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N O E S I S


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SENSUALITY OF LIGHT

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DRAMATIC EVENTS

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CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT 24

DISCONNECT

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OBSERVING TIME

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THEATRICALITY OF SPACE

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SOCIO-SPATIAL

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KINETIC SYSTEMS

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MANIFESTO

a design methodology, driven by the connection between architecture and human sensuality, creates environments that enhance an individual’s experience and promotes a conversation between an architectural concept and the mental thought process, n o e si s


SENSUALITY OF LIGHT two distinct lighting qualities, filtered and permeating, establish an active experience where the individual associates one light condition (filtered) with spaces of movement and the other (permeating) with areas of observation these associations guide the individual between the different spaces within the design

, Columbia South Carolina Art Museum

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Arch 252, Spring 2011 Professor Nick Ault


SPATIAL / LIGHT ANALYSIS areas of observation were based upon spatial analysis and an understanding of art/viewer proximities permeating light defined the spaces of observation a dropped ceiling filtered light over areas of movement

GRIDDED ORGANIZATION

ARTWORK DISPLAY

05 | sensuality of light


PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT

VISUAL NODE WITHIN CITY

SKYLIGHTS TO TUNNEL

INFORMAL CIRCULATION

FLOATING CANOPY DIFFUSING LIGHT

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SKETCH OF LIGHT AND SPACE

SKETCH OF LIGHT AND SPACE

AREA OF REPOSE WITHIN ART GALLERY

07 | sensuality of light

INTERIOR SPACE


ENTRANCE TO ART GALLERY

INTERIOR SPACE

EXIT OF ART GALLERY AND PARK

within the tunnel, distinct environments associated with observation or movement were developed using watercolors and light models

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DRAMATIC EVENTS the creation of an event is a mechanism for architecture to physically interact with human perception through the transition of the body within space because circulation spaces promote movement, a unique stairway was developed that created continuous perceptual frames of the surrounding environment, which the mind experiences as parallax

, Clemson South Carolina Bike Share Headquarters

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Arch 351, Fall 2011 Professor Stephen Verderber


the body can transform human perception architecture can guide physical movement through space

BODY MOVES PERCEPTION THROUGH SPACE

CREATING ACTION / MOVEMENT

north section 11 | dramatic events

design hypothesis: a floating incline will direct physical movement slowly and diagonally through open space


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5b

FLOOR 1 1 2 3 4 5 6

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lounge office bathrooms lockers bike storage a public b private c overflow outdoor space

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1

FLOOR 2

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1

FLOOR 3

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lounge

1

lounge

3

bathrooms

3

bathrooms

7

classrooms

8

residents’ rooms

9 kitchen 10 housekeeper

FLOOR 4 3

bathrooms

11 flexible space 6

outdoor space

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MAIN STREET FACADE OF BIKE SHARE

THE ACTION OF THE BODY THROUGH SPACE

13 | dramatic events


PRIVATE FACADE

FLOATING STAIRS

a series of models explored the visual perception of the individual advancing the inclined stairway renderings revealed opportunities for views as one moves through the space

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CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT modularity allows for a flexible design that can quickly and easily meet dire needs modular designs, though, lack a sense of humanism, resulting from a crude design process constrained by solving physical needs rather than one focused on connections with human perception where necessity and culture merge, an environment forms that encourages growth and interaction

Carrefour Haiti Academy for Girls

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Arch 351, Fall 2011 Professor Stephen Verderber


environmental issues cause poor living conditions for people in haiti a modular design could be applied quickly when necessary to offer better living conditions in areas with little or no shelter a careful analysis of carrefour, haiti revealed the environmental conditions and phenomena that prove deleterious for the existing architecture SITE LOCATION

DANGEROUS FLOODING REGION

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student residence faculty residence cafeteria + kitchen classrooms music + art rooms theatre gym offices daycare

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main entrance

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EXCESSIVE RAINFALL RUNOFF

CAPTURING COASTAL WINDS

RELEASING SUMMER HEAT

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MAIN PUBLIC ENTRANCE

LIBRARY OVERHANGING ENTRANCE

REPRESENTING THE MATERIALITY OF THE SURROUNDING CONTEXT

west section

through theatre, cafeteria, housing module

19 | cultural environment


THEATRE IN RAINSTORM

THEATRE AS A CONNECTION WITHIN THE SITE

the proposed modular design is a flexible solution that can be applied to any site within haiti local materials and vegetation were applied to the modules, creating a new design aesthetic resulting in a more profound connection with the individual

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21 | cultural environment


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Gowanus Canal Residential Complex

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Sherman Creek Residential Complex

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Greenpoint Residential Complex

with being restricted to completing each project within six days, a new design methodology emerged that took advantage of the vast ability of technology to develop a large scale complex designing with a sensibility of human perception proved too difficult to manage in six days at the end of the process five designs were completed over a five week period; each design lacked a clear humanistic concept and simply met the constraints of the project

