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education. about. I am originally from San Juan, where I performed my undergraduate studies in Environmental Design at the University of Puerto Rico. I was awarded a Graduate College Fellowship to perform a Master of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I discovered my curiosity for the transformation of the built environment, my passion for research-based design and desire to explore the tangencies between architecture and art. This led me to further my academic studies at the Rhode Island School of Design where I was awarded the President’s Scholar Award to perform a specialized degree in adaptive reuse (MA in Interior Architecture). It is with a strong knowledge in sustainability, sensitivity for the memory of buildings, interior interventions and installations, that I now pursue my professional career with a richer interdisciplinary awareness. 2012 Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Danish Institute of Study Abroad.

Master of Arts in Interior Architecture.

Summer Study Abroad Program, Copenhagen.

2011 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Technische Universitat Munchen, (TUM).

2009 University of Puerto Rico (UPR).

Stanford University.

Master of Architecture.

Summer Study Abroad Program, Munich.

Bachelor in Environmental Design.

Project Based Learning Program. Joint academic studio, California.

contact. more info. e-mail: malicea26@gmail.com, malicea@risd.edu tel. +1.787.462.2948 website: http://monicaalicea.com

monica alicea.portfolio.


architecture. urban.

reuse. interior.

art. fabrication.


strobe motion. Isla Grande Airport Terminal on typology. Four Square House Design arquitecturas de agua. Urban Growth Porposal for the Cadiz Salinas land and water. New Ferry Terminal for Ho Chi Mihn City terrain detox. Redevelopment of the San Juan City Landfill

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adaptive reuse in the midwest. The Round Barns of UIUC 10 pumpehuset student hostel. Revitalizing an abandoned water pump facility 20 the jane pickens theater. Weaving the layers of history 35

fan-light-wall. Prototyping the domestic environment drawing. Perception and emotion on light and lightness. Articulation and Tectonics woven seating. From immaterial to material

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Architecture/ Urban


The proposal for the Isla Grande Airport Terminal is based on the study of motion. The building tries to capture the progressive elevation of a plane and a man’s journey from the entrance to the take off, just as a photographic frame would do it. To achieve this effect, the shell of the building was designed as a series of concrete pieces allusive to the movement captured in stroboscopic photography. Artists like Muybridge and Marey were inspiration for the conceptual development.

echo the terminal as if the green platforms irradiate from the building. Increasing height in some areas, this artificial landscape can hide parts of the program such as service, storage and loading dock. The structure is made of reinforced concrete and intends to avoid the use of columns, making each frame a giant beam in itself.

The current terminal, dedicated to business and private filghts, is located in the historical site of San Juan, capital of P.R. Visually connected to the sea and other new architectural interventions, the approximately 20,000 sq.ft. proposed terminal, tries to become a formal icon and attraction to travelers. The program includes commercial establishments, restaurants and exterior plazas. The adjacent landscape was designed to

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year: 2006 location: San Juan, PR size: 21,000 sq.ft. duration: 2 months


strobe motion Isla Grande Airport Terminal, Puerto Rico B.eD. Undergraduate Studio UPR Architecture/Urban | 9


San Juan, Puerto Rico

“Time could truly be made to stand still. Texture can be retained despite sudden violent movement.”

concept development: study of motion

Muybridge’s ‘The Horse in Motion’, 1878 10

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1. drop-off 2. reception 3. cafe kitchen 4. exterior cafe 5. offices 6. store 7. baggage claim 8. staff lounge 9. restaurant 10. security 11. gate

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The Four Square House design exercise proposes the integration of Hejduk’s 9 square grid problem into a hypothetical garden city block of 36mx36m. This proposal considers the grid as a flexible tissue, a membrane, capable of being manipulated. This interpretation allows for a study of conditions of densification and permeability that, diagrammatically, establish parameters for spatial structure, form and proximity. These explorations respond to social interaction dynamics, such as levels of sociability and activity, and inform the levels of exposure of each house and the desirable visual relationships within the block. Using models or stereotypes for different life stages, new programmatic integrations to each house are established: office, study or commerce. The garden city is reinterpreted through the use of green roofs in different levels, creating a topographic illusion and a connection with nature.

