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VALERIA SIERRA | GRADUATE PORTFOLIO

current info 4110 17th St. apt.409 Lubbock, TX 79416 valeria.sierra.802@gmail.com 915.740.9174

2014


take a look inside pg.04

polyhedral wall

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dallas architecture museum

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linear beat

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revealing verona

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einstein haus

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dean’s cup competition

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coadialogues

{digital design & fabrication}

{comprehensive studio}

{digital media in neotoric dimension}

{study abroad studio}

{undergrad studio}

{honorable mention}

{discussion series}


POLYHEDRAL WALL | DDF PROGRAM

desgin team: John Laurence Kyle Meeks Valeria Sierra (me) additional collaborators: Blake Arnold Rodrigo Avila Vicente Carrasco Alma Luna Talon Mccart Eloisa Mcgill Jesse Nedunuri Tyler Porter Johan Venter Giovanni Velazquez Software: Rhino, Grasshopper

FALL 2013

The polyhedral wall started off as part of the digital design and fabrication (ddf) workshop focusing on learning Grasshopper. The class was divided into groups that would modify specific polyhedra geometries. Our team dealt with the sphenoid hendecahedron and processed a series of iterations that led to four different modules. Throughout the process, our sprcific polyhedral was the most optimized for the fabrication process, which ended up being chosen. That led to the fabrication part where the class was split into groups in order to facilitate the process. A series of concrete tests and we reached an ideal cast process that allowed for the full module components. Overall, the transition from the digital design to the fabrication was successfull that allowed for the polyhedral wall to evolve and transition to a full installation

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POLYHEDRAL WALL | DDF PROGRAM

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module generation + development chamfered edges 1ft

provides secondary pattern generation between assembly modules

9in

spenoid hendecahedron

MODULE_03

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280.941 (+/- 0.0008) cubic

oval boolean shape based off control point grid

aperature boolean

MODULE_02 222.741 (+/- 0.0008) cubic

85% scale closed control point curve from face edges 13'-11 1/2" 13'-11 1/2"

80% scale

MODULE_01 224.782 (+/- 0.0008) cubic

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4'-1 1/2"

4'-1 1/2"

2'-11 3/4"

2'-11 3/4"


POLYHEDRAL WALL | DDF PROGRAM

FALL 2013 florette tiling

stacked florette

21.8 degrees

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POLYHEDRAL WALL | DDF PROGRAM

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release of small mold component plaster positives are easilty taken out of flexible silicone modes image of small module immediately taken out of mold small component example of failed cast curing brush-on silicone for large scale molds (approximately 16 hours) once cured, silicone can be peeled off of laser-cut positive model cured silocone molds are attached to a larger box assembly to prep for plaster backing pouring the plaster backing for the final mold once both final mold halves are completed, both sides are clamped for final module cast after final cast pour, the finished cast module can be extracted from the plaster molds the silicone molds can be peeled off the final module showing the silicone and plaster molds for final casting


POLYHEDRAL WALL | DDF PROGRAM

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half cut

3D model

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the half model is coated with a brush-on silicone mold. cure time approx 24hrs room temp

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cast module

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both sides of the final mold are clamped and ready for module casting.

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DALLAS ARCHITECTURE MUSEUM

FALL 2012 ROSS AVE.

comprehensive studio

SITE 2121

KLYDE WARREN PARK

The Dallas Architecture Museum (DAM), located in the heart of Dallas, TX arts district revolving around the comprehensive understanding of how a building comes together to showcases itself. With radial turns that urge the viewer to become ST. PAUL ST. part of the building to lurking corners that show mixture between public and private it becomes about the architectural SITE 2121 N. HARWOOD ST. expereience

site: dallas arts district

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KLYDE WARREN PARK

FREEWAY

ARTS DISTRICT

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UPTOWN

ST. PAUL ST. SITE 2121 N. HARWOOD ST.

Nasher Sculptur 2003 Renzo

N. HARWOOD ST

ARTS DISTRICT

ROSS AVE.

