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SAMPLE PORTFOLIO B. ARCH 2012 954 . 759. 1368

VERTICAL GARDEN The ‘thriving ideal’, is the fusion between natural elements and environmental concerns as the driving force behind the twenty-first century eco-friendly design. Locally, San Diego’s economy is largely composed of agriculture, biotech and computer sciences. Currently the ‘thriving city’ has no proper interpretation of a high-rise that portrays all aspects of nature through a vertical structure within an urban setting. Actualizing a sustainable multidimensional high-rise required me to analyze various high-rise projects through the filter of this fusion, which could enrich and improve upon urban sustainability. This tower concept introduces, sustainable living on every level from produce gardens, grey water systems, passive heating and energy consumption. This vertical garden featured, is where architecture reincorporates nature into the high-density urban environment, combining man’s aesthetic and pragmatic respect for nature. This concept merges urban and natural elements to the modern city dwellers that aspire to a vital and eco-green lifestyle.

Apple bite

Meeting-study Area Core

Lounge with top pool view

Floor Connection


Tensile Connections

Section Stairs

Aerial View


Software used: Google Sketch-up, Revit, Auto-Cad, Photoshop, In-Design Malek Alqadi - 954.759.1368 - - - NewSchool of Architecture+Design

Column Width

Recreational Area

Open vertical courtyards

Ground Floor

SouthWest View

Street Cafe

SouthEast View

Floor Plates

MIMESIS The Vision behind the Embarcadero Follie embraces and blends the foundation of ideas implemented by John Nolan in 1908. He states “San Diego’s Bay is one of the safest and most beautiful harbors in the world.” The new development proposal plan is very simple; it’s broken down into different zones. The five different zones run on the Nolan plan east-west axis; the Xeriscape (1), Park West (2), Entry (3), Plaza (4) and Folly (5). Each zone generates constituents such as curiosity, integration, connectivity, surprise and discovery. The plan is all about introducing and concluding visitors to the city of San Diego, transitioning from the cities formal past and urban environment right through to the cities future. The Follie will represent the cities sustainable future, which enhances the public experience to the San Diego Embarcadero and its rich history.

Primary Links

View Corridors

Section Diagram

Observation deck water tank Garden exhibit water tank ‘New’ Front Porch


Garden exhibit inhabited by native plants Water filterationthrough the structure of the folly Horizontal wind mill The process of transpiration

Site Plan

Matrix Integration

Final Matrix On Site

Software used: 3DS Max, Revit, Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design Malek Alqadi - 954.759.1368 - - - NewSchool of Architecture+Design

zone:1 Site Section




5 /m’emesis/ Noun : to imitate or represent, in this case, to symbolize the duplication of nature in architectural technology. /fal’e/ Noun: is an extravagantly constructed building. This design transforms the original by incorporating biomimetic processes. Pen.ta-Mo.rp.ho.sis /p’entamor·pho·ses/ Noun: 5 distinct zones integrated along the cedar street east west axis. The 5 Zones

South View

Software used: 3DS Max, Revit, Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design Malek Alqadi - 954.759.1368 - - - NewSchool of Architecture+Design

North View



Aerial View


Balboa Park Downtown

Navy Port

Garden Observation Deck

Cedar Street

View Connections + Relationships

HORTON PLAZA PARK The Gas lamp became a devastated wasteland in the early 20th century. When Horton Plaza was built, there was an overall sense of excitement and relief to the rejuvenation of the urban fabric. However, once the initial excitement abated there was the awareness of a void and disconnect within the downtown urban landscape. The concept I provided for Frank Wolden at Carrier Johnson was to harness the open space surrounding Horton Plaza, to blend a cohesive fabric connecting historic hotels, modern office high rises, and contemporary retail outlets. This cohesion honored the historic context while establishing multi-use functionality within the parks landscape. This concept builds upon the rejuvenating theme of the downtown landscape while establishing a new level of energy and practicality to the Horton Plaza Park. The city’s diversity is supported through an amphitheater, a vendor promenade, cafes, open park space as well as an enhanced backdrop to NBC programming.


Site Section

Software used: Auto Cad, Google Sketchup, Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design Malek Alqadi - 954.759.1368 - - - NewSchool of Architecture+Design

Park Promenade


Horton Plaza

Site Plan


AS AN AGENT OF COHESION THESIS CONCEPT Environmental problems are serious as they are pervasive; our desire to have them simply dissipate into the atmosphere is not possible. Rather, we are mandated to establish solutions and incorporate them into the urban context, because the vast majority of the global population is migrating towards coastal and urban environments. The constituents of architectural cohesion can address these multi-layered problems. This belief illustrates the vital role of revitalization through adaptive reuse in the urban fabric and its adherence to contextual, environmental and social problems. These issues manifest in the Civic District of Los Angeles, which is both the icon and the chief perpetrator to the immediate urban fabric fragmentation. This contextual fragmentation is amplified by the diverse typologies and their existing use within the civic district. Architecture as an agent of cohesion explores the interdigitation of contextual relevancy within the urban fabric by embedding the constituents of cohesion into the examined matrix. This will interconnect existing geometry with a new approach to grafted geometry, providing integrated transitions, which address the pre-existing fragmentation, rather than the demolition and rebuilding to revitalize and bring back relevancy to poorly utilized structures. Our built environment evolves generation after generation and as a result, the use of buildings alters considerably, cohesion becomes a vital part of the urban context. This approach to grafted architecture has the capability to adapt and regenerate when responding to contemporary contextual and environmental factors that surround it. The argument for cohesive architecture has the capacity to regenerate a new life into the poorly utilized Civic District and allows for perpetual alteration and pliability.




Geometric Re-generation



Urban Nodes+Voids

Software used: Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design Malek Alqadi - 954.759.1368 - - - NewSchool of Architecture+Design

internal section connections

Contextual elements and geometry

Generative form

Malek Alqadi - 954.759.1368 - - - NewSchool of Architecture+Design

Malek Alqadi - 954.759.1368 - - - NewSchool of Architecture+Design

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