sophie brooks ARCHITECTURE | DESIGN
Beltline Monument ......................................... 3-6 Fayetteville Mosque.........................................7-10 unmonumentATL...........................................11-12 Proctor Creek Linear Park at Banhead............13-14 Piedmont Park Cultural Center.......................15-16 Emory-Oxford Student Commons..................17-18
LAGOON ECOLOGY CENTER MISSOLONGHI, GREECE JOHN PEPONIS FALL 2017
As an ecology center the primary goal is connect visitors to the lagoon; connecting land to water. This is problematic with a high-speed road way in between the site and the lagoon so a tunnel was therefore conceived to connect the two while visually disturbing as little as possible. The tunnel functions as an exhibition space with glazing on one side as to create the experience of transitioning between first land and water then from underneath the water to the platform above. The platform itself is intended for observation and reflection while the main building serves more urban and practical functions such as housing a cafĂŠ, offices for researchers, and resource centers. The platform is modest in footprint as to minimally disturb the nature surrounding it. The building in the lagoon provides a visual end to the main axis of the town while also providing a space for special exhibitions that can be experienced while observing the lagoon itself.
BUILDING - PAVILLION LINK
VIEW FROM APPROACH
Monument on the Atlanta Beltline Libero Androtti Spring 2014 In an eďŹ€ort fill the economic void of free labor, the post-slavery South frequently imprisioned innocent black men to force them back into work; a kind of slavery which was virtually forgotten. This memorial to unjust convict labor begins in a lonely thicket on the Beltline, a site that is visibly scarred by the railroad which existed there and the convict labor utilized to concieve it. A giant slab left on the site becomes a symbol of this marking. It is striking as a juxtaposition between this silent forgotten past and the new life the Beltline has brought Atlanta. In this way the slab comes to represent a mass grave; a silent reminder of the dead amoung the living. On the approach to this floating mass one enters a large ravine ananolgous to the moral scar upon the land. As one descends through the slit of the slab, a field of lights emerges. These oval depressions represent those shallow graves of the victims, each with a light to commemorate the life. The landscape runs wild around the monument. Just as nature thrives despite the devastation of development, the African-American people thrive despite the devastion of oppression.
Fayetteville Mosque Sabir Khan Spring 2013 This cross-cultural studio challenged students to create a place of worship for a diasporic Islamic community located in Fayetteville, Georgia. The proposal is driven by problematizing arcuated systems. The arch is one of the most iconic formal elements in history. Discovered by the Romans as a structural innovation, the arch soon transcended this role to become an archetypal symbol of threshold and victory. It is a frame for landscape as well as the body and has the unique ability to manipulate perspective when used in series. By isolating and analyzing this classical element, the arch is explored in its potential to create experience and adapt to a modern context.
Museum of Roman Art
Variables vs Constants
Seville Airport L
Tama Art University Library
ƪ Ceiling Plan
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unmonumentATL burnaway Magazine Fall 2014 This project by burnAWAY Y magazine serves as an experiential catalogue that gives meaning to unintended landmarks as told from the personal perspectives of Atlanta inhabitants. My contribution to the series resulted in a visual representation of this physcological landscape by mapping the landmarks and personal stories that make them meaningful. The intention was to created a blank canvas for Atlantans to submit thier experience of memory, space, and place in a city that otherwise lacks monumentality in the traditonally comemorative sense. The end result ties indivdual narratives together both geographically and experientially to a more human perspective of ATL.
“Though I am unsure of exactly what this factory was in its previous life, the building became a blank caanvas for those who stumbled upon it and then transformed into a unique backdrop for a handful of lucky photographers.” -Anonymous, Westside
Kudzu Community Field
“Once a tem mporary home to heards of goats and sheep an nd host to manyy potato sack races, thiss is where I take my telescope to o wattch the stars on clear nig ghts. What is technically an unbuiildable plot of land has taken on maany personas, creating ga sp pecial placee for its neighbors.” - Anonymous, Candler Park Ya’ll Gotta See This
“It reminds me of the consistent battle between the ƥ Ƥ ǡ Ǥǡ Ƥ ǡ ǯ ƥ Ǥ ǡǡ Ǥǳ Ǧǡ “ Founded in 190 05, this building stood tall, along with the plethoraa of other black businessses that made up the famous Sweet Auburn, thee richest black street in th he world. This condemned building also displays the deterioration of this historic location due to abandonment, widespread crim me, and homelessneess.” -IIsaiah h Brown , Downtown
Zone 1: Undisturbed Vegetation Zone 2: Managed Landscape Zone 3: Runoﬀ Control
Green Space/ Rec
Area of Proctor Creek Flood Plain
Proctor Creek Linear Parks at Bankhead MARTA Herman Howard Fall 2013 Proctor Creek is located in Bankhead, one of Atlanta’s poorest and most under-utilized neighborhoods.The infrastructure surrounding this creek is underfunded and overburdened which has resulted in chronic flooding; a factor that has contributed to the abandonment of homes, crime, and blight in the community. The creek has dumping ground for industrial use for over 100 years and was identified by the EPA as a high priority site for it’s dangerous levels of pollutants. This project combines the natural resource of the creek with the existing amenities of the Bankhead MARTA station and Beltline trail to create a Transit Oriented Development that in hopes of revitalizing both creek and community. In reimagining the connective fabric of Proctor as a linear park, the space both as an amenitiy to the community as well as and engineered sponge to reduce flooding and a preservation area to eventually restore the stream and surrounding ecologies. The proposed TOD acts the connective fabric for the pedestrain/bike trail network of the Beltline and the Proctor Creek linear parks, a fabric designed to become the catalyst to attract investors to the area.
Emory-Oxford Student Commons Robin Lackey Fall 2012 Sited in the classic American campus of Emory University at Oxford, Georgia, this project explores classical dicotomy of nature and artifice. The proposal sits between the campus quad and a nature preserve, presenting a gradient of architectural conditions. The project responds to these conditions by opening itself to nature preserve beyond while presenting a structured but respectful facade to the campus. The emergent building is low and flat on the approach in response to the small scale of the surrounding structures. The central transparent block acts as a frame for the trees beyond as well as a frame for the people using the space for gallery exhibits. The visual passivity of this block creates a pourous barrier between campus and the nature in an interplay representative of the site: frame to fill, solid to void, formal to informal, organic to inorganic.
Published on Mar 14, 2018