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laura_g贸mez_hern谩ndez portfolio_2012

lauragoher@hotmail.com phone_+7737806951


A highly motivated and creative student of architecture in fifth year, able to organize being competent and effective under pressure. I enjoy both working in a team an independently, besides being open minded, dynamic and reliable.

[2012 - 2011] Architecture. Currently studying my fifth year at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago) where I earned a place on the College of Architecture Dean's List for excellent scholarly achievement during the fall 2011 semester.

[personal_profile]

[education]

[2011 – 2007] School of Architecture, Technical University of Madrid. Main subjects: Projects (workshops: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7); Construction, interior work; Urbanism and structural analysis. [2007 - 2005]

Secondary School. 4th ESO and High School Obispo Perelló High School (Madrid). Graduated with Honour Mention (A) and awarded with a scholarship for the first year at the university.

[2007] Scholarship for “Excellent Students” getting paid the first year at the university by Madrid’s government.

[awards]

[2007-1995] I won several art competitions over these years, included in 2002, a drawing contest sponsored by a major Spanish bank named “Bankia”.

[achivements]

[Present - 2006] Tutor. I teach maths, physics, chemistry, technical drawing, and English and Castilian language. I started with elementary and intermediate students. Currently, I am working as a personal tutor of several last year high school students (aged 16 - 18 years old)

[work experience]

[Present – 2007] Instructor camp with children aged 8-14 years old during summer and Christmas holiday, preparing games and activities to enhance their skills. Also I have experience being group coordinator.

Drawing:

Experienced in watercolors, charcoal, graphite…

Modeling:

Good experience building models with several kinds of materials (Wood, steel, cardboard, plastics…)

Computer:

AutoCAD, PhotoShop, Google Sketch up, Microsoft Office, Illustrator and basic knowledge of Rhino + Grasshopper, Revit and 3D Studio Max.

Language:

English: Written and spoken. Graduated with TOEFL (November, 2010) with an average of 90. French: Basic level.

[skills]

chapter_zero

Address: 3130 North Lake Shore Drive, ap.#1909, Chicago IL, 60657 email: lauragoher@hotmail.com phone: +7737806951


[a_change_from_the_inside]

chapter_one

public endowments projects in the city


building_with_water

BUILDING WITH WATER CONCEPT: The new urban swimming pool development is designed to build up the main aspect required: the choice of a material which had to drive the whole project. This choice was motivated by the selection of that image and the idea it represents:”building with water”. Therefore, the scheme aims to work with the water as its main source and material. The project adapts to its existing park environment and creates a unique atmosphere based in the idea of swimming among the trees in a very intimate way. A hermetic complex is generated by the coexistence of the pools and the program required with the environment the park creates. The project tries to serve the needs of today’s city population while dealing with their stress and lack of time to relax. The scheme is based in an automated system of urban pools which are designed to be open at any time providing the visitor with a relaxing experience in nature, but within the city. The project also encourages both the visitor and the pool- goer to discover a completely new space in each visit as the pools are always changing. These changes of the space are due to the amount of visitors and the climate conditions in order to generate a space which is adapted to the requirements of the moment. The plan is organized around a series of transparent acrylic cylinders that are connected via a waterproof membrane that constitutes the enclosed pools. Each visitor who enters through the cylinder will find a changing room which has a direct access to an elevator, which provides the access to the swimming pools. The basic support functions of bathrooms and shower areas are also accommodated inside these cylinders. The enclosure membrane creates a thermally-controlled interior climate, while the cylinders collect and filter rain water for use in the pools. The membrane will move and change based on temperature, ventilation, and pool occupation, providing a constantly changing experience to pool-goers and park visitors alike. The scheme is expandable and environmentally- sophisticated; the skin filters water using a revolutionary membrane called “aquaporing”. Outside, in the park, the pool enclosure is experienced as a glowing, amorphous shape that moves through the trees and provides a very different environment in which visitors can experience the view of people swimming and relaxing over the ground level. At night, just the area inside the membrane is illuminated in order to serve as a lamp which lights the park. The project attempts to generate an exciting new way for people and nature to interact in an urban environment.

