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BOATHOUSE 555 WEST 218TH ST, MANHATTAN The Columbia University’s boathouse facility looks to enhance communication between its professional rowers and the community’s own by restoring access between the cityscape and the riverside atmosphere of NYC. By fine-tuning the layers within the NW (river) and SE (city) facades, the boathouse boosts balance between nature and the “concrete jungles” of mankind. 5


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The structure relies on a heirarchy of systems, each supporting GLASS different components of the building.

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TERTIARY STRUCTURE (MULLIONS)

GREEN ROOF

SOLAR PANELS

SECONDARY STRUCTURE (PURLINS)

PRIMARY STRUCTURE (VIERENDEEL TRUSS)

The facades act as an enclosure for both human beings and boats/boating equipment. To maintain easy access to the 11 water, the entire facade opens and closes according to the time of year.


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MOLDSCAPE The observatory monitors and amplifies the density of light in different seasons thus allowing for certain patterns in human movement throughout landscape. Because the winter and summer light patterns vary in the ratio of light/shadow, there is a distinct disparity between the different times of year. The light filter is designed to exaggerate or amplify the varying lighting conditions produced during the winter solstice, equinox, and summer solstice.

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By means of building basic rule-sets, wood molding is used to create a landscape for the observatory. The rule-sets are derived from studies of dunescape maps (the Kelso Dunes & the Dunes of Namibia), and from these directives, information such as angles and lengths of the molding is given. After the first unit is made, four more must be constructed to create a cluster. The cluster is the building block for the landscape.

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The observatory that sits on the landscape acts according to the light filter, which is integrated into the wiring system of the model. Its purpose is to amplify the density of light in different seasons. The patterns of light and shadow influence human movement and circulation within the landscape.

vertical section cut winter solstice @ 1200

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horizontal section cut

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RECONSTRUCTION Palladio’s Villa Pisani is deconstructed then built back up through an interpretation of shapes within the plan of the villa. Three basic shapes, and the variations of these shapes, run along the entire plan, creating what is essentially the villa itself.

plan reassemblage

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NOVEL BODIES The Haeckel organism (“knobbly surface”) is modeled, and with each body structure, a different overlay of texture is applied. Each part plays a different role in the function of the organism.

HEAD BODY

PRIMARY WING

SECONDARY WING

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exterior condition diagrammatic plan

section cuts

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An enclosure system is created by separating the smooth skin surface above the body itself with boolean logic applied to the knobbly spherical texture.

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KINDERGARTEN @ 53 ST MARKS, STATEN ISLAND At such a young age, children going to kindergarten are exposed to many fresh, and unusual sights. Their minds are constantly developing from not only what their teachers feed them, but also from their surroundings. One principle that is crucially important to a child’s growth is his or her ability to not just accept a fact as it is, but to simply question it. To be able to sustain a never ending curiosity is elemental in a child’s growth.

TWISTED REALITY Ultimately, to break these rules of straightness, a literal twist is applied to simple shapes and curves which provided the conditions necessary for a distorted view on reality. The angles are shifted in such a way that one can barely feel the “break” when standing close to the structure. In this manner, it is can be difficult to tell if the building is twisted or if it is your mind playing tricks on you.

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The goal of the kindergarten is to utilize the architecture of a building to stimulate the children’s opposition against tradition, or the ordinary (i.e. an environment that helps ask questions such as why are walls straight / why are ceilings flat). The children should come to see that a building doesn’t have to be a box.

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TECTONIC ASSEMBLY Methods of japanese joinery are used to create basswood cubes that have six joints in the closed position and six joints in the open position. Every joint is defined by a unique word, creating verses of a higher poem. Assemblage of the joints is created through a matrix of combinations and encoding provided by Sudoku algorithms and poetry lines of the I-Ching (diagram on right). By opening up the cube, a new spacial value is created, giving new meaning to the space within.

