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ROMA K SHAH DESIGN PORTFOLIO fall 2010 applicant

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study abroad program

FOREWARD

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA - ACADEMIC WORK COLLEGE OF DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND PLANNING

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Constructed Ecology Course: ARC3320

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Grafting Space Course: ARC2303

Desert Tectonics Course: ARC2304

Buoyant Territories Course: ARC3320

Place-Making in Rural Communities Course: ARC4323


study abroad program

study abroad program

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Intervening in the Historic Urban

SEZ / I.T Development in an Emerging Economy

Course: ARC4322

Course: ARC3463/4620

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“What is life but a form of motion and a journey through a foreign world? Moreover, locomotion-the privilege of animals-is perhaps the key to intelligence. The roots of vegetables (which Aristotle says are their mouths) attach them fatally to the ground, and they are condemned like leeches to suck up whatever sustenance may flow to them at that particular spot where they happen to be stuck...In animals the power of locomotion changes all this pale experience into a life of passion, although anaemic philosophers are apt to forget it, intelligence is grafted.� - G.Santayana, The Philosophy of Travel 1968

Lido Beach, 2006

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CONSTRUCTED ECOLOGY AT CHARLES SPRING PROFESSOR: WILLIAM TILSON The Swannee River defines the northern Florida landscape. To fully understand the regional ecology, external classifications were discarded for an internal approach, exploring physical aspects, intangible phenomena, personal experience and intuitive reactions to the site. This created definition of ecology revealed a multi-sensory experience that framed a mnemonic rhythm of the river with topographical studies and geological thresholds between the river and the karst topography of the area.


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CHARLES SPRING


A public pavilion is a simple program of occupation that adequately meets the needs of visitors, typically Swannee county locals: swimmers, families and divers. The pristine condition, strong visual connection to the river and gradient leading to the spring, add architectural complexity to the site. This exercise focuses on the tectonics of construction: the built detail. The use of thin pliable materials allows a lexicon of layers, folds, slips, and scores to create a dialogue rich in textures and details. The built detail engaged the site in three inquires: A. form- the role of the built as landscape in landscape B. aperture- user interaction with the elements C. channel- visitor’s experience with water


concept sketches

view from entry

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estuary (n)- a partially enclosed body of water formed where freshwater from rivers and streams flow into the ocean, mixing with salty seawater.

BUOYANT TERRITORIES AT CEDAR KEY PROFESSOR: WILLIAM TILSON The Lower Swannee National Wildlife Refuge (LSNWR) is located in Cedar Key, Florida. This transitory landscape allows filtering from the terrestrial to aquatic and from fresh water to salt water. In this landscape, time dictates edge. The current usage of the site includes swimmers, kayakers and nature enthusiasts. The proposed program is a boat house. The car access and kayak launch mediate between the natural and man-made, and the shift from land to water. By creating a circulation corridor for cars and kayaks, the remainder of the site can be reclaimed from an impromptu parking lot to a programmed as a larger public space. As the site moves inland, (east) the elevation rises. By terracing the site, the existing slope of the landscape is made explicit and public.

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final model, plan view

The programmed space of the boat house and circulation anchors the buoyant public space. As the boundary between land and water is redefined with every tide, so is the plaza. By terracing the public space, drastic site conditions are accommodated without sacrificing public access. The boathouse functions as a bridging mechanism between time and edge and the public space acts as a filter.

final model of “wing” roof

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“wing” roof sketches


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LEGEND 1. CAR ACCESS 2. SHELL MOUND 3. REST ROOMS 4. CHANGING AREA 5. KAYAK STORAGE 6. SECONDARY ENTRY 7. BOAT LAUNCH RAMP 8. TERRACED PUBLIC SPACE A. TRANSVERSE SECTION (SEE PAGE 12) 11


view from boat launch ramp

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study sketches of “anchor” wall

