLOPE 2%

TOP OF ROOF

SLOPE 2%

STUDY SPACE (BEDROOM) SUN SPACE

BATHROOM

BALCONY

GLASS RAIL

1 A 1.2

BATT INSULATION

JOISTS 16” O.C. TYP

TOP OF SECOND FLOOR

SLOPE 2%

BEDROOM

CONCRETE WALL CONCRETE SLAB WATERPROOFING MEMBRANE GRAVEL

SUN SPACE TOP OF FIRST FLOOR

CONCRETE FOOTING

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BUILDING SECTION

6”

1’

2’

SCALE: 1/4” = 1’-0”

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OPEN IN THE SUMMER LIGHT SHAFT (FROSTED GLASS FLOOR)

PASSIVE SHADING STRATEGY

CLOSED IN THE WINTER LIGHT SHAFT (FROSTED GLASS FLOOR)

PASSIVE HEATING STRATEGY

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The San Gabriel Valley Humane Society San Gabriel, Los Angeles, CA ARC 495: Senior Thesis Public perception of the animal shelter has generally been one of depression and suffering due to its origins. Animal shelters or “dog pounds” were once regarded primarily as centers for death and disposal of unwanted animals. 21st Century animal shelters have since evolved and have become as much about humans as they are about animals. In order to improve the human experience it is necessary to enrich the animal’s environment. The future expansion and renovation of the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society reimagines the animal shelter as a building type. Its design offers an experience unlike typically endless rows of dark cages and narrow, prison-like corridors. Design strategies include orienting kennels to face away from one another in both plan and elevation, minimizing stress-inducing direct visual contact between canines. Visitors meander amidst gardens and kennels, relaxing in pockets of shaded refuge while observing animals at play. The project is an exploration of means to enhance the human experience throughout the adoption process and the animal’s well-being as they await new homes.


Kennel Facade Study


PROJECT LAYERS

PROJECT AXONOMETRIC

CANOPY COMPONENT

BUILDING COMPONENT

LANDSCAPING PATTERN

CONCRETE PATTERN

GRAND AVENUE

SITE PLAN SCALE: 1/64” = 1’-0”

EXISTING BUILDING

N


VARYING PANEL ELEVATIONS ANIMAL CONTROL VEHICLE LOADING

CANINE ADOPTION

EUTHANASIA/ COLD STORAGE

VARYING TRANSPARENCIES CAT HOLDING

STRUCTURAL GRID

ADMIN

DOG HOLDING

WELCOME CENTER

2

ADMINISTRATION

ANIMAL/ BUILDING SUPPORT

KENNEL STAFF PARKING

MAIN PROGRAM ELEMENTS:

1

STORAGE

WELCOME CENTER

GROOMING

SITE OUTLINE

SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC

SIM. LIVING ROOM SIM. LIVING ROOM

CANOPY SYSTEM DIAGRAM

DOG PLAY YARD

3

SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC

4

STAFF/VOLUNTEER ROOMS

5

FELINE ADOPTION

6

SIMULATED LIVING ROOMS

FELINE ADOPTION

ANIMAL RECEIVING

STAFF PARKING

VISITOR PARKING

STAFF PARKING/ LOADING

KENNEL STAFF LOUNGE

PROGRAM INTERRELATIONSHIPS DIAGRAM

LAUNDRY

SIM. LIVING ROOM KITCHEN SIM. LIVING ROOM

“WHERE FIGURE AND GROUND COALESCE”

7

EXERCISE YARDS

8

CANINE SUPPORT

9

CANINE ADOPTION KENNELS

DOG PLAY YARD

SIM. LIVING ROOM

10

ANIMAL RECEIVING

11

LOADING/STAFF PARKING

SIM. LIVING ROOM

RESTRM

EXTRUSION OF GROUND PLANE

The decision to minimize visual contact between canines created a strong formal requirement for the entire project. The project builds upon the push/pull of this initial move, adding a much-needed element to the animal shelter in every layer. Together, these layers form a cohesive shelter environment for both humans and animals, addressing their needs and improving their well-being in a typically stressful environment.

