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Table Of Contents Studio Work The Lachine Canal | Montreal, Canada Ephimeral Transparency Compressing the Ribbons

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Art Work Spring 2008 Architectural Freehand Drawing | Fall 2008 Architectural Design Drawing | Spring 210 Media Elective | Fall 2011

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Sketches Sketchbook

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Photography Photography

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11 The Lachine Canal | Montreal, Canada (1821-1970 / 1997-2002)

(Concept) Preservation of the old with the innovation of the new. Not destroying what has been there before but enhancing it for the future. Creating a plaza within the site and the building by using the site and the Lachine canal as guides. (Background) Canalization and Shipping Industrial use of Hydraulic Energy Industrialization

(Facts) National Historic site of Canada Contains a total of 5 locks (Used to be 7) 14 km long between port and lake Saint-Louis Allowed for development from trading to Industralization.


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The Lachine Canal

Adobe CS5 | Rhino4.0

Study Abroad | Montreal2011 Arch 4601

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Diagram (upstream)

Sequential Translations The lock is filled with water from upstream (to level out water)

The boat enters the lock

The upper gates are opened

The lower gates are closed

THe boat leaves the lock

Bottom Gate

Top Gate

Lock

Top View

Top Gate Bottom Gate

Lock

Elevation View

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Same process is reversed for going downstream


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The Lachine Canal

Adobe CS5 | Rhino4.0

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Study Abroad | Montreal2011

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2nd Floor

Ground

3rd Floor

Circulation Diagram

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The Lachine Canal

Adobe CS5 | Rhino4.0

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Study Abroad | Montreal2011

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Arch 4601

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The Lachine Canal

Adobe CS5 | Rhino4.0

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Study Abroad | Montreal2011

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Arch 4601

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15 Ephimeral Transparency | Spring 2011

The exposure of the building allows for the surroundings to be the building and the building to be the surroundings;therefore the urban fabric and the building become one. The open spaces within the building rejoice the culture and outdoor community of Denver, Colorado. The building responds to society, surrounding, culture, environment, making it itself and adjusting to it.


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Adobe CS5 | Rhino4.0 Studio V | Arch 3502

Presentation Board

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Ephimeral Transparency

OPEN TO PUBLIC OPEN TO PUBLIC

CAFE OPEN TO PUBLIC

3rd FLOOR

LOBBY | SHOP

SLEE EEP PING AR REA EA/OPEN

DINNING AREA

KIITCH HEN EN REESTROO OM CLOSSET

2nd FLOOR

OPEN AREA PUBLIC RESSTROOMS MS

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30’

GROUND FLOOR

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OPEN AREA

OPEN AREA


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Adobe CS5 | Rhino4.0 Presentation Board

Studio V | Arch 3502

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Ephimeral Transparency

Glazing Panels

Mullions

Concrete Slab Steel Reinforcing Rod

Beam

Galvanized Steel Panel

Beam

Galvanized Steel Studs

Cementuous Board Fasteners Reinforcing Mesh

Concrete

Exploded Detail (Load Bearing Wall)

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Footing


17 Compressing the Ribbons | Fall 2010

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Scale: 1/32” = 1’-0”

My main goal was to design a building that would enhance the site by leaving as much of it as it is. This allowed for the idea of compressing the edge, therefore, compressing three main “ribbons.” The main structure is composed of curved I-beams that have purlins every 5 ft a part; these purlins are then composed of a system of in-fill glazing panels. The design sets an entry sequence to penetrate through the ribbons, once inside the ribbons the user would operate through the grain of the ribbons to finally exit onto the ferry. The main entrance and the main exit puncture the ribbons at these two distinctly different moments; the main entrance aligned along the grain and the exit against defining a hierarchy of circulation through the ribbons.

The proposal does not necessarily sit on the site, but instead uses a grid for the concrete slab so that the piers pierce the ground at specific moments. The overall design is to enhance the water’s edge and how situates itself with the site by using curvilinear forms which contrast the geometric conditions surrounding the site and the site itself.


