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common ground subject: refugee center site: madrid, spain studio: masters y1 s1

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encapture to inform subject: gullah geechee center site: charleston, sc studio: y4 s2, synthesis studio

page: 06

the vat shack subject: mobile art studio site: charleston, sc studio: y3 s2, fluid campus

page: 10

the ribbon subject: equestrian arena site: clemson, sc studio: y4 s1

page: 16

woodland remembrance subject: market hall site: guelph, ontario studio: masters y1 s2

page: 20

artist portfolio subject: art & photography

page: 24

biography subject: about me

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common ground

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celebrating public space through social integration in the recent years, political protests have risen throughout the middle east and in other parts of the world. These uprisings completely disrupt the lives of many innocent people and are subject to civil wars and chaos. the only option for many is to flee the violence and seek shelter in other countries

spain

europe

madrid spain

central district city of madrid

plaza de las descalzas

refugee crisis background in the recent years, political protests have risen throughout the middle east and in other parts of the world. These uprisings completely disrupt the lives of many innocent people and are subject to civil wars and chaos. the only option for many is to flee the violence and seek shelter in other countries

$ 3,000

average journey cost (2015)

1 1 war-torn cities

2 2 refugee journey

1/88

deaths in mediterranean sea (2016)

3 3 port cities

279, 718

italy arrival population from 2016-2017

4 4 sea route

193,144

greece arrival population from 2016-2017

5 5 “black route�

a healing environment in madrid, spain

1in 1out turkish deal for refugees

6 6 EU obstacles


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site plan

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DESIGN FOR WATER The limited availability of rain water prompts this project to look at ways to maximize on the use of gray water to use for landscaping and waste water.

157%

30-year life cycle

DESIGN FOR ECONOMY

energy use & cost

The project’s use of solar panels, vigorous plants, and subterranean construction are attributes to economic factors such as energy consumption, project budgets, and maintenance.

3,154,377 kWh

of stormwater is managed on site and used as graywater

MARKET

93,475 Therms

$

$231,049

MIXED-USE

water from sinks

overflow to sewer

overflow to sewer

water from sinks

wastewater to sewer

recycled water to toilets & landscape

overflow to sewer

gray water storage

gray water storage

gray water storage to landscape

recycled water to toilets & landscape

DESIGN FOR ECOLOGY

DESIGN FOR INTEGRATION

DESIGN FOR COMMUNITY

Benefits of bamboo within a biodiverse flora palette includes a low maintenance solution for the center, an increase of oxygen output, and a renewable resource.

Building orientation is essential for providing a comforting environment to its users by maximizing the use of passive strategies such as natural lighting and air ventilation.

The location of the refugee center provides many amenities within walking to users who may not have a means of transportation and also encourages engagement within the community

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-can grow anywhere and thrives in water

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-no fertilizers required for growth

the tensile strength of bamboo is greater than steel making it versatile building material

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-can grow 3ft in 24 hours & takes 3-5 years to mature

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site

Calle Mayor

demolish node public space

bamboo releases 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere and absorbs more carbon dioxide than other plants

bamboo will continue to grow after it is harvested making it a great renewable resource

natural ventilation a porous design is a response to the climatic conditions to provide comfort

solar energy collecting the abundance of sunshine in the region promotes energy dependence

site location | plaza De las descalzas

DESIGN FOR ENERGY

DESIGN FOR CHANGE

Alternative methods for energy usage or energy exchange such as photo-voltaic panels and partially underground structure contribute to energy savings and encourages energy dependency.

The symbolism of materials in relation to the project’s purpose presents the idea of creating artifacts that become reminders of the building’s original intent.

HOTEL solar panels on roof

trellis w/ solar panels

HOUSE ALHAJAS

energy analysis

86 kBtu/sf/yr of energy use intensity for fuel and electricity

60,037 kWh/year of potential renewable energy

converted energy output

power center

bamboo garden

back-up generator

projection screen

battery bank (energy storage)

guillotine windows

water feature storage system


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blending architecture with context

DESIGN FOR WELLNESS Blending interior and exterior spaces to provide natural lighting, views to the bamboo gardens, and a sensible flow of circulation are theories for improving the health and wellness of users. visibility

pathways

pedestrian corridor

pedestrian corridor

DESIGN FOR DISCOVERY

walking distance from:

walking distance from:

The refugee crisis is phenomena in dire need of a solution. Common ground proposes the use of an urban landscape to contribute services for bettering lives of those in need.

hotels

market

MARKET

natural light

restaurants

accessibility

MIXED-USE

urban settings

social integration

are dense cities with many resources a solution for contributing to a population in need?

can integration between cultures be a success and encourage change?

Plaza del Sol

metro station

metro station

Gran Via

Gran Via

60% sound absorption evaporative cooling flow stack effect

of the curtain wall receives filtered natural lighting through the use of bamboo

45%

of exterior walls are underground contributing to controlled thermal mass

DESIGN FOR RESOURCES

CREATING A TRADITION

Selecting local material and trades are a strategy to lower construction costs and develop a sense of pride.

The bamboo garden celebrates the growth process that refugees experience through their involvement at the Madrid refugee center.

concrete Concrete's inherent thermal mass or ability to absorb and retain heat makes it an efficient system. Generates a protective interior aura.