STORAGE

CAT STAFF

CAT ROOM

DOG PLAY YARD

RESTRM

STAFF ROOM

CAT ROOM

VOLUNTEER ROOM

SIM. LIVING ROOM

SIM. LIVING ROOM

CAT ROOM

CAT ROOM

OFFICE

CAT ROOM

EXAM ROOM

DOG SOCIALIZATION YARD OFFICE

CAT ROOM

STORAGE

EXAM ROOM

OFFICE RSTRM RESTRM

“THE THRESHOLD AT WHICH ONE ASCENDS OR DESCENDS”

ADOPTION COUNSELING

ANML. ROOM ADOPTION LOBBY

OFFICE

RSTRM CLINIC WAITING AREA

STORAGE

SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC RECEPTION

COMMUNITY ROOM

RETAIL

ADOPTION PARKING CLINIC PARKING

VERTICAL CIRCULATION NODES FLOOR PLAN (SPLIT LEVELS INCLUDED) SCALE: 1/16” = 1’-0”

N

SPATIAL CONCEPT MINIMIZING DIRECT VISUAL CONTACT BETWEEN CANINES

EXTRUSION OF GROUND PLANE

WELCOME CENTER

EXCLUSIVELY FOR STAFF

SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC

ANIMAL ENCLOSURES

FELINE ADOPTION

WELCOME TO VISITORS

WELCOME TO VISITORS ANIMAL ENCLOSURES EXCLUSIVELY FOR STAFF

SIMULATED LIVING ROOMS CANINE ADOPTION KENNELS

ADMINISTRATION STAFF

CANINE SUPPORT BUILDING

ANIMAL CARETAKER STAFF

ANIMAL RECEIVING

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS (VEHICULAR)

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

STAFF CIRCULATION

TO FELINE ADOPTION TO CANINE ADOPTION TO SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC

VISITOR CIRCULATION


MATERIAL CONCEPT

“A KENNEL IS NOT A CAGE; IT IS MERELY AN EXTENSION OF THE HUMAN GUARDRAIL”

WATERPROOFING MEMBRANE RIGID INSULATION

TAPERED STEEL BEAM CONCRETE CURB PERFORATED METAL CEILING S B

B

B

B

DOUBLE-PANE GLAZING ALUMINUM MULLION STEEL COLUMN

B

S

S

B

B

B

B

B

FELINE ADOPTION FACADE

FACADE CONNECTION MEMBER PERFORATED METAL

KEY WALL SECTION SCALE: 1/2” = 1’-0”

CLINIC RECEPTION

SURGERY

VETERINARY OFFICES

SMALL DOG

B

B

B S

S

LONGITUDINAL SECTION SCALE: 3/16” = 1’-0”

or

S

B

S

STEEL DECKING STEEL WIDE FLANGE CONCRETE WALL

S

B

BIG DOG

B

or

B

S B

S

S

S

KENNEL CONFIGURATION VARIATIONS


KENNEL TYPE VARIATIONS

CANINE SUPPORT

ANIMAL RECEIVING


COLONY IN THE SKY: Omnidirectional Expansion Manhattan, New York ARC 405: Bobby Brooks Memorial Interdisciplinary Design Studio “COLONY IN THE SKY: Omnidirectional Expansion” envisions a subaquatic future manhattan. Ongoing sea level rise due to global warming and rapid ice melt threatens coastal communities around the world. Most of New York City is less than 16 feet above sea level; by the year 2500 sea levels will rise nearly 30 feet. How will Manhattan survive the coming flood? How can we adapt our terrestrial dwellings to live with the water? “COLONY IN THE SKY: Omnidirectional Expansion” uses the versatile geometric properties of honeycomb to create a colony that is able to adapt and grow continuously over time, in every direction. The hive provides shelter on the project site. It is the place of refuge against the rising water. As time progresses its submerged building facades become living facades of oysters, corals, and barnacles. City plazas and parks at its base become underwater ruins teeming with aquatic life. Animal species also seek shelter from the rising sea. What is abandoned by humans is reclaimed and the hive becomes not only a place for human dwelling but also a structure for interspecies survival.


