REBECKAH BLOSSMAN 2008 - 2010 PORTFOLIO
TABLE OF CONTENTS DESIGN I
04 - 09
10 - 15
16 - 21
22 - 27
28 - 31
32 - 35
36 - 41
DESIGN I The course is structured to introduce the techniques, concepts and culture of architectural production. Students are expected to learn and develop through a conceptual and technical framework, as aided by desk crits, pin-ups, and formal reviews. The course investigates cultural models-- something unrelated to architecture that the students must in some way apply to architecture. Project two is the design 9 inch by 9 inch cube. The project focused on the spatial organization of a set dimension. Project three is the design of a set of spaces with the ability to adapt to the human body. The project began with an autopsy of the cube, isolating certain elements to progress from cube to space. The project stresses the basics of program and the adaptation of space to the human body.
a | cube disembling series b | cube component spread c | cube plans and sections 7
a| space plan b| space section c | inhabitable architecture d| wooden mesh detail e| space 9
TECHNICS Technics is designed as an introduction to the physical properties and structural behaviors of architectural assembly. The course investigates the interrelationship between materials, techniques and forces. The final project for the class is a spanning arch. Students are requires to construct an 8â€™ long arch that touches the ground only at assigned points. The project started with research and many test models. The project required the testing of many construction techniques with a variety of materials. The final model uses folding techniques in addition to a variety of materials to construct the arch.
a | final space; front view b | shallow fold study model c | steep fold study model 13
final model; rear view curved study model 15
REPRESENTATION I The class is structured to teach students the basic skills necessary for drafting, as well as methods of representation and the importance of layout. Each week brings a new drawing to complete along with alterations to the previous weekâ€™s drawings. Through close collaboration with the professor, students transform drawings with the constructive criticism they receive. Students learn these techniques by drawing their own work from their design class. The student must use the same piece of work throughout the semester, so that by the end they have a variety of representation techniques practiced with the same object.
DESIGN II The semester began by researching and extensively diagramming a bank heist to use as a cultural model for the landscape. Aspects of the bank heist were used to create a series of bricolages or small organizations of found material. Multiple organizations of a single bricolage were used to create the landscape. In order to create structure within the landscape, the class researched prosthetics. The focus of the research was on how the prostatic is inserted into the body and how the prostatic corrects a handicap. Using this cultural model, students inserted structure, surface, roofing and circulation into the landscape. The project required students to insert areas of program into the landscape--more specifically the programs found within a seed bank. These areas include a seed vault, laboratory/ greenhouse and a visitorâ€™s center.
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visitorâ€™s center program disgram seed vault plans 27
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Muller House DIAGRAM TITLE DIAGRAM TITLE ROOM persepctive ROOM perspective 31
TURTLE COVE PAVILION The course is designed to reinforce the “core” values taught in first year as well as to elaborate and expand upon these values. The primary focus of the course is the expression of program, and an introduction to more program intense projects. Fundamental to the course is the fast development of a solid partis through site and program analysis, and building a design upon the chosen partis. The second project of the course was an outdoor classroom located on a boardwalk at the Turtle Cove Research Station in Manchac, LA. The project focused on the speedy development of a partis, the design phase, and the creation of drawings for the competition format review. This project features a simple pavilion with a sculptural cistern. It is featured as a top ten project in Tulane’s 10 Pavilion Proposals. firehouse
TURTLE COVE PAVILION
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plan and section exploded axon render folding diagram perspectives 35
DESIGN III The final project of the semester was a Firehouse on an irregularly shaped site in the Treme neighborhood. The project focused on partis development and integrating the large amount of program into the design. The design featured extensive research of the neighborhood and the site on historic and cultural levels. The partis is focused on the division and reassemblies of the city block, a concept that contributed to the oddity of the site. The program is wrapped around a central courtyard on the second floor and the apparatus bay on the first floor. The program is arranged to decrease response time which increases efficiency. The faรงade of the project is a brick screen. The openings in the screen decrease as the program becomes more private.
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second level plan first level plan site render exterior perspective circulation diagram 39
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model; front view rendered section model; mesh detail model rear view model; areal view 41
DESIGN IV The course focuses on design at the urban scale and the larger urban context in design. Projects require analytical analysis of the design at the scales of the block, neighborhood and city. Students will also develop skills in programming, building information modeling and management, digital fabrication methods and the production of complex digital models and working drawings through fully integrated coursework which will act as a support for the design process.
PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT
PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT
a. plan diagrams b. sun diagram d. east elevation e. north elevation detail f. north elevation
BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT
g. facade diagram
STERN FACADE g. FACADE RYTHMS DIAGRAM
FRERET ST. ELEVATION
60’ x 2= 120’
CAMPUS ELEVATION 1’=1/32”
ONE OPENING TWO OPENINGS
The project is a renovation of the facade of Tulane’s Percival Stern building. The design plays on the intent of the original facade, which was designed for Cold War paranoia. The sunshades on the north and south elevations mimic armor, while the east and west elevations are adjustable sunshades. Large windows represet double-height spaces that offers an open circulation between the floors.
a. ground floor plan
b. site plan
c. multi-purpose space detail
d. section model
FQ LIBRARY d.
a. second floor plan
b. third floor plan
c. section A
d. section B