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digital tasting

CONTENTS

wine + wifi

thermae intersection and sequence

folding material studies

connectivity crenshaw urban housing

hybridity boyle heights civic center

models

plexi, blue foam, mdf,aluminum

serif table

furniture project

field studies italy study abroad


WINE + WIFI

digital tasting @ villa olmo


wine + wifi

what how

wine + wi-fi digital tasting @ villa olmo

wine + wi-fi digital tasting

where why

wine bar + tasting as a historically significant part of italian culture; and internet cafe + hotspots as an integral part of modern society.

An architectural [REFRESH] project based in Como, Italy, this was a conceptual investigation that aimed to create a social gathering hub in a historic but under-used villa. As wine is such a large part of Italian culture and is invested in the cultivation of physical interaction, the inclusion of this culturally rooted tradition within the new digital realm allows locals and tourists to experience social interaction in a new, revitalized way. By integrating these two elements (wine and wifi), this “refresh” of socialization experiments with varying degrees of physical interaction mixed with the dynamic of digital social gathering.

Applied to the interior of Villa Olmo (a local landmark in the city of Como), this concept can be thought of as a physical manifestation of the ‘iPhone.’ Different rooms become nodes for different internet activities, such as blogging, gaming, online shopping, and emailing. The separation of these functions encourages people to physically engage with the villa by moving between the spaces and thus engage in a “digital tasting” of space and experience. User-induced manipulation of wall surfaces also create a physical connection between rooms, allowing for different circumstances to occur based on the varying activities occurring in each room. These shared thresholds start to define larger “neighborhoods” which blur the distinction between independent digital activities, and allows users of different rooms to engage with each other visually, audibly, and physically. Ultimately, this project reintegrates the physical and social aspect of human interaction into the impersonal digital realm, defining a new means of interaction.

programmatic strategy

wine

wi-fi

* historically significant part of italian culture * involves the senses of taste, touch, and smell

* integral part of a contemporary, global society * involves visual and aural senses


fi digital tasting

wine + wi-fi digital tasting

trend of communications

wine + wi-fi digital tasting

digital tasting wine + wifi

trend of communications

physical communication revitalized social interaction physical communication revitalized social interaction

digital communication

wi-fi digital communication digital tasting wine + wi-fi digital tasting

social networking

entertainment

gaming

facebook

youtube

world of warcraft

communication

publishing

research

wine + wi-fi digital tasting

conceptual premise

skype Kristi.Butterworth

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Tiffany.Cheng

Tiffany.Cheng

+ wi-fi digital tasting problem

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problem

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Vanessa.Garcia

Vanessa.Garcia

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Fiona.Siu

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Fiona.Siu

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blogger

David.Villela

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wine bar interface

David.Villela

solution

solution

Kristi.Butterworth

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Tiffany.Chen

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Tiffany.Cheng

hardware Kristi.Butterworth

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Tiffany.Chen

digg

Tiffany.Chen

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Tiffany.Cheng

Tiffany.Cheng

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Vanessa.Garcia

Vanessa.Garcia

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Fiona.Siu

Fiona.Siu

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Vanessa.Garcia

software

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Fiona.Siu

user

David.Villela

David.Villela

Kristi.Butterworth

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Tiffany.Chen

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Tiffany.Cheng

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Vanessa.Garcia

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Fiona.Siu

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David.Villela

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wine + wi-fi digital tasting

service cores

wine + wi-fi digital tasting

wine + wifi

exhibition spaces

David.Villela

Kristi.Butterworth

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Tiffany.Chen

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Tiffany.Cheng

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Vanessa.Garcia

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Fiona.Siu

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wine + wifi wine + wi-fi digital tasting