This embassy/outpost serves as a stepping stone towards future survival of Manhattan and is a vision for survival all over the world. “COLONY IN THE SKY: Omnidirectional Expansion” serves as a paradigm for future living, an integrated city that thrives below, above, and on the water’s surface. RECLAIMS

CONCEPTUAL SITE PLAN SURVIVAL

LIVING CAPSULE PREFABRICATED AND LIGHTWEIGHT: EASILY TRANSPORTED AND CLUSTERED TOGETHER TO FORM A COLONY IN THE SKY

PRESENT DAY

WE INHABIT THE

WHEN LAND AQUA

SKY

YEAR 2513


PRESENT DAY


YEAR 2513


Parametric Space Sedona, Arizona ARC 402: Special Topics Studio In the future, sustainable living means having to downsize the amount of living space per person. Consolidating all of one’s needs into a more compact housing envelope reduces energy and material waste, preserving the Earth’s precious natural resources and utilizing less square footage, something that becomes more valuable as the human population increases. Using the Paolo Soleri Arcology as a model city, and Le Corbusier’s Habitat D’habitation slip-stop unit as a model housing unit, this studio introduced the challenge of downsizing a single housing unit for 5-6 people, while still maintaining maximum efficiency. In this project, all of the occupants’ needs are addressed by various furniture pieces that are manipulated by the user according to their particular spatial requirements. A variety of spaces for a variety of situations eliminated the need for excess space and allows for betterutilized spaces for a variety of different uses.


DN

CORRIDOR

SECOND LEVEL FLOOR PLAN_COLLAPSED UP

FIRST LEVEL FLOOR PLAN_COLLAPSED

BUILDING SECTION_COLLAPSED


DN

STUDY LOFT

CORRIDOR

SECOND LEVEL FLOOR PLAN_DEPLOYED UP BALCONY

MASTER BED/ LIVING ROOM

ENTERTAINING BAR

FIRST LEVEL FLOOR PLAN_DEPLOYED

BUILDING SECTION_DEPLOYED

COAT STORAGE/ CORRIDOR

BATH/LAUNDRY

KITCHEN

DINING

CHILDRENS’ BEDS

TEEN BED/STUDY

BALCONY


El Centro Courthouse El Centro, California ARC 401L: Special Topics Studio The existing Imperial County Courthouse is one of the few remaining historic landmarks located in the city of El Centro. Despite its monumental presence at the heart of El Centro, the building itself no longer accommodates modern courthouse processes. In response to the existing courthouse’s outdated courthouse program, a new 49,000 square foot courthouse facility is being proposed for the city of El Centro. Students were encouraged to learn the rules of Courthouse programming adjacencies so that we might break them, ultimately exploring alternative Courthouse configurations that break away from the norm.


El Centro’s climate is hot and arid for a majority of the year. In response to the arid climate, the exterior of my design for the new courthouse is treated with a system of louvers. Horizontal louvers wrap around the entire building while vertical louvers span the length of the building to the East and West. Vertical louvers highlight the entrance and courtroom components nestled just behind the exterior layer of louvers.

The existing Imperial County Courthouse located to the East of my proposed courthouse also has its role in the develpment of the new courthouse. The Imperial County Courthouse and its solid appearance contrast greatly with the light and airy transparency with which the new courthouse’s exterior is treated. This contrast in materiality suggests my interpretation of Justice as transparent and accessible to all. In this case, materiality speaks greatly about the modern courthouse.

Currently, the city of El Centro possesses no significant green spaces. As the Civic core of El Centro, the vision for the site on which the new courthouse will be situated was of plentiful vegetation and green, open space for the public to enjoy. Parking is situated behind the existing courthouse, located centrally to the new courthouse, existing courthouse, as well as a potential Family courthouse located to the very East of the development area.