illinois_institute_of_technology_studioVIII_prof.John Ronan_fall

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MATERIAL RESEARCH: After several researches experimenting with some materials, I figure out that plastics were the best materials to work with the water. Plastics can contain water while transforming its shape. They are capable of last a large amount of years and resist the outside conditions. They are also affordable and they can be found in a very different ways, with really dissimilar characteristics. Finally, I chose two different kinds of plastics: a rigid one which could make the structure and a flexible one which could be the enclosure. There are two types of plastics: thermoplastics and thermosetting polymers. However, both of the plastics which have been used are themoplastics (they are made up of lines of molecules with few cross linkages. This allows them to soften when heated and to be bent into a variety of shapes and forms. They become stiff and solid again when cold. This process can be repeated many times). ACRYLIC: is stiff, hard glass clear. Very durable outdoors. Easily machined, cemented and polished.Good electrical insulator. Safe with food. Ten times more impact resistance than glass. it can be reinforced with fiber glas when used as structure. ETFE: has an excellent life expectancy as it is unaffected by UV light, atmospheric pollution and other forms of environmental weathering. In the case of ETFE cushions, they are kept continually pressurised by a small inflation unit which maintains the pressure at approx. 220 Pa and gives the foil a structural stability and some insulation properties.

illinois_institute_of_technology_studioVIII_prof.John Ronan_fall

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What does “building with water” mean? 1.Water creates the space: The project collects the water of the rain and responds to climate changes. It opens or closes depending on the amount of water collected and the different needs of the program. 2.Water fills the space: Water of the rain gets filtered by the membrane which is a combination of two different plastics. Most part of the two–skin membrane is made out of an ETFE material (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene). However, there is a different material forming the joints between air cells. Aquaporins exclude any unwanted ions or other polar molecules, making them a perfect model for the formulation of low-energy water filtration systems. 3.Water changes the space: a. The level of the water is changed by the movement of the structure (see diagrams) b. Water, in different states, fills the spaces in a different way: some would be empty, some would be full. The changes of the space are also due to the amount of visitors. Pools change their situation depending on the requirements of the moment.

illinois_institute_of_technology_studioVIII_prof.John Ronan_fall

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illinois_institute_of_technology_studioVIII_prof.John Ronan_fall

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illinois_institute_of_technology_studioVIII_prof.John Ronan_fall

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edelwiess, edelwiess...

The new greenhouse development, sited in a well-known park (Alameda de Osuna) in the east of the city, is designed to develop two main aspects requiered. It combines the concepts of adaptation to the delicated environment and creation of the particular atmosphere necessary to allow an edelweiss survive. The scheme, set on a large park in Madrid, aims to adapt technical aspects required to the complicated plot´s features trying to perform a territory settling. The park the proposal is sited into, can be reached by car or by public transport but the proposal only can be visited using the pedestrian ways. Inside the park, the coldest areas have been chosen to set the proposal considering vegetation, highest points and lowest temperatures zones.

Technical_school_of_architecture[madrid]studioV_prof.DarĂ­o Gazapo_spring

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The complex has been designed in order to belong to Osuna Duchess Caprices´ fitting in the already existing well-planed site. Throughout transparent cylinders installed, a different reality is noticed while offering a light gambling and vanishing among trees. Technical aspects provide needed climate conditions and they offer either colder or hotter atmosphere depending on edelweiss requirements. Temperature changes, ventilation process and game pressure oscillate furnishing a strikingly wide range of accommodation. Shading the growing edelweiss space inside cylinders from direct sunlight, a comfortable environment has been created by taking advantage of great surroundings. The plan includes some exhibition space, modular laboratories and small offices for research programme. The scheme has been thought in order to be expanded as much as it is required. Every area in the proposal is environmentally sophisticated. They are set to benefit from generous natural light and uninterrupted ventilation with mechanical assistance only in extremely hot days. Inside cylinders, platforms are able to rise admitting a vertical movement in order to modify internal pressure and changing already existing temperature. Full-height plastic cylinders are combined with other materials as the concrete foundation in order to promote the right settlement. The proposal not only has set advanced technical standards, it represents an exciting new research and culture environment in which interaction between people and edelweiss is encouraged as an essential part of park´s route.

