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t a b l e o f c o n te n t s

copenhagen, dk

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israels plads market

copenhagen, dk

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student house comp

por tland, oregon

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neurobiological labs

thesis work | 2011

cal poly slo

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israles plads marketplace

spring 2010- URB AN MARKET

Instruc tor: Marc Jay-DIS

Passive Urban D evelopment- An Adaptable Ex tension of a Cit y ’s Public Life The projec t statement calls for a covered market place that will host the t ype of ac tivities referred to as “passive urban recreation.” Considering the increase of outdoor urban developments in Copenhagen we can see the cit y is still in a state of transition. The developing streets and parking lots are becoming places for people to inhabit and enjoy. The shopping streets and cafés that line the inner- cit y streets are a sign that this “shopper tain-ment” movement is becoming increasingly popular in Copenhagen. The design should combine all of these aspec ts to create a place for “ac tive urban living” as an ex tension to the park and urban playground existing near israels plads.

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israels plads market


copenhagen, denmark

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c o n te x t a n d m a te r i a l i t y

The design d e ve l o p e d a s a n ex te n s i o n o f t h e p a r k area. The site was b ro ke n u p i nto s e ve ra l s t ri p s o f m a r ke t s t h at can be accessed o n e i t h e r s i d e, c re at i n g s t re e t s t h ro u g h t h e site. The lif ted stru c t u re o f t h e m a r ke t s i s a n ex te n s i o n o f t he ground plane, w i t h o n e e n d m e e t i n g t h e gro u n d a n d p rov i d i ng seating appropriate f o r p e o p l e watc h i n g, re l a x i n g, o r p i c n i c ki ng.

process: render from inside market

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israels plads market

megan e repka | barch 2011


s i te p l a n / ro o f p l a n The elon g ate d L- s h a p e s o f t h e m a r ke t s

seating and landscaping provide a recreational area

create a n ex p e ri e n ce o f co m p re s s i o n

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medieva l c i t y ce nte r o f co p e n h a g e n .

as well as pedestrian traffic to engage with the

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people a place to sit, watch, and relax.

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relation s h i p w i t h t h e ca f e s d i re c t ly across t h e way.

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floor plans | stand configuration

a d j u stable stands allow for f l ex i bilit y in ac tivit y t ype. Thus, t h e s pace can be more than a p l a ce to sell produce

The market place is organized in a way that creates pockets of interac tion throughout the site. The circulation moves along the stands and is pushed through areas of compression and expansion. This aspec t of the design is meant to mimic the qualities of a medieval cit y. The adjustable stands allow for multiple uses throughout the day. At night the provide light to the plaza to increase the safet y of the area.

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market cross sec tion rendering israels plads market

megan e repka | barch 2011


s i te s e c t i o n

Physical model 1:200

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student house lounge 2nd place the student house of the university of copenhagen is located along one of the main walking streets in the city center at købmagergade 52. as one of the most popular gathering places for students, it hosts many visitors. To accommadate all of the guests and events, a proposal for an outdoor lounge has been made for the inner courtyard area. the program adresses the livley aspects of student life. the space could be used for a variety of events and activities throughout the year. as day turns to night the atmosphere and the function of the space morphs. the design solution encompases these characteristics by allowing for flexibility and variety of use. the narrow courtyard space’s use is maximized by the designs emphasis on the vertical manipulation of the space. the design proposal creates a dynamic environment that would be a destination within inner copenhagen, becoming an enjoyable gathering space in the years to come

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view looking up towards structure bubble space

dis | student competition | mrepka|brian vargo|edward becker|ishin morrimoto|kelene kass | group of 5


copenhagen, denmark

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plan and section Plan 1:100 Seating Variables

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SPHERE AND STRUCTURE

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adjustable bubbles ADJUSTABLE BUBBLES The bubbles are suspended from a truss structure above. The simple truss the bubbles arethe suspended fromwall a truss structure above. the simple truss only attaches to non-protected of the courtyard. No structure or balonly attaches the non-protected wall of the courtyard. loons touch theto protected wall of the Studenthouse building. no structure or

