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LAUREN RUSKAUFF, B.ARCH CANDIDATE

PORTFOLIO architecture+design

selected works 2015-2018


contents


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mestizo robotics

program: robot date: fall 2015 type: studio

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social neuroscience lab pt1

program: lab + children’s museum date: spring 2016 type: studio

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agro-urban remediation

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social neuroscience lab pt 2 program: lab + children’s museum date: spring 2017 type: studio 18-29

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pillowed shell structure

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mass(ive) wall assembly

program: food cart date: fall 2016 type: studio

program: urban furniture date: fall 2017 type: structural analysis course

program: wall assembly date: fall 2015 type: enclosures course

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blown glass pavilion

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baca residence

etc

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program: pavilion/wall assembly date: spring 2017 type: undergraduate research project

program: single family residence date: fall 2017 type: professional work

program: miscellaneous date: 2014-2018 type: personal

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MESTIZO ROBOTICS

THE HYBRID DECOLONIZATION OF TECHNOLOGY

Mestizo robotics is an art/architecture/engineering project composed of a community of autonomous robotic spheres. The project explores the dichotomies of colonialism/the modern world, high/low technology, and part vs whole to investigate a decolonized view of robotics. The robot shown here is only one of three made for an exhibit that linked to robots in Latin America. When the Latin robots were on, the American robots rolled south. The skin of the robot is made of terracotta and the interior is a simple pendulum robot. LOCATION: Troy, New York PROGRAM: Robot CRITIC: Gustavo Crembil

TEAM: RPI School of Engineering, EMPAC,

DATE: Fall 2015

ROLE: Design team, ceramics fabricator

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RPI School of Architecture


photograph from first exhibition with original prototype

Gallery Render 5


sphere deconstruction diagrams Generative Sphere

Great Icosahedron Platonic Solid

Icosahedron

Octahedron

Propellos Icosahedron

Propellos Octahedron

Single Unit

20 equilateral triangular faces

30 edges

Structure Formation

Basic Rib

Inverted Rib

Rhino, Adobe Illustrator, Slip-casting 6

Primary Cluster

Secondary Cluster

“Flower� Cluster

sphere deconstruction diagrams


final sphere from exhibition

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exploded sphere diagram

Rhino, Adobe Illustrator, Slip-casting, Milling 8


The diagram on the previous page depicts the systems of the robotic sphere exploded to show the assembly process. The photos below and to the left show parts of the process of making the interior pendulum mechanism and slip-casting. In order to make the ceramic pieces of the sphere, we had to first pour the molds, then create then create the ceramic mixture. In all, we produced 240 terracotta modules to go into three robotic spheres.

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interior pendulum mechanism

photograph from final exhibit showing module connection pieces

TERRACOTTA SURFACE EXPLORATION

Rhino, Adobe Illustrator, Slip-casting, Milling, V-ray 10


interior mechanism diagram 11


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SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE LAB + MUSEUM SCHEMATIC DESIGN

The social neuroscience laboratory and youth science center re-purposes the old idiom “watch and learn� to structure the relationship among the public users and professional scientists. The public program incorporates youth learning labs and social spaces that slide among and below the private program. This creates adjacencies that promote varying levels of visibility and observation between public users and social neurologists. Cuts are made in the form with to create social spaces for the public and private, and to allow daylight to reach the inner courtyard. LOCATION: Boston, MA

PROGRAM: Lab + Museum

CRITIC: Ted Ngai

TEAM: N/A

DATE: Spring 2016

ROLE: Designer

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1/8� scale section model 13


site drawing detailing city materials of Boston U.S Coast Gaurd Base

Copp’s Hill

Old North Church

Pilot House Park Mama Maria North Square

Hospital William F. Callahan Tunnel North End Park Fanuil Hall Christopher Columbus Water Park Faneuil Hall Market Place City Hall

APD Entertainment

Liberty Square

Rhino, Adobe Illustrator 14


1/32� scale site and structural model

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site drawing w/ ground floor