Technical_school_of_architecture[madrid]studioV_prof.DarĂ­o Gazapo_spring

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industrial_recycle

The new waterfront development in the south of the city is designed to strengthen the relationship between the existing urban grain and the riverfront creating a leisure area for Berlin´s population. It combines several programs collecting three water states: gaseous, solid and fluid state. The last proposal scheme has been used as it was a design requirement. Cylinders are used in order to restyle the existing area and create an artificial atmosphere. The scheme, set on a thirty thousand square meters site, aims to adapt new facilities required to the complicated plot´s shape trying to extend the industrial grain into the area. The proposal can be reached by car or by boat. It also has a pedestrian access. This currently links the riverfront to the historic city and will be enhanced with improved connections to the promenade area. The complex has been designed to be one of the most important Berlin´s sporting and social hub. It offers a strikingly wide range of accommodation to facilitate the club´s extraordinarily diverse programme, including caffes, restaurants and shops in the access area, spa buildings, swimming-pools and ice skating rinks in the intermediate area and a big natural pool in the waterfront zone. The plan includes already existing buildings. They have been refurbished with large section cylinder elements although it has been tried to maintain the actual plot´s personality.

Technical_school_of_architecture[madrid]studioV_prof.Darío Gazapo_spring

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The sports club is environmentally sophisticated. It is oriented to benefict from generous natural light an uninterrupted river views along the different building’s façade. Solar thermal panels as well as photovoltaics complement the energy supply, while all the interior spaces are airconditioned and heating system, using a low-energy, water cooled refrigeration system. Full-height glass sliding windows are combined with other materials as its metallic structure in order to promote light prefabricated construction. Polycarbonate and concrete full-height cylinders play a special role at the proposal punctuating industrial skyline. They not only provides natural light into each space improving the public building´s illumination and ventilation, but also is able to transform the several rooms helping to create and artificial atmosphere either indoors or outdoors . A large natural pool completes the proposal´s edge creating and intermediate transition area and it sews the current new design in the plot with the main Berlin´s River.

Technical_school_of_architecture[madrid]studioV_prof.Darío Gazapo_spring

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in_or_out?

The new back area of Saint Cayetano's Church in Madrid - an old building at the heart of the city - is poised to become one of the neighborhood´s most dynamic social plaza. The masterplan provides a new public space and an accessible pedestrian route while transforming the ancient existing infrastructure to maximize the usable area and create a meeting point for the neighbors. The scheme, set on a five hundred square meters site, aims to adapt the new aspects required to the already existing plot, trying to unify the complicated shape of the edge. The plot is located in a high density neighborhood known as Lavapies and near Paseo del Prado. The plaza can be reached by four pedestrian accesses. Three of them have been newly opened and allow people to cross the whole plot area. The last entrance is sited on the left hand of Saint Cayetano's main facade. Technical_school_of_architecture[madrid]studioV_prof.J.I. Linazasoro_fall

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The catalyst is an urgent need to replace the broken space sited behind Saint Cayetano's improving gap's poor quality. It has been tried to unify existing boundaries by using the same materials the plaza already had. Small sustainable platforms have been installed as ceilings in order to acclimatize the space, so the rernodeled area can be used both summer and winter time. In order to get the area organized, a research has been performed analyzing illurnination, temperature and visual boundaries. All space dimensions have been considered at the proposal with the objective of transforming limited space into a larger one. Sliding ceiling slats movement combined with the heated system sited under them provide a temperature and light control while becoming a sustainable and self-sufficient complex. The former exterior brick wall of the old Church structure becomes visible as a backdrop for the new refurbished plaza. Full-height brick walls are combined with new materials as its metallic structure in order to promote the oldest and newest union. Technical_school_of_architecture[madrid]studioV_prof.J.I. Linazasoro_fall

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[welcome_home]

chapter_two

housing projects


what_about_diagonal?