Kristi.Butterworth

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approaching the villa

Tiffany.Chen

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Tiffany.Cheng

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Vanessa.Garcia

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Fiona.Siu

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David.Villela


+ wi-fi digital tasting

entrance

wine + wifi


INTERSECTION + SEQUENCE Water and Atmosphere: Thermae

thermae


site: Ex Fulda/ Historic city center “thermae” wellness spa

thermae

An exploration of “volumetric” courtyard intersections in response to the surrounding engagement of urban context, this project is a study of how these internal and external intersections create a sequential narrative of bath spaces. Linked by circulation light wells that slice through and create voids within the solid volumes, the baths each experientially vary in not only temperature, but also through different sectional overlaps. Formally, it is a reinterpretation of the urban “infill” language of the “open” courtyards behind palazzo facades. From a series of investigations, volumes of these elevations ultimately shift and open up in section to reveal a porosity that juxtaposes a monolithic exterior.


thermae

bath reception

office

bath 2

storage

massage

ther

sauna

apy

tech

main indoor [30]

bath 3 A

B

below ground

below ground 1:200

first floor

first floor 1:200


thermae

south elevation


thermae

section A


thermae

east elevation


thermae

section B


thermae


folding // concrete

This project is an study of folding iterations, geometric casting experimentation, and solid void relationships that are created by intersecting folding ribbons. The use of folding techniques allows for a controlled process through which the “ribbon� can be manipulated in both direction and form.

material + process


folding // masonry The creation of an iterative patterning system interacts with the landscape by varied porosities. Studies of the module as an aggregated system allows for the structure to reflect a textile-like quality, as different portions of patterning can be pieced together as a whole

material + process


folding // metal This folded metal skin system combines the folding techniques of the previous two: investigating the geometric folding of the masonry tile patterning, and how these geometric folds can provide for direction changes first explored in the concrete project. This iterative process and resultant system was ultimately one testing the true material capabilities of metal as a structural element.

material + process


URBAN CONNECTIVITY los angeles urban housing

connectivity

This project was an exploration in creating urban connectivity in housing through the use of an interactive shifting grid. The plane of the ground floor is shifted topographically in accordance with the needs of the auxiliary program. The entire housing complex is connected as one surface, and at the same time segmented into different communities through the shifts on the grid. An exploration of a wood paneling system creates different ground layers and varies in densities to delineate green space and walkways. This also serves as a sustainable means of rainwater capture and thermal mass.


DP1 PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ADJACENCIES

COMMUNITY HYBRID LIBRARY Los Angeles Public Library (Benjamin Franklin Branch)

ADULT programs Computer classes Adult Literacy Program (ALP) Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Families for Literacy (FFL)

TEEN programs Online Resource Education Teen manga/ anime Teen web

boyle heights civic center

HYBRID Collaborative Learning Center

Collaborative Learning Lab/ Classroom

Arts/ Multimedia Studio

COMMUNITY CIVIC CENTER

OFFICES Council Members Community Leaders Civic Employees Administrative

Librarian Office Space Restrooms Book Storage Donation Center Small Exhibition

Intimate Performing Arts/ Amphitheater Space

SOCIAL HALL

CLASSROOMS

EXTERIOR SPACE

CHILDRENS programs Storytime

hybridity

Utility Space Restrooms Storage

LOBBY

COUNCIL CHAMBER


hybridity

up to council

lobby

social hall

public sitting steps / up to council

collaborative classrooms

outdoor roof deck seminar/ lecture hall

library/resource


hybridity

undulating roof planes Shear Wall + Paneling

Horizontal + Vertical Planes

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PROGRAM + CIRCULATION

HVAC SYSTEM


hybridity


models

MODELS


models


models


models


models

ENVELOP

COURTYARD PENETRATION


models

CIRCULATION +CORE

LANDSCAPE +CIRCULATION


models

blue foam iteration 1


models

blue foam iteration 1 inverse


models

aluminum casting mold - mdf


models

aluminum + resin


models


models


models


models


models


models


models


models


serif table

TIFFANY CHEN ARCH 481

SERIF TABLE TRANSVERSAL TABLE


serif table


field sketches

ITALIA USC school of architecture // study abroad 2011


field sketches


field sketches


field sketches


field sketches

Tiffany Chen 2012  

2012 Work Samples

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