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POISON - Hexagram 18

H18, L6

Mountain above Wind below Wind below, seemingly gentle and weak, erodes the mountain above. In each trigram, yielding yin lines are beneath solid yang lines, symbolizing things which seem whole on the surface, but which are rotted inside.

festeezio (n) – a good looking Italian man

Do not serve king or lords. Your own affairs are of higher importance.

metasyntactic (adj) – a word that is longer than 13 letters

Manage father’s poison. Make use of honor. Ample is father’s poison. Going forward, one will see deprivation. Manage father’s poison. The young have regrets. No great fault.

Gu Poison, venom, harm. To bewitch, to enchant

Manage mother’s poison. The young have regrets. No great fault.

The Sequence and Link Where enthusiasm and following have taken place, decay and poisoning will eventually occur.

Manage father’s poison. Let his child examine. No fault amid such harshness. In the end, fortune. H18, L4

A-B: Waiting with kings and lords.

SPREADING - Hexagram 59

H59, L6

Wind above Water below Wind blows over the water, dispersing whatever may be blocking the surface. In spring, the winds move the breaking ice floes. Likewise, spirituality disperses the divisiveness of stubbornness and egotism.

bandit (n) – a small shrew like animal who likes to eat copious amounts of tasty trout

Spreading his blood. Go far away. No fault. Spreading sweat: his great command. Expanding royal dwellings. No fault.

H59, L5

gaydar (n) – a delicious African cuisine

Spreading his flock. Great fortune. Expanding and there are mounds. No common person can understand this.

Huan Expand, scatter, disperse. The name of a river.

Spreading his twisting body. No regrets.

The Sequence and Link After the sharing of delight, people scatter to their separate lives; when delight congeals into selfishness and decadence, dispersal must follow. When the pooling of exchange is over, there must come spreading

Spreading and going directly toward his platform. Regrets vanish. By the saving strength of a horse. Fortune.

AUB: Spread your confidence out and you will understand.

Adhering and binding to make following hold fast. The king makes offering on West Mountain.

FOLLOWING - Hexagram 17 Lake above Thunder below

to jam (v) – to show respect to a figure of high authority

Confidence in excellence. Fortune.

Lake, symbolizing joyousness and gladness, as well as the youngest daughter, is above. Thunder, which here symbolizes movement, is below, and represents the eldest son.

H17, L4

stainable (adj) – to be able to pull all nighters

Follow and there will be capture--but this is a sign of misfortune. Put your confidence the Way and you will will understand. Then, how can there be fault? Binding to the man loses the child. Follow and seeking will bring achievement. Gain by dwelling stoutly.

Sui To follow, to trace, to come afterward. To listen to, to submit to, to comply with. To let, to allow. To resemble.

H17, L2

The Sequence and Link Enthusiasm and delight encourage following.

Binding to the child loses the man. The standards of excellence are altered. Pure fortune. Go out of the gate to meet others and there will be merit.

A+B: Sorrow child loses the man.

WIND - Hexagram 57 Wind above Wind below One of the eight doubled trigrams, this hexagram symbolizes wind, wood, and the eldest daughter: Its attribute is gentle interweaving--like the wind or steadily growing wood. The lines also show yang lines penetrating yin lines, just as the wind disperses dark clouds.

to freeze (v) – to capture a butterfly

Firm fortune. Regrets vanish. Nothing but gain. Without a beginning, there is no end. Before the time of geng, three days. After the time of geng, three days. Fortune.

to migrate (v) – to move from the bedroom to the bathroom, and back

Regrets vanish. In the field: capture three articles. H57, L3

Incesseant wind. Sorrow. Wind under the bed. Use many chroniclers and wizards. Fortune. No fault.

Sun Defined in dictinoaries as the name for this trigram and hexagram of the Changes. Submissive, subordinate, mild. The Sequence and Link Which one is no longer subordinate, one will be returned to one’s proper place.

Wind under the bed. Loses his weatlh and axe. Firm misfortune.

Advance and retreat benefit a warrior’s firmness. H57, L1 A+B: Going directly toward his platform benefit a warrior’s firmness.