“anchor” wall

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GRAFTING AN EXHIBIT SPACE PROFESSOR: NANCY CLARK This design program is to provide an exhibit space for cinema and the digital arts for the Venice Biennale. Fondamenta Mendicanti was an ideal site as it bridges between high density and low-density areas within Venice. As one of the largest canals in Venice, spanning almost 15 feet wide, reinforcing the public connection. A graft of glass is constructed to create a new urban skin. Glass echoes the aquatic and luminescent qualities of the city, but transfers the plane of experience from the horizontal to the vertical. During the day, the grafted skin grows larger and larger until the city has been displaced by an ambiguity of the buildings and their reflections. During the evening, as the visitor moves through the space, the city subsides to a canvas for the exhibits, reinventing the Fondamenta Mendicanti.

entry space, night


stainless steel and glass spider connection detail

boardwalk along exterior screen, day

boardwalk along exterior screen, night

overview from Fondamenta Mendicanti, night 15


PLACE-MAKING IN RURAL COMMUNITIES PROFESSOR: ALFONSO PEREZ-MENDES San Martin de las Canas is an agricultural village in Jalisco’s Tequila Valley. In the center of the village lies the abandoned Hacienda. The ever-shifting culturalhistoric context in San Martin makes a community center an ideal proposal for this site. The community center has a formal entry space that acts as an extended verandah that mediates between an east and west public plaza. The west public space is exposed and directly accessible by to the community. The east public space is bordered by deciduous trees and accessible only through the community center, creating a more intimate and protected space. In addition, there is a library that would provide services to all ages of the population, and an activity loft which gives everyone of the ejido access to the amazing view of the sierra and agave fields. Lastly, the ejido room cantilevers over the west public space. Economic, political, and social issues affecting the ejido can be discussed in a proper forum.


library

view from public plaza (west)

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first floor

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LEGEND 1. LIBRARY 2. FIRE STAIRS 3. VERANDA 4. REST ROOMS/CHANGING 5. MAIN STAIRS 6. PUBLIC PLAZA (WEST) 7. PUBLIC PLAZA (EAST) 8. EJIDO ROOM 9. ACTIVITY LOFT


from stairs, view into activity loft

context model

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DESERT TECTONICS (NASCA LANDSCAPE) PROFESSOR: CHARLES HAILEY The above mapping reformulates the Nasca desert’s unique geology, myths and cultural history into a dialogue of intaglio and relief. The program for the site is a minimal live-work space for seasonal occupation. Taking cues from the site, the design strategy was to incise a membrane (program) within the landscape. At the surface the eruption is minimal but as the spaces move deeper into the incision, they begin to unfold and grow. The surface is only the germination of the full gesture. final model

study sketches

study models


glyph - desert - map

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transverse section A

site parti

A NEW NARRATIVE OF WATER FOR VENICE PROFESSORS: ROBERT MCCARTER & PAUL ROBINSON Venice is essentially a city of platforms. Historically archipelagos, these islands (terra firma) in the ocean were linked by a series of infill to platform across as population grew. Structurally, the entire Venetian urban fabric rests on a platform of pilings. They function to extend and fold up the terra firma to allow Venice to float on a stable platform, allowing pedestrian accessibility. Seasonally, during the aqua alta Venetians reclaim their city using removable wooden platforms to bridge across flooded walkways, campi, and piazzas. The ever-playful dialogue among light, water, and reflection further enriches the unique urban condition of Venice. Quality and phenomenology of spaces was inspired by the interaction between light and water. Light directly affects waters ability to reconstruct the city. Luminated water appears as an exposed skin or sheet, while dark water is more volumetric though solitary.

transverse section B

transverse section C

The project site is in the predominately residential sestiero of the Canaregio. The site’s south face engages the Fondamenta Canaregio and it’s north face anchors the fondamente Sacca S. Giramalo. The current usage of the site is an apartment building that minimally engages the lagoon. All public space has been internalized away from either fondamenta. The awkward geometry of the roof attempts to reconcile larger scalar issues with little success. transverse section D


elevation studies

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The program is a public bath. It offers a retreat from the city by providing an alternate interaction with water. The concept of the platform inspired form. Circulation, sequential progression and territories were created by manipulations of the platform. To create a Venetian narrative of bath, roman prototypes with modern health and wellness concerns were used to establish function.