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system allows for flexibility in space for different events. the bubbles can

therefore be continuously adjusted. The adjustable suspension system allows for the space to adapt to not block the stage during concerts. By easily manipulating the ropes holding the bubbles, the canopy suspension is lifted to reveal the stage the adjustable system allowsabove. for the space to adapt to not block the stage during concerts. by easily manipulating the ropes holding

The ability of the system to be entirely adjustable allows for the space to the bubbles, the canopy is lifted to reveal the stage above. change over time. It allows for unique ambiances to be adapted throughout the courtyard. This creates a special environment that can have different the ability the system to bethe entirely scenes and of spaces throughout year. adjustable allows for the space to 8&$1-$6#/!&)#$$#/0&6&/%:)6#3)9'('*','%+

change over time. it allows for unique ambiances to be adapted throughout the courtyard. this creates a special environmentthat can have different scenes and spaces throughout the year

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the dashed linesuspension in the diabubble has blue its own gram is the rope suspending the system. bubble. only this rope is shown for diagramatic purposes, but each bubble has its own suspension system.

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h e a t i n g a n d c ove r i n g

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HEATING AND COVERING

ponder a floating

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construction of the heatlamps and canopy coverings willbebeconsistent consistentwith the theThe construction of the heatlamps and canopy coverings will with theused structure used throughout the design. Twoconsisting lamps, consisting four will be structure throughout the design. the lamps, of four of lights, lights, willhanging be part structure of the hanging structureallthat supports allspheres. of the lighted part of the that supports of the lighted each canopy spheres. Each canopy will hold a light in the center and two lamps on either will hold a light in the center and two lamps on wither side, all extending from the ('4&:)#,,)&3%&/4'/0)1$-6)%"&)#*-9&)(%$5!%5$&)#/4)85,,&+)(+(%&6; above structure and pulley system .

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the lighting scheme is continued under the rain protection coverings. the structure of the light The lighting scheme is continued under the rain protection coverings. The structure of the light spheres of the the canopy canopycoverings. coverings.By byhalving halvingthe thethe sphere, water can spheresrelate relatedirectly directlyto to the the structure structure of sphere, stream down off the edges of"&) the canvas. the six canopies that exist will house the"-5(&) heating lamps as .#%&$) !#/) (%$&#6) 4-./) -11)% &40&()-1)%"&) !#/9#(;) <"&)('3)!#/-8'&() %"#%) &3'(%) .',,) %"&) well. thse lamps areas provide from the elements asfrom well the as warmthsubspaces heating as well. protection These areas provide protection elementscreating as well scattered as warmthcreating scattered sub-spaces throughout the courtyard. throughout the courtyard. The solutionfor forthe the heatlamps heat lamps isisto to use use electric the image the solution electricpatio patioparasol parasolheater lights.lights. refer Refer to thetoimage on the right for#%)%"&)*-%%-6),&1%)1-$)(8&!'=!#%'-/; speciďŹ cation.

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bubble space

dis | student competition

The kindsscattered of events.niches of heating provide this solution with pods for social interaction. Though the the scattered niches of heatheated spots are not completely ing provide this solution with enclosed, they give a feeling of a pods forenvironment social interaction. different than being though the heated spots are !-68,&%&,+)-5%4--$()#/4) &38-(&4) to thecompletely elements. enclosed, they not

give a sense of a different environment than being completely outdoors and exposed to the elements.


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seating 1: SEATING 1: SWINGS SEA The swings are suspended from above using a simple rope chrome painted boxes system. They can be pulled aside in order to not block views

the box seating is designed to be a supplement to the more of the stage area. Retractable cords can be added to deunique swing seating. the of chrome boxes reflect the spheres above crease distance swinging motion. while essentially dematerializing in the space. they utilize simple construction methods and are meant to be durable and multi-

pension and the eff?ects that it it entails. &/%$+ during our design process we made >/)$&(&6*,#/ !&) %-) -@>>A () B?C.'//'/0) :)-5$)8$-8-(#,) &68"#('7&() (5( pension and the effects that it entails. During our design process made an an important realization about the relationship between the we suspended '68-$%#/%) $&#,'7#%'-/) #*-5%) %"&) $&,#%'-/("'8)*&%.&&/)%"&) (5(8&/4&4) (8"&$&() spheres and suspended seating as quoted below: and suspended seating as quoted below: “in a light breeze, both the spheres and seats will gently sway in the wind,

D>/)#),'0"%)*$&&7&:)*-%")%"&)(8"&$&() #/4) ('/0() .',) 0&/%,+) (.#+) '/) %"&).'54:) softly bumping into each other...it is a means of dynamic space, interesting softly bumping into each other... it is a means of dynamic space, interesting in that that there there will will be bean an absence absence of of noise... noise...gently sound” in gentlymovement movement without without sound.’

a small trash hole for cigarettes.

