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Making PLACE & HOME

Architectural Explorations by Maryam Atassi


Making Place & Home Architectural Explorations by Maryam Atassi © March 2018 B.S. Arch ‘15, Candidate for M.Arch ‘19 Georgia Institute of Technology 1401 W. Paces Ferry Road, #3517 Atlanta, Georgia maryam.atassi@gmail.com 404 510 9746 Cover: photo by Maryam Atassi in Midtown Atlanta


Making PLACE & HOME


A SENSE OF PLACE A SENSE OF HOME A patch of earth claimed, a volume of air enclosed.


Land long inhabited by an ecosystem of plants and animals becomes significant when intelligent humans settle it. It only gains more significance over time. To be vulnerable to the impact of our surroundings. And, after realizing the influence of the physical environment, to optimistically mold it and shape it. This act an expression of our most hopeful ideals. Agency over our environment, agency over our human condition. It is the role of architecture to help us restore our authentic self when we forget, to remind us who we might ideally be. So we march on, gathering pieces of wood and brick to mold out of the earth around us places that embody our values. Our private homes are psychological sanctuary, repositories for dreams and cradles for contemplative introspection. The feeling of individuality. The rain’s pitter patter through the open window, a room bathed in diffuse light, watching the sidewalk ballet below, daydreaming, thoughts wandering. The joy of participating in a parade of citizens, all striving for their livelihoods. The feeling of unity. Our public streets and sidewalks are the repositories of our collective identity, the arena for sharing ideas, voicing opinion, for realizing our interwoven existence. But, sometimes we find recluse in a bustling square. Or company at a dinner party. Dwelling and settling. Introspection and conviviality. Homemaking and placemaking. Intimate and civic. To shape both public and private spaces is to give two equally valid human needs their due attention—the need to connect and the need to reflect.

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Contents

PLACE Oxford Axis

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Richter Gallery

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A Sanctuary for Books

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HOME Rural Houses

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Suburban Houses

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PLACE & HOME Rooftop Village & Apprentice Loft

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Broad Street Extension & Mixed Income Housing

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Symbiosis of Big & Small

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MAKING Personal Work

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Oxford Axis Oxford, Georgia Directed by Dr. Sonit Bafna

In my design of an arts center for Emory’s Oxford College, I adopted the tranquil style of Tadao Ando to intensify spatial phenomenology. For Ando, nature is the irreducible essence of human life on earth, and built form should frame natural form. I emulated the sense of serenity in Ando’s work with light-ctatching surfaces that animate the passage of time. Connecting the campus quad to the forest is a prominent axis, and it is flanked by three program blocks. 1. Axis connects reflecting pool at quad’s center to forest. 2. Offices, analog and digital studios 3. Art gallery open to the public, café and seating that spills outside 4. The auditorium is accessed through the gallery and offers a view of the forest. Here, the sloping roof responds to the adjacent pediments in a modern language, it gives presence to the complex from a distance, and it gives monumentality to the auditorium, a building used on special occasions. Standing close by in the courtyard, it also offers a view up to the sky. 5. The lectern is outside rather than inside, bringing the forest into the auditorium.

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Richter Gallery Midtown, Atlanta Directed by Dr. Sonit Bafna

This gallery is dedicated to five works of art by Gerhard Richter. 7 Panes takes center stage as the most sculptural piece. Asked to explore the relationship between nature, architecture, and art, I responded by dispalying Richter’s works against a backdrop of trees. Here, the building fades as the art comes into focus in the context of nature. Upon entering the gallery, the visitor is faced with two ramps and ascends the larger of the two. At the top of the ramp the visitor encounters the star exhibit: 7 Panes, elevated on a pedestal, glistening in the light, revealing a neat row of trees. The other sculptural work also inhabits the upper floor, taking advantage of natural light. It is situated near the street side in order to reflect light from the public space outside. All three paintings are housed downstairs.