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year: 2008 location: n/a size: 13,200 sq.ft. duration: 2 months


“on typology� Four Square House Design Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition Architecture/Urban | 15


site constraints

AA

pattern overlap

“Subtle mechanisms in the relationships are observed and must be addressed with typological explanations� 16

concept site model

- Rafael Moneo

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programmatic elements in the block

single resident/handicapped elderly couple/ commercial space studio/single family large family/small family+office permanent commercial space public space

artificial landscape

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‘Arquitecturas de Agua’ introduces us to an experimental field where water appears in different ways associated with the vital construction of architecture and the medium that provides the formal conditions to define it. The site chosen for the project is the Bay of Cadiz in southern Spain. An area that changes its appearance fluctuating with the tides of the Atlantic Ocean and home to water, salt and two towns, San Fernando and Chiclana de la Frontera. This project works specifically in the urban border of San Fernando and its relationship with the marshes. The current urban boundary is a ring road still unfinished, with the presence of new buildings of medium height, some fishermen’s cottages and empty and abandoned defensive batteries, tailings and tidal mills. This ring road clearly delimits the town of San Fernando with the marsh, two opposing views with few relationships.

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The design proposes a solution of permeable urban growth on the marsh to encourage the interconnections between it and the people of San Fernando. The marshes would be preserved and reactivated, not for production, but as an urban park and recreation area for people. Just as production was generated with the existing media, the city would grow into the marshes. A new layer is added to an already fascinating ecosystem, not imposing but following the rules of what is underlying.

year: 2010 location: Cadiz, Spain size: 1,550,000 sq.m. duration: 3 months


arquitecturas de agua Urban growth proposal for San Fernando, Cadiz Study Abroad at TUM, Munich

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housing mixed-use schools/elderly homes government/institutional religious under construction commercial public

existing uses

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salt marshes aquicultural instalations salt marsh

Salt production in San Fernando: historic depiction

active saltworks

Active and non-active saltworks in the Cadiz Bay

Cadiz maritime limit

Proposed border disolution between San Fernando City and the salt marsh ecosystem existing ring road

San Fernando, Cadiz, Spain

How can two elements in contiguity communicate by the exchange of properties? salt marsh

San Fernando

salt marsh

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existing salt marsh condition water mud pathways eroded terrain flood zones vegetation saltwork houses san fernando city

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transformed condition

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water flooding zones mud shaded areas vegetation type 1 vegetation type 2 vegetation type 3 saltwork houses san fernando city

cycling

mud baths

agriturism

recreation

carpobroto

romulea

tringa ochropus

medicago marina

flora sightseeing

fauna sightseeing

egretta garzetta

limonium

caledris alpina

Existing view of ring road dividing the built and the natural landscape

Inspiration: Joseph Beuys, “Lemon Light�, 1969 Architecture/Urban | 23


new layers of urban park

existing transit new vehicular roads

new pathways

embarcations route aqua sports route domestic embarcation route

flora/fauna sightseeing new port and public area urban development areas

open amphitheater horseback riding aqua sports area new market

existing salt evaporation pond transportation and empty channels

new uses (refer to p.22)

urban development

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Possible urban development over former salt evaporation ponds


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The design of a Ferry terminal for Ho Chi Mihn City (Saigon City) in Vietnam was preceded by an analysis and urban reconfiguration of the waterfront. The organization of the waterfront was planned with the intention of allowing pedestrian access and revitalizing nodes within the urban fabric. The border had a central role in the development of the concept for the terminal. The ferry terminal was determined to be located in what originally was an island, an abandoned shipyard in the upper part of the waterfront area. This area is adjacent to the greenest area of the city: the zoo.

within the landscape they are part of. The structural concept is based on lightness, detracting attention from the structure to make the experience with the water the focus of travel. An interplay between mass and water and variation in the degrees of proximity and types of sensorial experiences intends to generate a more intimate relationship between the passenger and the site.