A small trash hole for cigarettes. (metal lining prevents fire risk) EF&%#,),'/'/0)8$&9&/%()=$&)$'(GH

seating 2: swings SEATING 2: SEA

rubber edges allow

the swings are suspended from above using a simple rope sysCHROME P PAINTED BOXES tem. they can be pulled aside in order to not block views of the <"&)*-3) (&#%'/0)'() 4&('0/&4) %-)*&)#)(588,&6&/%) stage area.toretractable cords addedThe to decrease the more unique can swingbeseating. chrome distance of swinging*-3&() motion. $&2&!%) %"&) (8"&$&()#*-9&) ."',&) &((&/%'#,,+) 4&6#%&$'#,'7'/0) '/) %"&) (8#!&;) <"&+)5%','7&) ('68,& ) construction methods and are meant to be durable and multifunctional.

a simple flexible system

for safe edges stacking. Rubber allow for safe stacking.

the chromed or buffed

The chromed or metal reflects the spheres *511&4)6&%#,)$&2&!%() above and dematerializes the spheres above each cube #/4) 4&6#%&$'#,'7&() each cube.

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A SIMPLE FLEXIBLE SYSTEM

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<"&)*-3&() (&$9&)#() (&#%'/0:)%#*,&(:)#/4:) *&!#5( &)-1)%"&) "-,&) #%) the boxes serve as seating, tables, and, because of)(6#,,) the small hole at the %"&) %-8)-1)%"&) *-3:) #,(-) #()#)(#1&)8,#!&)1-$)!'0#$&%%&) 4'(8-(#,;) <"&) top of the box, also serve as2#66#*','%+)-1)!'0#$&%%&() a safe place for cigarette."',&) disposal. 5(&)-1)6&%#,) 8$-%&!%() #0#'/(%)%"&) #,(-) the use of metal protects against fl ammability of cigarettes while also being *&'/0) #&(%"&%'!#,,+) '/%$'05 &(8&!'#,,+)#()6-$&)-1)%"&) "'0",+) $&2&!%'9&) cubes are placed near each other. aesthetically intriguing, especially as more of the highly reflective

cubes are places near eachother.

Small rubber pads allow the seating to be stacked without slippage and also act a a way to protect the surfaces during transport. Storage small rubber padsaccessible allow theand seating to be stacked without slippage under the bar is easily the chrome cubes could also be and'/)also protect8#%%&$/(:) the surfaces during transport. storage under (%#!G&4) '/%&$&(%'/0) 6#G'/0) %"&) (8#!&) &3%$&6&,+) 8,#+15,) #/4) the bar is enjoyable. easily accessible and the chrome cubes could also be stacked in inter-

esting patterns, making the space extremely playful and enjoyable.

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the boxes can be stacked in interesting shapes. they <"&) *-3&() !#/) *&)(%#!G&4) '/) '/%&$&(%'/0) ("#8&( ;) can also be stored within the frame of the bar. They can also be stored within the frame of the bar.

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por tland neurobiological institute

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The designer deďŹ nes constraints instead of forms and the resulting form is the optimization of the material. â&#x20AC;&#x153;

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Laboratories

mrepka | 3rd year | m.cabrinha


l a b o r a to r i e s

The p ro ce s s b e g a n a s a n ex p l o rat i o n o f s p l i n e s i n b ass wood. The cur ves were then digitized and transferred to the computer where they were adjusted. Af ter several iterations, the a d j u s te d s p l i n e c u r ve s we re u s e d to c re ate a 3d sur face in rhino. This sur face was used as the topography for the marsh lands our site was situated on. The focus of the proje c t wa s to re s e a rc h a n d u n d e r s t a n d t h e b e n e f its of the computer tools we had available (cnc and laser cut ter) while maintaining an integration of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;handcraf tedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; design. A seri e s o f re a d i n g s a n d d i s c u s s i o n s we re h e l d re g arding the topics michael delanda and kwinter have studied for years. The resulting projec t was a neurobiological research cente r t h at d e ve l o p e d f ro m t h e re s e a rc h a n d i nte gration of the t wo sciences, major and minor.

