PENNY UNNI SELECTED WORKS 2018
PENNY UNNI Email: email@example.com Phone: (905) - 467 - 3449 http://www.pennyunni.com
GREETINGS! Iâ€™m Penny, a third year student from the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture. The following is the curation of my ongoing immersion into architecture: academic, personal and professional work.
EDUCATION 2015 - 2020
University of Waterloo School of Architecture Candidate for Bachelor Honours of Architectural Studies
2011 - 2015
Robert Bateman H.S. Burlington, ON International Baccalaureate Diploma OSS Diploma, Honors
EXPERIENCE Aug 2017 - Dec 2017
Philip Beesley Architect Inc., Toronto, ON Architectural Designer,
Significant role in design team to research and develop kinetic mechanisms in sculptures for Design Exchange, Royal Ontario Museum, etc. Jan 2017 - April 2017
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York City, NY Architectural Intern,
Contributed to design development and construction management stages of four projects in the Correll residential studio May 2016 - Aug 2016
Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, ON Horticultural Student Intern,
Responsible for the horticultural design of alpine plant courtyard and contributed to the restoration process of Canada’s oldest rock garden Sept 2012 - Aug 2015
Kumon Learning Centre, Burlington, ON Assistant Manager, Significant role in overall operations of the business. sole representative
for all prospective clients and supervisor of classroom
DISTINCTIONS 2016 - 2017 October / 2017 August / 2016 September / 2015 April / 2014 February / 2013
Term Deans Honours List, University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering Member of design team, PBAI’s Astrocyte at DX EDIT Orientation Program Leader, University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering Recipient of Presidents Scholarship, University of Waterloo 33rd Awardee of Commanding Officer’s Coin, RCSCC Iron Duke Top Finalist at National Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of Canada
Rhinoceros 5 / Maxwell Render / Adobe Creative Cloud ( Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Muse) / Grasshopper / Houdini FX / Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) / AutoCad / GIS
Woodworking, Hand-Drafting, Laser Cutting, CNC Milling, 3D Printing, Physical Modeling, Clay Modeling, Thermaforming, Paper Tolling
Al-Bi-On My Way!
The Right to the Park
Professional Works PHILIP BEESLEY ARCHITECTS (PBAI) October 2017 DX EDIT, Toronto PBAI Design Team + The Living Architecture Systems Group + 4D SOUND Overall Performance Rating by Employer: OUTSTANDING
ASTROCYTE In October 2017, Philip Beesley Architects Inc. designed and fabricated Astrocyte for Design Exchangeâ€™s Exhibition for Design, Innovation and Technology (EDIT) in Toronto. The sculpture is an empathetic soundscape at an architectural scale that responds to viewerâ€™s movements with patterns of light, vibration and multichannel sound. As an architectural intern, my role for Astrocyte was to design and lead the fabrication process for kineticmechanisms in the sculpture, as well as play a key role in the building and installation processes. The following months of my term at PBAI continued my research and development of kinetic mechanisms, notably the Moth and the Lash. I also led a design charette to explore materials properties and their applications to the dresses and collections of digital-fabrication couture designer, Iris Van Herpen.
Images courtesy of PBAI/ LASG
Upwards View of Sphere 8
THE MOTH The moth was conceptualized as the effect produced from the buzzing of moth wings: soft, fragile, quivering. The timing of their vibration was programmed to align with the sound choreography. The kinetic mechanism is comprised of a miniature DC motor, a plastic mount, arms and clips, a circuit board into which a 4P modular jack cable connects, laser-cut mylar fronds
Moth Mechanism Plan, Assembly and Axo + Moth Sphere 9
Photo of Glassware and Cloud 10
THE LASH The lash was a development from an existing prototype developed in the studio in which a shape memory wire is actuated to force movement through the mechanism. Its kinetic form curls inwards into itself. I designed and created numerous prototypes of the lash and configured its array in potential sculptures. It is assembled with shape memory alloy, silicon tubing, plastic mounts, fishing lure and rings, compression springs, and a jack plate into which a 4P modular jack cable connects.
