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PORTFOLIO

NATHANIEL BANKER

2017

a comprehensive review of the past two years

2019


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Critical Practice Reflection - 04 - 11 ADS - 01 Reflection - 12 - 19 ADS - 02 Reflection - 20 - 29 Core Course Reflection - xx-xx Elective Course Reflection - xx-xx


Final renderings from the prerequisite course Comprehensive Design, a NAAB (National Architecture Accrediting Board) requirement for a entering into LTU Masters program.


CRITICAL PRACTICE

FIGURING WORLDS

MASTER PRACTITIONER:

ANGIE CO

STUDIO CO ARCHITECTURE

Figuring Worlds asked the studio teams to create a series of beings, “critters�, first, give them a narrative and then explain the world they live in. Craft it, then justify its purpose for being.

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Initial critter study to represent the anatomy and witness the colonies connection points

Critter section details

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Final boolean vaulted model to understand materials and textures

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Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. ~ Stephen King

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he concept of Critical Practice is simple: an immersive teambuilding exercise between the professional and academic community, united to create a complete theory through a series of workshops and offsite experimentation, concluding with a

to the 2018 project concept of “Figuring Worlds”, led by Master Practitioner and Studio Co Architecture founder Angie Co. Each specific studio group was fronted by one or two young professionals, who directed each teams concepts to fruition. final exhibition of ones proof of concept(s). The idea behind Figuring Worlds asked the studio teams to create a series of beings, “critters”, first, give them a narrative and The idea is to combine the then explain the world they live in. Craft it, academic environment, who then justify its purpose for being.

traditionally approach design without time and economic constraints, with the practicalities and implementations of a practitioner in the field.

By merging these two intellects, a unique, cerebral environment is initiated to facilitate creative solutions. The course promotes communication, intense team interaction and critical thinking in order to find their best resolution to a master practitioner’s proposed hypothesis. The program grouped myself, and a dozen other individuals from around the world (Middle East and China) and introduced us

As ambiguous as the program was, its process was more of a series of artistic challenges for the studio groups to resolve, both physically, digitally and socially. We were all a group of strangers, overwhelmed and unsure of each workshops directive. We all had to independently define our personalities, strengths, weaknesses and showcase our capabilities in order to provide solutions to the different scenarios. Be it I was one of four out-of-state students in our; I was responsible for the digital representation of our concepts. Needing to learn and utilize various software’s, from Rhino and Sketchup to Illustrator and Photoshop, I created visually intriguing and thematic worlds that were both creative

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(Required) (Required) 500,000 individual pieces.

Min. 2 Points of Contact Our critter colony is comprised of over Using the connection point system (Support) that we developed, each individual critter joins together in a predetermined way. The critters multiply and terminate in a closed-loop life cycle. Based on where they are in their life cycle, the critters are programmed to connect to one another, reproduce, and die off. The critter colony does not produce any waste. Our colony functions as a tool for regenerating a rapidly depleted ocean. To start a new colony, humans originally manufactured the individual critters as a kind of hybrid between a technological and biological nutrient. Technological nutrient are synthetic, and biological nutrients are organic. Our critters are both. The critters are dropped into the ocean onto human debris; trash, sunken ships, and industrial waste that have settled in the ocean. Like Darwin’s atoll reefs, our critters shape themselves into colonies, around a larger structure. The critter colonies multiply and organize themselves based on the shape of the debris. It is a self-sustaining colony that promotes growth and diversity in the ocean environment.

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The concept of “Figuring Worlds” is to create recognizable forms in 2D in two places and combine then in what is called a Boolean Cube. This combination is what became our “Critters”. Different connection points of two different critters created our grander concept: A modifiable and every evolving ecosystem of characters.

Critter Joinery Taxonomy 1. Head & Bodies 3. Example of head profile

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Joined Critter - BristleLura In a symbiotic relationship with its sea anemone host as it cleans away unwanted debris with its tentacles that are also used to bury itself.