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s i te p l a n a n d p hy s i c a l m o d e l

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Laboratories

mrepka | 3rd year | m.cabrinha


s e c t i o n p e r s p e c t i ve

arch 251: Luminaire

arch 133: Wall project

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Fa b r i c at i o n Fa c i l i t y Fabricatio n , R e c yc l i n g, a n d Co m m u n i t y Ce nte r

The West Oakland Fabrication Foundation was a collaborative design eďŹ&#x20AC;ort. The architectural investigation began with an abandoned railroad station located in the industrial development of West Oakland. As a restorative eďŹ&#x20AC;ort to both the surrounding community and the site itself, the building was repurposed as a fabrication and recycling establishment. Along with promoting responsible design, the building serves as a community center in an area lacking a neighborhood core. In conjunction with this project, ten furniture pieces were designed and fabricated. Two examples are shown on the next page.

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Par tition and Components Thesis Work

fabrication | spring 11


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Physical Model

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Fa b r i c at i o n Fabricatio n , R e c yc l i n g, a n d Co m m u n i t y Ce nte r

Steel Fabrication | Partition System The partition system and workspace elements collectively unify the architectural and furniture aspects of this design. The facade of the fabrication facilities, the addition to the existing building, is composed of a series of partition panels. This wall system provides both an eďŹ&#x192;cient use of space as well as a flexible and transformable approach to architecture. Individual partitions can be removed from the remaining wall system and wheeled to a desired location. Components can then be removed from the partition to create temporary work spaces. The wall system is fabricated of scrap steel that is tack-welded together in a patchwork pattern. When the cut components are removed, a degree of transparency is introduced to the piece. materials used: scrap steel, perforated

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par tition

fabrication | spring 11


wo r k s p a c e

Partition System | Work Space In conjunction with providing flexible space arrangement, each partition wall breaks down into several components. These pieces can be removed from the wall and assembled to create an adjustable work station. Each partition wall yields a work table, stool, and shelf. All of the components use interlocking tabs to provide ease in assembly, dismantling, and transport. materials used: scrap steel, perforated

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junkyard wine rack

Materials used: Scrap Steel from the Junkyard The design process was intended to be eďŹ&#x192;cient and responsible in terms of material use. The proposed design was to create an interlocking steel system as a structure to display wine bottles. The process included multiple iterations in cardboard to develop the aesthetics of the wine rack. The use of computer-aided design with rhino and vray, allowed me to come up with a precise system that could be water jet cut and then bent into place. Thus, the system is nearly 100% eďŹ&#x192;cient and uses recycled material from the junkyard. This modular system could be repeated to the gain desired size for any space.

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wine rack

fabrication | spring 11â&#x20AC;&#x2122;


m o d u l a r s y s te m

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walnut headboard & bedframe

This project was designed for a client with an appreciation of Victorian motifs and dark wood. Instead of purchasing an expensive slab of walnut, our material search began at the reclaimed lumber yard. We discovered a pile of scrap walnut, and began an intensive process of planing, joining, and cutting out unsuitable pieces. After this process, we laid out the salvaged wood within a grid system to make efficient use of the material. Two hundred dowels were used to join the slats of varying sizes. A few slats were intentionally removed to incorporate a back-lit Victorian pattern. In addition to using modern technology to fabricate the design, the pattern is fragmented in such a way that it appears to continue into the rest of the headboard.The platform-style frame is constructed from a pine slat-system with walnut rails and legs. The legs are inset to give the bed a floating effect. Materials used: scrap walnut, steel, acrylic, Japanese screen paper

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Headboard & Bedframe

fabrication | spring 11’


scrap walnut

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Full Portfolio | 2011