UP

UP

UP

DWN

Rhino, Adobe Illustrator 16


DWN

OTB DWN

UP

OTB

lecture hall + lab plan

library + lab plan

UP

OTB

UP

DWN

DWN

OTB

UP

UP

OTB

OTB

maze plan

typical upper floor lab plan

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Rhino, Adobe Illustrator 18

section through main labs


section through courtyard 19


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SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE LAB + MUSEUM DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

The Social Neuroscience Laboratory and Youth Science Center embraces the interdisciplinary in the emerging field of social neuroscience and its vital connection to the public. Through its materiality, programming, form, and relation to the site in the North End of Boston, MA this project connects the public and the private in a myriad of ways. The project performs at the macro, meso, and micro scales to address the community, the group, and the individual through the lens of social observation. LOCATION: Boston, MA

PROGRAM: Lab + Museum

CRITIC: Eric Churchill

TEAM: Sarah Reynolds

DATE: Spring 2017

ROLE: Design team

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street rendering 21


NORTH END WEST END

BIG DIG

Rhino, Adobe Illustrator, V-Ray, Grasshopper 22

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN


CONCEPT The overall mass is a tower for private labs and a horizontal loop for the public science center. A lean is applied to the tower to expose the public spaces, allow for daylighting, and provide sectional play in the atrium. The public spaces loop from the entrance of the site up into the tower. As this loop collides with the tower, it breaks apart and opens up to a tertiary condition where the public and the private meet. Enclosed vs. open spaces that cover programs from cafĂŠ to laboratory promote varying levels of visibility and observation between public users and professional scientists.

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massing + program diagram

Adobe Illustrator, Revit 24


museum + children’s lab plans

typical lab plans

typical lab plans

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1/4� section model

Adobe Illustrator, Revit, Laser cutter, Grasshopper 26


facade perforation logic

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exploded plans w/ program

Adobe Illustrator, Revit, V-Ray 28


perspective section with detail section call-outs

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interactive museum rendering

children’s lab rendering

Adobe Illustrator, Revit, V-Ray, Photoshop 30


lab overlooking atrium public area

lab + atrium rendering

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04 AGRO-URBAN REMEDIATION

FOOD CART TO END NUTRITION DESERTS

This project is an instance of a larger research initiative at CASE located in NYC to deploy green walls for different purposes. This particular case examined nutrition deserts in cities, and looked at different scales as a way to distribute food. At the scale of the food cart, a system was designed to grow and implement distribution of nutritious food, while simultaneously remediation the urban air quality. The wall system of shingled modules is currently under further development and study. LOCATION: New York, NY

PROGRAM: Food Cart

CRITIC: Demetrios Comodromos

TEAM: CASE RPI

DATE: Fall 2016 ROLE: Design team 32


food cart proposal rendering 33


7000000

acres FARMLAND IN NY

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acres COMMUNITY GARDEN ARE

NYC’S COMMUNITY GARDEN AREA COULD SUPPORT THE ENTIRE CITY’S VEGETABLE REqUIREMENTS

Adobe Illustrator, Rhino, Grasshopper 34


EA

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COMMISSARY BECOMES LOCAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER

0.6 COMMISSARY BECOMES LOCAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER

0.05 acres

AVERAGE COMMUNITY GARDEN NETWORK OF COMMUNITY GARDENS PROVIDES AREA FOR SOME AMOUNT OF LOCAL PRODUCTION WIITHOUT NEED FOR INDOOR GROW SPACE

0.6 acres

PANEL GROWTH WITHIN A COMMISSARY BUILDING

scales of agriculture in New York diagram 35


right elevation

Adobe Illustrator, Rhino 36

back elevation

top elevation


ELEVATIONS

RIGHT

BACK

TOP

MICROGREEN-COVERED AWNING SPINE OF SOLAR COLLECTORS

RETRACTABLE FELT PANEL STRUCTURE

MICROGREEN FELT PANELS FULL GROWN EDIBLE PLANTS

SHINGLE ADAPTABILITY The modules on the food cart are designed as adaptable shingles based on climatic

FAR

ME

SECTION

conditions.