Lash Mechanism Plan, Assembly and Axo + Lash Field 11
Upwards View of Sculpture 12
MATERIAL EXPLORATIONS Metal-to-clear mylar folded star array ultrasonically welded to tulle and lasercut mylar swirl
Laser cut mylar with formed 2mm aluminum wishbones layered and folded onto mylar extension
1mm Laser cut Plexiglass zigzag form ultrasonically welded to tulle, with glass beads affixed to tops
Sphere Unit Detail + Material Explorations 13
2mm aluminum hexagonal swirl pattern formed to create crests and troughs in array
3A Design Studio Supervisor: Adrian Blackwell Location: Finch Ave and Kipling, Toronto Collaboration: Shahal Ahmed, Dhisana Dâ€™sa, Jerry Kim
AL-BI-ON MY WAY! In response to the newly proposed transit line that will serve as a connection for the inhabitants of the site to the rest of Toronto, the value and accessibility of our neighborhood will be enhanced. The neighborhood is marred by substandard, TCHC-provided housing that falls short of the demand expected from the number of new immigrants living in the neighborhood. Existing solutions to social housing fail when they create temporary fixes that donâ€™t meet housing standards, nor provide the conditions for dwellers to create and maintain the environments that serve both their material and psychological needs. In response to this, we propose a self-build community, following the design principles of Elementalâ€™s Half-House in Chile. The self-build process gives the user the power and autonomy to control his decisions relating to the design of his environment, which is especially relevant concerning new immigrants as they search for a sense of permanence and the right to involvement. People experience collaboration, creation and place-making while sharing skills and trades and become more integrated into the network. In the masterplan of Albion, we study the co-mingling of activities: how the question of conflicting existences of program can transgress systems and make individual action and subsequent interaction more palpable. When a industrial zone exists beside a green space, or a community kitchen, what is the resulting transformation of space?
Layered Plans + Nolli Plan + Phasing Diagram + East -West Section 16
Site Model Photos + Circulation Diagram + Program Diagram + Layered Axo + East-West Section 17
Proposed Sectional Study In the spirit of a self-build community, this building attempts to mirror the production and presentation spaces with the heat flow of the building through stack effect. Two undulating concrete ribbons tie resident and visitor, production and habitation to coexist and benefit from each others proximity. The interior halves of the building become the incomplete half, creating a vertical core of construction and innovation. The interstitial space becomes the buildingâ€™s nervous system, where mechanical systems are housed.
North South Section + Experiential Sections 18
Work in Progress
Experiential Fragments 19
SSEF 2016 Design Competition Supervisor: Terri Boake Location: Badlands, Caledon, ON Collaboration: Ethan Duffey
RILL BRIDGE The Cheltenham Badlands is an example of the topographical richness of Canada; 445 million-year-old exposed bedrock formed a series of rills and gullies of a red hue due to the iron-oxide deposits. This distinctive coloring and picturesque physicality has attracted crowds of people causing accelerated erosion and resulting in the consequent closing of the badlands to protect the landscape. Hundreds of visitors would hike the terrain prior to the sudden erection of a protective fence in 2015. Rill Bridge intends to mimic the experience of walking through the rogue trails: a variety of mixed paths, directions, undulations of elevations and interactions with the earth non-destructively. By using the steel cables that traditionally operate as lateral stabilizers as functionally tethered pathways, and by covering the walkways in clear grating, the experience instills a similar thrill.
2 4 grate
masts and beams
5 concrete anchors
Assembly Axonometric 22
Plan + Grate Detail 23
1. hanger cable pal cable to
2. tether cable to anchor
3. cable to plank
East Elevation + Structural Steel Details 24
4. principal cable to mast
5. hanger cable to bridge
6. tether cable to anchor
East Elevation + Structural Steel Details 25
2A Design Studio Supervisor: Adrian Blackwell Location: Two Bridges, New York City Collaboration: Laura Matos, Rick Wei, Kara Jebbink
KNICKERBOCKER MANIFESTO Knickerbocker Village, New York’s first publicly-funded housing development, was built in 1934 in the Lower East Side. Since then it has seen tenant activism and has been a setting for major social reform. Today, the site finds itself on the edge of Chinatown and most of the residents are of Chinese descent. Our intervention was both a study of the traditional Chinese courtyard house and its applications to shared living, and a proposal to rejuvenate the nexus to the neighborhood beyond and the representative unit within. At the ground floor level, a glass-roofed plaza between the two buildings is created out of a “dead zone.” Our design provides space for a marketplace and invites the vibrancy and buzz of Chinatown into Knickerbocker as an effort to steer the isolated and dense buildings towards connection with the outer community. The plaza is activated by incorporating small-scale public spaces into a larger expanse to host a variety of activities, promoting social interaction between the tenants and their neighbors. The theater-like steps sustain effective community gatherings and the large uninterrupted plaza provides space for the elderly Chinese community to gather to exercise.
