Sara Chafi - Portfolio

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SARA CHAFI

PORTFOLIO 2021




TABLE OF ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS

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TOWARDS A NEW HORIZON

p. 02 - 07

UNIFIED ADAPTATION

p. 08 - 11

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CHIRINGUITO

p. 12 - 17

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FARMING ON THE GO

p. 18 - 21

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THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN HOUSING

p. 22 - 25

ARISE

p. 26 - 31


CONTENTS MISCELLANEOUS PROJECTS

07 08 09 10 11 12

MUSHROOM PAVILION

p. 32 - 33

PAQUITA

p. 34 - 37

SHADOW BOX

p. 38 - 39

TRIBOOM SPEAKERS

p. 40 - 41

DETAILED WORK

p. 42 - 51

DRAWINGS & SKETCHES

p. 52 - 57


ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT

01 TOWARDS A NEW HORIZON Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats is a project that intends to honor the rich history of Native American boat building techniques. This cultural and production center serves as an interactive public space where modern boat vessels and hulls are built. Located in Seattle, Washington - the center is sheltered from the bustling city life and offers a tranquil outlet. Lake Union is surrounded by a number of public amenities, many of which lack cultural influence. This project will serve as a physical reminder of the original inhabitants of this land and the extraordinary craftsmanship they produced.

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The center is right up against the water’s edge, making it easy to access the docks and experience and learn more about the boats up close. Visitors get to interact with the workers on a daily basis without disturbing their workflow.


TOWARDS A NEW HORIZON

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08 - Structure

07- Third floor

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05 - Primary & Secondary structure

04 - Main access

03 - Second Floor

02 - Services & Additional storage

01 - First floor

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The center’s design is heavily influenced by the Native Americans’ diverse hulls and how in section the hulls bring forth varying characteristics. The tube that pierces through the building is narrow and represents the front of a slender canoe. While the observatory deck at the top, is also an interpretation of the canoes, it is a more exaggerated take on the boats overall forming process

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TOWARDS A NEW HORIZON

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TOWARDS A NEW HORIZON

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ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT

02 UNIFIED ADAPTATION NoDa Community Center

This center is located in what used to be an industrial district, however as the demands and habits of the inhabitants shifted, NoDa took on a new identity and became known as Charlotte’s vibrant art district. In hopes of accommodating the current demands of NoDa’s creative side and yet preserving the area’s past traditions, the community center made sure to include two primary programmatic needs in order to establish a balance between art production and exhibition.

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The building’s exterior is primarily composed of locally found brick and the method of construction remains unobtrusive to the vernacular architecture found on site. The center is located along the light rail and caters to a wide range of users who have the liberty to socialize and observe different activities present on site.


UNIFIED ADAPTATION

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UNIFIED ADAPTATION

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ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT

03 CHIRINGUITO

Beach Restaurant in Barcelona Team Members: Alejandra Casar, Yugyeong Lee, Christine Zhu

The chiringuito is located in Barceloneta a beloved beach both by locals and tourists in Barcelona, Spain. The open floor plan creates a transitional connection from the busy walkway to the lively beach before reaching the splashing waves. The restaurant is a seasonal accommodation that is meant to be used during the summer months. Here tapas and refreshing drinks can be enjoyed by beachgoers. The kitchen is strategically placed at the center of the restaurant so that the customers have easy access to the bar and an unobstructed view of the beach.

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The seasonal space is meant to be easily uninstalled when the colder months roll in. The material selection and framing was designed in a way that would reflect the chiringuito’s needs.


CHIRINGUITO

Chiringuito Barceloneta - Barcelona, Spain

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Form on Site

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CHIRINGUITO

This project investigates the peculiar behavior of EVA foam when heat is applied. After conducting a set of controlled experiments, we developed a thermoforming strategy with a set pattern, grid, and temperature to deform foam surfaces into our desired form.

To ensure and emphasize the temporality of the structure during the summer, the apertures on our bioplastic skin surface are meant to gradually open throughout summer. By the end of the season, the bioplastic skin can be melted and reused.

With our gained understanding of the material’s nature, we are able to apply the deformation at different scales in order to design a temporary chiringuito on the beach of Barcelona.