PROPOSED NEW COURTHOUSE

IMPERIAL COUNTY COURTHOUSE


N

SITE PLAN


PAVED CONCOURSE ALONGSIDE COURTHOUSE


RIGID INSULATION WATERPROOFING MEMBRANE CONCRETE PARAPET GLASS SKYLIGHT ALUMINUM MULLION HSS STEEL TUBE

CONCRETE FLOOR STEEL DECKING STEEL WIDE FLANGE

GYPSUM BOARD SHEATHING BATTING INSULATION GYPSUM BOARD SHEATHING STEEL COLUMN

ALUMINUM LOUVER LOUVER CONNECTION MEMBER STEEL COLUMN METAL CONNECTION HSS STEEL TUBE CEILING LIGHT SUSPENDED CEILING ALUMINUM MULLION GLASS CURTAIN WALL

KEY WALL SECTION


DN

DN

BALCONY

COURT REPORTER WORKSTATIONS

CASE SPECIALIST/ JUDICIAL SPECIALIST

INTERPRETER WORK CARRELS CO

JUDICIAL CHAMBER

CO

TROO

AT

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TROO

JUDICIAL CHAMBER

JU DE

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JU DE

CE

JUDICIAL CONFERENCE/ LAW LIBRARY MECHANICAL

DN CHAMBERS WAITING/ RECEPTION

STORAGE CE

AT

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CE

AT

JU DE

JUDICIAL CHAMBER

JUDICIAL CHAMBER

AT

JUDICIAL SECRETARY WS

CO

TROO

AT

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TROO

DN BALCONY

BALCONY

DN

N

N

THIRD LEVEL FLOOR PLAN

SECOND LEVEL FLOOR PLAN


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GROUND LEVEL FLOOR PLAN

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N

GROUND LEVEL FLOOR PLAN


TRANSVERSE BUILDING SECTION


LONGITUDINAL BUILDING SECTION


Koreatown Elementary School Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA ARC 303: Architectural Design Studio The concept for my design of the Koreatown Elementary School was derived from my observations of young children and how they interact with their surroundings. I observed that children enjoy being immersed in activities, that children learn best when given the opportunity to be an active part of their environment. My concept manifested into creating an environment that is extremely playful, fun, and stimulating. Whereas schools typicaly require a certain order, I purposely sought out to design a school that conveyed a distinct playfulness for the children and for the surrounding neighborhoods.


CONCEPT MODEL


UP UP

KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOMS

ADMIN&MPR

PRIMARY&UPPER GRADES CLASSROOMS


UP

KINDERGARTEN ACTIVITY STATION

STAIR ACCESS TO UPPER FLOORS

ELEVATOR TO UPPER FLOORS

STAIR ACCESS TO UPPER FLOORS

* ALL TUBES ARE SURROUNDED BY SEATING AND SERVE AS GATHERING HUBS


SDC CLASSROOM UP LIBRARY T ROOM

TEACHER WORKROOM

UP COMP. ROOM UP

MEDIA STORAGE SDC CLASSROOM

DN

MECH. STORAGE/ MECHANICAL

CUST.

ELEC. STORAGE

ACTIVITY ROOM

MECH.

FOURTH GRADE CLASSROOM

TEACHER LOUNGE

DN

CUST. FOURTH GRADE CLASSROOM

THIRD GRADE CLASSROOM UP DN

THIRD GRADE CLASSROOM

SECOND LEVEL FLOOR PLAN


WATERPROOFING MEMBRANE PLYWOOD METAL DECKING BATTING INSULATION GYPSUM BOARD LIGHTING

DN

LIBRARY MEZZANINE

DN STORAGE/ MECHANICAL

DN

FOURTH GRADE CLASSROOM

STEEL BEAM HVAC DUCTWORK

FOURTH GRADE CLASSROOM

ACOUSTIC CEILING TILES

FIFTH GRADE CLASSROOM

DN

FIFTH GRADE CLASSROOM

GYPSUM BOARD BATTING INSULATION GYPSUM BOARD

CONCRETE PAD FOOTING TILE FINISH FLOOR SLAB ON-GRADE WATERPROOFING MEMBRANE COMPACTED GRAVEL

THIRD LEVEL FLOOR PLAN

KEY WALL SECTION


LONGITUDINAL BUILDING SECTION


TRANSVERSE BUILDING SECTION


The Sound of the Lotus Trio Beijing, China

ARC 406: Interdisciplinary Design Studio Collaborative Effort Irma Ramirez

mission statement:

making the connection:

bridging the gap between the eldest and youngest generations

nurturing life, commemorating death

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A proposal centered on intergenerational exchange aimed at mending the social problems of China’s one child policy.