This project brings together the concepts of adaptation and transformation. It not only combines apartments, workspaces, shops, restaurants and a kindergarten within a single complex, but also provides a housing structure that allows private units to be easily adapted from “traditional housing” to an individual opened space inside their own living room. The scheme, set on a three thousand square meters site, aims to adapt the big complex required to the complicated shape of the edge trying to extend diagonal vision in order to expand the limited space. The plot is located near Paseo del Prado. It is closed to train, metro and bus stations. Views of city´s main museums and the principal city´s park (Retiro) can be reached by pedestrians placed on some parts of the proposal. The plan includes terraced housing with a total of forty apartments. The majority are three-storey flats in two different sizes [a hundred square meters three-bedroom flat (“Housing B”) and a fifty five square meters one-bedroom flat (“Housing A”)].The smallest two-storey flats are planed as reduced apartments for one or two people (“Housing C”).

Techical_school_of_architecture[madrid]studioVI_prof.J.I.Linazasoro_fall

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Pedestrians access the complex at street level, via three different entrances. Two of them allow people to cross the whole plot area following the main east-west direction. The South entrance is reserved for work spaces at ground level. There are entrances to Kindergarten sited inside and outside the complex leaving a closed private area as a playground. Flats are accessed via stairwells that offered direct entrance to communal sites at different levels. The several blocks are also fitted with lifts trying not to create closed volumes. Same scheme has been used both indoors and outdoors. All space dimensions have been considered at the proposal in order to transform reduced plot into a larger one.

Techical_school_of_architecture[madrid]studioVI_prof.J.I.Linazasoro_fall

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Three-storey flats (“Housing A”) are north-south orientated. Bathrooms and kitchens are fitted in vertical in order to simplify its construction. About fifty-five square meters of usable area are arranged by two bays. The stair is used as the main connective element among the several housing spaces. It provides a diagonal notion transforming the limited house into a bigger one. “Housing B” and “C” are east-west orientated. They follow the same structure as "Housing A" introducing three bays instead of two and small distribution changes. Full-height brick walls are combined with new materials as its metallic structure in order to promote the oldest and newest union. Glass sliding ceiling plays a special role at the apartment. It not only provides natural light into each flat improving the housing illumination and ventilation, but also is able to transform the living room area. A totally new opened space is created inside each apartment by performing a simple action.

Techical_school_of_architecture[madrid]studioVI_prof.J.I.Linazasoro_fall

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[imagine...]

chapter_three

photography and creativity projects


...an_emotion

Over Chicago river_3264x4928_45mm_1s-F/6,3

illinois_institute_of_technologyfall

John hancock tower[Chicago]_3264x4928_18mm_1/60s-F/10

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Mccormic building-IIT[Chicago]_3264x4928_40mm_1/250s-F/8

Belmont Harbour[Chicago]_3264x4928_40mm_1/250s-F/8

illinois_institute_of_technologyfall

Mccormic building-IIT[Chicago]_3264x4928_29mm_1/15s-F/8

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J.R.Thompson Centre[Chicago]_3264x4928_32mm_1/20s-F/6,3

illinois_institute_of_technologyfall

J.R.Thompson Centre[Chicago]_3264x4928_18mm_1/8s-F/5,6

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...movement

size:100x70cm_acrylic

size:100x70cm_mixed technique

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size:100x70cm_charcoal

size:100x70cm_drawing ink

size:100x70cm_charcoal

size:200x70cm_mixed technique size:100x70cm_mixed technique

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...a_feeling

technique: pastel_size: 44x18 cm_year: 2004 - 14 years old

technique: carbon_size: 40x30 cm_year: 2006 - 16 years old

technique: oil painting_size: 46x27 cm_year: 2006 - 16 years old

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technique: watercolors_size: 40x60 cm_year: 2003 - 13 years old

technique: oil painting_size: 41x24 cm_year: 2005 - 15 years old

technique: oil painting_size: 40x90 cm_year: 2005 - 15 years old

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technique: oil painting_size: 40x30cm_year: 2006 - 16 years old

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technique: pastel_size: 48x37 cm_year: 2005 - 15 years old

technique: oil painting_size: 55x46cm_year: 2008 - 18 years old

technique: oil painting_size: 40x30cm_year: 2006 - 16 years old

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Lauragoher - Architectural Portfolio 2012  

Architectural and some other creative proposals of a 5th year student - Laura Gomez Hernandez

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