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TANNER VARGAS

ARCHITECTURE EXPANDED WORKS RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE


TANNER BLAKE VARGAS

EDUCATION

TBV

VERNON HIGH SCHOOL

e: vargat2@rpi.edu c: upon request h: Troy, New York w: www.mightytype.xyz

EMPLOYMENT

PROFICIENCY Maya V-Ray Revit Grasshopper Mac/Windows Photography Modelmaking Moderate Spanish

Troy, NY (2016 - Present) GPA 3.52 / Current Dean’s Honor AIAS, NOMAS, NSLS, Dean’s Student Advisory Council, Honors Studio + Archival, Club Tennis, Undergraduate Research

Wichita Falls, TX Architectural Intern May-August 2017 visualization, schematic design, drafting, site visits

DONATE LIFE NEW YORK STATE

Troy, NY Graphic Design Intern May-July 2018 various design, marketing strategies, raising awareness and advocating for organ, eye & tissue donation

LATIN AMERICA STUDIES

OTHER

Rhinoceros 3D AutoCAD Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Adobe Muse Microsoft Suite Sketchup

RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE

BUNDY, YOUNG, SIMS & POTTER

ABOUT Pursuing a 5-year Professional B.Arch degree at Rensselaer to investigate how architecture relates to design and ideaology. I have a proficient understanding of design principles and programs with an eye towards bringing them to practice. I have interests in experimental urbanism and media relationships, with creative passions in photography, writing, website and graphic design.

Vernon, TX (2012 - 2016) GPA 4.788 / Rank 3 Distinguished Diploma

Córdoba, Argentina July - December 2018 Selected with 14 students, bilingual workshops in Valparaiso and Córdoba

SCHOLARSHIP

Rensselaer Leadership, ML Shanor, TE.R Davis, Hardcastle, FUMC, Bell, Buchanan, Marshall, Kiwanis Club


SELECT WORKS EXPANDED RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE


44 SHUTTER SHOOT / EDIT / EXPERIMENT 42 FLUIDITY FINDING THE LATIN AMERICAN SKETCH 38 ARCHITILE IMMERSIVE REFLECTION CANOPY 36 FUTURE ANATOMIES AORTA TRONSCAPE 32 THE GENERATIVE GOTHIC ORNAMENTAL BLISS 30 FIGUREFIELDS NESTLED ABSTRACTION 26 EX/IMPLOSION DOUBLE DIRECTIONALITY FOR DOUBLE INHABITANCY 24 THE RIPPLE CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS EXPLORATION 18 EPHEMERAL WATERS A POETIC SURREALISM FOR VALPARAISO 12 FINDING FRAME HOUSING FOR SOCIAL ARTISTS 06 RIVERSIDE SYMBOL KAYAK HOUSE & PERFORMANCE CENTER

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RIVERSIDE SYMBOL

KAYAK HOUSE & PERFORMANCE CENTER AD3 2017, FACULTY DAVID BELL

The city of Cohoes, New York is longing for a meaningful reconnection to the Hudson River. With set programs of a boat house and performance space, this concept uses both an ideological and physical representation of a gateway to form a visually and physically accessible symbol that reaches beyond the site to hint at the revitalization below. By integrating the dynamics of a river wave in form, scale, circulation and material transition, the icon of reconnection (light tower) transforms the gateway to a motif that’s visually accessible with its own immediate program.

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north perspective section

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The interior of the boat house begins to reflect the energies of the river. Reflections of light in the atrium row tank dance on the ceilings as geometry tumbles and glides like a current. I began to refine detail in how glass travels throughout the project, exploring the nature of fluid representations. The atrium window lets in natural light before cascading across the geometry in a transition from window to railings.

perspective renders, site axon

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Visitors may be drawn to the site for a concert, or simply be paddling by before hearing music, seeing the tower and being guided to port by its light. Going up and into the gateway tower not only connects the visitor back to the waterfront, but those in the city back to the site. Visual connection leads to physical revitilization.

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site plan (left), ground plan + nighttime kayak perspective (right)

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FINDING FRAME

HOUSING FOR SOCIAL ARTISTS AD4 2018, FACULTY YAEL EREL in collaboration with JULIAN CHOW

Challenging the relationships between public and private, opaque and transparent, prefab form and focused frame. Artist inhabitants have a direct connection to private and public spaces, both at the scale of the unit (shared kitchen) and the scale of the site (art museum). Artistry is the central program, with three subsequent major masses reflecting it: the housing, the museum, and the studio.

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signature elevation (top), ground perspective (right)

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The housing units exist as their own art frames, detailing the everyday performances of life through inward-facing glass boxes and sectioned-off window frame caps. Even the circulation of feet is framed. Each artist is encouraged to imagine their own space with the color, furniture and form they desire. Each of these forms challenges preconceptions of privacy—the shared kitchen becomes a kind of stage, a television or picture frame with its own performance and players. This organic showroom expands art into every fiber of the architecture, both built and experienced—their life is as much art as the things they create.

