ORTFOLIO PORTFOL PORTFOLIO PORTF Stephanie Graziano
Stephanie Graziano 3500 East Simcoe Street Unit# 56 Lafayette, LA 70501 504.239.6363 firstname.lastname@example.org www.issuu.com/stephaniegraziano
Re-invent Re-new Re-vitalize Re-play Re-envisioning the Oil Center Indigenous Investigation Urban Enclosure
Swan River The Community Design Workshop The Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana Photography
Re-invent Re-new Re-vitalize Re-play
New Orleans, Louisiana is a historic city that contains unique architecture which the city preserves. In order for an existing, historic building and its surroundings to effectively transcend into the 21st century, adaptive reuse and an additive renovation must activate a society to advance and grow. However, a city cannot advance if the architecture does not advance. The film industry is quickly becoming the “new” for the New Orleans area and must be addressed and encouraged in order to grow. This uprising industry is the key to the reinventing of the area. “Change is an inevitable part of life and it should be celebrated rather than regretted”. While holding true to the original integrity of the building, how can there be a celebration of the transition of the old to the new? This is the “in-between,” or liminal space that becomes critical to the development of this transition, and through an adaptive reuse and an additive renovation, this will be evident.
â€œChange is an inevitable part of life and it should be celebrated rather than regrettedâ€? -Richard Austin
Cresent City Connection
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site streets residents warehouses vacant in-use
current interior photographs
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Strategic plan diagrams
first floor grid
second floor grid
third floor grid
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A language pattern is created through the existing building conditions of the faรงade proportions and the structural grid system, which is carried through to the new building. This grid system that the existing building creates sets up the guidelines for the architecture of the new building. It becomes evident that each floor has a different grid system based on the faรงade proportions of that given floor. This system is revealed through the material change and the structure of the facades of the new building.
“Through the addition of applying a new layer of ‘today’ the building becomes a marker of time.”
Re-envisioning the Oil Center
Urban architecture should be about the relationship between the interaction of human activity and the basic function of a building by providing walkable, comfortable human scale space. The city of Lafayette, LA is predominantly a suburban city with an urban concentration of mostly low-rise buildings. The Oil Center is located within this urban concentration and is mostly 1-2 stories high. A mix-use occupancy is the proposed solution. This proposed building is 4 stories and stands about 65’ high. The façade is the most important element to begin this engagement between the human and the building. Extruding sections of the building and having a double skin layer creates intimate spaces throughout the façade. The layers of a façade should activate and blend the programs together. The screen layer acts as a wrapper that mediates the building and the sidewalk by creating a comfortable space for the public to inhabit. By introducing a residential component to the Oil Center there will be a greater urban interaction and a higher density.
This project seeks to investigate the plant life in Chenier Au Tigre, Louisiana. This area is very desolate after Hurricane Rita and Katrina came roaring through destroying everything in its path. The only remains left behind was the plant life. This project focuses on the Sea Oat, a native plant to the area, and the way it adapted to the extreme environment. Through analyzing this plant we can begin to understand the fundamentals of how a building must act. The foundation of the building imitates the plantâ€™s root system. The proposed building is a Rehabilitation Facility. This selfsustaining building rehabilitates the area while rehabilitating the human being. The structure of the building is shaped purposely to become part of the natural levee over time. The wind will naturally push the sand against the building to create the levee. The housing units are designed to be temporary so the dwellers will have to rebuild it as a part of their process to recovery.
RAIN WATER COLLECTION
CAN STORE 5,026 GALLONS OF WATER
MEETING ROOM #1
Ground Floor FIRST FLOOR SCALE 1/8”=1’
HOUSING UNIT #1
HOUSING UNIT #2
UNCONDITIONED MEETING ROOM #2
HOUSING UNIT #3
2nd Floor SECOND FLOOR SCALE 1/8”=1’
3rd Floor THIRD FLOOR SCALE 1/8”=1’
The site being studied is located in Lafayette, Louisiana between Vermilion Street and Buchanan Street where commercial business is the main pull of downtown. The businesses are mainly geared towards governmental affairs. The main action of the area is entering and exiting buildings. â€œEnclosureâ€? brings comfort to people when entering buildings. Enclosure is defined as an area that is sealed off with an artificial or natural barrier. Enclosure of a building is about protection, extruding and intruding space, and surrounding density. The enclosure begins to be defined in terms of volumes. The variety of shapes becomes the language of the dowtown buildings. Downtown should be about the many shapes and volumes that are being exposed. Sustainability must also be addressed to allow the building and the surrounding downtown area to be more efficient.
