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Framing Work Technology, Research + Practice

The collaboration between scanning technology, robotics, the digital tools and the agency of the hand creates a moment of syntheses between digital design, digital fabrication, and the richness of tangible material. Areas of interest that includes DIY culture, design of processes, and developing a conditions that merges the digital realm while attending to an architectural polemic. Continuing focus of research includes the explorations of technologies and the inherent use of tools within the scope of design. The focus has revolved around establishing projects that strive to question, test, and probe that nature technologies embodies within the processes of architecture. Referencing my recent work Casting Unpredictability, Great White, Relaxed Vault: AAC, and Points + Clouds: Tactical Hermeneutics, I strive to link the integral role of the tool to the agendas of design while always being mindful that the use of technology should not outweigh the ideas, goals, and theories. The practice, I am committed to the work of architecture as an applied design research. Applied, „to put into practical use‰ is essential to the role of an Architect. Exemplified throughout the portfolio, each project designs a relationship that stems between a conceptual idea and an manifestation of those ideas and agendas.

Pedagogical imperatives The problem of the relation of theory and practice is not a problem of theory alone; it is that, but it is also the most practical problem of life. For it is the question of how intelligence may inform action, and how action may bear the fruit of increased insight into meaning... -John Dewey, The Quest for Certainty, 1929


Te c h n o l o g y CNC, Vision, Computation + Robotics


Great White A Plastic Folded Plate Structure Maciej P. Kaczynski Instructor: 2011 University of Michigan Geoffrey Salvatore Andrew Wolking Ted Teng Team: https://vimeo.com/33524171# Multimedia: CNC 3 axis router Python Language MasterCam Technology: HDPE (high-density polyethylene) Material:

The Great White is an installation that embodies specific developments within material research and fabrication processes. Utilizing CNC technology to machine High-Density Polyethylene planar stock material, the project explores aggregation and assemblies. Amidst the increasing automation and digital fabrication processes, the research project explicitly situates itself within the territory of technology and material research. Using tools of algorithmic modeling for automation and form finding, digital fabrication, coupling the discovery of direct tacit knowledge with rigorous hands on material investigation. This methodology expands the cyclical nature of design research toward a built prototype. The research seeks to extend the boundaries of traditional notions of folded plate structures by exploring the capacity of thick gauge plastic. The research project tries to negotiate between a surface derived project and one that concentrates on material and fabrication constraints solely. Attempting to leverage the ubiquitous qualities of surface description in tangent with specific material characteristics of plastic adjacent to fabrication and assembly constraints. The research entwines the precision of digital fabrication with the elastic properties of plastics, demands for processes and methods of designing precisely imprecisely. Great White revisits folded plate structures to activate a research trajectory through both contemporary and analog means.

Formal Studies develop with Python Script


Digital Stress Testing Stress testing was done to test how volatile the joints would be between each plastic connection.

min stress 25% 50% 75% max stress

compression tens sio i n tension

Pseudo Script Diagram A technique of developing a structure where code is derived from simple english instructions between a series of steps and operations.

Geometric Investigations

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#find length of extrusion path #copy extrusion object of length extrusion path plus X variable #loft between extrusion object and copy extrusion object #delete all remaining construction elements

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Relaxed Vault: AAC Autoclaved Aerated Concrete + Kuka Robotic Arm Wesley McGee Instructor: 2012 University of Michigan Fausto X. Teran Ryan Shaban Lauren Vasey Team: https://vimeo.com/41210114 Multimedia: Kuka Robotic Arm Python Language Robot MasterCam Technology: Autoclaved aerated concrete Material:

Exploring the use of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete blocks as a building material while leveraging the use of robotic work flows to construct formal tectonics of thin shell vaulting structures. Formal investigation was conducted through a dynamic relaxations physics program developed by Dave Pigram and Wesley McGee. A process which produces forms based on the ideal path to transfer loads in pure tension or compression. The form finding method intrinsically produce forms in ideal situation and a series of test and deviation from the ideal form is required to proceed into the construction phase and the planarization of the totality of the form. Fabricating each unit uses the capacity of a seven axis robotically controlled abrasive water jet cuter to cut each ruled surface on each block.