WAITING - Hexagram 5

H5, L6

Water above Heaven below Water in heaven: rain clouds in the sky. We cannot make it rain; we have to wait for this nourishment to fall. Furthermore, heaven, meaning strength, is combined with water, meaning danger. When one is faced with danger, one carefully times on’s action and, while waiting, seeks nourishment in preparation for the work ahead.

H5, L5

Entering into a cave and finding uninvited strangers. Three people come. Honor them and in the end there will be good fortune.

dimorphic (adj) – two people that are in the same social class

Waiting with wine and food. Pure fortune.

to crossbreed (v) – to pour someone a cup of tea

Waiting in a bloody cave. Get out! Waiting in the mud draws raiders to arrive. Waiting in the sand. The small will talk. At last, good fortune.

Xu Hesitation, waiting. To need, to require, to demand. Expenses, provisions, needs, necessities.

Waiting in the countryside. Gain by being steadfast. Be without fault.

The Sequence an Link Youth requires nourishment and time for rowth, and that requires waiting.

A+B: Make use of honor and in the end, there will be good fortune.

POISON - Hexagram 18 Mountain above Wind below Wind below, seemingly gentle and weak, erodes the mountain above. In each trigram, yielding yin lines are beneath solid yang lines, symbolizing things which seem whole on the surface, but which are rotted inside.

courteous (adj) – marked by respect for and consideration of others

Manage father’s poison. Make use of honor. Ample is father’s poison. Going forward, one will see deprivation. Manage father’s poison. The young have regrets. No great fault.

Gu Poison, venom, harm. To bewitch, to enchant The Sequence and Link Where enthusiasm and following have taken place, decay and poisoning will eventually occur.

mimicry (adv) – in a state of rest

Do not serve king or lords. Your own affairs are of higher importance. H18, L5

Manage mother’s poison. The young have regrets. No great fault. H18, L1

Manage father’s poison. Let his child examine. No fault amid such harshness. In the end, fortune.

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B-A: In the end, his great command.

BITING - Hexagram 21 Fire above Thunder below

How he is imprisoned in a cangue, ears destroyed! Misfortune. Biting dried meat, winning yellow gold. Be upright in harsh times

spacecraft (n) – a type of shoe that allows one to glide


Various open/close positions of precedent cube.

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GRADUATE HOUSING @ 79-89 GRAND AVE, BROOKLYN The dormitory investigates three problems within the urban area. First the modular typology of the apartment complexes within the building. Second, the limitations to zoning. And third, the idea of an architectural identity as a facade and impression it poses on th community, both inside and outside its doors.

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Designed for a graduate housing community of 55 two bedroom apartments, simple double height units are created from a logic of cube assembly. The units are then wrapped around an atrium with joints that open about the egress. This allows for the interior to be very public and communal, as opposed to the exterior of the building (approx. 3.5 ft at its thickest point), which presumes a private and masked building program.


illuminance sketch of apartment interior in the summer v. winter

The research precedent is based on a plaster mold (or the inverse) of hardened sugar shaped as natural dunes formed by gravity. The actual facade of the building consists of two concrete layers connected with a conical truss system that can fully support itself.

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AUDIOPHILIA MILL LANE, MANHATTAN The nature in which the heterotopic garden is built draws from the fundamentals of music and rhythm. The symphonic garden consists of a catalogue of sounds that from its own soundscape, the user is able to choose his or her auditory surroundings by traveling longitudinally or transversely to the garden. Additionally, the garden itself is sensitive to the sounds that are produced by the user or by nature. Using the most basic of musical analogies (rhythm, frequency, amplitude) the soundscape and the garden can exist symbiotically.

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The heterotopic garden is sensitive to different soundscapes before it is a specific topology. In this generic experiment, a wave with the variables of frequency and amplitude are passed through a point medium in order to create a better sense of how a 3D wave would be seen in a form. This study in cymatics proved to show that with different sources and medium densities, complex definitions of space could be attained through just the use of sound and waves. The intersection of musical notation and architectural space not only allows us to produce the soundscape but to navigate through the garden as well.


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