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Using the connection point system we have developed, each individual critter joins together in a predetermined way. The critter colony multiplies and terminates in a closed-loop life cycle. The critters are programmed to connect to one another, reproduce and die off synchorniously.

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and unique. These exercises were very satisfying yet non-architectural. The entire process, digital and physical, was an artistic presentation on forms that held no obvious relation to building design or understanding. This led to many frustrating conversations of how to apply an architectural frame of mind to an art project. However; these broad ideation sessions introduced multiple problem solving exercises that needed a creative concept and the pragmatic solution... Architectural in a nutshell. A physical model that displaces the full size scale of the

massing the group was pro-posing. The colors, textures By utilizing mathematical equations to connect and transparencies help define the different materials that our critters together, we created a massive, the concept could work with.

always changing, organic world. This became our preliminary idea to creating our world but more importantly introduced a familiar design approach to the media. I was able to relate the flexibility of unorthodox materials

Vaulting model that represents the surface skin, the interior application and the different sliced layers within the massing (clear acrylic).

and textures to relatable forms that peaked into these fictitious worlds. While I was uncomfortable with the process, it pushed my limits to comprehend un-constructible ideas and yet somehow apply them to a physical experience. I had to think through the art and apply these notions to a tangible application. The challenges of Critical Practice and the Figuring Worlds examination was that there were no actual expectation of how the course would conclude. The program was loose enough to provide each of the different studio groups a chance to experiment and drift into their own concept. What was originally introduced to me as an architectural course became a study in patience, acceptance, reasoning and responsibility. All major factors in design and construction.

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CRITICAL PRACTICE

Digital material study to understand potential applications. Both the massing and vaulting applications provided the team an understanding of the expectations of the what could occur but also branching out atypical material selections.

Physical application studies utilized paints, resins, fabrics and organic

Drawing studies of material representations

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From initial 2D representation to X/Y interaction, the 3D model helped 1. Form Profiles 2. Form Profiles 3. Boolean Formsunderstand 4. Boolean Forms the mechanics of the Boolean form. Once a desired connection was reognized, layered sheets were printed and intersected to apply material. These digital and phyiscal studies helped the team to understand how best to represent the masses and their material applications. The final representation was a series of experiential models that allowed the jurors to interact with.

1. Form Profiles 3. Boolean Forms

2. Form Profiles 4. Boolean Forms

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CRITICAL PRACTICE

Full scale rendering of the bollean cube experience in an organic format

Base Level Form Vignette

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ADS 01 REFLECTIONS

ETHNOGRAPHIC PLACMAKING THE REINVIGORATION OF

ALLEN PARK, MI.

CONCRETE GOALS, FRAMEWORKS and PLACEMAKING

This projects final report was an effort to bolster the appeal of a small town. How does a struggling city retain its existing population while attracting young families? Exploring and understanding the existing conditions and potential areas of improvement

Identify important goals to achieve

Develop the guidelines called frameworks to follow throughout the design process

Implementation incorporates the community into the ideation process. This will invigorate pride and a sense of community throughout and after the construction

By following these guiding principles, the proposal prepared was to provide a purposeful and probable objective and solution.

The Placemaking chapter is subdivided into two phases in an effort to achieve different scales of successes over the coming years of enhancements.

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A concluding rendering embracing natural city amenities within the city limits. What type of lifestyles does introducing a pedestrian path provide for its residents and what kind of excitement does it promote for its visitors?

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n the Fall of 2018, I participated in an online experimental client-based studio. Myself and two other from outside the region researched and developed an implementation plan that focused on bringing attention to the small town. Allen Park, Michigan, is located 12 miles west of Detroit. It is home to the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility,

the worlds largest tire, and a historically recognized traditional theater. While these amenities provide the locals some bragging rights, they were never intended, by the city, as attractions for visitors nor accessible by pedestrians. My group aimed at revitalized the downtown area as a central hub to then link the many services of Allen Park for safe pedestrian passage.

Unconsolidated Surface Parking Parking lots are ugly. They encourage vehicles, not pedestrians.

Unoccupied Corridors

Vacant corridors don’t get used. Except for trash.