Plan: Unrelaxed

Plan: Relaxed

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Complex geometry and the result of form finding techniques have drawn the need to fabrication processes that extends beyond the 3 axis router. Implementing potential of robotic fabrication and swarf cutting to produce unique individual units to aggregate as a whole.


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002 A series of formal investigation were conducted based on the utilization of a relaxation script that simulates the results of a form derived from relaxation. Phase 1 of the research examines the potential of algorithmic design as the primary driver for form finding. Rooted historically with GuadiĂŠs inverted centenary nets as the precursor to algorithmic design, this research explores the physics form finding techniques. 003 Implementing software that collects the relaxation of surfaces to negotiate between form, assembly, structural and fabrication. Robotic Fabrication

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Complex geometry and the result of form finding techniques have drawn the need to fabrication processes that extends beyond the 3 axis router. Implementing potential of robotic fabrication and swarf cutting to produce unique individual units to aggregate as a whole. The significance of the research is not simply the value of a particular machine, in this case an industrial robot, or a specific fabrication or form finding technique. Rather, the research explores the communication of them all as an operational model towards the approach of a design process. Explicitly the use of non-sheet material for example plywood, mdf, and sheet metals but a move towards volumetric block materials, AAC.

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Points + Clouds: Tactical Hermeneutics Kathy Velikov Geoffrey Thün Advisors:

„We hold to the idea that architecture is not simply reducible to the container and the contained but that there exists a dynamic exchange between the life of matter and the matter of our lives.‰ Reiser + Umemoto

2011 University of Michigan Dimensions 25 PLAT Journal 2.0 Digital Aptitudes ACSA (Forthcomming) Publications: Microsoft Kinect Linux system Technology: DPE Data Material:

Points + Clouds: Tactical Hermeneutics, operates as a Research-through Tooling methodology, as an explicit vehicle that engages a critique on the discipline of architecture. This thesis is an investigation that critically assess its position within the discipline and the discourse of architecture by provoking the interrogations and explorations of environments. It consistently reiterates the condition that Âminds the gapÊ, situated between the spatial representation and the built environment informed through a hermeneutic device. Creating the occurrence of mis-truth, errors, holes, and mistakes that formulate poetic spatial possibilities. The thesis exploits the potency of the unfamiliar and the unseen that lurks within the atmospheric construct. It is ambiguous and specific simultaneously to the slippage between spaces and realms. Defining tactics that counter the traditional thinking of spaces and volumes through the dualities of surfaces and solids versus the notion of points and clouds, the atmospheric.

M.Arch Thesis 2011 Territories: Situated within the context of Architecture, the work corresponds to the specifics of the physical world as an atmospheric condition imaged virtually. It encompasses ambiguity and specificity within the modes of explorations and experimentation of an imaged space. Aiming to provoke, imitate interrogations, and explorations between blurring of the physical and the virtual environments. William Mitchell argues for the termination of the so called „trial separation phase of „bits‰ (the elementary unit of information) and atoms (the elementary unit of matter), which reflects on a world that is moving towards an age that is governed less and less by physical boundaries and more by the connections to information‰ that requires us to re-imagine, re-image, and reconstruct our environments to consider er tthe territories that the Architect and Architecture operates within. The complex history ory of these types of devices run tangent with the lineage of architecture, dating atin back to the machines of Vitruvius and Leonardo da Vinci. They act to further to co construct, deconstruct, and create the built environment whether virtual or physical,, re real or imaginative. The project is situated within translating and transcribing tracess oof spatial qualities seen specifically through the sensors lens. Similar to the history sto of perspective drawings and architectural space, the role of translation between the drawing and the physical. The Kinect is reinterpreted as a tool of abstraction th ure do es. Thee device is to manipulate phenomena in the same way that arc architecture does. eembedd w embedded with it a R ith RGB GB camera for imagery and an infra-red input and output that calculates depth and range within a space. IIt ha ability measure, perform hhass the ab bi ty too rrecord, ecord m easure, pe aand alter spatial environments. The apparatus embodies the ambition of the project to xpo the critique on role of drawings, imaging, copying, architecture of sensorial, and expose rch the architecture of atmospheric. For more information see publication or website form