Inspired by the beauty and ingenuity of the Lotus flower, our project is titled “The Sound of the Lotus trio”.

garden landscape

blossom

stem

roots

koi encounter

generational collective

memorial garden

type of atmosphere

vibrant, lively

nurturing, educational

peaceful, contemplative

emphasis of spaces

buzz of new life

multigenerational interaction

in memory of loved ones

spatial sequence the stem transfer of values through the interaction of people

the roots traditional hutong ways of living from the historicl land, the earth

Commercial Block

Koi Encounter/Water Feature

blossom

Our proposed urban strategy develops the deteriorated and crumbling Xuanwu hutongs into a community of reconciliation between generations; a place for the young adults to come back to and a support network for the elderly to care for the offspring of their children. The revitalization relies on preservation of the Xie memorial and the streets of the past into a live sanctuary of exchange, of healthy interactions between the eldest and youngest—a legitimate preservation effort that goes beyond the saving of historic urban fabric and encompasses the preservation of generational histories passed on as traditions to the young.

lotus concept

intermingling of generations through pavilions and communities

Childcare Center

Generational Collective

stem

In present-day China, both parents are often at work; spending time in their child’s life becomes a luxury few can afford. Challenged by a fast-paced society, traditional values dwindle. When the only child in each family leaves the nest, parents and grandparents suffer from loneliness and experience difficulty caring for themselves. Families need a place where the neglected - the children and the elderly - can feel nurtured as important individuals of society.

high-rise verticality

the blossom

Elderly Care Center

Xuanwu Memorial Garden

Garden of Adaptation

roots

China’s One-Child Policy has created a unique set of challenges for the world’s most populated country. Issues such as population aging and gender imbalance have affected traditional social interactions between family members.

hutong courtyards

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Nurturing Life: The Koi Encounter The Koi Encounter serves as the blossom and offers vibrant and lively spaces that imitate the buzz of new life. It serves as a place of action - the physical and spiritual connection of the Fayuan Temple, the General Xie memorial site, and the

raising fish

catching fish

swimming

informal music and dance

games

Emphasis on Growth: The Generational Collective The Generational Collective is the stem; a nurturing and educational center for the transfer of values: a childcare center, generational and elderly housing. It is where the locals begin and end their day. The housing typology is composed of three elements: hutong courtyard, the verticality of the modern high-rise, and the nature of gardens.

new housing typology

teaching gardens

child care

elderly care

community kitchen

Commemoration of Death: The Memorial Garden The Memorial Garden serves as the community’s roots; it is the peaceful and contemplative space where the memory of loved ones can be respected. Being the heart of the site, it is the torch that is passed on and is the symbolic hearth - a place of gathering. A reflecting pool acts as a connection between the hutongs and the Fayuan Temple, and an adaptable garden with greenery growing from movable and adaptable vessels allows for multi-use. The memorial becomes a space where a community can gather beneath tree canopies nurtured by and for multiple concessions.

generational tree planting

garden plots

formal stage

formal instruction

historical archives


The CubeLIT: Children’s Table Lamp DLF-LA Luminaire Design Competition ARC 332: Environmental Controls Hofu Wu


The CubeLIT Children’s Table Lamp Philips Energy-Saver 18-Watt Twister Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Light Output Energy Used Life Hours MFG Brand Name MFG Model # MFG Part #

1,000 Lumens 18-Watts 12,000 Hours Philips 227850 227850

Philips 4-Watt Night Light Light Output Energy Used Life Hours MFG Brand Name MFG Model # MFG Part #

16 Lumens 4-Watts 3,000 Hours Philips 212399 212399

A C

SIDE VIEW

Electrical Components 8'-0" Power Cord 3-Way Switch Construction Materials 1/8" White Sheet Acrylic Colored Translucent Plastic Sheets Matte Sheet Acrylic

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B

A

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SIDE VIEW

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TOP VIEW


Katrina Banzon: Architectural Portfolio