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A Sanctuary for Books Georgia Tech, Atlanta Directed by Michael Gamble, in collaboration with Amelia Deaton

In the atmosphere of efficiency and optimization at Georgia Tech, we really don’t have a space that inspires us. A place where students can feel enthusiastic and eager to learn. In the words of James Howard Kunstler, “if nothing is sacred, then everything is profane.” While creating a complex for student housing, we sought to create not only a beautiful space, but a magnificent place, a place worth caring about, a place that people will cherish and care for beyond the next few decades. We sought to create a sanctuary that will last forever. We want the community to be viewed as a sanctuary, a place where the home is a safe refuge to come back to, the gardens inspire healthy living and connect you to the earth, and this honorific space mesmerizes. This project was proposed during a time where talks were happening about shipping Georgia Tech’s book collection away from campus, to be stored in a warehouse. The small building hidden behing the housing towers is a sanctuary for books, a place where this endangered species can be preserved and protected and appreciated.

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Rural Houses Work at Summerour Architects, directed by Keith Summerour

After receiving my undergraduate architecture degree in 2015, I worked in residential design for two years. I spent six months in the studio of Summerour Architects, a firm that designs timeless singlefamily houses as well as select commercial projects. Here I honed my eye for elegantly fashioned buildings. Embracing the firm’s hand-drawing culture, I used hand-drafting to resolve construction details before documenting elegant solutions through CAD and physical and digital modeling. Creating drawings for masterpiece houses showed me exactly what constitutes building craft. I observed what makes a building a work of art. My favorite days were rendering days, where I got to make artistic illustrations of our projects.

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Left: rendering for a log cabin in Columbus, Georgia; physical model for farmhouse in Blackberry Farm, Tennessee Below: rendering for a civic building that houses a historic caboose in Pine Mountain, Georgia, rendering for a condominium building in Greensboro, South Carolina Following pages: construction drawings for projects in Blackberry Farm, Tennessee

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BONDERIZED STANDING SEAM ROOF ON ICE & WATER SHIELD ON 34 " PLYWOOD ROOF DECK - TYP.

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2X6 T&G DECK ON 4X8 RAFTERS

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1X10 LAP SIDING W/ 7" EXPOSURE 30# BUILDING FELT

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12 8 ZINC STANDING SEAM ROOF ON ICE & WATER SHIELD, ON 3 4 " THK. PLYWOOD ROOF DECK

1X PLANKING - SEE INTERIORS

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BLACKBERRY FARM TENNESSEE

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RECESSED ALUMINUM BASE PLATE Copyright © 2015 Summerour & Associates Architects, Inc. All rights reserved. This drawing is the property of Summerour and Associates and is not to be reproduced or copied in whole or in part, the dimension of which are 24" x 36". It is only to be used for the project and site specifically identified herein and is not to be used on any other project without written permission from the Architect. The Contractor is responsible for verifying all field measurements, quantities, dimensions and related field construction criteria.

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Note to Contractor: Any discrepancies, inconsistencies or ambiguities found between the drawings, specifications & site conditions shall be immediately reported to the architect in writing. The architect will promptly correct the same in writing. Work done by the contractor after discovery of such discrepancies, inconsistencies or ambiguities shall be done at the contractor's risk.

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MIN. 1" AIR GAP 1 2"

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COPPER FLASHING W/ WEEPS - TYP.

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Suburban Houses Work at Weidmann Remodeling, directed by Dan Weidmann

I spent most of my time out of school working at Weidmann & Associates, a design-build home remodeling company. Working mostly on interior renovations and additions, I served as the inhouse architectural designer for the sales and design department, coordinating between consultant designers, salesmen, engineers, and estimators. I also responded to inquiries from the construction department. My favorite part of the job was interacting with our clients, entering their private homes and listening to them express their frustrations and desires. I found that building rapport with the inhabitants of my projects gave meaning to the long hours of drawing and designing.

