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LAURA SALAZAR ALTOBELLI Selected Work | Summer.2012


Groundfloor

Firstfloor

COMMUNITY CENTER


My greatest critiques of Miesian architecture is the myopic obsession with the De Stijl-like plan without an equal consideration of sectional complexity. Mies van der Rohe’s architecture is powerful because the dynamic composition of lines in drawing translates to planes of elongated perspective, elegant thresholds, and transparency between interior and exterior spaces. This community center project is a study in reconfiguring the Miesian language across four levels of a public building. Intersection, transparency and fluidity between exterior and interior were the key factors guiding the design to augment the spatial perception of that which is above, below, and adjacent. MIT 4.114 Instructor Jan Wampler


The parasitic relationship between parent and child has arrived at its final stage: an appendage structure to their city townhouse. In fairness, real estate values are prohibitive and the return on ownership is minimal, nevertheless the parasite seeks performative and formal independence in their dwelling. An undulating faรงade, contoured into a striation of fins, is pierced by the orthogonal volumes of inhabited interior spaces. The undulation of the surface was studied in terms of orientation to southern exposure so as to maximize solar secuestration on the faรงade throughout the day. The areas of the faรงade that have most exposure become solar panel regions to generate energy for domestic use. Those areas that received less sunlight throughout the day became a vertical garden that sustains local plants and vertical permaculture. MIT 4.114 Instructor Jan Wampler

permaculture

solar panels

striation study

URBAN PARASITE

facade program


Section

Plan [-1]

Plan [0]

Plan [+1]

Plan [+1.5]


wind flows & densities

CONSTRUCTED CLIMATES


Cultures of temperate world regions carry out their lives in the artificial interiors of HVAC systems. We are able, though not encouraged, to ignore the exterior. This project explores the inversion: combined relationships in aperture, orientation, and porosity generate geometries that graduate the intensity with which we experience the exterior in an interior environment. A series of studies explore the amplification of wind forces, humidity, and temperatures. The subject progresses from one extreme of discomfort to another within the same enclosed environment. MIT 4.113 Instructors Nick Gelpi + Skylar Tibbits

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100 linear ft: wind flow

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100 linear ft: solar dialation

100’ roof plan C B

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The Self-Assembly Line


The Self-Assembly Line is a large-scale version of a self-assembly virus capsid, demonstrated as an interactive and performative structure. A discrete set of modules are activated by stochastic rotation from a larger structure that forces the interaction between units. The unit is designed so to auto-align into locally-correct configurations. As more units come into contact, break away, and reconnect, larger elements emerge. By changing the external conditions, the geometry of the unit, the attraction of the units and the number of units supplied, the desired global configuration can be programmed. For TED 2012 By SJET


A system of lines governs the primary conception of a mat field. These lines exist without program, hierarchy or boundary in a 2.5-D universe; they are horizontally biased yet suggestive of thickness. As the line continues to acquire data, it evolves to articulate porosity, adjacencies, and volumetric figuration. The system’s dexterity is grounded in the simplicity of a set of parallel vectors. Each vector may be altered along its path by an external input and thus alter adjacent vectors.

2D SYSTEM

The initial drawings leap into the physical world, allowing for the exploration of proto-architectural filters. As spatial qualities begin to emerge the information in every line becomes more specific. The reciprocal balance between unique data and systematic replicability is critical. The ability of 2-D lines to inform three-dimensional thresholds with variegated spatial qualities is the central axis of the proto-architectural system.

EAST BOSTON ELEMENTARY

In the architectural development of the project as an elementary for East Boston, the building gently retreats from the site perimeter so that the development of line - which manipulates ground and ceiling - begins to emerge in the topography as benches, channels for the growth of plants, and boundaries for athletic fields. Circulation in the interior of the building is a system of branching that penetrates programmatic use from community-oriented to studentoriented educational spaces. MIT 4.115 Instructor William O’Brien Jr.