This building method is integral in achieving an environmentally conscious conceptual design that is aware of its life cycle.

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LOCATION & SITE ANALYSIS

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CHIRINGUITO

EXPLODED AXON

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ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT

04 FARMING ON THE GO Urban Farm in Chicago

The dense city of Chicago is often forced to import the majority of its produce from rural districts. Implementing an urban farm project provides a more sustainable alternative. The site is located in Jackson Park and borders Lake Michigan where fresh water can be locally sourced and used to irrigate the crops. By introducing this concept, it will enable the community to develop social ties and connections with their neighbors and increase access to fresh goods.

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There are several benefits that come with implementing urban agriculture within a city. Not only can some products be sourced locally, but this also holds important educational value. This community-based program provides a chance for the city to improve its quality of life and overall understanding of the many challenges and rewards agriculture has to offer.


FARMING ON THE GO

Jackson Park - Chicago, IL

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ELEVATION A

ELEVATION B

PLAN

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FARMING ON THE GO PRACTICE This space acts as a semiindoor garden which faces the greenhouse. Here, the locals can independently harvest and take care of the seasonal plants.

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LEISURE The center remains a public space that invites all types of visitors. Outdoor seating was an important factor to integrate within the overall program.

RESEARCH The community center has a dedicated area for social activities and interactions with other users.

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ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT

05 FUTURE OF AMERICAN HOUSING Along the Buffalo Bayou

Houston is a city that has witnessed continuous growth along the Buffalo Bayou since its founding in 1837. The city’s historical settlement repeatedly points to a predominant attraction; the single-family homes found along the Bayou. The absence of zoning regulations and a freemarket approach to growth, has created a peculiar yet locally grounded pattern concerning urban development. Houston’s heterogeneity goes beyond physical infrastructural relationships. Presence of dangerous oil refineries or chemical plants are often found only feet away from homes, obstructing the quality of suburban neighborhoods.

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An imbalance exists at multiple levels, evident of Houston’s allocation of resources and opportunities to its residents. This project looks at two proposals that attempt to alleviate the two principle issues, climate change and affordable housing, that hinder Houston’s urban infrastructure.


FUTURE OF AMERICAN HOUSING

Impacted Neighborhoods - Houston, TX

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RESIDENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE:

Inequity in Houston’s Urban System

Multi-Family Units - Most affordable units -Demand for multi-family units increasing -Foundin Historic Districts

High - Density Living

Single Detached Units

Single Family Attached Units

- Located mostly downtown - Expensive; Not accessible to the majority -Lower levels can be mixed-use

- Close proximity to Bayou - Highest number of housing units - Covers the largest ground surface - Densest in terms of number of homes vs land

- Typically rented out - Scattered near suburban neighborhoods

INDUSTRIAL INFRASTRUCTURE:

Inequity in Houston’s Urban System

Chemical Plant - Extremely Hazerdous especially in an event of an accident - All owned or managed by the Port of Houston Authority

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Port / Harbour

Oil Refinery

- A total of 8 terminals

- The most common type of industry in Houston

- All owned or managed by the Port of Houston Authority

- Houston’s driving economy


FUTURE OF AMERICAN HOUSING AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROPOSAL:

ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIVE PROPOSAL:

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ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT

06 ARISE

Multimodal Center Partner: Alejandra Casar

The Charlotte Gateway project is soon to be a hub that attracts tourists, visitors, and commuters by providing access and transportation to some of Uptown Charlotte’s most popular destinations. Adjacent to the city’s most centralized railway tracks, the site’s new transit center will connect the Fourth Ward neighborhood with new destinations and modes of public transportation such as the City Lynx Gold and Silver Line and additional Amtrak Rails. This multimodal project will welcome and house people from all over the city and create a vibrant center that will encourage a diverse flow of people, which will in turn activate the mixed-use spaces throughout the site. ARISE is a place for social responsibility, democracy, solidarity and equity. These values are reflective of the community’s needs since nearby developments have demolished an SRO building.