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Casting UnPredictability Scanning + Robotics Karl Daubmann Advisor: 2012 University of Michigan casting-unpredictability.tumblr.com The Cast Archive: https://vimeo.com/44424366 Multimedia: William Liow Jono Bentley Sturt Charlie Veneklase Production Assistants: Kuka Robotic Arm Robot MasterCam Technology: Concrete Material: MSc. Research 2012

Castable and malleable materials (e.g. concrete, plaster, rockite and etc..) deserve a renewed consideration in architectural design due to their connection historically to the craftsman role and embodiment of tacit knowledge that extends beyond what is explicitly gained to contemporary digital fabrication and design. Castable material in the contemporary discourse of architecture has faded mainly in response to two conditions, one to the rise of digital fabrication, the usability and feasibility of standardized sheet material such as plywood boards. Second is the incapacity for architecture to engage inexact materials to be integrated in the architectural design process. This project seeks bring castable and malleable materials back into the discourse of architecture with the advent of recent affordable and the re-purposing of specific technologies to explore 3D vision and scanning to capture the latent potential of an unpredictable means of generating form.


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Scanned 3D models generated from an array of precisely position photographs. Technique design can be rapidly repeated to scan multiple unique cast objects.

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Digital Model: Elevation View

Casting Jigs

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Archive Series A physical and digital archive is generated, taking a position critically of what libraries are and how might a systematic approach might be taken in leveraging a customize „kit of parts‰ and a spin off from BIM modelling. http://casting-unpredictability.tumblr.com A collection of „Digital Models‰ are generated from photogrammetry assisted by a Kuka 7 axis Robotic arm.


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Morphfaux Recovering plaster as architectural substrate Robotics + Scanning Role: 2011 University of Michigan Steven Mankouche Joshua Bard Matthew Schulte Primary Investigators : Michael Senkow Claire Sheridan Andrew Thompson Richard Tursky Jono Sturt Efrie Friedlander Team: Kuka Robotic Arm Super Matter Tools VB Script Technology: Plaster Material:

Morphfaux revisits the virtually lost craft of plaster to explore its potential for producing thickened architectural environments through the use of contemporary digital technology. The research challenges the flatness of modern, standardized dry wall construction; and explores plasterĂŠs malleability as a material that can be thick and thin, smooth and textured and tooled in various states of plasticity. If the invention of industrialized modern building products such as drywall led to the demise of the plasterer as a trades-person, our research seeks alliances between the abilities of the human hand and those of automation. By transforming historic methods using new robotic tools Morphfaux has broadened the possibilities of architectural plaster. While our research has produced forms not possible by human skill alone, it also clearly illustrates a symbiotic relationship between the human body and the digital arm where human dexterity and robotic precision are choreographed in the production of innovative plastering techniques. In a time where organized labor is in the political limelight Morphfaux epitomizes postindustrial culture by underscoring the role of human labor in relation to globalized robotic manufacturing.


Tool Path generation defines the orientation of the robotĂŠs approach.


Scanning Positioning


TH_33 Smile Scan A Plastic Folded Plate Structure Design & Computation Role: 2010 PLY Architecture & University of Michigan Karl Daubmann John Marshall Primary Investigators: Westley Burger Christopher Johnson Team: Sensing / Motion Digital Project Technology: Paper Material: Research Practice:

The tea house structure conforms to the traditional dimensions of a Japanese tea house of 9 x 9 x 6Ê, the space provides a series of interactions between user and space, space and robots.The tea house „eyes‰ are driven by the OMRON Smile Scan. The Smile Scan uses OMRONs OKAO Vision face-sensing technology. This technology relies on facial data gathered from over 1 million people, accumulated over ten years of study of the human face. The system measures the degree of a personÊs smile from a camerarecorded facial image, it is based on key point movements and assigns a value between 1% and 100 %. In THR_33 this percentage controls how much the tea houseÊs „eyes‰ open. The tea house skin was laser cut and stitched together. The skin is made from two precisely cut synthetic paper pieces that interlock with one another. The project is a collaboration between members of the University of MichiganÊs School of Art and Design, and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The tea house was designed and built in Ann Arbor; it was later packed and shipped to Kyoto for display in the National Museum of Art throughout the month of July of 2010.