POROSITY

STRUCTURE

UNIT

INTERIOR THRESHOLD

SURFACIAL SYSTEM


EAST BOSTON ELEMENTARY LIBRARY

GYM

EXTERIOR

LAB

CLASSROOM


CORE SAMPLE MODEL


CA Set of Seeds

Visibility

Group ID

Assign Apt. Type

Exterior Walls

V N = 1

U Srf Division

Mapped facade

A cellular automata code for visibility is reconfigured at the dimension of a residential tower. Visible cells identify other active adjacent cells and group together through a Genetic Algorithm. The number of cells in a group informs the Apartment Type. Within the Apartment Group, cells identify interior and exterior boundaries. Interior divisions are eliminated while the exterior boundaries are extruded into planes. The base geometry is specified into floor slabs, ceiling slabs, and planes of glass wall. Wall surfaces are divided and a facade system with mullions and fins, which varies according to apartment type, is mapped to the surface. The Cellular Automata code, combined with a Genetic Algorithm, produces unique overlaps and cavities which defy the normative extrusions of a highrise tower. MIT 4.553 Instructors Takehiko Nagakura + Juhong Park

CELLULAR AUTOMATA TOWER


N=1 Apartment[1] Studio

N=2 Apartment[2] 1 BR Kitchen

N=3 Apartment[3] 1 BR Kitchen Living

N=4 Apartment[4] 2 BR Kitchen Living

N>4 Apartment[5] 3+ BR Kitchen Living Amenities


Laura Salazar Altobelli laura.salazar.altobelli@gmail.com (617) 416-7392 laura-salazar.com


Education

Wellesley College

BA Architecture, Economics Minor, 2012 Coursework includes: Architecture & Urban Form, Modern Architecture, Art History, 19th Century Art, Drawing, Environmental Economics, Environmental Studies, Physics, Comparative Politics, Sociology of Globalization, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics. Recipient of the Global Engagement Grant and TheAlexander Fellowship for Architecture. GPA 3.3/4.0

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Visting Student, Coursework includes: Architecture studio sequence (4.111/4.112/4.113/4.114/4.115), Digital Design Tools and Fabrication (4.500), Programming Conceptions (4.553), Downtown (11.026), The Once and Future City (4.211). “Veneto Experience” Study abroad program based on Carlo Scarpa, directed by Shun Kanda.

The American School of Lima

International Baccalaureate Diploma, 2008. SAT score 2000/2400. National Honor Society; American Ambassador Award for “The Promotion of Understanding and Relations Between People of Peru and the United States of America”, English Award, Science Award.

Experience

SJET LLC, intern

06/11-02/12|Cambridge, MA

Davis Museum, Artist

04/11-06/11|Wellesley, MA

MIT Sustainability Planning & MIT Energy Initiative, Researcher

09/10-01/11|Cambridge, MA

Fabricated installation of virus capsids for TED 2012. Modeled interiors and developed porosity patterns with Python for an office space. Designed pop-up structures as a scalable technology for installation art, construction, and undulating scaffolding systems. Exhibited hand-crafted couture at the Davis Museum in a joint exhibit with the El Anatsui Retrospective. Researched consumer preferences & provided informed strategies to improve sustainable “green-conscious” consumer behavior.

GreenHome NYC, Intern

Profiling sustainable buildings in NYC; wrote grant proposals; development and management of fundraising initiatives; conducted & published interviews with lead NYC architects on topics of LEED and sustainability.

Peru Green Building Council, Intern

Co-authored Council’s Business Plan. Market research. Membership and communications management. Created marketing materials and event planning.

Skill

Software

Rhino 5.0, AutoCAD; Python; Adobe Creative Suite; Raiser’s Edge; STATA

Hardware Laser cutter, 3D printer, casting & woodshop tools Fluency

English, Spanish

07/10-08/11|New York, NY

05/10-10/10|Lima, Peru

Selected Work  

Selection of architecture studio + internship projects (2008-2012)

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