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Arise will accommodate for the displacement of these residents, integrating a new SRO within a space of social interaction along with social services to promote economic stability and hope within this at-risk community. Charlotte’s desperate need of affordable housing is addressed with a residential tower that exclusively accommodates low income families and individuals in the area as well as for members transitioning out from the homeless shelter. Other programmatic elements designed to support the community include in-house services through nonprofits that aid in education and employment training, nutrition and living skills education, and counseling and therapy services.


ARISE

Multimodal Transportation Center - Charlotte, NC

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FORM DEVELOPMENT:

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MATERIAL LOGISTICS:

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ARISE

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SECTION A

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SECTION B


ARISE

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MISCELLANEOUS PROJECT

07 MUSHROOM CANOPY Pavilion Team Members: Alejandra Casar, Daniela Martinez

This pavilion was inspired by the many fascinating steps the stinkhorn mushroom takes to reach its final form. The varying sizes of the openings that appear all along the netting is a characteristic that needed to be captured and preserved in the pavilion. This allowed for multiple apertures to appear and create distinct shadows on the ground.

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The trajectory the stinkhorn takes tends to be asymmetrical and that is also one of the attributes we used to our pavilion’s structural advantage. By accurately representing the way the stinkhorn’s net leans to one side, we were able to create a successful anchor point.


MUSHROOM CANOPY

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MISCELLANEOUS PROJECT

08 PAQUITA The Dancing Robot Team Members: Alejandra Casar, Daniela Martinez

Paquita is a project that aims to translate the many processes of a Stinkhorn’s natural system. The net is an abstracted representation of the complex geometries that appear as the stinkhorn exponentially grows. As the rods repeatedly roll over the undulated plate, it allows the connected net to expand and contract which forms different openings. The asymmetrical base portrays the unpredictable and endless possible outcomes of every individual stinkhorn mushroom. By transforming the stinkhorn’s logic into codified methods it highlights the distinction between natural and artificial systems’ capabilities.

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This bluetooth controlled robot is permitted an adequate range of motion through the two DC motors located under Paquita’s shell which are attached to the motorized wheels. The settings that grant Paquita’s mobility can be reprogrammed through Arduino’s coding settings. The deliberate design attributes of this project successfully merge the pragmatic as well as the comical aspect of computational design.


PAQUITA

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PAQUITA

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MISCELLANEOUS PROJECT

09 SHADOW BOX Light Fixture

This project was about strengthening my understanding of three different materials with the goal of finding an elegant way to harmoniously combine wood, brass, and concrete. The result ended up being an adjustable portable light source that could be controlled with the help of the sliding wooden sheets. Each wooden piece was enveloped and supported with a brass frame. The slits varried in size which enabled flexible choices.

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The concrete base served as a stationary support system for the light wooden covering. This entire project was crafted by hand with the aid of hand tools found in the wood and metal lab.


SHADOW BOX

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MISCELLANEOUS PROJECT

10 TRIBOOM Speakers

The Triboom was an all-encompassing design project from start to finish for a personalized sound device. Once the circuit and cable connections had been welded and joined together it was time to engulf the mechanic features with an innovative and effective design. The 16 wooden triangular facets allowed for a smooth and natural solid casing. A precise angle had to be mastered in order for all the pieces to seamlessly fit.

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The chosen shape allowed the sound wavelengths to appropriately bounce off of each facet without obstructing the pure sound experience coming out of each speaker. The connection to the playing source was done through an Aux cable that could be removed and replaced with another outlet when needed.


TRIBOOM

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MISCELLANEOUS PROJECT

11 DETAILED WORK Furniture & Intricate Pieces

The following is a compilation of a range of projects that require precise measurements and understand the nature of the materials behavior. Many of the designs started off as sketches and were then precisely drafted and modeled in 3D modeling Softwares.

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Some of the designs were produced with the intent of recreating a real prototype once the drawings were complete.


DETAILED WORK

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DETAILED WORK // LAMP POST

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DETAILED WORK // BEACH CHAIR

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DIMENSIONS:

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DETAILED WORK // OFFICE DESK

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DETAILED WORK // OFFICE DESK

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MISCELLANEOUS PROJECT

12 SKETCHES Hand drawn

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SKETCHES

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