R’S

1”: 1’-0”

MA

RK

During the summer, the

ET

shingles open up to allow more airflow and light to the plants on them and inside of the cart. During the winter, they close up to

SU

keep the interior plants safe. The shingles themselves are potters for larger plants like cabbages, while on the inside of the cart

PLAN

PARTIAL DEPLOYMENT OF NESTING STRUCTURE

MM

ER

FO

OD

OPENED SUMMER MODULES

CA

RT

1”: 1’-0”

has micro green growing sheets. RETRACTED AWNING AND NESTED STRUCTURE

WIN

TER

CLOSED WINTER MODULES

Pinecone Cart

Urban Agro-remediation Pods

FO

OD

CA

RT Source: CASE Fall 2016

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food cart section

Adobe Illustrator, Rhino, Grasshopper, AutoCAD 38

food cart plan


detail section of planter modules

water flow through planter

interior micro-green layer 39


05 PILLOWED SHELL STRUCTURE A HAVEN FOR CATS

In this course, we studied classic structural types and used their basic principles to design a small innovative structure. My team worked with shell structures, studying precedents from Candela. We parametrically generated our own shell form and then panelized and perforated it based on a genetics program linked to the stress conditions. More material was removed where less stress was on the structure, and less material was removed for a greater stress. The overall result was a small, fluffy structure designed for cats that revealed the how the structure was operating with its design.

LOCATION: TROY, NY

PROGRAM: Cat Pavilion

CRITIC: Holger Schulze Ehring

TEAM: Cody Seipp

DATE: Fall 2017 ROLE: Design team 40


cat model exploring the shell structure 41


underside of shell structure showing connection joints

Adobe Illustrator, Rhino, Grasshopper 42


foundation slab

generated surface

stress range of surface

perforations added

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Adobe Illustrator, Rhino 44

diagram of connection pieces


assemblage process for each panel

image of final model 45


Photoshop 46


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06 MASS(IVE) WALL

URBAN SHELTER THROUGH SECTIONAL BULK

The Mass(ive) Wall uses manipulation of section create an integrated system designed for urban areas of Phoenix, Arizona. The main goal of the design is to provide sanctuary from the heat and noise of the city. The cross section of each pyramid piece was parametrically designed to be at peak efficiency during variable times in the year, and to diffuse and reflect sound.

The colors of the pyramids

on the inside and outside contribute to cooling, and the experience of safety within the space created on the interior. LOCATION: Phoenix, AZ

PROGRAM: Wall Assembly

CRITIC: Ajmal Aqtash

TEAM: Sarah Farnham, Allison Turner

DATE: Fall 2015

ROLE: Design team

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3D print of wall module 49


pressure analysis

Adobe Illustrator, Rhino, Grasshopper 50

radiation through heat analysis

sound analysis


exploded axon detailing assembly parts 51


Adobe Illustrator, Rhino, Grasshopper, 3D Printer, Laser cutter 52

laser cut assembly model


roof condition detail

window condition detail

foundation condition detail

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GLASS BLOWN PAVILION

INTERLOCKING GLASS BLOWN MODULE

This project aims to explore the notion of parametric design outside its high-tech industry, instead utilizing handcraft manufacturing through the development of an interlocking unit system of hand blown glass modules that provide complex aesthetic effects. The system was designed by exploring mathematical repetition that applies sinusoidal curvature, to develop a three-dimensional module locking unit. LOCATION: Milleville, NJ PROGRAM: Pavilion CRITIC: Gustavo Crembil

TEAM: Tom Roland, Claire Liu

DATE: Spring 2017

ROLE: Design team

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model of basic structural proposal for pavilion 55


sketches of glass module logic

Paper, Pencil 56


MODULAR FORM The

basic

unit

of

this

project

manipulates a sine wave in three dimensions. This allows for surface connection all around the piece, and variety of ways for it to be arranged. The diagram on the left shows the iterations the form went through, and the logic that was applied.

