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TABLE OF CONTENT: THE ENCORE PROJECT - 3

SERENITY SQUARE - 10

A DELICATE DWELLING - 11

ARTWORK & MODELS- 12


THE ENCORE PROJECT The Encore Project is a collaboration of music performance spaces, restaurants, retail and housing based on Jazz music. In the 1920’s the city of Benton Harbor was beaming with excitement and activity which made the city one of many tourist attractions during this time. Generally speaking, Benton Harbor today is not what it used to be. To aid in moving Benton Harbor into the direction of becoming an attraction not only for tourists but for the people of Benton Harbor, the Encore Project is based on the idea of reconnection and reminding the citizens of Benton Harbor how they once were during their most prosperous time, the Jazz era.


The structure of Jazz music is based on Improvisation. Musicians play their own tune while still being in the rythmn of the music. This project accomplishes this idea of improvisation by providing different kinds of spaces where different kinds of performances or jazz music can be achieved. Named after famous Jazz musicians, the Armstrong, N.K Cole, and Ellington auditoriums are design to accomadate formal and informal performances. To remind the people of Benton Harbor their potential and give them a sense of pride in their city, the lobbies of these performance spaces are exhibtion halls where not only will jazz art be displayed but also the citizens of the city can display their artwork .


The nightlife of the Jazz Era was one of the key features during this time. To bring back the excitment and glow of the city, the permeablity between the street and the venues enable a sense of connection and becomes a lantern for the city of Benton Harbor. When all these principles come together, The Enore project then becomes an instrument for Benton Harbor, letting other people from different regions recognize their diginfied capability. The overall intent of this project was influenced by the desire to help Benton Harbor realize their potential by making it known to them their history and to push them forward into having an Encore.


The sustainability aspect of this design attempts to be applied in all of the programs. The lobbies of the auditorium spaces receives a lot of natural light because of the amount of glass being used. This light helps portray the idea of the connection between the people of Benton Harbor and their past by enabling people to see the art being displayed in the lobby, as well as decreasing the need to use electricity. The dwelling units in the project provides natural light to bring liveliness and enhance living. In the housing, a passive cooling technique will be applied for ventilation. The diagram on right demonstrates how the ventilation will occur. The double walls in the housing act as shafts that will direct the air flowing through out. In addition, the green wall north of the housing and green roof above the auditorium will enhance the air quality coming from the east. For heat, photovoltaic glazing system will be used in the housing lobby. On the site, porous pavers will be used for water management, along with vegetation and bicycle racks to promote the use of non- carbon emitting transportation. Hypothetical LEED Application: LEED for New Construction (v4) Project Name: The Encore Project Project Address: Benton Harbor, MI Goal: LEED Certified


SERENITY SQUARE SITE PLAN 1/4” = 10’

PERSPECTIVE OF THE RIVERFRONT PLAZA

SCALE: 1” = 50’

PERSPECTIVE OF PLAZA WITH MIXED USE BUILDINGS

This project was driven by the idea of creating an urban center for Niles, MI that provided a place of serentiy in the midst of the down town chaotic scene. While taking advantage of the view of the waterfront, this urban design incorporates nature’s URBAN DESIGN FOR NILES, MI features to PERLA create places where moments of thought DURANDIS PLACEMAKING STUDIO ARCH 320 PROFEESOR MORENO FINAL PROJECT FALL 2012 and tranquility can occur.

PERSPECTIVE LOOKING TOWARDS THE FOUNTAIN


A DELICATE DWELLING

Built with heavy timber, this project was made to fit into context with the New Neighborhood in Empire, MI. The carftsmanship of the residences there were beautifully executed and ranged from modern to traditionally built houses. This small delicate dwelling provides places for gatherings and individual.


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