The proposed ferry terminal for Ho Chi Mihn City originates from the idea of exploring a new and contiguous relationship between surface and water. For this reason, the terminal is not conceived as an enclosed object or a visual icon, but more as a series of pieces that subtly rise from the water and are almost concealed

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year: 2010 location: Cadiz, Spain size: 25,000 sq.m. duration: 4 months


land and water New Ferry Terminal for Ho chi Mihn City M.Arch. Graduate Studio UIUC

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maximum temperatures: can reach 95째 F

average temperature: 80째-85째F

relative humidity: very humid cilmate

precipitation:

torrential rains caused by monsoon

Rain is taken as a starting point for the development of a new and contiguous relationship between land, water and man.

Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam

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city zoo: largest green area in the city adjacent to new development

former shipyard : selected

as ideal location for transportation hub

residential/commercial area: reconfigured to artculate node within fabric (medium density)

historic/ cultural quarter: structures are preserverd and new ones limited to a 25 m cap

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new urban configuration

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1. plaza (pedestrian access) 2. parking 3. lobby and access to subway station below 3. bus drop-off 4. concourse (open) 5. restaurant 6. water-taxi terminal (cafe, services, waiting area) 7. security offices 8. arrivals (gift shops) 9. ferry terminal (loading dock, shops, services, waiting area) 10. access to boats 11. ticketing 12. cafe 13. navigation center 14.ferry terminal restaurant 15. cyber-cafe

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Traslucid shafts collect rainwater and act as a visual and auditive ammenity. Flowing rainwater is released to a pond and later to the river. Still water, streaming water and falling water are used to evoque unique phenomenological experiences.

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75째-solar altitude june 21st projecting roof appears light with a slanted profile and minimizes sun exposure corrosion resistant steel tube section columns are in charge of structural support partially operabe curtain wall allows warm air exhaust hidden shafts and hvac systems load uniformly spread on piled raft foundation

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Puerto Rico’s dependence on foreign oil has become the greatest obstacle to the Island’s economic development and ability to compete globally. Additionally, the Governor of Puerto Rico declared a state of emergency in relation to the waste disposal crisis in the island. Currently, the island is dependent of 22 landfills but it is expected that in 2030 only 8 landfills will be taking care of the island’s solid waste. The Authority of Solid Waste indicated that PR needs to augment the recycling of solid waste from 13% to 35% to be able to handle the volume that the island is producing and avoid millionaire fines.

tunity to receive funding from the recently implemented American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the proposal for re-developing this property takes the solid waste crisis as the starting point for a new and renewable industry. An urban void in a centralized location has the potential to become a knot that reconfigures the encounter of a collage of spontaneously and unplanned set of urban fabrics. The reutilization of the San Juan landfill for the generation of renewable energy becomes a starting point to not only turn waste-space into a production-space, but an opportunity to reconfigure an unplanned, spontaneously generated and disconnected urban fabric using a centralized location to attract attention to the island’s energetic crisis.

Officially closed in December of 2000 after nearly 50 years of operation, the San Juan city landfill is one of the more scenic pieces of real estate in the metropolitan area. Considering the waste crisis in An Eco-Industrial Park would include the island and taking an oppor- a renewable energy and material retunity to receive funding from the covery plant that uses plasma gasifi-

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cation technology for waste disposal. The plant would potentially start operation with the economical support of pharmaceutical companies, which need to process toxic waste and could benefit from this new technology. This plant would not only support the effort to improve the island’s waste and energy crisis, but it will dispose of the waste that will be recovered from the opening of the SJ. landfill. The plant will be designed to process 4,000 tons per day of MSW and it is estimated that it could produce 160MW of energy a day. Additionally, the facility would incluide an engineered wetland to process the leachate from the landfill. It is expected that after an approximately Twenty year process, the site could be completely clean and the void could become and extended natural wetland and public amenity.

year: 2011 location: San Juan, Puerto Rico size: 30,000,000 sq.ft. duration: 4 months


terrain detox Redevelopment of the San Juan City Landfill Investigation project , M.Arch. UIUC. Collaborator: C. Rodriguez