1|rebirth refugee inserts bamboo seed into copper tube after establishing independence

2|remove copper tube is removed from ground and seeds settle in soil

wood Suspended wood ceiling provides acoustical solutions such as decreased reverberation. Wood hues can also create a comforting environment.

3|relocate

4|remember

tubes are inserted into wall installation for documentation of success stories

grown bamboo seeds are a reminder of the difficulties the refugees have endured

glass The glass curtain wall system further blurs the distinction between interior and exterior, structure and nature. This creates a singular, seamless, healing space.

steel Recycled steel reduces energy required for steel production by 75%. It visually reads as a lighter, thinner system allowing maximum transparency.

steel column to glass

glass corridor to floor

roof to curtain wall

wall to green roof

memorial wall


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encapture to inform

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subject: a public center utlized as an historical kisok for informing the community of the gullah geechee culture and lifestyle site: 292 meeting street, charleston sc. on the corner of meeting and george street studio: year four, semester two of the undergrad program at clemson university

gullah casting the net

net mechanics & iteration sketches

iteration sketches


portals and alley

charleston, sc

level 1

site location

intersection condition

sacred center

precedent sketch

south facade

level 2

level 3

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elevation

south

elevation

east

section

east


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the vat shack

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subject: design-build project to create a transformable, yet mobile studio space for the indigo artists of charleston to practice and teach site: 2106 mount pleasant street, charleston, sc. small grass park behind the francis marion hotel studio: year three, semester two (fluid campus) of the undergrad program at clemson university team: studio classmates client: enough pie (non-profit) & artists

the awakening


closed

open

iteration 1 - individual

cross ventilation

flexible murphy table

grey water reservoir

solar collection

storage

closed

iteration 2 - partner

open

sink

vats

ramp


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1. Framing 4" x 2" 2. Sleepers 2" x 2" 2'-10"

1"

Indigo Vat Shack 8'-4"

Floor Plan Date Studio V

Floor made up of 4 expanded metal sheets welded to sleepers

3.7.16

A1.00 Scale 34" = 1'-0"

Purlins 4" x 1" Flying Rafters

Ridge Cap White Translucent Plastic Roof

9"

Louver Detail

1'-6" 1'-6" 1" 4" steel plate welded to studs

1" 3'-72

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Louvers

Indigo Vat Shack

Cabinets

2'-10"

2"

5'-11"

Cabinet Details 2" x 2" angle framing with expanded steel shelves

2'-10"

Plastic seat top

Longitudinal Section 1"

Awning Detail

Bench made with 2" x 2" angle and plywood

final iteration - group

Date Studio V

= 1'-0"

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8" 4'

A1.03

Scale

9"

3.7.16

1" x 1" steel tube with purlins on top

3 4"

8'-2"

Purlin

8"

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1'-1"

Repurposed Tin

*Shelf height decided based on materials

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demolition & foundation

steel tube framework

rafters, purlins & painting

solid walls

weathering material

wood panels - locally donated

hinged awning installation

door construction

door assembly


installation on site

team picture

murphy table

interior storage


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the ribbon

subject: renovating & reconnecting the rural campus of clemson’s equestrian center to the existing campus of clemson site: 815 w queen street, pendleton sc. equestrian center off campus studio: year four, semester one of the undergrad program at clemson university team: studio classmates

form finding

the unfolding ribbon

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floor 1

floor 2

longitudinal section - south A

transverse section - west

elevation - west B A

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steel triangular truss

roof gaps: diffuses natural light roof gaps: diffuses natural light

roofing detail

steel cross members

v-columns

triangular trusses

v-column base

ribbon structure

ribbon concept: unfolds to create path, program & railings

restrooms locker room seating concessions

MEP hay storage rider break room

exploded axon

administration

materials details


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woodland remembrance

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subject: a market hall that will increase the community value of guelph containing a residential section and other flexible program site: 4 gordon street, guelph ontario. on the corner of gordon and wilson street studio: year one, semester two of the masters program at clemson universtiy

flanking symmetry

offseting forms

intersecting tree trunk


canopy: filter solar energy and light, channels rain water

canopy: lifted mass, filters light and solar energy trunk: main structural system, verticality, connect earth to sky

branches: supports canopy, regulates temp trunk: main structural system, connects soil to canopy

roots: geothermal loop for conditioned interior air

roots: extracts nutrion & water from soil. heat exchange

tree layers

building layers auditorium, admin, classrooms

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circulation

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market residential auditorium restaurant public space pedestrian path administration education

market hall

community terrace

program layout

residential

program exploded

floor 2

master plan

floor 3


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section c-c

section b-b

section a-a


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artist portfolio

subject: personal works of art with a diverse selection of medium.

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kiawah island, sc

tranquil humility

indian field, sc

minimalism & threshhold


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rockville, sc

charleston, sc

domesticity & dwelling

historic congestion

rockville, sc

verticality and center

rockville, sc

palladio comparison


ink

geometric analysis of a rose


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prismacolor

prismacolor

graphite

ink

gullah sweet grass


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biography

nicholas page debessonet education: master of architecture (clemson, ongoing) bachelor of architecture (clemson) associates of architecture, engineering & technology (midlands tech, ongoing) contact number: 803.542.1929

address: 1008 saint johns road. irmo, sc

instagram of works: nicholaspdebessonet

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Architectural Portfolio  

A collection of my graduate and undergraduate work.

Architectural Portfolio  

A collection of my graduate and undergraduate work.

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