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diagram of sinusoidal stacking

Adobe Illustrator, Rhino, V-Ray 58


renders of glass system + piece

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top profile

side profile

Adobe Illustrator, Rhino, V-Ray 60

axonometric


diagram of pavilion w/ wall logic 61


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BACA HOUSE

RESIDENCE IN CORDOBA

Incorporating traditional Latin American brick laying techniques coupled with the play between the site and building drives the design of this single-family house in Cordoba, Argentina.

The interior of the house has four

main programmatic areas, defined by four brick intersecting domes. The program zones are work, live, cook, and play. LOCATION: Cordoba, AR

PROGRAM: Single Family Residence

FIRM: Gustavo Crembil

TEAM: Tom Roland, Claire Liu

DATE: Fall 2017

ROLE: Design team, solar analysis

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3d printed model of proposal 63


cook

The brick domes are contained in a clean white box that has been curved to frame a nearby patch of trees. This makes a courtyard area in the center of the site, requested by the client to be an outdoor gallery space. The thick walls of the outer box are designed to assist in heating and cooling of the house in winter and summer months.

Adobe Illustrator, Rhino, Grasshopper 64

live

work

play


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site plan

site plan detailing sun path 65


3d print, Rhino 66

3d printed model w/ acrylic and mdf interior


material palette

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This exploded axon provides a clear visual of the different programmatic areas and their corresponding domes. Reading from left to right the order is as follows: live, eat, play, and work. This arrangement allows for a clear separation between living and working. The play dome is oriented towards the inner courtyard to allow for a more harmonious union between nature and built environment; as well as acting as a bridge between boundaries.

floor plan w/ living zones

section through kitchen and gallery Rhino, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator 68


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ETC: THE DESERT QUILT A CLASSIC PATTERN W/ A DESERT TWIST

Half-square triangles have to be one of

The outcome is one simple foundation

the most versatile quilting blocks around.

block and that can be arranged in countless

HST’s are formed by cutting two squares

ways.

in half diagonally from corner to corner,

to add a modern flair to this classic

CRITIC:

N/A

creating two triangles, and then sewing two

arrangement.

TEAM:

N/A

different triangles together to make a square.

for a variety of colors and patterns to work

I

used

a

desert-inspired

palette

The simple pattern allows

well together without being overwhelming. Sewing machine 70

LOCATION:

Las Vegas, NV

PROGRAM: `

Quilt

DATE: ROLE:

Fall 2015 Quilter


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ETC: BEVATRON CASE STUDY Particle Accelerator Analysis

The Bevatron was a particle accelerator

The site of the Bevatron was set above

LOCATION:

at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,

the Berkeley campus.

U.S., which began operating in 1954.

main

PROGRAM: `

The

science

It overlooked other

buildings,

but

stood

far

interior logic of the Bevatron incorporated

enough away in case of an accident.

a

combined

Bevatron

hierarchy,

accelerators, and the structure established

rigid

with

engineering an

necessity

architectural

was

on

of

the

first

The

particle

many precedents on how they are built. Pen, vellum 72

CRITIC: TEAM: DATE: ROLE:

Berkeley, CA Particle Accelerator Ted Ngai N/A Fall 2015 Representations


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ETC: BASE 65 Base Jumping Structure

Base 65 is a proposed base jumping structure

This wind load is ultimately what forms

LOCATION:

designed for the Matterhorn in Switzerland. The

the shape of our structure, combined with

PROGRAM: `

Matterhorn is the most recognized mountain

inspiration from the mountain. Material was

CRITIC:

in Europe and is the birthplace of climbing.

removed to make the structure lightweight.

TEAM:

Due to the mountains isolated conditions and

The model shown in these pictures was load

DATE:

height, extreme wind patterns form around it.

tested, and the design was iterated.

ROLE:

Rhino, Laser cutter 74

Matterhorn, Switzerland Base jumping site Ivan Markov Sarah Reynolds, Ally Turner Spring 2016 Designer


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