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LAUREL BANCROFT Featured ProjectsEDUCATION

laurel@laurelbancroft.com www.laurelbancroft.com

1719 W. 18th St. #3F Chicago, IL 60608

ICE RINK (X2) GYMNASIUM COMMER CIAL SPA CE LIBRARY RECREATIO N

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, July 2009-present

Masters Of Architecture expected May 2012 Robert Crown Community Center, Evanston, Illinois Carnegie Mellon University, August 2005- May 2009 Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors, 3.79 QPA Major in Fine Art/Electronic Time Based Art and Computer Science Self Generative Urban Development, Chicago, Illinois

EXPERIENCE

REUNIĂ“N

DE LA COMUNID AD

The School of the Art Inst. of Chicago, Freelance Animator

January 2011 - May 2011 Created a promotional animation for a proposed green wall project in Chicago Developed the storyboard, rendering techniques, and animation strategies Paso Moya Sede Sociale Message Board, Talca, Chile

The School of the Art Inst. of Chicago, Teaching Assistant,

June 2010 - Dec. 2010 Responsible for one-on-one tutoring regarding labs and design problems Taught essential software skills in Rhino, Adobe Suite, and AutoCad

Carnegie Mellon Graphics Lab, Artist/Research Assistant

June 2007 - May 2009 Assisted with the production of 3d animations from conception to execution Developed rendering techniques for 3D animation and modeling


Robert Crown Community Center Evanston, Illinois

A. Partial Front Elevation, Opposite: B. Partial Longitudinal Section 0’ 50’


Robert Crown Community Center Evanston, Illinois The RFP requests a new center that boasts two ice hockey rinks along with a gym, library, commercial space and community space.These programs require a substantial amount of square footage and could potentially require a large building in the middle of a neighborhood that contains one story homes. Also, the sprawling building and parking would severely decrease the green space around the site, minimizing the use for immediate neighbors. With this in vmind, it is important to contextualize the building to it’s immediate surroundings, by combining park and building, the large square footage can be accomplished without removing a substantial amount of green space.

Existing:

Requested: ICE RINK (X2 GYMNASIUM) COMMER CIAL SPAC E LIBRARY RECREATIO N

Proposed:

B.

K. A. C.

Site Context/Plan

D.


Top: A. Front Elevation Middle: C. View of Ice Rink from Mezzanine Bottom: B. Longitudinal Section 0’

’ 50

C.

D. Main Entry from Sidewalk


E. Main Lobby

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I.

J.

F. Section Looking West 0’

50’


ENGINEERED SOIL RESERVOIR LAYER THERMAL INSULATION WATERPROOF MEMBRANE

Top: G. East Elevation Bottom. H. West Elevation 50’ 0’

STAINLESS STEEL SUPPORT WEATHER BARRIER PRECAST CONCRETE UNIT BAT INSULATION GYPSUM BOARD PIP FINISH CONCRETE PIP STRUCTURAL CONCRETE SLAB GRAVEL

Above: I: Back Elevation View from Sidewalk Left: J: Exterior Wall Detail 0’ 5’


K. Courtyard View from Green Roof


Self-Generative Mixed Use Urban Development 1500 N. Halsted, Chicago, Illinois

Self Generative Urban Development Chicago, Illinois Development that allows for growth (and even retraction) that also supports mixed income residences, is in direct response to the vast array of demographics in the the historic neighborhood at Clybourn and Halsted. Using a modest residential base that can be expanded as needed creates a framework for various family types, tastes, and incomes. An expandable residential strategy connects the development with the surrounding mixed use fabric and the urban grid. This reflexive infrastructure rethinks and mitigates the high density urban environment and creates a new level of street interaction that is essential to the vitality of the community. Self-generative urban development creates a work/ live environment which fosters local commercial development. Future phased commercial development links private enterprise with public programs to create a codependent teach/sell relationship.


Unique Existing Conditions Disconnected from Grid

Extreme Demographics

The site is cut off from the Chicago grid and severs the surrounding neighbors connection to eachother and the Chicago River.

The surrounding population is extremely diverse, including recent immigrants, renters, ranging incomes from poverty to middle class.

High End Commercial Development Only

Precedent of Failure

The site is surrounded by national chains which tailor to middle class demographics along with an immediate adjacency to a health clinic.