Too Wide of Streets The wider the street, the narrower the sidewalk. Narrow sidewalks means less Pedestrianism.

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Curbside parking and no curb appeal leads to less exploration and less rememberance.

Pedestrian areas should be inviting and Instagramable, like a hidden gem, not at the intersection of dense vehicular traffic, with curbside parking.

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Maintain Iconic Anchors

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Starting with researching the city’s existing conditions it soon became evident that Allen Park struggled to identify itself. It is a safe, hardworking and vibrant community, yet struggled to speak to the needs of its community. Research showed that the city was stable but aging and that there would be a need to nurture its younger patrons to stay while promoting its safe, family-friendly neighborhoods. At the conclusion of the research portion of the project, it was determined that Allen Park required a series of strategic objectives [Framework] to follow through on the needs of the community: Pedestrianism, Destination and Authenticity. With these goals established we began to implement these models in an ideation process called Placemaking. (left image) Allen Park has the amenities a community would proud of, yet much of the cities historical elements go unnoticed and / or unappreciated. Key destinations stimulate a growing economy by promoting destinations and social hubs.

Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility

World’s Largest Tire Statue

Downtown Allen Park

(below) The existing elevations of the shops along Allen road are uninspired and inconsistent. Identifying areas of concern will allow the group to better address each shops needs while maintaining an authentic appearance of a small town shopping center.

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A FRESH COAT OF PAINT

Placemaking took place in two phases: a five year and a ten year plan. The first phase aimed at reenergizing downtown with a fresh coat of paint by asking the questions:

• What makes Allen Park’s downtown pedestrian friendly? • What draws residents and visitors to the downtown center? • What does downtown want to look like? Proposed Mixed-Use Providing mixed-use living areas engages the residents with the downtown environment.

Relocated Parking Structure Locating the parking along the perimeter of the downtown forces residents to leave there vehicle and walk to their destination.

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This included the a relocation of parking from the main street to introduce a new pedestrian corridor within the downtown area, introducing greenspaces, expanding the sidewalk system and performing a façade-ectomy on the local shops along the main street to reinforce the authentic small town experience.

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Introduction of Consistent Color Palette

Converted Parking Lots to Green Space Existing parking lots are converted to public green spaces.

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Pedestrian Hubs

Locating pedestrian hubs throughout the downtown interconnects the converted parking lots with the other features of the City.

Pedestrian Corridors Converting back alleys and unused streets can begin to call home to many local artists, community markets, and moments of exploration.

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Destinations are created using existing features of Allen Park. The exterior walls of buildings can become wall murals, or other opportunities for local artists, street shops, and social gatherings.

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THE EN AVAL PATH

Phase 2 consisted of creating a network of pedestrian paths that connected the now revitalized downtown area with the amenities throughout the city. • How can the users remain safe walking, running and biking? • What locations would promote its use? • What are the materials and key elements that define the city? In addition to a new series of trails, the introduction of rideshare bikes and electric scooters can become a profit generating form of travel that is fun, unique and safe for pedestrians and cars. This second phase will provide restroom blocks, authentic mile markers depicting elements of the city and connective architecture linking portions of the city to downtown. These two phases will give Allen Park the ability to create unique destinational hubs within the city through safe passages, encourage healthy behaviors through new greenspaces and paths and reinforce the authentic small town experience regardless of the communities age or residential status.

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Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility 4.1 miles from downtown

Fairlane Green 2.5 miles from downtown

Worlds Largest Tire 1 mile from downtown

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Thunderbowl Lanes 1.6 miles from downtown

Allen Park Theater

En Aval Path Secondary Paths

By asking the questions, “What if Allen Park created safe, family friendly paths throughout the town that tied historical elements and facts to Instagrammable moments?” the team created a network of paths that brings downtown to the important that makes Allen Park authentic.

Mile markers along the En Aval path depicting different elements of the city.