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site: San Juan City landfill

data: unemployment rate in PR vs USA

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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17.1 5.3 6.3 17.1 5.3 6.3

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toxic emmisions by waste medium toxic emissions by disposal disposal medium toxic emmisions by waste disposal medium 5.6 lb/person/day 5.6 lb/person/day

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Gasification Gasification Incineration Landfill Incineration Landfill

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maritime ferry boat/cruise docks mangrove pedestrian/park vehicular landfill

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golf course

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45,228 AGUADILLA

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abbott pfizer

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12,501

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82,169

MAYAGUEZ

255,990

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99,763

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338,036

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143,436

JUANA DIAZ

44,707

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eli lilly mutchler

mylan

glaxo becton dickinson

ceph intl

amgen Schering-Plough bristol-myers

becton dickinson

icn watson novartis

astrazeneca wyeth american home products

toxic waste generation: data of pharmaceutical companies in the island

HUMACAO

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merck

pharmaceutical companies

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ivax

15% of the jobs in the island

10,597 tons/yr) (waste-

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biovail

p&g

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bristol-myers wyeth abbott mova

johnson and johnson

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baxter

monsanto

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$12.29/hr

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pharmacia

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cardinal health

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compacted clay

available ladfills in 2030

(waste- tons/yr)

FAJARDO

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San Juan154,023 (capital)

183,826 PONCE YAUCO

283,277

leachate collection pipe

HUMACAO

696,433

SALINA

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waste gravel or sand layer clay liner compacted soil

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2015

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Waste excavation Waste and excavation construction andofconstruction of Landfill site completely Landfill site clean completely and clean and 2041 Use of methane Usefrom of methane landfill asfrom energy landfill as energy 2015 2020 a material recovery a material center recovery center MRC used to MRC receive used outside to receive wasteoutside waste source for the source construction for theofconstruction a plasma of a plasma Waste excavation and construction of Landfill site completely clean and Use of methane from landfill as energy from adjacentfrom municipalities adjacent municipalities arc waste to energy arc waste plant to energy plant

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MRC used to receive outside waste from adjacent municipalities

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TREATED WATER

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OXYGEN TRANSFER TO ROOT SUBMERGED GROWTH PLANTS PLASTIC MEMBRANE

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OXYGEN TRANSFER TO ROOT SUBMERGED GROWTH TREATED WATER

STAGE 2: BUILDING STAGE 2: IS BUILDING OPEN IS OPEN PLASTIC MEMBR BRISE SOLEIL BRISE functions SOLEIL as afunctions water mist as sprayer a waterand misthelps sprayer cool and down helps cool down the building with the building the help with of natural the help ventilation of natural ventilation

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waste

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building circulation analysis

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Reuse/ Interior


The three Round Barns of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, built between 1907 and 1913, were used as a teaching tool demonstrating the efficiency of round structures in dairy production and food storage. Being part of an agricultural station, the round barns influenced farming and promoted round barn design throughout the state of Illinois and the Midwest. Today they are part of the National Register but are not in use. The main design intention consists on building a new agricultural museum that can return the barns to its purpose as a teaching tool and provide profit for UIUC. An addition would serve as a connector that would integrate the whole complex. The strategy consists on enhancing the view of the round barns from the south side and preserving the historical iconic image of the north view of the site. The concept is based on taking ad-

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vantage of the sloped site to accommodate the new building, allowing for an innovative and radical new design without destroying the special character of the Round Barns’ site. The form of the new addition was determined using radial guidelines that irradiate from each circular structure in plan. As well, the structural concept for the new building was based on the existing barns’ construction method as balloon-frame structures. The use of exposed engineered wood beams would allow for large spans and a shape variation would allow for a dynamic journey. The exterior would expose a metal shingle roof allusive to the shingles of the barns, making the addition more compatible with the historic site.

year: 2009 location: Champaign, Illinois size: 20,000 sq.ft. duration: 4 months


preservation and adaptation The Historic Round Barns of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Chapaign M.Arch. Graduate Studio UIUC