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1875 OLD ALABAMA ROAD SUITE 1310 ROSWELL, GEORGIA WEIDMANNREMODELING.COM GA LIC # RLQAA001026

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Copyright 2016 Weidmann & Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved All ideas, designs, arrangements, and plans indicated or represented by these drawings are owned by Weidmann & Associates, Inc. They were created, evolved, and developed for use on and in connection with the specified project. None of the ideas, designs, arrangements, or plans shall be used by or discussed with any person, firm, or corporation for any purpose without the written permission of Weidmann & Associates, Inc. Note to Constructor All dimensions to be field verified. Variations may result due to existing conditions, and such existing conditions shall prevail over the dimensions specified herein. FORMAL ISSUANCES 23 JUNE 2016 30 JUNE 2016 06 JULY 2016

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8" SILL FOR ORCHIDS

MOVEABLE TEAK BENCH SEE ID DRAWINGS 5'-8" 6'-7"

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Addition for lake house in Greensboro, Georgia

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Rooftop Village & Apprentice Loft South Downtown, Atlanta Directed by Sabir Khan

Two scenarios for living at Eyedrum: a redesigned storefront loft with an apartment and workshop and an encampment of guest cabins for overnight stays on the roof above. The loft offers an apprentice a place to live and a place to work through the apprenticeship program. The rooftop hotel provides a place for Eyedrum visitors to stay on-site while attending shows and exhibits at Eyedrum or in downtown. The loft entails an interior renovation that divides the back of storefront 84 into two inhabitable floors with a wood-framed mezzanine. A stair offers access from the shop downstairs to the sleeping quarters upstairs. An incision in the roof allows light into the window-less loft. The shop is furnished with workbenches, and the apartment is fitted with a closet, bathroom, and kitchen. The encampment is an addition that creates a small village on the roof. A pattern of cabins and social spaces stripes the roof from Forsyth Street to the alley. Strips between these furrows circulate people throughout the encampment.

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I drew inspiration for the apprentice loft from Greg, Eyedrum’s electrician who offers his services in exchange for accommodation in storefront 84. Greg inherited a space that most would dismiss as inadequate, but he resourcefully transformed the existing conditions into an inhabitable dwelling. In this sense, the way Greg molded his environment embodies the spirit of the studio, and I sought to learn from him. I drew inspiration for the rooftop encampment from old-world examples of multi-family housing. I looked at a Barcelona hotel, a SANAA apartment tower in Gifu, a temporary venue for the Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, as well as the Moriyama house and the Nishinoyama House in Tokyo. These interventions represent alternative methods of articulating the boundaries between public and private, indoors and outdoors. I applied these principles to promote conviviality in a highly privatized South Downtown.

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Broad Street Extension & Housing South Downtown, Atlanta Directed by Brian Bell

Topophilia was coined by human geographer Yi-Fu Tuan to describe place attachment, the connection people feel to the land. The urbanist Jim Kunstler defines charm as that which makes our physical surroundings worth caring about. I was asked to design housing and a public square in Atlanta’s South Downtown, but I also wanted to make it charming and worthy of topophilia. As a society, I think we’re fairly skilled in making gracious private spaces. But what about our depleted public realm? The real challenge of this project, in my opinion, is designing a rich public square. I frequently long for the beautiful public spaces of the Old World and the rich urban fabric of the pre-industrial era. I wonder why we can’t have that here. But the society that created those places is very different from our society. Those communities were homogenous, they were made up of people with a common ancestry and a common heritage. People established themselves in places and lived there for generations. With the current escalation in globalization, digitization, and migration, how do we create enduring places worth caring about?