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From Prototype to Paratype Modularity and Combinations Intern Architect Design & Computation Role: 2010 Ply Architecture This proposal seeks to develop a new prototype (or paratype) that is able to generate a number of iterations based on the specifics of a siteĂŠs relationship to a street, a siteĂŠs solar orientation, and the siteĂŠs dominant view (or relationship to landscape). If one imagines a prototype to exist as the first of its kind, to be deployed on future and other sites, the paratype is understood from the beginning as having multiple genetic strands capable of producing multiple and varied types, there is not one ideal. The intent is to develop this project parametrically, using three main parameters (street, solar, view) as three dominant concerns of a homeowner. In many cases, these three variables offer conflicting desires and typically the energy efficiency of the house is what suffers. The orientation can double or half the energy usage as one could imagine a facade designed to be south facing instead facing north due to a rigid prototype.

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The paratype attempts to resolve the conflict between privacy, view, and light through a basis of multiple specifics instead of the generic typically offered by a prototype. The three variables with four positions (north, south, east, and west) produce 64 possible variations. If simple rotation is eliminated from these combinations, 32 combinations result (see sketch on next page). Designing 32 houses in 15 weeks seems like an impossible task, but the parametric tool (CATIA) will be utilized from the outset and if the workflow can be coupled with energy analysis the design feedback can be almost instant.

While the discussion of mass production and mass customization has been explored to great degrees in the area of fabrication, the design for a balance between mass production and mass customization has not been exploited at the scale of a house, and this is not surprising if one understands the differences between construction and fabrication. The design of the house will focus on massing, program, organization, and fenestration, but the construction methods will need to be explored alongside the design in order to fully incorporate the benefits of the parametric thinking. Proposed by PLY Architecture


Adjustable Parameters: North angle= View angle= Building angle= Max Opening Width=

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Rules: 1) Angle = Color if orientation_angle >= 0 deg { face.Color = RGB_Face }

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[ (Red,Green,Blue) color code ]

2) Opening = Represent relationship to Orientation if orientation_angle == 360 deg or orientation_angle == 0 deg { face\Activity = false opening\Activity = false interior_face\Activity = false Profile.2\Activity = false opening_width = 0 ft } [ false = OFF ] else { face\Activity = true opening\Activity = true interior_face\Activity = true Profile.2\Activity = true } formula:

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[ width = ((max width/angle range) *(angle/1 deg to cancel unit)*(1 length unit) ] if orientation_angle > 0 deg and orientation_angle <= 180 deg { opening_width = ((3.5/180) *(orientation_angle /1 deg ))*(1 ft) } else if orientation_angle > 180 deg and orientation_angle < 360 deg { opening_width = (3.5/180) * ((180) - ((orientation_angle /1 deg ) - (180))) * (1 ft) }

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Steam Screen Bend, Clamp & Remove Joshua Bard Instructor: 2010 University of Michigan Brad Smith Charlie Veneklase Denise Huang Team: CNC 3 axis router Traditional Steam Bending Digital Project Technology: Hardwood Material:

Steam Screen, the production and collaboration between Brad Smith, Charlie Veneklase, and Denise Huang. The installations explores the capacity of digital fabrication couple with traditional techniques of steam bending hardwood. Leveraging a parametric software (Digital Project) to design and prototype geometrically linked levels of porosities in screen wall. Control externally from the parametric software through an excel spreadsheet to farther coordinate design with external variables, for example solar and external site conditions.


