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Z ach M cClurg Bowling Green State University 2009-2013

L e C orbusier L - S cheme S pielberg C ranbrook T raverse C it y D etroit T oledo

L e C o r bus i e r S cul p t u r e For sophomore studio we created a sculpture by integrating different aspects of Le Corbusier’s painting “Still Life” as well as incorporating his architectural theories into the piece. We were to first construct a two dimensional plan utilizing his typical grid system found in his architecture and then extrude that plan to create a three dimensional piece in both model and drawing form.

L - S c h e m e H o us e

Throughout the semester we were given different themed layouts for two week assignemnts. We were to learn about these schemes strong points and weak points and then construct a plan and model to go along with them.

The L - Scheme House is one that ulitlizes views facing towards its interior with a lighter more The knuckle of the house is also important as it serves as the meeting point of both legs and must be the most signifanct space of the house. transparent facade than the exterior “structural� walls.

S t e v e n S p i e lb e r g H o us e

As the final project of the spring semester each student was assigned a famous “client� to study and design a house. My client was the award winning film director Steven Spielberg and I was to design a cross schemed house for him. As a director who uses large story boards to create the plot line for his movies I utilized the exterior walls to serve as floor to ceiling story boards and sharp angles in the roof lines to emulate futuristic structures reflective of his science fiction movies.

C ranbrook M aritime R esearch C enter

The Cranbrook Maritime Research Center was the first project of our third year. It was based at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield, Michigan along the shore of King’s Lake. The proposed project was meant to serve as a research center as well as an education building and a public museum. My inspiration for the project was the flow of water from the top of our site down towards the lake. The flow of the water also translate into the building flowing from its highest point down into the lake where there is an underwater viewing area that serves as a display area for the research center.

T r a v e r s e C i t y , MI Maritime Research Center

The Traverse City Maritime Research Center will serve as a location for people to learn about not only the Asian carp, but all the wildlife that exist within Lake Michigan and the surrounding Great Lakes. The inspiration for this building stems from the Mississippi river and its surrounding tributaries which create a web extending out into the United States. This is the main pipeline that has allowed the Asian Carp to makes its way into the US and subsequently the Great Lakes. Students and professionals alike will be welcomed by the buildings large facades of glass facing Traverse City, creating a new look to the lake shore. The undulating roof slabs interact with the landscape so to create a more interesting and dynamic relationship reflecting its surroundings.

This building will create a timeless structure to continue its research and education long after the Asian Carp dilemma has concluded. With many green features such as roof gardens, grey water recycling, and rain water recycling systems designed specially for this structure, it would achieve a high level of self-sustainability.

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D e t r o i t , MI Steel Design Competition

Urban areas such as Detroit have a dynamic impact on the characteristics of everything from the structures to the people within them. This impact is derived from implied forces created by aspects of the city, shaping structures in such a way that everything fits into the urban fabric. These forces act as agents of construction; each faรงade is specially shifted to create a relationship between the site and the site surroundings. The tallest most hierarchical piece not only draws visitors into the main entrance, but intrigues those in the area of Campus Martius. There is a gradual transition from public to private space upon entry, where occupants find the first two floors to be open in both plan and material and becomes much less of each as they advance up.

Anodized aluminum mesh screens cover much of the East elevation and part of the West elevation for identity use as well as protection from the intense sun rays of early morning and late evening. Innovative steel design is used in the support of the IKEA restaurant structure as well as the cantilever over-hang of The Detroit People Mover to give these structures stability and functionality yet creating an interest in elevation as well as section. A four story void space opens up to accentuate the eventual junk space that is TOYS R US. Eventuality is more descriptive of the products sold than the space itself; the toys will create their own junk space and lay unused and forgotten. The IKEA show room surrounds the TOYS R US shopping area and creates a forced circulation, similar to what you will see in other IKEA stores, yet stands apart from those because it allows for a free roaming visitor. The forces that have acted upon the site have allowed for a mutual construction of both the interior and the exterior and create a unique experience for all.

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T o l e d o , OH Master Plan & Indv. Project

Our site is on the East side of Toledo adjacent to the Cherry Street Bridge. Our first objective was to bring the density of downtown Toledo over the Cherry Street Bridge and onto the East Side. In order to connect all parts of Toledo into our master plan, we have continued the Cherry Street Axis over from across the Maumee River as a pedestrian bridge that leaps up to our tower, this creates an urban boulevard unifying our site. The tower acts as the anchor of our site, bringing the ‘skyscrapers’ of downtown across the river. In order East Side residential grid in our plan, there are ‘fingers’ that extend off of the new Cherry Street Bridge as housing that are oriented parallel to the grid; this will become shopping and entertainment space. To accent the approach to downtown, Main Street will be lined with greenery with buildings extended over to create a ‘gateway’ to downtown Toledo. To connect with the river and the boating community, the Owens Corning building shape has been reflected across the river to serve as a focal point building. In order to integrate the Maumee River into our site, we have extended water into our community to divide our green space and serve as yet another focal point for citizens to interact with. There is centralized green space and an outdoor market that brings all housing residents together as one community. Our solution creates a dynamic yet simple solution to the problem of vacancy that is plaguing the East Side of Toledo. to reflect the

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