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PROJECTS: ACADEMIC PORTFOLIO 2013 STEFAN LEVASSEUR


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STUDIO: SETTLEMENTS CITY GROWTH Jan-Apr 2011 Mentor: Erick Villagomez

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STUDIO: EN_SPACE INTERTWINED Sep-Dec 2010 Mentor: Martin Lewis Collaborator: Mark Ross

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STUDIO: ACCOMMODATIONS 118 LADYSMITH Jan-Apr 2010 Mentor: Christopher MacDonald

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STUDIO: TERRAINS HUMAN / NATURE Sep-Dec 2009 Mentor: Kris Fox

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ENVIRONMENT & URBAN FORM WALKABILITY IN THE WEST END Sep-Dec 2010 Mentor: Ron Kellett Collaborator: Jason Pfeifer

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GEOMETRIC MODELLING PARAMETRIC DESIGN Sep-Dec 2010 Mentor: Ian McDonald Collaborator: Erik Bean

CONTENTS


STUDIO: SETTLEMENTS CITY GROWTH LOCATION Vancouver BC Canada

TYPE Individual Academic Project - Fourth Term

DATE Jan-Apr 2011

MENTOR Erick Villagomez [e_vill1@hotmail.com]

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City Growth explores the potential for urban agriculture to advance the cultivation of Vancouver’s identity and to reconnect the community of Marpole to the Fraser River Waterfront with an interactive interpretive centre and market facility.

To intensify a connection to the waterfront, the facility blurs the shoreline with an integrated ramp descending through cattail-seeded steps. Two market platforms cascade along this ramp, separated from the building by a descending cattail ‘creek’. As though through a patch of cattails, light filters into

the interior spaces through cladding composed of alternating solids and glazed voids. Visual connection is maintained with the outdoor market platforms through operable wall panels.

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inspiration: cattails, Musqueam long house, remnants of industrial equipment discovered on site

process sketches exploring form, materials, and programme

process model exploring the interpretation of inspiration

interior community flex space

The building’s form was inspired by the site’s historical attributes - cattails along the bank of the Fraser river, and Musqueam long houses. Light-filtering properties of both inspired formal variations which, combined with simple industrial and agricultural typologies, yielded the final result.

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bog crops public facilities agricultural land community garden plots natural habitat and greenway blackberry bush parking lot orchard

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remediation agriculture

city sewer interception 2011

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experimental remediation greenhouses

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habitat restoration 2011

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stills from presentation slides showing the evolution of the proposed development over time

The site is presently dominated by light industry and surface parking. Its conversion to agricultural land is hindered by contaminants from previous industrial use thus requiring intensive bio-remediation.

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site plan; rendering of experimental remediation using mobile greenhouses

Mobile greenhouses will contain the contaminated ecosystems and provide lab facilities to explore new methods of bio-remediation while allowing the public to witness the gradual transformation of the site.

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As a gateway to the city, City Growth will showcase Vancouver’s role as a leader in sustainability. The site’s location directly below international flight paths and adjacent to a main bridge entering the city, provide a rare opportunity to view the site from an aerial perspective, creating a visual record of the transformation. 6

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In preparation for the design of our interventions at this urban scale, intensive research was carried out by the class as a whole and amalgamated into a large format presentation poster to introduce the guest reviewers to the sites, the city, and the region. This research was later presented to the community of Marpole to assist them in deliberations about

future development in their neighbourhood - namely several controversial proposals for towers. In order to facilitate access to this data, the students designed an online platform showcasing our research as well as our interventions. http://2011.ubcends.com/pages/1/welcome 7


STUDIO: EN_SPACE INTERTWINED LOCATION University of British Columbia BC

TYPE Group Academic Project - Third Term

Canada

MENTOR Martin Lewis [mlewis@sala.ubc.ca]

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COLLABORATOR Mark Ross

All graphics by Levasseur unless otherwise noted except renderings: 3D modelling by Levasseur and Photoshop work by Ross. All design concepts are the result of equal collaboration.


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DOGWOOD

ACCOMODATING

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INHABITABLE

WHEAT GRASS

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HAWTHORN

CONTEMPLATIVE

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legend of proposed vegetation used for programme coding

CRAB APPLE

FORSYTHIA

SYSTEMS

RED MAPLE

WINTER CREEPER

layout of vegetation as it relates to programme

Vegetation within the courtyard is coded to reflect the given program of UBC’s new engineering centre, providing a sense of cohesion between the vegetative and built programs.

the university campus creating a visible identity for each faculty as reflected by specific vegetation. Vegetation choices, legend, and panorama by Ross. All other graphics by Levasseur.

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site photo with conceptual insertion of circulation

plan of intervention & surrounding buildings

The building’s form explores the introduction of exterior coded vegetation into the interior environment by articulating the edge condition with vegetated ‘fingers’ All graphics and drawings by Ross and Levasseur. process sketches 10


RAISED GROUND PLANE

section showing the relation of interior spaces to exterior spaces

PROGRAMME MASSING

SLOPED ROOF PLANE TO ACCOMMODATE SUN

CIRCULATION ACTS AS AN EXTERIOR BUFFER BETWEEN LOUD AND QUIET ZONES summer rendering

formal evolution

Re-establishing the ground datum to the existing roofscape, a vegetative formal expression rethinks the entrenched connotation of what an engineering courtyard could be.