Penta - Comb Screen Modular Screen: Multi-Iterations Surface Malcolm McCullough Tsz Yan Ng Instructor: 2009 University of Michigan CNC 3 axis router Technology: Sandeply Hardwood Material:

This modular screen, The Penta - Comb Screen is an installation that explores the relationships of mass producing a family of geometrically related parts that assembles in a unique modular system. The role of representation inherently tied to the production and the assembly logics for the screen wall. This exercise was an introduction to the use of the 3 axis router and its value in prototyping design objects.


108° 108° 108°

108°

144° 108°

36°

13/16;" 1/4;"

13/16;" 211/16;" 11/16;"

11/8;" 23/4;" 1/4;"

19/16;"

19/16;"

19/16;"

2"

19/16;" 19/16;"


Evolved Post and Beam Pavilion Parametric Driven Post and Beam Construction Glenn Wilcox Instructor: 2009 University of Michigan Grasshopper: Graphical Algorithm Editor 3D Plaster Printer Technology: Plaster Material:


Base on the standard building construction of the post and beam system. The notion of what this system will do when reacted to a series of push and pulls that start to morph the shape and produce an exciting space that can react to light and shadows and be a performative surface as well. This is the evolved form of the post and beam construction. Creating a new pavilion.


Screen of Shadows A Plastic Folded Plate Structure Alexander Hartray Instructor: 2005 University of Illinois at Chicago 2005 Year End Show University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture Awarded: Cardboard Material:

This was a study to explore systems and patterns to generate a „screen‰. Using cardboard as the only material, I was able to develop a tectonic structure that can grow and expand exponentially from one modular unit. Each unit consists of 5 pieces of cardboard where one is connected to another. Together the 5 pieces allow me to generate a screen that has a 3 dimensional quality to it. Designing in the x, y and z planes allows better understanding of space, light and shadow. Thus, itÊs a Screen of Shadows.


Inverted Dome Plaster Grid Shell Branching System Peter von Buelow Instructor: 2010 University of Michigan Nathaniel Doud Team: STAAD ( structural ) Technology: Plaster Materials:


Inverted Plaster Dome, this project explore a process of form generative through the study of structures and the genealogy of domes. Submerging the entire weaved net in plaster and then setting it back in place to the frame. The assembling of the support are approach through developing a series of branching columns with string prior to painting plaster to each individual supporting branch. After several layers of plaster and a short period of dry time, an inverted plaster dome stands.


P r a c t i c e Mapping, Urban, Building, + Applied


Between Extremes Geospatial / Geographic Information Systems: Mapping the Parameter of Detroit Mclain Clutter Instructor: 2009 University of Michigan Geographical Information Mapping Technology: In Between Extremes takes the approach to developing strategies to consolidate viable urbanism by find extreme Lows „Zeros‰ and Extreme Highs of certain demographics Geospatial Data and data. Using Geographic Information Systems „GIS‰ I was able to sort and extrude Material: out these extremes from their norm data chats. Also using its ability to calculate „slope‰ between the differences and where their mean is with the same condition of other variables coming to its interest are its most ripe / vital for changes to occur. Using the median (In Between as a catalysts for change drawing upon the prosperous to cross pollinate the other extreme.


Asian demographics

Caucasian demographics

Vacant between extremes

Public Space vs. Private Space

Possibility 01

Possibility 02

All demographics overlaid

Hot Zones


Front elevation:

Rear perspective:

A series of paper formal studies to explore the relationship between the mapping exercise and a process that holds the capacity towards generating formal investigations.


Roof Plan:


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Sky City A Dynamically Ruled System Karl Daubmann Instructor: 2010 University of Michigan Digital Project Rule Base Design VB Script Technology: Ruled System Computational Logics Material:

The introduction of rule based design and the role of iteration and versioning as a means of testing design proposals. Rules and iterations will continue to be key concerns for the planning and population of SKY City. Phase 1 of this project ran as a quick, intense, workshop laboratory. Designing the entire city within two weeks and generating the foundational rules to populate the system and also to extend beyond to the building design. A system of logics, rules and constraints where laid in place to parametrically design Sky City. Each tower and every component is individually linked and responsive to different and real time changing variables.