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Adobe CS5 | Rhino4.0 Presentation Board

Studio IV | Arch 3501

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Compressing The Ribbons

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Conceptual Translations


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SCALE: 1/16” = 1’-0”

4. Kitchen 5. Cafe 7. Womens Restroom 8. Mens Restroom 9. Main Entrance 10. Main Exit


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Adobe CS5 | Rhino4.0 Presentation Board

Studio IV | Arch 3501

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Compressing The Ribbons

GLAZING PANELS

BEAM

BEAM

GLAZING PANELS

WELDED PLATE

PURLIN

GLAZING INFILL PANELS

JOINT

METAL GRATING (SKIN) LOAD BEARING WALL

METAL GRATING PANELS FRAMES

WELDED PLATES

DETAIL OF SKIN

BEAM

GALVANIZED STEEL

CEMENTOUS BOARD STRUCTURE CURVED I-BEAMS

GALVANIZED STEEL STUDS

CONCRETE SLAB SUPPORTED BY PIERS

EXTENSION OF RIBBONS

REINFORCING MESH

LOAD BEARING WALL DETAIL

EXPLODED AXONOMETRIC

TRANSVERSE SECTION B

LONGITUDINAL SECTION

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40’

SCALE: 1/16” = 1’-0”

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CONCRETE


21 Art | Spring 2008

The first artwork is a charcoal drawing of a small plush bear wrapped around in a white fabric. The goal was to be able to depict the delicacy of a fabric with its shadows and highlights, with the soft and rough parts of the fabric as well.

The second art work is composed of mixed media. The media used was acrylic paints, water colors, prisma colors and a charcoal pencil for soft shadows all of it on wood. The painting expresses the idea of unjust polititians in Mexico and all the corruption that happens in the everyday life.


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Charcoal, Prisma color pencils, Water color, Acrylic paint and Wood

Personal Work

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Art Work

Nadene Alvarez | COA Portfolio Exploring different ideas through different media is the most appealing cocept that I have found in Art


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Exploring new media through a different type of photography. This piece is a Scannogram composed of different found objects. By using Photoshop the image was cleaned and colors adjusted to achieve this look.

The piece to the right is from an image taken during a sunny day at the lake. It is done by carving on a black board to reveal the white layer of plaster. By using different types of carving tools the thicknesses of carves changed, they go from completely taking off the black layer to partially doing so. Stippling and hatching techniques were used as well.


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Art work

Scannogram Prisma Color Paper Black Scratch Paper

Private Work

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23 Architectural Freehand Drawing | Fall 2008

“Store Fronts” Media:Prisma Color Pencils This piece was created to show different color schemes and to also explore the scale of a human figured compared to a building. This piece was fully done with prisma color pencils on a Prisma color paper. “Boxes” Media: Pencil, Monocromatic Markers and Black/White prisma. The goal was to explore perspective by the contrast of shadows and highlights, Also a new media was used. Scale was an important factor for this piece since by the perspective incorrect scaling would have made this piece look completely different.

“Eggs” Media: Pencil, Monocromatic Markers and Black/White prisma. With this piece I tried to explore a new object and in this case the egg was the perfect piece, not just because of its soft look but because of its bright white color and delicate reflection of the light. The biggest challenge in this piece was not to create the shadows and highlights but to create a threedimentional round object on a flat piece of paper by the way the way the strokes of the pencil and its shadows worked together.


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Prisma Color Charcoal(White/Black) Pencil and Markers Private Work

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The piece to the far right is composed of 3 different sections that showed the different capabilities of white charcoal. This was the first time a complete piece was made with only white charcoal. In this case the goal was to show the delicacy of a sculpture, the roughness of a decoration and the flow of the falling fabric.


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With Both Projects our goal was to explore a sertain media, in this case being graphite. In the first drawing a one-point perspective was explore and in the second drawing although it was more towards realistic features, text was incoorporated to also explore architectural hand writting.


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Art work

Led Pencils

Private Work

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25 Arch. Design Drawing II | Spring 2010

During this class the goal was to explore print making with a sequence to it. The first set is titled “Coulrophobia” which refers to the fear of clowns. The second set is titled “Homophobia”. Through burning, printing on different materials and by enhancing the prints by using prisma colors, different things were brought up and the piece would come alive.


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Art work

Print Making Paint and Roll Pin

Arch 2342

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26 Media Elective | Fall 2011

We started this project by drinking a Turkish coffee that professor Jaddo specially made for us. After slowly drinking the coffee and savoring each slurp, we went ahead and shook the cup of left over “dirt�; finely grounded coffee, and flipped the cup over on a napkin. After letting it trickle down for a couple of minutes we decided that it was time to flip the cup and see what patterns we were able to find in the cup. As I looked at the pattern the first thing that came up, or the first thing that I noticed was the cross like figure. I reminded me of my culture and the religion that was brought down to me generation after generation.

It brought up a lot of feelings and thoughts that later on would influence the decision of how to approach the patter and how to design a sculpture that would bring a feeling of arrival. After working on analyzing pictures and figuring out what we liked about our pattern. We went ahead to pick the picture that depicted the pattern the best and make a line drawing of it. After making the drawing I noticed that the main pattern of the cross figure was still visible, not as dominant as before, but it was still part of the pattern.


