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PORTFOLIO. Shifa Virani


Twisting Pavilion Seminar Project Seminar Critic: Luis Ortega A glistening canopy undulates above the heads of pedestrians and ultimately sweeps into singular angled curves which embed themselves into the concrete groundwork for support.


The concrete footing spans the length of the building, interconnecting each metal fin through an underground substrate. Self-support in the structure is provided by a clinching mechanism that holds two overlapping sections of the fins together. The clinching process is a method of joining sheet metal by localized cold-forming of the material. Not only is it cost efficient and repeatable but it is also virtually undetectable in comparison to conventional bolting or welding techniques. Clinching involves the deformation of the material being joined to form a mechanical interlock.


Spegill Pavilion Seminar Project Seminar Critic: Luis Ortega For our pavilion we understood the wall as an envelope in itself - as an interface layer, of sorts, with the exterior layer, a space, and an inner layer. By distorting the flat wall surface and turning it on itself as well as cutting through the wall we intend to reveal the richness and intricacies contained in a wall.


Office DA's Helios House Seminar Project Seminar Critic: Julie Flohr The gas station acts as a part of the city Dubbed by Brand Marketing Company as a "living labratory," it is a unique and influential way of using architecture to educate the public. The use of subtle sustainable elements such as sensor lights, solar panels, recyclable and surable stainless steel panels and recycled glass in concrete floors as well as powerful messages on the signage and the striking formal characteristics meld to generate a structure that produces a strong visual effect on passing cars and pedestrians.


Baum Pavilion Seminar Project Seminar Critic: Luis Ortega In the design of this pavilion we've created a paneled structure that relies on a one-to- one control geometrically but achieves a level of flexibility through the use of material and formal adjustability. The structure itself consists of quarter inch aluminum panels attached at their corners using a flexible joint system common to a set of joined panels. The canopy is supported by tree-like metal columns.


Alternate Reality Adaptive reuse of the former site of the chicago spire at 400 North Lakeshore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611. "The lakefront by right belongs to the people. Not a foot of its shores should be appropriated to the exclusion of the people. " Daniel Burnham, 1909


A New Methodology for the fabrication of branching systems. Digital Fabrication / UIC Barcelona 2013 Team Members: Samer Afifi and AJ Vangegas Studio Critic: Marta MaleAlemany (advisor) Jordi Portell Torress Miquel Llloveras Corbalan

The class is based exploring the potential of additive fabriation and the implications of such a system on a variety of fields. the limitations of the 3d printing were used as a construction and design impetus in studing concepts related to built forms while retaining structural stability and strength.


The variation and customization possible with 3d printing as a method of fabrication allows for the quick application of data to create tangible forms. This industrialization opens up a field of possibilities at every scale of construction. Structural, formal and enviornmental optimization can take place in very little time and with low financial implications. Although the mechanism of production places several constraints on the fabrication process we are able to use these constraints to transform the design process as well as the form itself. The forms we have created are evolutionary forms rather than stable individual units. they rely on the ability to grow in multiple ways, this is made possible because of 3d printing rather than the use of conventional techniques of fabrication which would generally be time consuming and expensive. a plentitude of applications can be created merely by varying the scale of the object or allowing for small modifications to create a series of forms.


Shy Frankenstein Seminar Project Seminar Critic: Jimenez Lai Program: A tower A townhouse A cottage A man Site: Nomadic Creature



M. Arch Portfolio 2014 for Shifa Virani