GREEN ROOF LIGHT SHELVES Lightshelves are utilzed to reflect natural sunlight into the rooms interior. They also provide sunshade for the windows. This will increase illumination within the building and significantly reduce energy light cost.
KENTIC SHADING LOUVERS The kentic shading louvers blocks out the appropriate amount of sunlight from entering the building. These louvers move according to the amount of sunlight being directed towards the louver.
This intervention seeks to create an organized landed management plan that will address the issues of conditions along the Swan River, and ultimately bring back the multiprogrammed lifestyle that was once vibrant This team project was entered into the IFLA Student Competition with the help of fellow colleague Shari Thompson. This project won the Design Excellence Award given by the architecture faculty from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Swan River Landscape Competition
The health of the Swan River, in Western Australia, is essential to the vitality of the region’s agriculture, urbanism, and industry. The impacts of climate change, including: flash floods and drought are compounded by the resident’s attempts to restore the fertility of the soil and have created an environment, which is gravely degraded. One of the most visible measures of the river’s failing health is the excess presence of algae growth.
The increase of algea growth in the Swan River is causing the the bacteria Microcystis to form and is killing all life in the river. The agriculture, idustrial production, and residential life is the leading cause of the rapid growth.
No till and crop rotations would virtually elimate the need for non-organic fertilzers. The Legumes produce the excess nitrogen levels that the grains require. The livestock would naturally give back the fertilizers needed for the legumes.
AMMONIUM SULFATE ORGANIC NITROGENOUS
Fertilzers are drawn into the river from the agriculture industry. Many of these fertilzers contain a signficiant amount of Nitrogen or Phosphorous which causes an excess in the Swan River, thus the growth of algea increases.
Agriculture Intervention Barley absorbs Nitrogen, so placing barley in these contaniers would remove some of the excess Nitrogen When the barley has decomposed, the containers will open. This will allow leaf collection to occur, which contains Nitrogen.
The containers can be closed once they are full. This will secure all materials collected. The containers can then be opened to use the leaf matter as compost in the surrounding farms.
Before: Affected water
The filter system cleans the water of excess Nitrogen and Phosphorous in the water. They will be located underneath the deck where it extrudes further in the river.
After: Clean water
Vegetation is added to the pathway to bring more greenery to the area. Shurbs that can withstand a drought will be planted for low maintance. The planting system is a crate system that will be inserted in the pathway.
It is raised to allow rain water to run underneath the path. This path acts as a ribbon that weaves through the existing vegetation.
The pathway contains a section where the filter system can be viewed by the pedestrains passing. This allows the people to interact with the intervention. The transparent material is called a transparent Polymer Hull.
Community Design Workshop
The Community Design Workshop (CDW) is part of the Architecture Department at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The CDW focuses on many local projects within Lafayette. The project to the left was a rendering for a Theatre Competition. A learning theatre that was to be connected to the university was the proposal for the competition. Another project lead by the CDW was the redevelopment of the student quad. As a design team we met with the Student Government Association, a campus organization, to discuss the quad’s future plans. Each member of the design team was to put together a proposal and mine is featured on the following page. The design holds onto the city’s unique culture and allows more gathering to occur in the center of the quad. The placement of fountains was upon the client’s request.
New Campus Quad Plan
The Building Institute
The Girls and Boys Club of Acadiana
The Building Institute is a part of the Architecture Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Through this institute hands-on building was the objective and The Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana was the primary focus. The staff at the club allows the place to â€œbecome a positive place for kids.â€? It was quite evident this building suffered from neglect. Numerous projects were initialized to help refurbish the facility. I was part of a small design team to help design and install benches for the kids and staff. Another project was aimed at honoring the kids themselves. Faces were designed to represent all the members of the facility. They were also created out of recycled material found throughout the local area.
In order to understand great design, one must travel to see design first hand. Italy, Mexico, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York are some of the many places I have traveled to. The special cities of Florence, Italy and Mexico City, Mexico have been inspired and influenced by design techniques to create a unique identity. The photographs shown are just a small part of the many photographs taken that exemplifies each cityâ€™s culture and exceptional architecture.
Mexico City, Mexico 2010
Florence, Italy 2008
Architecture Design Portfolio Stephanie Graziano