SkyCity Dynamic Ruled System

Urban Parameters Parcel Square Footage: Block Radius: Highspeed Rail: Local Rail System: Service Roads: Variable for Building Foot print:

Range 150’ 30‘ wide 30’ wide / 30‘ high 50’ wide Range

Equation: All adjunct neighbor’s distance in a one building radius away added to each other, divided by “variable for new building radius”.


Elevation 1” = 16’


Parcel, a system of circles interlinked with a series of foundational framework for design. A overall layered of rings tied directly and relational by distance to correspond to each changing variable.

Parcel Typology Parcels Parcel Robert_01 Characteristics: - Southern most parcel of group Robert. - Local Red Line runs East - West - Square Footage: x - Maximize vertical and urban farming due to location. - Solar Power Plant

Parcel Robert_02 Characteristics: - Western most parcel of group Robert. - Located on commercial rail line and the Local Blue / Red Line - Point of entry into SkyCity from Chicago. - Square Footage: x - Maximize manufactoring and municipal program due to location. - Manufactoring, Transportation Hub, Govermental

Parcel Robert_03

Characteristics: - Middle of SkyCity - Local Orange Line runs North - South - Square Footage: x - Maximize the marriage of Urbanism and Ruralist â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urban Rualityâ&#x20AC;? - Recreational, Similuation of Global Landscaps with in a condensed environment.

Parcel Robert_04

Characteristics: - Eastern most of SkyCity - Located Lime Green / Red Line - Square Footage: x - Maximize wind generated energy based on realationship to the dunes. - Wind Power Plant

Parcel Robert_05

Characteristics: - Water Front Parcel - Local Lime Green and Line runs North - South - Square Footage: x - Maximize views and dense urbanism - Recreational and residential


SkyCity Urban Farming Wind Power Public Spaces Manufactoring Circulation

Urban Farming Wind Power Public Spaces Manufactoring Circulation

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In and Out Housing Inside - Out New Housing Prototypes for the New Detroit Lars Gr채bner Instructor: 2010 University of Michigan Erica Wannemacher Team: FRESH 2011 Student Exhibition Awarded: FAR : 2.07 Building Area 114,000 ft2

The design studio taken during the Fall of 2010 was a comprehensive studio that focused on the issue of aggregate housing. During this studio the site that was chosen was in Detroit, Michigan on the same parcel of land that the old Tiger Stadium was located on. Our groups particular site was located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Cochrane Street, providing frontage for commercial programs, as well as an interior courtyard that could be used by residents and visitors to the site.

Site Area 55,000 ft2

Pervious vs Impervious Surfaces: Impervious surfaces: 44,800 sq. ft Pervious surfaces: 10,000 sq. ft. Pervious Surfaces 22%

Impervious Surfaces 78%

Commercial vs Residential Space: Commercial: 19,200 sq. ft. Residential: 76,200 sq. ft Commercial 20%

Residential 20%

Unit Types: 1 Bedroom: 31 2 Bedroom: 13 3 Bedroom: 2 3 Bedroom Units 6% 2 Bedroom Units 28%

1 Bedroom Units 66%

The building holds both commerical establishments, as well as high quality affordable housing. The construction of the building utilizes energy efficient systems as well as combined programs for a more efficient and comfortable lifestyle for residents. The commercial programs also add value to the community and create a destination within the city of Detroit.


1 Brick Clad Exterior 3” Rigid Inusulation Cast in place concrete slab Tie Backs Steel Angle Aluminum Lintel Steel Studs Radiant Floor Heating /2” Plywood 5/8” Gypsum board Suspended C-Channel Wood Cladding nset Can Lights

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UNIT1

1500 ft²

UNIT2

1100 ft²

UNIT3

750 ft²

UNIT4

1000 ft²


UNIT5

1250 ft²

UNIT6

1500 ft²

UNIT7

15 00 ft²


Colonia Condesa Market Tectonic Strategies: Hybrid Market | Mexico City Richard Blender Instructor: 2007 University of Illinois at Chicago 2007 1st Place Winner Lyceum Fellowship Competition $10,000 Travel Stipend lyceum-fellowship.org 2007 Year End Show University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture Awarded:

What is a Hybrid? „Produced by the interbreeding of different varieties, species or genes of animals or the cross-fertilization of plants. Also composite; formed or composed of heterogeneous elements.‰ „hybrid.‰ Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 13 May. 2007. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/ browse/hybrid>.