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site transformation

Urbana, Illinois, USA

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barn no.2: auditorium barn no.3: restaurant

barn no.1: illini welcome center

new addition: agricultural museum

stables the “green wall” amphitheater

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barn no.3 energy retrofit

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1.5” drywall new stud wall with added insulation: 6” of recycled denim, R=3.0 per inch existing envelope with added insulation: 6” of recycled denim, R=3.0 per inch

conditioned space VAV box (variable air volume) AHU (air handing unit) ERV (energy recovery ventilator) fresh air supply supply return natural ventilation hot air (stack effect)

summer 74 ° spring 50 °

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An abandoned water pump facility located at the heart of the old city quarters in Copenhagen was adapted into a youth hostel for 100 people. The unique qualities of the building as found; a dark space complimented by strokes of light from a broken down ceiling; became the inspiration elements for the new design. Natural light, being such an important element in Scandinavian design (because of the lack of it during most of the year), was to be provided in every room. Three main strategies were followed: stripping down the building to its main structural bones, opening light shafts in the ceiling and making sure the new elements would be recognizable as volumes floating within the old structure.

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year: 2011 location: Copenhagen, Denmarksize: 1,300 sq.m. duration: 3 weeks


pumpehuset student hostel Revitalizing an abandoned water pump facility Study Abroad at DIS, Copenhagen Reuse/Interior | 53


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1. Toilets and showers 2. Dinning hall 3. Kitchen 4. Lounge space 5. Bar 6. Pond (to observation deck) 7. Outdoor terrace 8. Readind Area 9. Rooms

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Photographs of existing conditions: The quality and expression of light coming into the dark space was emulated in the architectural design

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The Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center is the center for film and cultural happenings in the Newport area. Built as the Zion Episcopal Church in 1834, the Pickens has operated as a theater since 1923 and is one of the oldest theater buildings in America. It was designed by Russel Warren, architect of the Arcade in Providence, RI, which is said to be the first mall of America.

elements mediate between the static and the moved, and are clearly distinguishable. The theater is understood as a whole that can be subdivided, contracted or expanded for separate functions according to daytime and nighttime activities. The new and altered building should be understood in all of its layers, from the voids that evoke the destroyed classical portico to the existing structure and the The new adaptation design intends to new fabric, making evident the past, recover the historic layers of the build- present and future of the building. ing by conceptually and physically interweaving them. The idea of shifting is used as a strategy to allow for this interweaving to become a spatial phenomenon. Existing classical elements, such as the windows and pilasters are cut and shifted. Voids are revealed as a window to the past, while exterior elements are not removed but become part of the interior intervention. The shifted elements are carefully placed to allow for entrances or to demarcate room divisions while new

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year: 2012 location: Newport, RI size: 6,000 sq.ft. duration: 4 months


jane pickens theater Weaving the layers of history Final degree project M.A. Interior Architecture RISD

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Is it possible to, conceptually and physically, “interweave� the historic layers of the building?

Newport, RI

janes pickens theater educational bars/nightlife commercial janes pickens theater jane pickens theater cultural educational educationalparks bars/nightlife bars/nightlife potential daytime users commercial commercialpotential daytime/evening users cultural cultural potential nightime users parks parks potentialdaytime daytimeusers users potential potentialdaytime/evening daytime/eveningusers users potential potentialnightime nighttimeusers users potential

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100

500 300

FT

1966

2012


AM/PM configuration 2: separate theaters/gallery

PM configuration 3: all spaces are joined for a night lounge

available cinema screens full capacity cinema secondary small cinema performance theater children’s theater classroom night lounge gallery

gallery

kids workshops performance space seating area lounge bar 9

12

15

18

21

24

27

9

12

15

18

21

24

27

use intensity

programmatic configurations

cinema

program (adjacencies and magnitude)