DISCONNECT Arch 351, Summer 2011 Professor Dave Lee


RIVER FACADE

SHIFTING HORIZONTAL

SHIFTING VERTICAL

SETBACK

RESULT

north elevation

Gowanus Canal RIVER FACADE


PATIO AND GARDEN

STARTING BOX

north-west section

Sherman Creek STREET FACADE

PUSHING IN

CARVING SKYLIGHT

PUSHING OUT FOR MORNING LIGHT

south-east section


the reliance on technology throughout the brief design process gave way to an architecture of technology rather than an architecture of humanity

Greenpoint VIEW FROM PIER

BOARDWALK


OBSERVING TIME the separation of an abandoned military fort created an opportunity to reconnect the fort to the community, while also connecting the fort to the individual a boardwalk derived from nodes within the city connects experiences of remembrance, observation, and contemplation within the site the individual is encouraged to reminisce on the past, observe the present, and contemplate the future

Genova Italy Observatory

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Arch 353, Spring 2012 Professor Henrique Houayek


CONNECTIONS STUDY

SITE OVERLAYED ON PATH

city nodes were identified that have historical or cultural significance connections between the nodes were analyzed and applied to the site itself, providing a new life to the abandoned fort NODES and IMPORTANCE WITHIN CITY

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PATH REACTING TO SITE


BOARDWALK

OBSERVATORY

PRIVATE VENUE

COMMUNITY SPACE

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FLOOR 1

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FLOOR 3

FLOOR 2

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entrance piazza 0 observatory public venue private venue community green space reflection pond

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programs, ideas, and concepts were connected, both literally and figuratively, through a new site circulation individuals were guided from one experience to the next as different spaces connected with different mental processes

PUBLIC VENUE AND BOARDWALK

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entrance piazza 0 observatory public venue private venue community green space reflection pond

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observatory 1 private venue 3 community green space 4 reflection pond 5


FLOOR 4

FLOOR 5

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FLOOR 6

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observatory 1

observatory 1

community green space 4 reflection pond 5

community green space 4 reflection pond 5

observatory 1

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PUBLIC PIAZZA UPON ENTERING THE SITE

NEW ENTRANCE TO OBSERVATORY AND BOARDWALK

35 | observing time


LOBBY FOR OBSERVATORY

the fort is brought to life through the new programs and interactions between the individuals and the site the proposed design aims to give the people of genova an opportunity to reflect upon themselves, the fort, and the city

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THEATRICALITY OF SPACE a design methodology bases itself upon one thing, progress a space of expression merges with the power of ideas to form a hub where the individual is empowered, where social prgoress becomes the focus theatre is an increasingly important tool for expression and the conveyance of ideas in the design, theatre is unbound by the confines of actor/observer interactions, as flexible spaces can host numerous theatre settings

Boston Massachusetts Contemporary Theatre

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Arch 452, Fall 2012 Professor Robert Hogan


SITE ANALYSIS

PROXIMITY TO OTHER THEATRES

URBAN SCALE

METRO SYSTEM IN RELATION TO SITE

a site was recognized that would provide a strong presence within the city culturally significant theatres were observed as precedent studies programmatic analysis demonstrated the importance of a relationship between the private theatre and the public forum on the site METRO SYSTEM

SHADOW ANALYSIS

CASE STUDIES Public Node within City

Site Circulation

Theatre Circulation

Theatre Volume Analysis

Theatre Access

Parco Della Musica (macro)

Walt Disney Opera House

Parco Della Musica (micro)