A system of „L‰ moves is generated as a means of circulation. Creating a movement of runs and turns enables a person to experience different environments and elements that make up the market. Zones bleed together spatially, while creating programmatic relationships between the ground and roof levels. The two levels of ground and roof start to relate and interact creating the basic heterogeneous elements of the Hybrid Market.


GROUND STRATEGY


Ground Strategy:

Allowable

Environmental zones:

Strategy

Site / Context

Ground Strategy:

Light

Sand

Grass

Forest


Roof Module:

Final Result

Roof Strategy:

Square unit piece

Allowable

Roof Strategy:

Strategy


Summer Light

Modular Design

Single Cell

Responsive

Final Result


Colonia Condesa Chapel Tectonic Strategies: Hybrid Market Design Phase 2 | Mexico City Richard Blender Instructor: 2007 University of Illinois at Chicago 2007 Year End Show University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture Awarded:


Allowable The Chapel within the Hybrid Market uses the same strategies that were developed as the driving concept for the Hybrid Market in phase one. A system is created using an initial first modular piece as a tectonic system that is applied over the site and its conditions. The Chapel provides spaces for public and private worship while responding to the tectonic roof above. The altar is completely open to above to allow warmth and light down to the space.

Strategy

Light Chambers

Circulation Open

Circulation Closed

Public

Private


MCA: A Glimpse from Montrose Harbor Metal Construction Association Competition Karla Sierralta Instructor: 2006 University of Illinois at Chicago 2006 MCA Competition Entry Competition:

The site is situated along the Chicago waterfront. A beach house is proposed between the harbor on the west, beach to the north, and Lake Michigan on the east. This project is a competition entry intended to frame particular views and create a space that is interactive and responsive to the natural environment. One takes the responsive nature of a public park and continues that same concept onto the proposed project. The interactive screen allows one to manipulate the facade, creating a new realm of responsive behavior between the person â&#x20AC;&#x17E;playingâ&#x20AC;° and people watching from the exterior. The building facade changes and moves like it is an natural element responding to the wind and surrounding weather.


Circulation Patterns

Amphitheatre / Performance stage

Desired Views

Framed Glimpse

Diagrams are overlayed to reveal framed views of both the natural environment and of ChicagoĂ&#x160;s Skyline. The analysis of the ciruclation pattern generates the point of entry and informs the top level of the beach house.


Structure: Acts as a truss system for structural support. Also acts as a visual aesthetic of a continuous wrapping skin.

Interactive Zone: Interact with the Screen Interact with the Direct Environment Interact with your Framed Glimpse Interact with Light and Space


Screen Generator

Screen in Motion

Indoor Dining Outdoor Dining Screen in Action (zone) Kitchen / Services

Summer Light

Bird Sanctuary Protection

Winter LIght


TOD: Weaving Transit Oriented Development | North Lawndale, Chicago IL. Rusty Walker Instructor: 2006 University of Illinois at Chicago Nora Wu Team:

â&#x20AC;&#x17E;Theory of Weavingâ&#x20AC;° is a concept of applying rules to development and growth which incorporates the idea of weaving. The theory of weaving was derived from a material exploration through collage, representing various aspects of the community. In this model, program, density and open space are distributed evenly.

2006 Year End Show University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture Awarded:

EVANSTON

Lake Michigan

CHICAGO 2 1

NAPERVILLE

GARY

JOLIET


The modular layout incorporates the weaving strategy apparent in North Lawndale. In This example, distribution of program, density, and open space are weaving together.