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Art work

Prisma Color Laser Cutter Turkish Coffee

Arch 4341

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Project

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After cleaning up the drawing and deciding what would be solid and what would be voided out I went ahead and sent pieces to be cut at the laser cutter. I sent in 5 pieces to be cut and each piece was made differently, some had extra voids and some had less, some curved a certain way and others inserted through each other. The main types of connections were by making insertions through the piece (cutting through and inserting a piece), gluing, using pins to hold pieces together, and tape. With the final model I decided to use transparent wire to keep the piece together with the curves that I wanted to keep.

Also I used glue to keep it from coming apart. Also color was added to the piece with prisma colors, this was done to add depth and a little touch of different media to it. Each piece of the sculpture is done with different materials, this was done because of the different texture that comes with each piece. This sculpture is mean to be an archway/ sculpture to enter the sitting area/garden in front of J&B coffee shop (currently parking spaces that will be closed). This is at the corner of Boston and 26th, this was it will bring in the people coming from Boston and grab them in to enter J&B.


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One day on my way home from work I saw a lot of branches laying down next to a house, they had just trimmed the branches of their trees. I decided to stop at the house and ask the owners if I could look around and maybe take some of the branches home. They never answered the door, so I went ahead and took a look around. Out of all the branches lying on the ground, the one that grabbed my attention was one that was all by itself, it looked as if it had been one of the oldest pieces of wood from the tree.

I went ahead and grabbed it and gave it a closer look. As I expected, the little piece of a branch was older than the rest or at least that is what it seemed. It looked as if it had been one of the oldest pieces of wood from the tree. I went ahead and grabbed it and gave it a closer look. As I expected, the little piece of a branch was older than the rest or at least that is what it seemed. I grabbed some other pieces of wood, but that is the only piece that I really liked.


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Art work

Prisma Color Laser Cutter/MDF Wood Pieces

Arch 4341

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Project

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For the first analysis, I went ahead and drew my piece of wood in illustrator. By drawing the wood it made me focus on the details of it and how each indention, each mark on the wood made a difference. What I noticed the most by doing the drawing was the carvings made by the termites that once inhabited the piece of wood. That main piece became my main focus.

After the drawing I focused on doing a sculpture that focused on those parts that I really liked about the piece of wood. As I worked on it I decided that some pieces were not needed and decided to take certain pieces off, also I decided to add some color to it by using watercolors and acrylic paint. This paint would enhance the acrylic main piece and reflect the origin of the sculpture (the piece of wood) by using earthly tones.


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To not recycle not only hurts our environment but ourselves. People are afraid of the end of the world, but we arent afraid of how we have bourght it upon ourselves. We have destroyed our world, lets not complain and just do something about it. Cause and Effect.

Found Materials: Plastic Bottle Coke Can And a piece of toilet paper (not necessarily found)


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Arch 4341

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Art work

Material White Clay Acrylic Paint Plastic Botte/Can Fake blood/paper/ latex

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When looking at what was around me to pick as a pattern I realized that I wanted to do something that would have something to do with what I had done before in either my sketchbook or previous projects. The 3 patterns that I picked were a piece of my jeans, my hand and a section of a frozen steak.

The reason why I picked the steak was because it was different than the rest; I liked how it could divide into 3 different things: the ice, the marbleized parts of the meat and the main vein running in the middle of the steak. I saw how I could do a lot more with a piece of steak than with any of the other patterns. At the beginning of the project I decided to make a 2-D drawing to see how those 3 different things can come together, when it came to the drawing I did not see as much as I did when I first saw the picture.


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Art work

Prisma Color Laser Cutter/MDF Basswood Clear Acrylic

Arch 4341

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When playing around with the different pieces I came to one that I liked the most and that one became my prelim to final model. The next step was to pick the materials; they could not be just one type of material because MDF does not bend the way I want it to bend.

Also I wanted the fact that there was 3 main ideas and 3 main features that attracted me the most to the pattern come into my model. The materials that would be part of my final model were MDF (for the main structural pieces),


29 Sketches/Sketchbook | Spring 2008 - Present

The following sketches explore different ideas and materials, they can go from simple pencil sketches to color pencil, liquid latex (wounds), and cutting parts of the paper off.


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Sketchbook

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Sketchbook

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31 Photography

New York City 2011


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Different Media

Photography

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La Chine Canal / Canada 2011


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Nathan Tubb Hall / SPC Levelland 2012


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N/A

Different Media

Photography

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La Chine Canal / Canada 2011


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New York City 2011

La Chine Canal / Canada 2011


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N/A

Different Media

Photography

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Nathan Tubb Hall / SPC Levelland 2012


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