Dallas Museum of Art 1984 Edward Larrabee Barnes

ARTS DISTRICT

WOODALL

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KLYDE WARREN PARK

N. PEARL ST. DOWNTOWN

Dallas Museum of Art 1984 Edward Larrabee Barnes

Nasher Sculpture Center 2003 Renzo Piano

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony C 1989 I.M. Pei

ST. PAUL ST. INTERSECTION

INTERSECTION

N. HARWOOD ST N. OLIVE ST.ARTS DISTRICT

WOODALL ROGERS FREEWAY

SITE 2121 N. HARWOOD ST.

N. PEARL ST. ROSS AVE.

KLYDE WARREN PARK

Dallas Museum of Art 1984 Edward Larrabee Barnes

Nasher Sculpture Center 2003 Renzo Piano

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center 1989 I.M. Pei

ST. PAUL ST.

N. HARWOOD ST

ARTS DISTRICT

WOODALL ROGERS FREEWAY

N. OLIVE ST.

N. PEARL ST.

Dallas Museum of Art 1984 Edward Larrabee Barnes

ARTS DISTRICT

Dallas Museum of Art 1984 Edward Larrabee Barnes

Nasher Sculpture Center 2003 Renzo Piano

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center 1989 I.M. Pei

WOODALL ROGERS FREEWAY

ROOFTOPDINING Nasher Sculpture Center 2003 Renzo Piano

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center 1989 I.M. Pei

AT&T Performing Arts Center Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House 2009 Foster + Partners, Norman Foster

MUSEUM

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AT&T Performing Arts Center Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House 2009 Foster + Partners, Norman Foster

LECTURE HALL

EXHIBITION

AUDI

AT&T Performing Arts Center Mar Winspear Opera Hou 2009 Foster + Partners, Nor


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1| GALLERY PRIVATE ROOM 2| MUSEUM SPACE 3| VIEWING DECK 4| MUSUEM MAIN WING

1| EXHIBITION SPACE 2| KITCHEN 3| BAR 4| RESTAURANT

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1| AUDITORIUM STAGE 2| STORAGE 3| BACK ENTRANCE/EXIT

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1| back alley entrance 2| mechanical room 3| lecture halls 4| kitchen office 5|1office space LEVEL

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printing room cafe seating cafe bar library receptionist

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1| Parapet in 3/8 + 3/8 (9mm) laminated safety glass on 2 1/8 x 1 3/8” steel box profile with c-profile handrail 2| fry riglet, 1” aluminum flashing, 2” air cavity 3| Paladina flooring, sloped insulation 4| 1” aluminum flashing, ploystyrene insulation, sealant, 3 4 ploystyrene insulation, sealant, ploystrene insulation, 1” aluminum flashing 5| 3/4” reinforced concrete infill panels painted white, 2” ploystrene insulation 6| recycled glass aggregate composite salb consisting of lightweight concrete fill over corrugated sheeting 7| beam 8| cutrain wall mullion, continuous strip glazing with gaurdian thermal insulating bottom-hung double glazing in low-imissivity selective glass

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1| curtain wall mullion, continuous strip glazing with guardian thermal insulating bottom-hung double glazing in low-emissivity selective glass 2| 3/4” Paladiana flooring with 6” recycled glass aggregate composite slab consisting of lightweight concrete fill over corrugated sheeting, 1” airspace, 2” 3 thick extruded polystrene insulation, 3/4” reinforced4 concrete infill panels painted white 3| beam 4| 3/4” reinforced concrete infill panels painted white, 2” air space, 3” polystyrene insulation 3

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1| curtain wall mullion, continuous strip glazing with guardian thermal insulating bottom-hung double glazing in low-emissivity selective glass 2| 3/4” Paladiana flooring with 8” precast concrete foundation slab 3| earth 4| beam 5| 3/4” reinforced concrete infill panels painted white 3

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KYLE ELLIOTT_RAUL GUERRERO_V

LINEAR BEAT | DIMEND

SPRING 2012

Capture cam; Like a h BlobDetection theBlobDetection; collaboration with: digital media in neotoric dimension (DIMEND) was a PImage img; course revoled around Processing to build an interactive person. PImage flippedImg; Kyle Elliott installation. Linear Beat acts like a heart beat monitor, in Raul Guerrero which the contour of a person is captured through a horizontal The pa boolean newFrame=false; line, creating an outline of the person. The movement is then import ddf.minim.*; replicated into a flash effect where the motion reflects a series software: of papitations. As a song comes on, the person moving must reach This cre Processing certain focal points that acts as instigators for the amoung of Minim minim; (Java Script) movement around the subject. EFFECT VOLUME VOLUME AudioInput in; CONTROL

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// ================================================== CONCEPTUAL SEQUENCE

Photographs show the interactions of the installation during First Friday Art Trail at Texas Tech.

