MARÍA CANÓ FLAVIÁ Work Samples
01.REMASTERED:the hybrid After visiting Utica and studying the Philip Johnson’s Munson William Proctor Arts Museum in depth, my biggest disagreement with the building was its distant relationship to its context. The building in its essence is striking and interesting but neither engages the local community nor fosters meaningful cultural development.
The intent of this project was to reformulate Philip Johnso’s building in order to improve its dialogue with its surroundings by creating a hybrid of the Fountain Elm’s Mansion, which housed the museum’s first exhibits, and the modern building that seeks to preserve the modern typology of Philip Johnson’s building while also addressing the history of Utica to create a more welcoming and immersive experience for its visitors.
Philip Johnson’s Munson William Proctor Arts Museum
Fountain Elms Mansion
THE PROCESS These diagrams are a summary of the different processes I undertook over the semester as I tried to merge the mansion with Philip Johnson’s building. At the very beginning, I approached the problem in three dimensions by extruding the mansion’s facade onto the Johnson addition. This approach proved to be inefficient. I then devised a two-dimensional system by superimposing the plans of the buildings, exploding the mansion’s plan within the Johnson building, connecting each room with a pathway and in this way creating an experience where visitors could enjoy both buildings simultaneously.
02.RE-THINKING 2ND LIFE
Second Life is RISDâ€™s student-run recycled materials store. It carries supplies donated by students as well as nearby organizations and resells them for very reduced prices. Second Life is located in downtown Providence, not far from the main campus, with one floor dedicated to sales, and a basement for storage. The space had undergone a few renovations, and it was clear that none had been successful in organizing the inventory and engaging the public. I decided to take full advantage of the downtown location and re-think the space to create a different kind of student involvement venue. I was interested in the idea of having a multi-purpose space ran by students whose main function would be to keep a steady flow of student work on display while also serving as an event space or classroom as needed.
03.THE WOMEN WHO BUILT AMERICA
How does one go about re-telling the history of a country and conveying the essence of its people overseas to an international audience? How does one translate the experiences and of a nation to audiences of all ages and backgrounds? In early 2015, there was a lot of talk of the possibility of a branch of the Smithsonian Institution overseas at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. In this project, I set out on a less ambitious project and designed a pavilion that would attempt to carry out this very difficult task. I designed a pavilion that would house exhibitions themed around re-telling the history of the United States through the stories, accomplishments, and contributions of its women. The first exhibition was to be called â€œLatina Voicesâ€? and featured five female artists of Hispanic descent who made work about their identities as well as their experiences as women living and working in the United States.
04. THE D.R.E.A.M. STUDIO
For this project, my class was paired up with a textiles mill in Fall River, MA whose owner had a vision for an incubator for upcoming designers in his property. Our class was presented with a space within the mill on its executive floor to design within. The D.R.E.A.M. Studio, as the organizers called it, was meant to provide space and services that are hard to come about after college for recent graduates and entrepreneurs. For my proposal, I created three different systems. First, a vertical system that divides private studio spaces, a second system made up of furniture that divides spaces within the communal areas, and lastly a horizontal system which delineates circulation through the D.R.E.A.M. Studio.
05. A COMMON HOME FOR TANAF This is a collaborative project to enter a competition to design a multipurpose community space for the town of Tanaf, Senegal. Our proposal strives to create a harmonious relationship between the earthly and the divine, a place where ordinary activity and spiritual search auspiciously meet. The building blends with its surroundings while providing for anyone who steps inside a respite from mundane activities; a place for prayer, reflection, and meditation. Our aspiration is to provide a common home for all people in Tanaf.
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Designed in collaboration with Oleg Mulanov
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06. VILLAS DE VERÓN
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I completed this project during my internship in the Dominican Republic where I worked as a drafting assistant to an architect. Villas de Verón is to be a small residential area conceived with the idea of providing small, affordable houses as well as small live/work residencies in one of the country’s up and coming neighborhoods.
Roberto Rijo + arquitectos asociados
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Villas de Veron, Veron-Bavaro, Republica Dominicana. 2012
SKETCHBOOK DRAWING | 02.18
INTAGLIO PRINT | 01.17
COLLEGE HILL INDEPENDENT A BROWN / RISD WEEKLY
APRIL 14 2017
COVER FOR THE COLLEGE HILL INDEPENDENT | 04.17
ILLUSTRATION FOR THE COLLEGE HILL INDEPENDENT | 03.17
MARÍA CANÓ FLAVIÁ
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