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concept for the blurring of interior and exterior spaces - roof level

integration of exterior vegetation throughout the building (washrooms depicted)

intertwined programmatic spaces - exposure of administration meeting space to common computer lab

Transparency is used to blur the boundary between landscape and building. The landscape penetrates within the building challenging social conventions by creating a visual filter between programmatic elements.

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conceptual model exploring the integration of exterior vegetation to the interior

The concept is further pursued through the use of translucent acrylic partitions between traditionally separate uses such as board rooms and common space. The partitions also double as white boards that allow a visual connection to the occupants’ activities.

Social pods are scattered over the accessible roof providing a reading of the interior uses through vegetation coding. Their form is also visible to the interior occupants, hinting at the activity above. Conceptual model by Ross.

concept for the blurring of interior and exterior spaces - ground level


relationship between interior office space and exterior public space

visual access to normally hidden mechanical spaces

The office space is literally entrenched within the ground but offers visual connections to vegetation and the occupants of the accessible roof. In turn, roof occupants, usually engineering students, can witness activities in their students union office.

An opportunity was provided to showcase the mechanical room while encouraging interaction with bike racks inspired by the duct work.

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The Institutions studio was used to introduced a design strategy that began with individual exercises involving the choice of an arbitrary word - ‘entrenchment’. Various projects including a personalised graphic definition, a model spatializing the word, and a video exploration provided inspiration for subsequent designs. 14


STUDIO: ACCOMMODATIONS 118 LADYSMITH LOCATION Victoria BC Canada

TYPE Individual Academic Project - Second Term

DATE Jan-Apr 2010

MENTOR Christopher MacDonald

[cmac@arch.ubc.ca]

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depiction of semi-public space for residents

interior of uppermost units

James Bay was once involved in industrial/ commercial activity. The existing building at 118 Ladysmith Street was a grain processing plant with an attached bakery where residents of the community could buy freshly baked bread. In 1971, the plant relocated to Surrey and baked goods became available only at the local shopping area several 16

blocks away. In keeping with the James Bay development plan towards community-oriented services and gathering spaces as well as healthy pedestrian lifestyles, the aim of this development is to challenge norms and current zoning paradigms by providing multiple

adaptable units within a residential neighbourhood that are capable of housing anything from residential to live/work to office spaces. Focus is placed on healthy live/work conditions encouraging community interaction through crossing circulation paths and sight lines between various levels of public/

private zones. Historical usage is re-introduced with a bakery/cafe along with a small convenience store that will once again draw an increased public presence to this otherwise residential block. The final outcome is a place for brief or drawn out interactions among residents of the community.


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massing of proposed building in context

sketch exploring form and material as inspired by past industry

public spaces as incorporated on the site

inspiration: past industry on site, corner stores of Montreal 18

long section showing the interconnected spaces to induce encounters between residents and the community; figure ground of the neighbourhood


STUDIO: TERRAINS HUMAN / NATURE LOCATION Vancouver BC Canada

TYPE Individual Academic Project - First Term

DATE Sep-Dec 2009

MENTOR Kris Fox [kris.fox@ubc.ca] 19


inspiration: man-made elements on site with natural insinuations

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conceptual model exploring the hidden man-made elements behind the seemingly natural

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model showing transition between beach, lawn, and bosque

Vancouver’s Spanish Banks and Jericho Beach are much touted for providing a natural atmosphere in which to enjoy the ocean and a breathtaking view. However, upon closer examination both the view and its ‘natural’ vantage point are heavily constructed human interventions within the landscape. 20

From non native flora to altered coastlines, all natural elements at these beaches are in fact human construction. The man-made natural elements of the site are addressed through geometry, materiality, and through play with compartmentalisation.


site plan

section at bosque

section at log pier installation

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TRAVEL DISTANCE BEFORE DIRECTION CHANGE PARCEL

112 metres

WEST END

210 metres

Through traffic for automobiles interrupted by traffic calming devices. BLOCK

BURRARD ST

DENMAN ST

COAL HARBOUR

ROBSON ST

FABRIC

PROXIMITY

CONNECTIVITY

PEDESTRIAN / RESIDENTIAL

Davie St, West End

Nicola St, West End Buildings

CORRIDOR / COMMERCIAL Buildings

BEACH AVE

Buildings

WEST END

CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY

DAVIE ST

CORRIDOR / COMMERCIAL

COMMERCIAL

Bute St

RESIDENTIAL

Nicola St

PEDESTRIAN / RESIDENTIAL

ENVIRONMENT AND URBAN FORM: WALKABILITY STUDY IN THE WEST END LOCATION Vancouver BC Canada

TYPE Academic Group Project - Third Term

COLLABORATOR Jason Pfeifer

DATE Sep-Dec 2010

MENTOR Ron Kellett [rkellett@sala.ubc.ca]

All research & graphics by Levasseur and Pfeifer

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Sidewalks

Sidewalks

Sidewalks Davie St

Roads

Davie St

Vegetation

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Vegetation W Hastings St

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GEOMETRIC MODELLING: PARAMETRIC DESIGN LOCATION Vancouver BC Canada

TYPE Academic Group Project - Third Term

COLLABORATOR Erik Bean

DATE Sep-Dec 2010

MENTOR Ian McDonald

All Design & graphics by Levasseur and Bean

[ianross.mcdonald@gmail.com]

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