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Neha Tummalapalli A Spatial Narrative


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Cartesian Prism

Action Space House, Home, Habitat


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Ground Control Material Drawing


Cartesian Prism A Composite Synthesis


A Composite Synthesis

Being my first project of architecture school, I explored how frames, planes and volumes could interact with each other to make a dynamic form. I challenged myself to push these ideas further by suggesting volumes with frame and planar elements in a way that allowed for multiple readings of the space. The project consisted of three phases. The first was confined in an 8x8� cube. After this, I applied a force to this static figure to develop, then activate the cube. I chose to shift elements of my project, which led to new possibilities for nested spaces and implied interpretations.

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Cartesian Prism

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A Composite Synthesis

Phase 1: Cartesian Prism Defined

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Phase 2: Cartesian Prism Developed

Phase 3: Cartesian Prism Activated


Cartesian Prism

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Action Space Constructing a place of Ritual


Constructing a Place of Ritual

Following the Cartesian Prism, I began the Action Space exercise. This was a major moment of development in my architectural education, as I had to address issues of circulation, human scale, and client needs. For my individual, who was a scientist, I created three main spaces‒a laboratory, a discussion area, and an exhibition space. Another component of this project was a wall that had to remain in place. Instead of considering this a contingency, I used the wall as a generator for design. I shifted along the wall, and made the overlapping portion the discussion space. This is a moment of phenomenal transparency in the project, as it is spatially part of both the private laboratory and the public exhibition.

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Action Space

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Constructing a Place of Ritual

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Action Space

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Constructing a Place of Ritual

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Action Space

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House, Home, Habitat Exploring Residential Architecture


Exploring Residential Architecture

To better understand the concepts of sequence, human scale, and program that were introduced in Action Space, I analyzed a house designed by the renowned Luis Barragan. In my drawings, I focused on programmatic organization, spatial sequence, site relationship, and interpenetrating voids that affect how light interacts with the house. I further used an exploded axonometric diagram to depict the many layers of the project. In addition to discovering critical information about the house, I learned how architects represent these concepts diagramatically. In my conceptual model, I focused on the nested spaces formed by the intersection of the prisms with the color-coded frame to show the relationship between the public and more private spaces.

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Exploring Residential Architecture

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House, Home, Habitat

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Ground Control Engaging a Relationship Between Figure and Field


Engaging a Relationship Between Figure and Field

In my final design studio project, I used the knowledge I accumulated to design a residential house. Similar to the action space project, I incorporated elements of phenomenal transparency. I was inspired by collage artwork, as the colliding geometries create nested spaces that allow for spatial ambiguity. The courtyard highlighted in pink is an important moment that demonstrates this. The outdoor gallery space feels like a part of the indoor space through the continued roof plane, but also appears to be a part of the courtyard through the even floor plate and common paving pattern. To challenge myself further, I collaged the building with the landscape by using fields of trees and pools as figures in the collage.

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Ground Control

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Engaging a Relationship Between Figure and Field

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Ground Control

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Engaging a Relationship Between Figure and Field

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Ground Control

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Engaging a Relationship Between Figure and Field

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Material Drawing Introduction to Vector Graphic Software


Introduction to Vector Graphic Software

Through the material drawing exercise, I learned how an ordinary image of a window could be abstracted to highlight different elements. Changing hatches, tones, and scales can lead to entirely different interpretations of the image. Additionally, this project helped me learn how to use design software to analyze an image, which is essential in an increasingly technology-driven world.

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Material Drawing

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First Year Design Portfolio | Fall 2018

Syracuse University School of Architecture | Professor Joseph Godlewski

Email: ntummala@syr.edu-

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