The site lies adjacent to the infamous Cabrini Green development, creating a stigma regarding CHA projects and a demand for a more sustainable model.

Connect to Urban Grid

Design for all Demographics

Extension of existing streets connect the 5.3 acre site to the grid.

Income distinction is determined by interior finishes. Similar exterior for all incomes.

Foster Local Business

Create Infrastructure for Flexible Development LIVE

TEACH

LIVE

Provide work/live environments on major streetfronts Provide teach/sell opportunities for local businesses

WORK

L W

SELL

T S

Both the townhome and the midrise provide an initial structure which allows for expansion and contraction of units.

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LIVE LIVE

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Site User Development Individual users LIVE/ MAINTAIN

Live Buy or rent unit at market price Rent unit using subsidies

TEACH/ SELL

LIVE/ LEARN/ WORK

Live/maintain Rent at discount rate as a coop member Live/work Convert any single unit into a live/work

GIVE/ WORK

LIVE/ MAINTAIN

Live/learn/work Live on site while learning a vocation Commercial users Teach/sell LIVE/ WORK

Prime real estate at discount price via work/study program Give/work

LIVE

SITE PERSPECTIVE WITH DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

Prime real estate at discount price via pro bono services

SOUTH ELEVATION


Expansion And Contraction

100 UNITS Green Vertical Work/ Thru Way Circulation Live

450 UNITS Studio

1 Bedroom

2 Bedroom

3 Bedroom

Subsidized

Market Rate

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Midrise Expansion And Layout


Rooftop

Street View


Paso Moya: Sede Sociale Message Board Talca, Chile

REUNIĂ“N

Existing Conditions

Fence as Communication Node

Fence as Facade Extension

DE LA CO MUNIDAD

Fence as Billboard


Message Board Detail


Paso Moya Sede Sociale Message Board Talca, Chile Collaborator: Ivan Martinez The Paso Moya Sede Sociale is located in Talca, Chile. Talca had recently fell victim to an 8.8 magnitude earthquake in 2010, leaving the city to be partially rebuilt. It became apparent that reconstruction efforts were most successful when the entire neighborhood was communicating with one another as individuals, and as a cohesive group to overarching rebuilding agencies. This immediate need for a connected community catalyzed the effort to establish the sede sociale as a central node, a hub of information and connections. Considering the existing conditions of the site, the fence was identified as an infrastructure which could be built upon, without losing any of its existing functions. The proposal achieved several conditions, creating a secondary street front facade to the community center, extending the community center’s reach to passers-by, and encouraging communication between neighbors, with the inclusion of a map of the neighborhood.

Back Detail Below: Opening Night


LAUREL BANCROFT EDUCATION

laurel@laurelbancroft.com www.laurelbancroft.com

1719 W. 18th St. #3F Chicago, IL 60608

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, July 2009-present Masters Of Architecture expected May 2012

Carnegie Mellon University, August 2005- May 2009 Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors, 3.79 QPA Major in Fine Art/Electronic Time Based Art and Computer Science

EXPERIENCE

The School of the Art Inst. of Chicago, Freelance Animator January 2011 - May 2011 Created a promotional animation for a proposed green wall project in Chicago Developed the storyboard, rendering techniques, and animation strategies

The School of the Art Inst. of Chicago, Teaching Assistant,

June 2010 - Dec. 2010 Responsible for one-on-one tutoring regarding labs and design problems Taught essential software skills in Rhino, Adobe Suite, and AutoCad

Carnegie Mellon Graphics Lab, Artist/Research Assistant

June 2007 - May 2009 Assisted with the production of 3d animations from conception to execution Developed rendering techniques for 3D animation and modeling

SKILLS

EXHIBITIONS

Programming

Drafting+Modeling

Java C, C++ Mel HTML

Rhino AutoCAD Autodesk’s Maya Grasshopper Ecotect

Video+Animation

Document+Web Design

Autodesk’s Maya Vicon I.Q. Maxwell Final Cut Pro After Effects DVD Studio Pro

Photoshop Illustrator InDesign Dreamweaver Flash Microsoft Office

Motion Pictures, Art Loft, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2009 Film Festival, Laznia Center for Contemporary Art, Poland, June 2009 From the Vault,Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2009


“609 Coats of Paint� (core sample of obsessively painted surface)


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