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MITCHELL STREET

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Symbiosis of Big & Small Toronto, Ontario In collaboration with Yao Zeyue, Yuanyuan Li, Meng Chao, Bowen Xu; advised by Ellen Dunham-Jones, Ennis Parker, Geoff Koski

In biology, symbiosis is a mutual relationship between two or more different species that enhances the overall community. Our proposed neighbourhood is a symbiosis of big and small. Big things impress us. Small things interest us. Big things have monetary power, global influence, and stability. They often crave uniqueness and authenticity. Small things, while they lack significant capital, are rich with diversity, craft, and multicultural variety. This development pairs the needs and assets of one social class with those of another. Symbiosis leverages the incredible opportunities of mixing uses, incomes, spaces, and modes of transport. Our development is a complete neighbourhood, anchored by the Transit Market. The Don River Walk and Restaurant Row tie together a wide variety of living and working spaces. All residents benefit in this ecosystem. A Transit Market inside the multi-modal hub pairs commuters waiting on trains with imaginative craftspeople. The market spills out onto Broadview Avenue to activate the 500 feet between the two stations. Symbiosis extends along Restaurant Row and the Don

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47% INCOME INCREASE IN South Riverdaleďźˆ2006-2015 Top35% by income in the city 140% INCREASE OF HOMEPRICE 22% the city showed sign of gentrification

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River Walk with a variety of luxury stores, fine dining restaurants, and local momand-pops. A double-story parking structure elevates the development above the Don Valley Parkway, it provides parking space for cars, and it acts as a flood detention tank. Terracing leverages river views while minimizing highway views and noise. A Smog Free Tower purifies the air and planted trees absorb sound. The resulting Don River Walk is tiers of trails, dining patios, and outdoor space for the adjacent residential towers. Green and blue roofs throughout the development absorb storm water and provide recreational space. A collage of dwelling types caters to the needs of different residents. Profits on multi-million-dollar penthouses offset losses on below-market apartments. A variety of market-rate and affordable condos, apartments, and microunits

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“Our collections are a repr Toronto and the people wh the pace of this ever changing cosmopolit

Rags to Riches,Toronto based clothing bra focuses on curated streetwear.

I love watching commuters and immigrants exchanging in the Transit Market from my penthouse. It reminds me of my hardworking mother who made dresses for Canadian women when we came here from Lebanon. Salah Bachir philanthropist, patron of the arts

I can’t wait for the Toronto Chinese Lantern Parade this year! It’ll start in East Chinatown and head down the Don River Walk. Brigitte Truong Chinese Canadian

The Immigrant Café is a community of immigrant entrepreneurs at all levels of experience and expertise – whether they are at the exploratory stage of starting their first venture in Canada or are already well-established and looking to expand further.

When we came here from Syria in 2009, we weren’t sure if we could really open a pastry business. Crown Pastries has been successful for nine years, and we’re about to open our second shop on Restaurant Row.The best part is that we can get to work via train thanks to the new station. Rasoul & Ismail Salha


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We love setting up shop at the Transit Market on Thursdays. For us, it is more than our breads. It is about connecting with people, about building community.We draw people in with our bread.We believe our bread builds community. St. John’s Bakery, provides job training for social service clients, refugees, single parents, people struggling with addictions, mental illness, poverty and much more

“We recognize the need to expand our processes to reach out to new audiences ... PiPS does just that. By going to public spaces where people are already gathering, we are making City Planning more transparent and accessible for the residents of this city.” Jennifer Keesmat, Chief Planner

I love to get out of the office sometimes to meander the Transit Market. It reminds me of Pike Place Market back in Seattle. Juan Carlos Toledo, Amazon Manager


serve people with varying space preferences. The wealthy get to live large in the sky, the creative core find the authenticity they crave, and creative makers and immigrants can make a living with dignity and expand their networks. The neighbourhood boasts a collage of workspaces. Traditional big offices serve white collar companies. Co-working spaces support entrepreneurs and startups, providing small spaces at lower rents while increasing overall revenue. Artist lofts cater to those who blur the line between life and work. Makerspaces give all Torontoans access to tools and resources, responding to the rise of small manufacturing. Workshops allow artists to teach their craft to children from nearby Riverside and technology employees looking to escape the digital grind. We’re conditioned to demonize other classes. We wonder if the rich deserve

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their wealth. We wonder if the poor work hard enough. We put ourselves in the innocent middle class. Symbiosis offers a fresh perspective on social classes. It doesn’t proclaim a classless society. It doesn’t condemn people to any fate. It doesn’t make utopic promises. It simply pairs the needs and assets of one group with those of another.