Perspective Axo + Fragment 28
Vertical Section 29
At the unit level the kitchens and living space from the units have been removed to create a common kitchen, living and dining space. Carefully placed stairs connect the common spaces in the building across floors to allow a view into the dining room below to invoke the Chinese tradition of having meals together. We transform Knickerbocker to react to the evolution of the site and tenant demographics while simultaneously changing the form of community living. The argument for ethnic specificity is found in the validation from extraneous cultural topography.
Existing / New Cluster Plans + Cluster Model 30
Occupation of Plaza + Existing / New Sections + Plans 31
2B Design Studio Supervisor: Lola Sheppard Location: Ontario Place, Toronto Collaboration: Hannah Carmichael
THE RIGHT TO THE PARK After being indefinitely closed in 2011, the future of Ontario Place looks bleak and its existing structures have been abandoned and appropriated by skateboarders and urban climbers. We designed a new masterplan for the park as a response to these observations. The Right to the Park is underpinned by three philosophies that we have attempted to synthesize: the right to the city, urban nature, and process ontology. David Harvey’s ‘Right to the City’ argues that each individual has the right to participate in the making of the city, creating the potential for collective empowerment that allows for renewed centrality, exchange and full usage of place. He rejects the notion of the public realm being only one of consumption, safety and a false sense of security for which we sacrifice our civil liberties. Instead the public realm must leave room for disorder, insecurity and a certain loss of control to promote a comfort with the unknown. In the development of The Right to the Park, Harvey`s ideals were divided into urban nature: an environment created and controlled by man with the artificial and natural world merging, and process ontology: nature viewed not as a static scene but in an evolving and dynamic process. The park is not an imitated romantic landscape of sylvan charm but instead forged for the use, appropriation and consequent transformation by man. There are no governing rules to limit people, instead it is meant to become a mosaic of disruption, interruption, intervention, and creative risk taking.
VARIABLES OF DANGER
(least to most)
hardcore parkcore snowboarding
ice skating skate boarding
Plan + Legend + East-West Section 34
Plan Diagrams + East-West Section 35
Experiential Fragments + East - West Section 36
Experiential Fragments + East - West Section 37
2B Design Studio Supervisor: Lola Sheppard Location: Ontario Place, Toronto
SILO PLACE The abandoned silos on the Ontario Place islands have been home to art shows, horror walks and light exhibits but aside from fulfilling seasonal and spontaneous purposes, the 60-year old silos have been left to the hands of nature and in this time, an interesting occupant has taken residence. The urban explorer is the type of individual to whom the revitalized Ontario Place is most attractive. A place to roam undisturbed, to climb without restrictions and to move without speed limits. In all of this chaos, there is a more controlled, determined and organized movement found in the centre of the site - at the silos. Here, the program is suited to more passive movement and voyeurism, given its vantage point atop a hill. A teacher- apprentice relationship is developed between those who move and those who learn. The structure of the silos are built upon by the public as needed to create necessary and spontaneous program and transgress systems, creating unique interactions between people. The undulating surface that ties together all of the silos is a thin concrete shell that forms ridges and planes to allow for skateboarding, biking and playing. It lifts up at certain points to allow for program below. Programs include a diving pool that can be seen from the interior of the surface, an open amphitheater, play structures, and learning spaces.
Experiential Fragments + East - West Section 40
Exploded Axo + East - West Section 41
Plan + North-South Section 43
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Published on Feb 25, 2018