Undergraduate 2008 - 2012
T. Cord Read
+ Generated Grid
+ Grasshopper Definition
= Parametric Handprint Mapping as Cover
The cover of a book mediates the interaction of the physical and mental stimuli administered by its content. This cover strives to map the synergy of hand to surface. A physical study was conducted to analyze various ways of holding a book. This data was digitized and used as the input parameter for a grasshopper definition. The resulting product provides the final mapping that is then used as the portfolios envelope.
T. Cord Read Bachelors of Science in Architecture University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture Magna Cum Laude
9821 Borland Ln. Harrison, AR 72601
Table of Contents Selected Works / 2008 - 2012
Metropolitan Graft Miami, Florida
Belmont Hotel Dallas, Texas
Aggregate Nuclei Arlington, Texas
Temporal Wrapping Seville, Spain
Object Room San Antonio, Texas
Culinary Connectivity Dallas , Texas
Metropolitan Graft Site: Miami, Florida
School: Term: Instructor: Partner:
University of Texas at Arlington Fall 2011 Brad Bell Morgan Champine
Published: In 2012 by Evolo Magazine
An entry into the 2012 Evolo Skyscraper Competition. This design was concieved in response to the development of a new means of providing large quantities of clean energy in Miami, Florida. The proposal seeks to provide an alternate design solution for the future of both Miami and the Everglades. This is reliant on a sustainable growth model to deflect the sprawling development as this new energy source becomes reality.
AP - 1.0
MIAMI VICE: TWO OPPOSING HABITATS
EXPANDING CITY PITTED IN OPPOSITION WITH NATURAL ECOLOPopulation in Florida will nearly double as it reaches the projected 28,635,769 people by the year 2030. The nearly 12,703391 person increase is the highest projected for any US state. Of Florida’s 65,755 sq. mi. territory lies 12,500 sq. mi. of South Florida’s delicate Everglade ecosystem. The Miami metropolitan area has grown between the boundaries set by this ecosystem and the ocean. Over 30 years. a 79.5% increase will demand Florida’s largest metropolitan are has room to grow. Technology currently being tested off the coast of Miami seeks to tap the powerful Gulf Stream Current with deep sea turbines to generate clean un-interupted energy. The proposed infrastructure will have the capacity to provide up to 1/3 of Florida’s total power use. An amount equivalent to 11 nuclear power plants The proposed infrastructure provides the energy to support rapid growth. The future of both Miami and the Everglades is reliant on a sustainable growth model to deflect current sprawling development as this energy becomes reality.
The ebb and flow of water has shaped the land and every ecosystem in South Florida throughout the Everglades’ estimated 5,000 years of existence. The motion of water defines plant communities and how animals adapt to their habitats and food sources.
H U M A N H A B I TAT I O N + HUMAN HABITATION CONTINUES TO DRAIN VALUABLE WATER FROM THE ECOSYSTEM TO PROVIDE FOR HUMAN NEEDS. MIAMI DESTROYS DELICATE ECOLOGIES AS IT CONTINUES TO STRETCH OUTWARD TO PROVIDE RESOURCES FOR A GROWING POPULATION. THE PROXIMITY PUTS POLLUTANTS DIRECTLY INTO THE EVERGLADE ECOSYSTEMS.
ENERGY IS FUEL FOR [ CONTINUED]
EQUILIBRIUM IS CREATED
IN RELATIONSHIP TO ENERGY
*US Census Bureau projection
AP - 1.1
CATALYST FOR RESOLUTION
ENERGY IN THE GULF StREAM CURRENT 8.5 BILLION Gallons per Second
A physical Model of the proposed tower design was constructed primarilly out of 1/16â€? lasercut Acrylic and cast Hydrocal modules. A 3d printer was used to create a set of twelve parent modules that each varied in size and shape. These twelve modules were then used to create molds using Urethane Rubber. The rubber molds were used to cast the final Forty modules
EBB and FL O W
Ebb to create a void
Space for growth
The programatic modules ebb to create both a habitat for human inhabitance as well as space for displaced eveglade plant ecologies to grow. The void in the unit becomes vital to the flow of people as they navigate these green pathways for circulation in addition to the flow of the transpanted ecosystem.
