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Timothy Mulhall Syracuse University BArch 2017-2020 Portfolio


Designer engaged in fourth year of studies for bachelor of architecture at Syracuse University (2021). Interested in art, architecture, product design, design theory, and history


Contents

Tectonic Axes A Campsite for the Erie Canal | Syracuse, NY

Anthropomorphic Gestures Urban Housing | Chicago, IL

Terrace Housing A Social Nucleus | London, UK

Motion Blur Community Arts Center | Berlin, Germany

Palazzi University Campus | Florence, Italy

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Tectonic Axes A Campsite for the Erie Canal | Syracuse, NY

Developing from an analysis of the Erie Canal’s display of extraordinary feats and advancements in technology and engineering, the project recalls the tectonic character of the light, spanning truss bridges and the dense, masonry construction of the canal and lock walls which characterize the stretch of the canal. These two opposing tectonic systems created a cross-axis along which features of the design were organized. Along the minor axis is stepped terracing in the hillside, while along the major axis (perpendicular to the canal) the main public space is located in a lightweight spanning pavillon. A porous corten steel screen was developed to create a semi-permeable enclosure that reinforces the tectonic character of the spanning “pavillion-esque” building. The enclosure also serves as an additional public platform on its roof, as the building pushes into the slope of the site to create the main entry in descent to the canal. The hostel and campgrounds are located along a retaining wall, subordinate to the building mass and arranged along the minor axis of the site.


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Anthopomorphic Gestures Urban Housing | Chicago, IL

This project began with an investigation into the architectural potentials of various aspects of Hip-Hop. An initial study of the figural gestures and motions of break dancers revealed overlaps between their movements and the dynamic forms inherent in graffiti lettering. A further mapping through the lens of hiphop culture (understanding the urban environment in relation to leftover and disregarded spaces) indicated new pathways of movement and areas of occupation within the neighborhood. Thus, desire lines (shortcuts through vacant lots) established an urban inscription of a color-coded supergraphic, generating new public plazas and furniture, while also thickening to create an occupiable building mass. This new building implements a panel system secondary to the structure to recall the application of spray paint on wall surface. The formal aspects of the building’s design also seek to create a new realm of public interaction through a number of leftover spaces both inside and outside.


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Terrace Housing A Social Nucleus | London, UK | Collaboration: Stella Dai, Fei Hu

Following a study of historic “brutalist” projects in London, this project reinterprets the post-war idea of social condensor creating a new urban hub for London. The project gathers a diverse range of programs to create a communal housing complex that priveleges the spatial conditions of its public spaces. The exaggeration of “terraced” housing aims to minimize the floor area of the individual units to give greater importance to the gathering spaces. The site is divided into four quadrants reflecting four different spaces. This action allows the campus to behave as an “alphabet” or vocabulary of spatial experiences. The equal axes created by this diagrammatic move is also followed in the underside of the complex as the road carves through the plinth on which the building types rest, intergrating the transportation systems of the city. In this way, the project becomes a “city within a city” that--as illustrated in its containment to a square--is easily repeatable and displacable in multiple contexts.


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Motion Blur Community Arts Center | Berlin, Germany

Focus on the definition of tectonic and visual froces, studied through various media like image, form, and materiality allowing for the possibility to appear and disappear in a complex urban context. An inital analysis was conducted through social media platforms to divulge significant activities within the greater site context (Schinkel’s Bauakadamie and the city of Berlin). This analysis suggested that cycling was a crucial activity both recreationally and as a means of moving from place to place. The image of the Beauakadamie was blurred to be viewed in motion (blurring with the context) as the bike paths are pulled and twisted into the building. Movement between programmed spaces occurs along a signle twisting ramp (for bike travel), while each of the floors is stepped (allowing for foot travel) all the while providing a panoramic view of the city.


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Palazzi University Campus | Florence, Italy | Collaboration: Stella Dai

Interrogating the way in which the university campus typically positions itself within the urban context, this project creates a complex which is simultaneously open and closed to its surroundings. The individual buildings draw from the typical palazzo typology to create a porous entry condition that is also secure and interior oriented. The tripartite organization of the facade is further exaggerated by pushing and pulling the different levels to align with both its internal and external context. The different buildings are also arranged in a manner that creates an open central space which serves as a piazza, enabling gathering and emphasizing the university as a community. Thus, the project reinforces the university as a contributor to the urban environment, integrating with the context of its environment.


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