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ADS 02 REFLECTIONS

FROM CARETAKERS TO DEVELOPERS THE PROSPECTS OF THE

JOY ROAD NEIGHBORHOOD

ITS VISION AND POTENTIALS

By taking a fresh look at the neighborhood, one hopes to achieve a long term and lasting change for a community that can promote positive growth, habits and improvements both socially and physically.

Proposed bioswales or retention ponds are created in infiltrate and convey storm runoff. These ponds create a natural eco-system of plants for the community’s use.

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A pavilion structure for outdoor community events

A retention pond seperates the playing fields from the farms

Proposed bioswales or retention ponds are created in infiltrate and all The Urban farm with convey storm runoff. These it’s amenities is a ponds place of create acommunity natural eco-system of engagements plants for community’s forthe social and use. economic opportunities as well as for education, leisure and wellness.

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Shaded pathways create an edge between the farm and the community hub.

The view when users approach the urban farm site from the path off of Joy Road

A path strolling just off of Joy Road between the orchard and the hop farms

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“Arrive where we started / and know the place for the first time” ~ T.S. Elliott

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responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care) and Vitality (the power giving continuance of life, present in all living things). To assist Cody Rouge in their growth, we isolated our concept to a single road, Joy Road, between Southfield Freeway and Greenfield Road. This intersection has a great opportunity to connect the northside neighborhoods and parks to the southsides areas of “potential interests”, such as an abandoned school, We, as a group, created a series of unused shopping centers and a community walking path. n the Spring of 2019, myself and four others (two from the first ADS 01 course), continued our demographic research. This semester focused on using this data to assist in bringing a blighted community back from disrepair and disorder. As the existing conditions were compiled it became evident that the community was not lacking community support or the willingness , but required guidance, confidence in the neighborhood and a desire for betterment.

concepts that assisted in nurturing a thriving community through a sequence of actively participating growth opportunities.

Cody Rouge is a neighborhood in urban Detroit that has struggled to maintain its functional status. While much of its old community are steeped in the roots of the city, much of its younger male generations flea the community post primary education, often to join gangs or sell drugs. The community needed a vision to uphold their defiant community spirit and inspire growth. A series of concrete goals were established to assist the community in their efforts to develop: Stewardship (the careful and

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FARMLAND INTERACTIONS

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PHASE 01 - FARMLAND

These four phases were an opportunity for the community to take advantage of the vacant lots throughout the neighborhood. Transforming them into usable farmland to grow a modern cash crop: Hops, the main flavor ingredient in beer. In converting the land and growing a quick growing, unique profit generating crop that uses a small footprint to grow vertically, the community has the potential to not only sell the Hops to local breweries but also use it as a tool to educate the neighborhood on agricultural techniques, small business preparations, packaging and distribution.

How to start growing hops Flat sturdy land with 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight

Nutrientrich and well drained land

Aerate and fertilize soil Hop vines can grow up to 20 feet high so trellis should

accommodate Plant rhizome 3 feet apart, 4 inches below surface Hops grow from April to Aug. and harvest in Aug. and Sept.

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Adjacent to the designated Joy Road farmland is the deserted Detroit Urban Lutheran School. By converting the gymnasium into a functional barn, the homestead can use modern equipment properly to manage and prepare the crops. This barn will second as a community hub that accommodates farmers markets, educational and entertainment opportunities for the neighborhoods use. FARMLAND

Instead of attempting to salvage and renovate the fire damaged cafeteria, we would propose demolishing this space and introduce a plaza and driveway to the gymnasium.

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The gymnasium is the perfect size to be converted into a barn of sorts, that can store and maintain the equipment used at the urban farm. The new exterior north facing wall connects the existing driveway to the northern service road. This is the most efficient and nonevasive connection to the different plots of land designated for the urban farming. Adjacent to the driveway is an exterior plaza to host a farmers market, social event or a place of relaxation. It is made for the communities use and should be seen as an amenity of Cody Rouge.