SYS TE M an d G R O WT H
Programatic needs dictate module size
Module size dictates proximity to stem
Together program creates spatial organization
Modules aggregate according to spatial needs
Community develops through aggregate process
CO MM UNI T I E S a n d C O N N E C T IONS AP - 1.2
Form generates as people move into tower
Communities grow around interior spatial construct
Open voids connect communities with outdoor space
Central core links communities
3 MILES FROM SHORE
FLOATING POLYP SHIPPED TO SITE
STRUCTURE GROWS TO BALLAST GROWING TOWER
ROOTED TOWER SUPPORTS GROWING HEIGHT
EXTERIOR VOID UNIT GLAZING SYSTEM
UPPER EXTERIOR TERRACE UNIT ENTRY
SUPPORT CLAMP VERTICAL STRUCTURAL SPINE
PRIMARY STRUCTURAL CLAMP WATER ELECTRICITY STREET LEVEL
GREEN SPACE MECHANICAL INTERNAL CIRCULATION
AP - 1.3
Site: Dallas, Texas
School: University of Texas at Arlington Term: Fall 2010 Instructor: Kevin Sloan
This project is an addition to the well known Belmont Hotel, West of Dallas, Texas. The design is rooted in the hillside, creating a thermal bath, and spa below the hotel complex. Conceptually the intervention strives to maintain a sense of synergy between the built environment and the native topography. A set of thick parallel walls slice into the hillside and allow the topography to flow through creating a series of alcoves carved into the hillside. These alcoves contain the thermal baths and provide the intimacy needed by the spaâ€™s visitors. A large metaphoric cornice is placed atop the bearing walls to create a large exterior garden space that provides and unhindered view of the Dallas skyline. Thist garden also functions as a communal space to supplement the growing communities needs.
AP - 2.0
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT
Baswood and Chipboard Scale Model, Hand drawn;
First Floor Thermal Bath Plan, Site Plan
AP - 2.1
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Hand drawn;
Facade Study, Entrance Cross Section, Thermal Baths Cross Section,
Basswood and Chipboard Scale Model;
Spa Entrance, Thermal Bath Alcoves, Garden Plateau
AP - 2.2
Aggregate Nuclei Site: Arlington, Texas
School: Term: Instructor: Partners:
University of Texas at Arlington Fall 2012 Brad Bell Johnny Espino, Matt Seager
This was an exploration in the role digital fabrication can play in the design process. CAD/CAM technologies were utilized to compose and create a digitally fabricated cast paneling system. The design was first coneptualized by using the digital tools Rhino v.5 and a plugin named Grasshopper. The definition derived in Grasshopper was used to create a parametric system of perforated panels. This system allows the apertures on each panel to be drastically altered and controlled by simply changing the parameters in the definition. The digital 3d model derived in grasshopper was then used to CNC Six scaled casting molds out of 1.5â€? Foam Insulation. Hydrocal was then mixed and poured into each mold to fabricate a set of cast panels.
AP - 3.0
Voronoi Growth Pattern
Voronoi Grid Attractor Points
Aggregate Voronoi Panel
The design functions as a unified system of perforated cast panels. Each piece is 1.5 ft. by 1.5 ft. across and has the ability to perform various functions. These functions include paving stones, wall cladding, light screens, vegetative surfaces, and spatial dividers.
AP - 3.1
Light Screen Panel
Physical Model Construction Drawings
Casting and Assembly
Cast Perforated Panel
Hydrocal Poured Into Mold
AP - 3.2
Foam Casting Mold
Temporal Wrapping Site: Seville, Spain
School: University of Texas at Arlington Term: Spring 2011 Instructor: Thad Reeves
This project was a maritime museum in Seville, Spain. The assigned program included a library, cartography department, and a large gallery to house a series of life sized maritime exhibits, including a full size replica of the Santa Maria. An internal and external shell were generated to organize and wrap the projects programatic needs. The internal shell provides spatial conditioning and the external shell mediates between the context and the internal workings of the museum. The introduction of these two wrapping elements allows the interior program to exist without any unwanted impact from exterior urban forces.