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Personal Work

Although my design-build experience was invaluable, I missed the studio atmosphere I had relished in school and at architecture firms, so, while at Weidmann, I developed my own artistic, contemplative practice. I set aside time regularly to draw, paint, read, and write. Sometimes this manifested as freelance projects. Another time I took a drawing class. Most of the time I simply made a point to spend time with my books and water colors. I also kindled my interest in urbanism. I started going to the Atlanta City Studio, attending public meetings, and volunteered with the Doug Allen Institute before going back to Georgia Tech for graduate school. “Make sure that no matter how busy you are professionally, don’t let that be your entire life. Don’t get caught up with the professional machine. Always carry your sketch book. Always make time to work on your sketch book. Always make time to do stuff for yourself.” - Dorian Vallejo, quoting his teacher, via Pencil Kings podcast, episode 108: “What Makes You An Artist? Dorian Vallejo Explains How to Follow Your Passion”

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Ma r ya m Ata s s i contemplative designer exploring concepts of place and home

Education GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Candidate for M.Arch ‘19 B.S. Architecture ‘15, Highest Honor

Experience GEORGIA TECH SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE Graduate Assistant, Jan. 2018 - May 2018 assisting Professor Lane Duncan in teaching “Connell Workshop: The Art of Drawing;” guide students’ explorations; historian; social media marketing

WEIDMANN REMODELING Architectural Designer, Mar. 2016 - July 2017 in-house designer for design-build company; designed home renovations and additions; coordinated with consultant designers, salesmen, engineers, estimators; met homeowners; responded to inquiries from construction department

MACK SCOGIN MERRILL ELAM ARCHITECTS Student Assistant, Jan. 2016 - Feb. 2016 helped construct firm’s model for 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale; spent time in workshop cutting, routing, laminating, sanding, polishing, and otherwise manipulating materials to bring installation to fruition

SUMMEROUR ARCHITECTS Intern Architect, May 2015 - Nov. 2015 immersed in earnest design of enduring houses; used hand drafting, CAD, and physical and digital modeling to describe elegant construction; created renderings; curated presentations for clients and architectural review committees

CNNA ARCHITECTS Intern Architect, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 spent two summers practicing retail design: new build and interior renovations for restaurants, data centers, department stores, medical research facilities, and wholesale trade centers; created construction drawings, collaborated with engineers, franchisers

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Skills DESIGN

drawing, painting, drafting, physical modeling, rendering, writing, public speaking, leadership, collaboration, graphic communication

TOOLS

AutoCAD, SketchUp, Illustrator, InDesign, PhotoShop, Lightroom, Rhinoceros, Revit, V-Ray, Visualizer

LANGUAGES

English, Arabic, French, Spanish

Passion Projects URBAN LAND INSTITUTE - HINES STUDENT COMPETION Presentation Designer, January 2018 worked with an inter-disciplinary team of five graduate student peers to proposed urban design and real estate development scheme for Toronto

GEORGIA TECH SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE Teaching Assistant, Aug. 2018 - Dec. 2018 assisted Professor Lane Duncanc in teaching “Drawing on Nature”

DOUGLAS C. ALLEN INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF CITIES Content Creator, July 2018 - Aug. 2018 documented Professor Doug Allen’s work in urban history; created maps, diagrams

MARYAM ATASSI LLC Freelance Artist & Designer, 2012 - present side business for freelance and prsonal projects, including graphic design, photography, architectural illustration and design, drawing, painting

COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AMBASSADORS Ambassador, June 2012 - May 2015 gave tours to prospective students and parents; led design charrettes

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