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cluster plan & section, sculpture garden & balcony (top right)

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single unit module prefab component assembly

double unit + kitchen

final unit condition

modulate horizontally

modulate vertically + formulate typology

Prefabricated boxes add industrial humor to the already comedic repetition of lighted life boxes. The combination and modulation of these normative forms leads to a socially radical proposal of shared living.

exploded construction axon (left), wind analysis (right)

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EPHEMERAL WATERS A POETIC SURREALISM FOR VALPARAISO

AD5 2018, FACULTY GUSTAVO CREMBIL in collaboration with MIA ROGERS “The center of the city is in the sea.” - Pablo Mondragón García de las Bayonas While Valparaiso is known for colorful murals, the city is yet to be known for the beautiful coastline it is settled upon. Spaces along the sea are unused and uninhabited, neglected in favor of commercial ports and buildings that serve as walls between the city and the sea. The ocean has, until now, been something that people can see but not touch. The vital community resource is currently being wasted due to inaccessibility caused by over industrialization. A resolution can be found through the creation of a surreal space for communal gathering; one providing access to the water and space for implied program directly adressing communal needs.These programs, when coupled with the surrealist-scaled design, birth enormous new potential for the form to become a cultural and visual phenomenon moving beyond its everyday existence. The proposal seeks to create an ephemeral mirror of the coastline which would then produce a new center of the city in the sea. Currently the coastline exists as a (-) space hindering the people from the water, while the ocean can be seen to exist as a (+) space, full of potential for reconnection. Imagine a yearly celebration along the water, open to all in its scale and mystery, celebrating Chilean culture along a rejuvenated coast. Spectators could experience a blurring of lines between air and water as it carries people from the cityscape to the maritime. The city of Valparaiso has a new connection to the sea, kept alive by relocated interest and a new wave of recollection of what has been there all along. perspective render

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urban plan, case study palette, schematic section, perspective wave render

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The proposed ‘positive space’ through the reflection of the physical entity that is the coast will provide space for new implied program for the city which directly addresses the disconnection between the public and the water. These programs, when coupled with the surrealist-scaled design, birth enormous new potential for the form to become a cultural and visual phenomenon moving beyond its everyday existence. Imagine a yearly celebration along the water, open to all in its scale and mystery, celebrating Chilean culture along a rejuvenated coast. The new attraction on the coast will draw in both inhabitants of the city as well as people of different origins and backgrounds, providing a space for interaction and admiration of both the city and the newly vitalized waterfront.

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cultural celebration nighttime render

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THE RIPPLE

CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM EXPLORATION 2017, FACULTY DEMETRIOS COMODROMOS Technical drawing course focused on applying the correct methods of building construction to inventive designs. Emphasis placed in the study of wall section details, including material research.

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12” wide x 24” long x 6” deep flush skylight 12" wide x 24" long x 6" deep flush skylight

zinc cladding panels zinc cladding panels

exposed steal beam 6” exposed steel beam 6"

exterior window casing exterior window casing

glazing + sash glazing + sash

double-pane 1/8” glass (w/ 1/2” argon center) double-pane 1/8" glass (with 1/2" argon center)

sealant + desecant sealant + desecant

zinc panel cladding 4mm thick (36” x 9”) rigid insulation 2” zinc panel cladding 4mm thick (36"x9")

rigid insulation 2"

embedded drainage plane 3/16” semi-permeable vapor barrier 1/16” plywood sheathing 3/4” embedded drainage plane 3/16" semi-permeable vapor barrier 1/16"

playwood sheathing 3/4"

steel beam 12” steel beam 12"

drywall 5/8” drywall 5/8"

perspective wall section, materials exploded

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EX/IMPLOSION

DOUBLE DIRECTIONALITY FOR A DOUBLE INHABITANCY AD2 2017, FACULTY ANTHONY TITUS The project began with two inhabitants, a painter in Frank Stella and a scientist in Philip Ball. An exploratory cube was created from a painting by Stella. Depth and directionality create a concrete hierarchical key of extrusion based on subjective views of color. This brought forth a conversation about how perception, time and void can produce the instance of jumping space: how a form can be visible from a perspective, then change over time and space as it disappears over literal and implied voids, reappearing on another face or perspective with transformed properties and aesthetics. The plan cut highlights the two darker, more strictly programmed personal spaces that open onto a light, central space with more openended program. The circulation is itself an illustration of the title, which originates from the motif of a chemistry experiment’s reaction and the effect of Stella’s work. The central space was created through the main site lines, which serve as the key passages of the ex/implosion.

colored plan cut

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Formal qualities reflect the inhabitants with ideas of dual directionality and circulation. Two slices form separate spaces for the duo, their edges meeting at natural connection points. These form the shared central space and focal point of the home, the energies constantly moving to and from another like a chemist’s reaction or a painter’s masterstroke.

left: proto-shard studies + physical cube model, right: final home physical model

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FIGUREFIELDS

NESTLED ABSTRACTION 2016, FACULTY ADAM DAYEM

First explorations of Rhinoceros and V-Ray that progressed from simple nestled cube studies to meditations on passing light and abstraction, and how to challenge modes of representation through the line, the hatch, and the space in between.