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// ================================================== // setup() // ================================================== void setup() { // Size of applet size(1440, 900); // Capture ACTIVATION SYSTEM cam = new Capture(this, 40*4, 30*4, 15); // BlobDetection // img which will be sent to detection (a smaller copy of the cam frame); SPATIAL LAYOUT: img = new PImage(80, 60); theBlobDetection = new BlobDetection(img.width, img. height); theBlobDetection.setPosDiscrimination(false); climax theBlobDetection.setThreshold(0.3f); // will detect bright areas whose luminosity > 0.2f;

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Like a heart beat monitor, the contour of person is captured through a horizontal line creating an outline of the This creates what we call a Linear Beat. person. His movement is then replicated into a flash effect where the motion reflects a series of palpitations. The palpitations are then modified from a different beat into a differnt shape.

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REVEALING VERONA| STUDY ABROAD

collaboration with: Analaura Almeida Course: Study Abroad Verona, Italy

SUMMER 2011

Located in Verona, Italy, the urban acting school explored the idea of depicting the unseen of the city into the movement of an acting school. Inspiring the students to project their work into the world, performance spaces are contained throughout the site inviting the public to see and feel the energy of the students. There is a sense of openness and introspection both inside and outside of the building engaging students with the city and merging the hidden with shown, old with new,viewer with performance.

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EINSTEIN HAUS | UNDERGRADUATE STUDIO

SPRING 2011

in “einstein’s dreams” by alan lightman, the reader is taken into a surreal scenario of what einstein may have dreamed about while he was working in a swiss patent office and, at the same time, writing his now-famous theories on the characteristics of space and time. in an attempt to understand einstein’s theories better, the bold statement of “imagine a world in which there is no time. only images” is proposed. the framing of each crucial moment within the building becomes a crucial point. “rebuilding” what was once there now becomes a memory that leads the path towards a new concept. the view through inertial frames within the building creates a sense of interior and exterior programming aligning with the clock tower at the end of the road. the representation of the clock tower is essential throughout the project. the progression to the viewing platform is framed through a series of transparencies between floors creating the inertial frames. stepping into the glass box, the clock is framed and essentially the timeless feeling is created with the minimalist materials used.

“Imagine a world in which there is no time. Only images” _Alan Lightman, Einstein’s Dreams

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SPRING 2010

collaboration with: Analaura Almeida Cristina Casatñon event: Dean’s Cup An idea’s competition place: Honorable Mention

DEAN’S CUP COMPETITION

to be in a state of reverie, a moment of pleasant contemplation, enabled by a place in which the landscape is constantly changing. the rebellious nomad, going against the rules and regulations of the outside world being able to be placed anywhere at any time. a siteless landscape. a moment of freedom, captured in a system of tubes that can be manually pushed or pulled, in order to create depth. as the tubes are pushed into the wall to create a space, they light up in different colors according to the person’s mood, creating a very particular space of ever-changing surroundings. what starts out as a thing with no context or predetermined outcome, is turned into a siteless landscape.

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SPRING 2010

cofounder with: Analaura Almeida Cade Hammers Lucas Robinson Events: 2-3 times a semester Panel: 3-4 professors or intellects

COADIALOGUES | STUDENT ORGANIZATION

coadialogues is a student initiated discussion series,

bringing the architecture community of professors and students to participate in an event whose discussion will revolve around a certain topic. Encouraging student participation, the coadialogues’ main intention revolves around developing student affiliation to the professors and their ways of thinking in a more cohesive manner. The discussions chosen are topics discussed around architectural issues. It became a platform for students to be able to hear the views of the professors they have taken or would want to take.

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