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PHASE 02 - CORRIDORS AND NODES

The second phase is an effort to reinvigorate the communities retail, providing needed local shops that keeps the money earned local. The main component of this phase is the modify Joy Road to become retail friendly through expanded sidewalks, street parking % lane controls and bicycle lanes. All this combined with an updated façade encourages the community to shop local and revitalize the regions home-grown audience. In union with the corridor, nodes are designated open spaces for pedestrian use only. These nodes will introduce basketball courts, trails and structures all in an attempt to provide local interaction and promote health social interactions.

the width of roads Provide • Reduces and deters vehicular traffic. Improves safety for pedestrians Medians • • Encourages alternate modes of transportation. • Assists in controlling the flow of traffic.

• Expand Sidewalks. • Reduce flow of traffic. • New grocery stores for residents like Aldi. • Provide face-lift storefronts along Road.

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• Provide more social and community based business, like retail stores and restaurants.

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Provide Vegetation • Increase aesthetic appeal. • Encourage more pedestrian activity.

Curb Furniture

• Providing seating and bicycle racks will help improve the curb appeal along the Joy Road Corridor.

Storefront Face-lift

• Converting existing buildings and businesses into more social venues, like restaurants, breweries, grocery stores.

Additional Lighting

• Additional sidewalk lighting increases safety and security, promoting additional pedestrian activity.

Bicycle Lanes

• Bicycle lanes help reduce vehicular traffic, and encourage more pedestrian activity.

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CORRIDOR NODES

View of walking trail near amphitheater To encourage social interaction and accessibility, designed open spaces and parks act as connection points in the Cody-Rouge community along Joy Rd. Connecting within revitalized urban nodes, pedestrian traffic is promoted from existing pathways to new urban amenities, assisting to generate attraction by way of the Joy Rd. corridor. PROPOSED RECREATION CENTER BASKETBALL COURTS PEDESTRIAN TRAILS COVERED GAZEBOS

COVERED SHED for OUTDOOR EVENTS

POP-UP RETAIL SPACE FLEXIBLE SPACE for SOCIAL EVENTS PROPOSED RETAIL & DINING ALONG JOY RD. COVERED GAZEBOS & PLAY AREA

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CONNECTION TO EXISTING SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY BOTANICAL GARDEN & WALKING TRAIL COVERED AMPHITHEATER CONNECTION TO PROPOSED AGRICULTURAL CENTER

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PHASE 03 - CONNECTIONS

The third phase is utilizing connective paths from the northside to the south, safely moving pedestrians to the different amenities. Parallel to a main train track system, a community wall will protect the walkers but more importantly, give the community a canvas to express themselves visually. By commissioning the community to graffiti the wall, it expresses the authentic experience of Cody Rouge safely, while functioning as an interactive community Adding mixed-use spaces allow a welcomed area where food advertisement. trucks can set up shop and create a destination for residents.

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An operational train track within the site area creates safety hazards and noise pollution. The solution? Create a physical barrier that ensures safety while having an opportunity for engagement with the community. Here, we welcome public graffiti and create a space where school children can get involved and have their artwork on display. Breaking up the wall into humanistic proportions, incorporating a lush garden and adding more vegetation helps create a sense of space that is welcoming and interactive.

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PHASE 04 - EDUCATION

The final phase is to refurbish the unsed portion of the Detroit Urban Lutheran School into a functional extracurricular educational tool for children and adults alike. By providing the tools to educate the neighborhood by receiving their GED, certifications and provide higher learning programs, all to reinforce the potential growth and strength of the neighborhood. What if introducing a makerspace for afterschool can provide the outlet for encouraging education to the younger generations. As the community grows and matures, physical, social and emotional considerations should be taken in place to promote education, healthy behavior and a safe place to learn and teach.

CONNECTIONS EDUCATION

ACTIVE LEARNING LAYOUT

Existing multimedia space refurbished into a makersspace for afterschool activities and programs

CREATIVE LAYOUT

Interactive Hub Group office Group activities, video games and performances

Monitors station

Group studies and mixed media

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3D Printer / Fabrication Station

BLENDED LEARNING LAYOUT A modern classroom requires modern technologies. From high-tech seating to WIFI connections and interactive presentation displays, the continuing education program should provide the necessary tools too promote learning.

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