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left: nested projection study, right: light/shadow/motion abstraction study

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THE GENERATIVE GOTHIC ORNAMENTAL BLISS

2017, FACULTY ADAM DAYEM Formal studies of Gothic architecture, from spatial relationships to abounding ornament, bleed into the world of generative studies. A digital model was constructed using an intricate system of arcs and points, modeled for realism before leaping into a parametric abstraction and exploration of interior space.

Digital Constructs II

Tanner Vargas

Midterm Review 1 March 2017

left: arc-point construction drawing, right: perspective material render

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abstracted gothic formal study

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FUTURE ANATOMIES

AORTA TRONSCAPE

2017, FACULTY FLEET HOWER Experimenting with the modeling intricacies of Maya by modifying static forms. The electric blue metallic form was primarily inspired by TRON-scapes and relationships found in the anatomy of the human heart.

left: massive scale and atmospheric city context, right: snow + glowing form

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ARCHITILE

IMMERSIVE REFLECTION CANOPY 2018, FACULTY GUSTAVO CREMBIL

SECTION SCALE 1:10

PLAN SCALE 1:15

An abandoned historic building sits in the heart of a soonto-be reformed local park in the village of Colonia Caroya, Argentina. The intervention of design comes in the creation of a pavilion canopy structure for the roofless, programless space. Upon visiting the site, the team noticed a section of beautiful little tiles surrounding the open atrium. This became the hinge for design as we began to interpolate the tile parametrically. It becomes not just a roof addition, but the completion of the ruin in a mirrored riff of what was there all along. The design fills the space completely and becomes whole again, shadows dancing along the wall in the passage of time. (in collaboration with Jackson Wright, Mia Rogers, Sam Suastegui, Angelle Edwards, Stephanie Mamouzellos)

perspective nighttime render, annual cultural celebration

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The parametric forest contains the possibility of incredible scale change: what if each tree was replicated across the park, as a lightpost, a table, a pot? What if it grew 40 times in size and towered over the humble structure instead of meeting the edge of wall and sky?

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C1 C1.1

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DETAILS COLUMN - SCALE 1:20 JOINTERY - SCALE 1:10

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C1.2

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C1.2

C1.1 D C1

C2 B

perspective nighttime render, annual cultural celebration

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FLUIDITY

FINDING THE WEEKEND HOUSE / SPBR LATIN AMERICAN SKETCH SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL 10-05-18

FACULTY SANTIAGO CANEN, LATIN AMERICA 2018

WEEKEND HOUSE SÃO PAULO, BR 10-05-18

JARD BOTA DE C / MÓ BERT

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9-25-18

PARLAMENTO DE BRASÍLIA / NIEMEYER BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL 10-07-18

SESC POMPÉIA / LINA BARDI CURUTCHET HOUSE / LEBO CORBUSIER SÃO PAULO,ARGENTINA BRAZIL LA PLATA, 10-05-18 09-29-18

MUSEO DE ARTE DE SAO PAULO LINA BO BARDI / SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL 10-03-18

ARCHITECTONIC ETHIC BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL 10-07-18

COLUMBARIUM NORTHERN CEMETARY NELSON BAYARDO / MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 9-26-18

UNIVERSITY OF THE REPUBLIC - SOA MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 09-25-18 TANNER VARGAS SKETCHING FINAL 2018 PROFESSOR SANTIAGO CANEN RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CÓRDOBA

LADEIRA DA BARROQUINHA / METRO ARQ SAN SALVADOR DE BAHÍA, BRAZIL 10-09-18

MAN’S BEST FRIEND / PLAZA SIESTA SANTIAGO, CHILE 10-14-18

COLUMBARIUM NORTHERN CEMETARY NELSON BAYARDO / MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 9-25-18

LUNCHTIME DOWNTOWN SAN SALVADOR DE BAHÍA, BRAZIL 10-09-18

SIDE STREET BY WEEKEND SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL 10-05-18

BEACH SNEAKAWAY MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 09-26-18

PARLAMENTO DE BRASÍLIA / NIEMEYER BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL 10-07-18

WEEKEND HOUSE / SPBR SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL 10-05-18

WEEKEND HOUSE / SPBR SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL 10-05-18

CHILEAN MUSEUM OF NATIONAL ARTS SANTIAGO, CHILE 10-14-18

SESC POMPÉIA / LINA BO BARDI SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL 10-05-18

JARDÍN BOTANICAL DE CÓRDOBA / MÓNICA BERTOLINO

from texas to new york to chile to argentina, there’s more than meets the eye

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SHUTTER

SHOOT / EDIT / EXPERIMENT 2016 - 2019

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from texas to new york to chile to argentina, there’s more than meets the eye

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Tanner Vargas Architecture Portfolio  

Expanded Architectural Works 2019 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY Class of 2021

Tanner Vargas Architecture Portfolio  

Expanded Architectural Works 2019 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY Class of 2021