Harpa Reykjavik

Her Majesty’s Theatre

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PROGRAMMATIC RELATIONSHIPS

ENTRANCE

BEHIND STAGE

THEATRE PUBLIC SPACE FOYER ART GALLERY

STORAGE LOADING WOOD SHOP COSTUME SHOP DRESSING ROOMS REHEARSAL ROOMS GREEN ROOM ORCHESTRA PIT

MAIN THEATRE MECHANICS

THEATRE

THEATRE

SOUND ROOM

BLACK BOX

PUBLIC THEATRE

ENTRANCE

CAFE

BATHROOMS LOUNGE ROOFTOP TERRACE

BOX OFFICE COAT ROOM BATHROOMS CONCESSIONS

PRIVATE ART GALLERY

GARAGE OFFICES

FOYER

LIGHT ROOM

FOYER PUBLIC

ZONE

CAFE

BLACK BOX

KITCHEN BATHROOMS

BEHIND STAGE

ART GALLERY

Underground

Sight Lines

Reverberation Analysis

Theatre to Audience

Programmatic Stacking

Traverse Theatre

Theatre Agora

Nederlands Dans Theatre

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Wyly Theatre

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CREATING A PUBLIC FORUM

TRANSFORMATION

TRADITIONAL THEATRE

OUTSIDE

FOYER

AUDIENCE

STAGE

OUTSIDE

FOYER

AUDIENCE

PUBLIC + PRIVATE THEATRE

STAGE

OUTSIDE

FOYER

STAGE

AUDIENCE

AUDIENCE

PUBLIC SPACE

PRIVATE SPACE

VOICING AN IDEA

The Idea

The Transition

The Public Forum

The Spread

The Expression

The Discussion

41 | theatricality of space

The Conveying

STAGE

PRIVATE SPACE


REDEFINING OBSERVER / PERFORMER INTERACTIONS

TRADITIONAL THEATRES

STAGE

AUDIENCE

AUDIENCE

PUBLIC + PRIVATE THEATRE

TRANSFORMATION

STAGE

OPEN SPACE

FLEXIBLE SPACE

URBAN

AUDIENCE

PUBLIC SPACE

AUDIENCE

STAGE

PRIVATE SPACE

FLEXIBLE STAGE OPTIONS

Thrust Stage

Winged Stage

Proscenium Stage

Split Stage

Arena Stage

Arena Stage

Thrust Stage

Middle Stage

Winged Stage

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cafe 1 art gallery 2 kitchen 3 private lobby 4 private dressing rooms 5 green room 6 private art gallery 7 woodshop 8 prop-room 9 loading zone 0

FLOOR 1

PUBLIC THEATRE

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3 2

FLEXIBLE THEATRE SPACE FIXED STAGE

43 | theatricality of space

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black box foyer ticket box rehearsal dressing rooms rehearsal space private offices

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FLOOR 2

FO YER 2

BLACK BOX

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4 4 3

5

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rehearsal space 1 rehearsal dressing rooms 2 private offices 3

FLOOR 3

1 BAL CON Y 2

east section 45 | theatricality of space

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catwalks / support 1 conference room 2 flexible spaces 3

FLOOR 4

PUB LIC ROO FTO P

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3 3

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PRIVATE LOBBY

VIEW FROM STREET

47 | theatricality of space


REHEARSAL ROOM

PRIVATE THEATRE, thrust stage

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PUBLIC FORUM FROM ABOVE

49 | theatricality of space

RAMP SYSTEM


PRIVATE THEATRE

PRIVATE THEATRE

MAJOR STREET FACADE

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51 | theatricality of space


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SOCIO-SPATIAL a skyscraper for the megacity of shanghai reveals a connection between architecture and people on a macro scale a process focusing on social interactions and the evolution of cities resulted in a design proposal that redefines social interaction according to the modern networking systems that have rapidly developed decentralization, implemented at both building and city scales, allows for the future growth of culture and interaction

Shanghai China Vertical City

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Competition, Summer 2012 Professor Dave Lee


POPULATION DENSITY ANALYSIS

development and design options are severely limited by the current population growth rate

1950

1970

1990

2010

VIEW FROM ACROSS THE RIVER

55 | socio-spatial


PORTION OF SECTION

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FORMAL ANALYSIS IN RESPONSE TO ENVIRONMENT

57 | socio-spatial

FORMAL ANALYSIS IN RESPONSE TO CARBON FIBER EVOLUTION


THREE CIRCULATION SYSTEMS

NETWORKED CIRCULATION

THREE STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS

CARBON FIBER STRUCTURE

the concept of networking was integral to the proposed design, impacting the interactions between individuals as well as the carbon fiber structure this vertical city could potentially allow for a new era of evolution for the city

VIEW OF RESIDENTIAL UNITS AND CITY SCAPE

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SQUARE WATER BASE

HEXAGON GRID

RECTANGULAR GRID

SURFACE MEMORY ALLOY

SURFACE MEMORY ALLOY PLEXIGLASS STUDY MODEL


KINETIC SYSTEMS analysis of origami structures gave way to folding patterns and techniques that could be applied to architectural facades, allowing for environmental or human interaction surface memory alloys were studied as a method for creating a machine free system

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Research Assistant, Summer & Fall 2012 Professor Dave Lee


Within each person there is a human essence that transcends the individual. This essence is what separates us from nature; it is our impulse toward cognition, reason, and creativity. Noesis is this essence. We must recognize this inherent human essence before we can utilize it to its fullest. The challenge of the contemporary architect is to recognize where noesis diverges from socially constructed design sensibilities. These sensibilities are influenced by their situation within their historical context. Nevertheless, noesis is always present though not always conveyed. In its origins, architecture was indistinguishable from noesis. Early civilizations used architecture to convey a unifying transcendental message to the people within a culture. Due to contemporary architecture’s obsession with the visual aspects of design, a disconnect has formed between architecture and its capacity to utilize noesis. The pluralistic nature of contemporary society amplifies the challenge of connecting architecture and individuals across cultural, ethnic, and linguistic divides. The connecting factor cross-culturally is the inherent essence that transcends the individual. Noesis is this connection. Designs must stem from concepts, derived from the importance of the program on humanity. In this way, architects must challenge current societal norms and progress humanity forward.


MANIFESTO

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