AM configuration 1: full theater/children’s classes/gallery

hours of day

structure=cinema

layer 2: theater

overlapped layers

selective shifting of parts

use intensity

layer 1: church

weaved surfaces= new program

ram prog rs o f da y

hou

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motorized rolling screen

preservation attitude 5 1

30 10

FT

existing plan and section

existing portion of wall, cut and shifted into the interior

drop seal

62

parti (plan and section)

continuously hinged panel acoustic wall partition

concept sktech: bi-directional theater


A

view showing transition from theater to night lounge

A

B

5 1

30 10

FT

ground floor plan

B

second floor plan

section A Reuse/Interior | 63


track system

drop seal

panel joint 6

acoustic hinged panel wall details

3

12

IN

fold-down chairs on top of scissor lifts allow for day/night programmatic transformation

acoustic insulation barrier

acoustic hinged panel wall 1

10 5

64

30

FT

section B

12 6

48

IN

seating detail


view of night lounge

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Art/ Fabrication


The cube is an exploration of light, articulations and the properties of materiality. It is composed of acrylic pieces that were cut in the band saw and drilled to allow bent metal rods to connect the pieces. No glue was used on the piece. It is a testimony on the qualities of light and a play of structural balance and appearance of lightness.

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year: 2006 location: n/a size: 1’x1’x1’ duration: 2 weeks


on light and lightness Articulation and tectonics B.eD. Undergraduate Studio UPR

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This selection of drawings incluides abstraction and documentation of space, nature and the human body. They were performed in various settings in Puerto Rico, incluiding the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, and the Universidad del Turabo in Caguas.

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year: 2006/2007 location: Puerto Rico size: 24�x36� duration: n/a


drawing Perception and emotion Selection of hand-made drawings in charcoal and ink

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The design concept responded to the ideal of achieving a seating device that could be as lightweight as possible while still being functional. The chair is made from 3/4” plywood that was cut in the table saw, laminated in three layers and joined by sections to create two frames. As part of the design concept, it was important that the frames would hold the weight of a person without having any vertical supports in the middle. The frames were drilled multiple times and joined by wood dowels. Finally, the wood was sanded and painted and the frames were woven together with yarn. The weaving process took 9 hours and, although the string trajectories were designed, it became a very intuitive process.

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year: 2011 location: n/a size: 5’10”x3’3”x22” duration: 4 weeks


woven seating From immaterial to material: design and fabrication M.A. Interior Architecture RISD

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projected inflection: weight applied

dictated the need for triple lamination and joint reinforcement

Is it possible to make a strutural loop without the need of internal supports? process

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Fan-Light-Wall is a multi-functional and kinetic piece of furniture exhibited at the Salone Satellite in the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair. The project takes a typical domestic object and abstracts it towards the development of a spatial element. The ceiling fan was chosen and abstracted through a process of formal transformations and converted into modules that when interconnected become a lamp and wall partition. Metal fins are moveable and offer the possibility to control privacy and diffuse or direct light. The wall is self supporting and can become as wide as how many modules are added and, because of structural reasons, as tall as six feet. The piece was fabricated in standard sheet metal and powder coated. The fabrication process includes: laser cutting, sanding, bending, assembling and wire connection.

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year: 2012 location: n/a size: module (open)-11�x24�20� duration: 4 weeks


fan light wall Prototyping the domestic environment Salone Satellite 2012, Milan Furniture Fair Collaborators: A. Verma, B.cardona

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original element: ceiling fan

final module floor lamp assembly

wall assembly

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How can a piece of furniture become a spatial element?

Concept model Exhibition at Milan Furniture Fair 2012 11�

24�

module views and wall assembly

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fabrication process 3/8� diameter hollow steel threaded rod (two per module) and hard fiber washers) 22 gauge steel (20 per module) NEUTRAL

WIRE

HOT

D

C

D

D

E

D

ROW 3

B

D

C

D

D

D

E

D

ROW 2

WALL

B

A

D

C

D

D

D

1 laser cutting steel binding posts (located at 3 points)

2 metal bending

E

ROW 1 3 module assembly

MILAN C

A

E

D

NEUTRAL

WIRE

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D

Wiring diagram

B

14 gauge steel (2 per module)

D

HOT

Pieces

4 installation of lighting D

C

D

D

B

C B

D

D

D

D

5 packing and shipping E

ROW 3 A- Outlet B- Connection between rows C- Module_Begginning of row D D D- Module_Middle of row

E

Diagram

6 module connection


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