AP - 4.0
AP - 4.1
A number of parti sketches and diagramatic models were used to explore potential outcomes and to derive the final form of the design.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT Hand drawn;
Ground Floor Plan, Second Floor Plan,
Basswood and Chipboard Scale Model;
South East Aerial, North West Aerial, South West Aerial, North East Aerial, South East Front Facade,
AP - 4.2
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Hand drawn;
Ship Gallery Cross Section, Entrance Cross Section,
Basswood and Chipboard Scale Model;
Entrance Section, Front Facade showing Entrance
AP - 4.3
San Antonio, Texas
School: University of Texas at Arlington Term: Spring 2011 Professor: Kevin Sloan
This is an infill project located on the river walk in San Antonio, Texas. The proposal was designed to function as the office of a graphic design firm. In addition to a large workspace and photo lab, the office was to include an exhibition room with controlled lighting and space to display the previous and current work of the firm. The strategy applied consists of the formation of an object room techtonically suspended over a spacial section. Lighting enters the project from above and is controlled by a mechanical system of louvers.
AP - 5.0
Southern Riverside Facade
Northern Street Front Facade
AP - 5.1
Basswood Scale Model:
South Eastern Aerial
Basswood Scale Model:
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT Basswood and Chipboard Scale Model; Longitudinal Section Model (Open),
Street Front Facade, Riverside Facade, Hand drawn;
Street Grade Floor Plan, River Grade Floor Plan,
AP - 5.2
Cullinary Connectivity Dallas, Texas
School: University of Texas at Arlington Term: Spring 2011 Professor: Thad Reeves
This project was conceived to be an entry in the ACSA Steel competition in 2012. The proposal involves the insertion of a School for the culinary arts into a site in Deep Ellum. The concept consists of three primary forms, a tectonic bar, an insertion into the exhisting building, and a parasitic growth onto the existing structure. A series of stereotomic manipulations to the sites topography form a wrapping element that provides connectivity and cohesion amongst the architectural components and the context.
AP - 6.0
Conceptually the composition will consist of a wrapping element that will provide connectivity between the Culinary Arts School and the Dart Station.
The Eastern and Southern edges of the site will be engaged by a series of Stereotomic manipulations of the topography that will mediate the connectivity between the composition and its surrounding context.
The manipulated topographies provide a rich exterior atmosphere around the school. Pecan trees aswell as various edible herbs will be planted along the contours. The lush vegetation will both provide shade and a valuable harvest for the students and Community.
Main Entrance Section
Elm Street Entrance Perforated Metal Screen Entrance Level of Culinary College Suspended Conference Space Good Latimer Entrance
The supplementary programmatic elements will arrange themselves as a system of tectonic and ephemeral inserts into the manipulated topography.
The Culinary arts school will primarily be inserted into the existing Knights of Pythias buildings on the site.
The Administrative aspects of the Culinary Arts School will be placed on the east side of the Knights of Pythias Structure in a thin tectonic addition that will address the corner condition and float over the manipulated topographic wrapping
AP - 6.1
Tectonic Module Inner Screening System Steel Framework
Interior Module Teaching Kitch-
Inner Screening System Steel Framework
Screen Panels Framework Shifting Screen Panels
Stereotomic Base Concrete Structure Pedestrian Street
Function The supplementary programmatic elements will arrange themselves as a system of tectonic and ephemeral inserts into the manipulated topography.
Operable Paneling System Phases
The screen system allows for variable change seasonally, providing optimum shade throughout the year.
AP - 6.2
Experimental Restaraunts / Lease Space
AP - 6.3 Second Floor, Cullinary Lobby Plan
Ground Floor, Market Two Plan
Basement, Market One Plan
Wine Cellar / Tectonic Bar, Section
Notational Drawing Dallas, Texas
School: University of Texas at Arlington Term: Summer 2011 Professor: Kevin Sloan
A compilation of selected charcoal based gesture drawings and notational sketches.
AP - 7.0
AP - 7.1
A series of Gesture drawings using charcoal as a medium.
AP - 7.2
AP - 7.3