light-water-density

Main Platforms: public- space parallel to water’s edge, with cafe roman- traditional baths: tepidarium, frigidarium two calidariums with different light qualities private- saunas and shallow pool outdoor- exercise pool, conversation pool, stone bath stair- connector platform, circulation between roman and outdoor platforms

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longitudinal section


stair

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third floor

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SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE (SEZ) DEVELOPMENT IN INDIA (TEAM DESIGN) PROFESSOR: SHIVJIT “CHEVY” SIDHU SEZs are the new engines for export led economic growth in India, defined as: “Specifically delineated duty-free enclave and shall be deemed to be foreign territory for the purposes of trade operations and duties and tariffs”. . . . EXIM Policy 2000, Chapter 9 para 30. This studio focused on the development of SEZs at 2 challenging sites.

SITE 1: Lohegaon, outside of Pune City Limits DESIGN TEAM: Matt Hill, Matt Barnard, Eddy Ledesma, Sarah Scott, Roma Shah

25 acres with 2.5 million square feet of proposed client space. The campus consists of 3 towers connected by a parking podium. At ground level this creates a central public plaza among the towers. A large lake feature is located at the southern portion of the site. Occupying approximately 10% of the site, it enhances the work environment while serving as a reservoir for water run-off and possible monsoon flooding. Lohegaon Master Plan Security is a key design component in SEZ development. Use of a ring road with guarded entry and exit points protects circulation. International linkages require extended programmatic considerations. Such operations need around the clock access to facilities and amenities alike. various master planning schemes developed by applicant


physical modeling studies

inital site massing study WEST TOWER

INCUBATOR

LAKE

PODIUM EAST TOWER digital modeling studies

NORTH TOWER

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A major design constraining factor: the southern boundary of the site faces Lohegaon military airbase. Definitive decibel testing is still necessary, but for security and sound control the incubator building of the site has been placed here. An incubator building serves as an initial start-up space for an enterprise until it has grown into a larger organization. This proposed incubator is approximately 582, 126 square feet. The open floor plan allows for flexibility as well as single or multiparty occupancy. To control sound, the south façade is largely opaque. Light wells are used to bring daylight into the incubator’s core. Possible changes in Pune land laws required an additive design approach. The incubator has been designed in such a manner that the eastern bay of the building may be built at a later time.

facade studies and schemes developed by applicant


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east elevation

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SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE (SEZ) DEVELOPMENT IN INDIA. (TEAM DESIGN) PROFESSOR: SHIVJIT “CHEVY” SIDHU SITE 2: Hinjewadi

DESIGN TEAM: Sarah Scott, Roma Shah Hinjewadi Current topography and usage has embedded an intuitive site diagram. Residential occupation and small-scale agriculture lay side by site to brick production on the site. The proposed (SEZ) I.T campus is 30 acres including housing and other services/ amenities.

Master Plan Diagram


Portal Passage Field: An approach to master planning PORTAL- entry points into the site, at the north and south ends. PASSAGE- the main circulation artery runs the linear length of the site. This circulation scheme explicitly defines 2 separate fields. FIELD- primary: low elevation secondary: high elevation

east elevation

The proposed master plan (diagram, left) creates 3 zones (with in the identified fields). Zone 1 will contain high-rise I.T development and some residential structures. Zone 2 will contain a public gathering space centered on an existing well. Zone 3 will contain low-rise I.T development with an integrated green roof system to extend the public zone. In addition to the existing circulation, a ring road will be extended along the perimeter of the primary field.

view to west

view at intersection of passage way and ring road.

view to south

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image courtesy of Sini Kamppari

“It is essential to an architect to know how to see: I mean, to see in such a way that the vision is not overpowered by rational analysis.� - Luis Barragan, 1980

Undergraduate Design Work  
Undergraduate Design Work  

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