Example:

Weave Unfolded


Collage - Theory of Weaving


3 Levels (Library) Public Circulation

3 Levels (Grocery / Dinning) Public Circulation Green

3 Levels (Community Center) Public Circulation Private

5 Levels (Mall) Public Circulation Green Commercial

4 Levels (Shopping) Commercial Circulation

3 Levels (Textile production) Circulation Public Private Offices

5 Levels (Theater / Parking) Movie Theater Public Private Offices

4 - 5 Levels (Mall) Public Circulation Social Commercial


5 Levels (Senior Housing Public housing (Senior) Circulation Private

Building 1 Production Floor Offices Private Dining

3 Levels (Fitness / Health) Public Circulation Recreational Commercial

Building 2 Circulation Offices Dining

3 Levels (Goverment) Public Circulation Offices Private


1101 N. Damen Wicker Park Residence Intern Architect Role: 2008 Wilkinson Blender Architecture Richard Blender Design Principal: Brian Peters Team: Single Family Interior Renovation Practice:

On the third floor of an existing 5-unit building, the floor runs the full length of the property. The goal, to not touch the perimeter, eliminate the need for doors, maximize daylight, and keep it open. Thus, generating pod like systems and zones as a programmatic need to be the most efficient with the existing floor plan.


Floor Plan: Zones / Blocks / Wet walls


The Dailey Method ballet barre work, core conditioning, muscle strengthening, yoga, and orthopedic Project Architect Role: 2010 Wilkinson Blender Architecture Richard Blender Design Principal: Commercial Interiors Practice:

The clients were interested in a zen like environment for their yoga studio, incorporating the use of bamboo floors, and maintaining the existing stamped-metal ceilings. A combination of colours, historical tin ceilings, and bamboo accent, accentuate an atmosphere fit for the yoga cliental.


Dickens Addition Bucktown Residence Intern Architect Role: 2009 Wilkinson Blender Architecture Richard Blender Design Principal: Jakeb Novak Team: Single Family Addition Practice: AIA Small Projects Award 2012 Awards:

â&#x20AC;&#x17E;As a side-lot to 2041 West Dickens, this addition connected a new 2-car garage to the existing house while focusing on the main garden space. The project incorporates a water-cistern, gabbion walls, and a wood rain-screen. Phase one of a three-story addition to an existing residence. Green features include underground rainwater harvesting system for irrigation, geothermal wells, radiant floors throughout, and reuse of salvaged lumber as interior wood siding. The clients purchased the property next door for the purpose of adding a garage, while simultaneously maintaining the open space. In the addition, Blender Architecture created a connection between the architecture and the landscape, and included a cistern under the garage to collect rain water from all structures and re-distribute it for landscape irrigation and the outdoor fountain. Gabion walls are incorporated into the north wall of the garage and used to separate the neighboring property. The separating wall has a built-in planter that allows the leftover irrigation water to filter through and back into the cistern. Salvaged wood from the demolition was re-purposed for a new bathroom and the exterior is clad in a cedar rain-screen. Exterior bluestone is used on the floor to further diminish the outside from the inside.â&#x20AC;°


Site Plan:

Front Entry:


Photovoltaic Array

2039 / 2041 W. Dickens

Solar Thermal Radiant Heated Floors

Alley

Dickens

Green Roof

Preserve Green Space 2 Car Garage

Preserve Existing Tree

Cistern (Rain Water)

Geothermal (Heating & Cooling)


Travels Thanks to the opportunity from the Lyceum Fellowship, I was able to travel aboard between 12 European and 6 Asian countries during a period of 7.5 months. I was able learn, see, hear and aquire a better understanding of Architecture and space. I was able to explore history and rural spaces. My journey opened my eyes to the major contrast between urban and rural, built and natural environments. Through my experiance backpacking around the world, I was able to see and document different spatial and volumetric conditions. It is crucial for me to continue my studies at the graduate level to push my limitations, explore collaborations, experimentations and evidently increase my ability to think spatially and design conscientiously.


Belgium

Spain England

France Vatican

Italy

Czech Republic

Netherlands Vietnam

Japan China

Poland

Germany

Singapore Cambodia

Austria

Hungry United States

Hong Kong


Berlin, Germany Jewish Museum


Positano, Italy Amalfi Coast


Miyajima, Japan Floating Tori


Beijing, China Temple of Heaven


Sapa, Vietnam Village of Sapa


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