NATALIE MAY UNDERGRADUATE PORTFOLIO 2010
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To broaden my design experience by becoming involved in multi-cultural design collaboration and to work in a professional environment where I can continue to be inspired, creative and passionate about architecture.. Farrell Faber & Associates, Intern, Summer 2007
Primary Responsibility: Drafting Drawings worked on: details, design review packets, mechanical and electrical plans, floor plans, sections
The Gap, Visual Presentation, Marketing Manager, 2000-2005
awards competition publications
Planned visual displays and merchandise layouts Managed employees during new product placement Provided customer service on the sales floor California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Bachelor of Architecture received Spring 2010 Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA Associateâ€™s Degree received Spring 2005
Design award at Vellum 6 furniture competition 2009 Beaux Arts Ball lighting installation competition 2010 Tivoli tenth anniversary graphic competition 2010 ADD Architecture+Design+Discourse, 2010 ADD Architecture+Design+Discourse, 2009 Peer reviewed publication] featured projects
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Exploring prosthesis architecturally by way of applying concepts of bodily prosthesis. An incomplete body receives an external object, which is a combination of functional material elements that only become functional with the connection to the body. The body together with this object can fulfill and enhance the actions of a cohesive whole.
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1 Conceptual experimentations go beyond the imbedded qualities of the material but strive to understand it beyond the module of the brick and to redefine its formal and geometric qualities.
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WALKING SURFACE BATHS
motions stasis motion strength flexibility submersion isolation unification
program meditation dance/recreation yoga stretching bathing/spa retreat communal space
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synchronization walking bath
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functionally dependent isolated
Closure temperate space
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1 Formation and geometry conceptualized through projection of existing lines and planes. At left, blue linework denotes primary projections creating the formation of primary planes, in gray. Pink linework shows the resultant form by connecting and extruding primary geometry.
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2 m e n d i n g + l a y e r i n g A r n o P a v i l i o n The riverfront site is the location of disconnection: the discourse across a landscaped park and a disconnection between the people of Florence and the neglected Arno river. This project mends together the broken path and broken relationship by defining the Arno river as a monument of Florence. As any other city monument, the Arno can establish a relationship with the public through the creation of surrounding public space in the form of a piazza.
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L i v e W o r k L o f t s The site of Via Baracca is located in Florence, Italy. The lofts are designed above an architecture studio where the inhabitants would work. Since situated on the corner of a lot, the green facade has an opportunity to function publicly on two sides and privately on one.
3 The Chamber lamp is a piece of garbage redesigned. It was found on the sidewalk near the dumpster at night in front of a newly renovated home. Realizing when trash is beautiful is the most important sustainable mind set. If all trash were beautiful, there would be no such thing as trash, and nothing would be thrown away, and all things would be reinvented. Chamber reinvents a product of mass production. Buildings are filled with numerous components with a singular function, which limits their adaptability and traps their materiality within their form. The rate of renovation and replacement even within a single home quickly abandons immense amounts of material for the sake of newness. The Chamber lighting piece gives new spirit to an abandoned object; it realizes the formal potential of a non-recyclable piece of material and enhances its form through redesign of function. Chamber takes itself out of its context, away from its function and out of its intended orientation. Through this freedom, the pure form and materiality of something never intended to be beautiful becomes elegant. In an attempt to shift the paradigm to an environmentally aware society, the importance not only lies in how to create new, but how to reuse old. When pieces are objectified, their potential is lost. For example, if one looks at a teacup as â€˜a teacup,â€™ then it will never be more than a teacup. When predefinitions can be dismissed, objects around us can express their ultimate potential. The Chamber lighting piece is a provocative expression of the nature of salvage.
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3 modular variation
SINCERELY, NATALIE MAY