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mobile food collectivearcheworks fellowship, 2009-10exhibitor, 2010 venice biennaleThe Mobile Food Collective is a publice...
urban transit centergraduate studio, university of texas/austintechnical communications—working drawings: fall 2007critic:...
mappinggraduate studio, university of texas/austinspring 2007critic: bill jacksonmap: correspondencea function such that f...
minimal dwellinggraduate studio, university of texas/austinspring 2007critic: bill jacksonLooking at the minimum program r...
cocoongraduate studio, university of texas/austinspring 2007                                                              ...
site sectionNOLA sustainable housing                                                                                      ...
meditation chairgraduate studio, university of texas/austinwood design: fall 2008critic: Mark MacekConstructed of laminate...
GHOST architectural laboratorydesign/build apprenticeshipnova scotia, canadasummer 2008GHOST 10 explored the concept of an...
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  1. 1. catherine muller selected work
  2. 2. mobile food collectivearcheworks fellowship, 2009-10exhibitor, 2010 venice biennaleThe Mobile Food Collective is a publiceducation campaign to inspire the rethinkingof our relationship to food, incorporatingheritage, ownership, exchange, andconnection into a new food culture. Insupport of this campaign, Archeworks has MFCdesigned and built a Mobile Urban Farm Toolconsisting of an interrelated Mobile Unit andBike Fleet. This prototype is conceived as amobile architecture that supports and MOBILE UNITconnects a variety of stakeholders of MODULEestablished and emerging farming projects BIKE FLEETin Chicago.The Mobile Unit serves as a hub formeetings, storage, and a variety ofprogramming through a multitude of URBAN FARM RESOURCE EXCHANGEadaptations, from a mobile farm stand to ademonstration station to a communalharvest table.The bike fleet acts as satellites 2for the Mobile Unit, extending the projectsreach in a community at an accessible,human scale, while capturing the interest ofresidents and drawing them back to theMobile Unit to enjoy further involvement. DESIGN ELEMENTS CABINET OF CURIOSITIES MICRO-EVENTS HARVEST TABLE STOREFRONT ASSEMBLY ASSEMBLY 0:1 0:1 MANY : MANY 1:1 1 : MANY 0 : MANY SEED STORY ARCHIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE 3 ADAPTATIONS catherine muller cat@mrsnoot.com 510.681.5974
  3. 3. urban transit centergraduate studio, university of texas/austintechnical communications—working drawings: fall 2007critic: michael garrisonpartner: erin holdenreidTaking a cue from successful urban plazas, both in the US and in Europe, our placemaking goal was to create ahub for the community, a bridge between residential and commercial sectors across a busy, triangulated set ofvehicle intersections, and finally, to provide an iconic gateway into vibrant east Austin from the ‘other’ side ofinterstate 35.The buildings themselves shelter the slightly sunken plaza from the sight and noise of traffic, creating a protected,shaded space, together with a string of umbrellas demarking the boundary with another adjacent road. Both carvedfrom and built up from the earth, the structures turn a green, living face to the oncoming roads, and an open,translucent façade to the plaza.We focused on streamlining circulation of various kinds—car, bus, bicycle, pedestrian—integrating these paths intoa transportation-centered node providing facilities, bike storage, food/drink, and other retail, as well as a pleasant,shady, green place to wait for a bus, or to meet a friend. With goals to both facilitate efficient movement throughoutthe site, and to provide multiple stimuli motivating users to remain in the plaza/urban park, we hope to allow for across-section of both pass-through and destination users, providing a diverse mix of people coming and goingthroughout the day and night—creating a vibrant public space that serves as an anchor for the community. rainwater register passive cooling catherine muller cat@mrsnoot.com 510.681.5974
  4. 4. mappinggraduate studio, university of texas/austinspring 2007critic: bill jacksonmap: correspondencea function such that for every element of one set there is a unique element of another set; translationassignment: select any two disparate activities and design a space that mediates the activities by means of theabove definition.As my activities, I chose a child trying to fall asleep in a room adjacent to his/her parents talking at the end of anevening. I designed a wall that serves as both visual and auditory register for the child, abstracting the pitch andcadence of his parents’ voices with subtle movement and sound, as both hypnotic distraction and soothingassurance that safety and comfort is not far away. catherine muller cat@mrsnoot.com 510.681.5974
  5. 5. minimal dwellinggraduate studio, university of texas/austinspring 2007critic: bill jacksonLooking at the minimum program requirements for inhabitation dwelling—sleeping,bathing, eating—this project aims to reduce those activities to an elemental state,and then elevate each moment in a daily routine to the experience of ritual.In addition, we explored the ideas of axiality, transition from public to private, and south elevationdialogue between spaces articulated not only by mass, but changes in spatialperception: materiality, light, permeability, enclosure and outlook. north elevationplan west elevation WEST SECTION 1/4” 1’west section SOUTH SECTION south section 1/4” = 1’ catherine muller cat@mrsnoot.com 510.681.5974
  6. 6. cocoongraduate studio, university of texas/austinspring 2007 c ocooncritic: bill jacksonLooking at the idea of retreat, these movable ‘cocoons’ aim to create aportable sense of both security and nurturing by mimicking the structure andform of organic examples. They provide a means to exist within nature within envelopa permeable structure that allows for modern conveniences, while also beingattentive to resources and minimizing impact. In this brief project we enclosedeveloped promotional materials as well as quick prototype models of ourconcepts. retreat transform... a new approach to the meditative retreat: a minimal habitat that allows for a reconnection with nature while providing creature comforts that nourish and rejuvenate. the cocoon retreat literally breaks down walls blending outdoor space that is both inside and out to create an outdoor space that is both nurturing and liberating. experience the cocoon for yourself. catherine muller cat@mrsnoot.com 510.681.5974
  7. 7. site sectionNOLA sustainable housing 1/16”=1’competition entrysummer 2006partner: carla hyman 2 bedroom studio studio f ruit t rees green detailChallenge: design a sustainable bios waleresidential complex in the New OrleansHoly Cross neighborhood, which was open play 2 bedroom(and is) struggling to regain its sense of ent ry s hade t reesself after Hurricane Katrina. apartment plan, third floor hc 1/16”=1’ play infant sWith our design investigation we posed reception play 3 -5 play t oddlers permeable paving 3 bedroom 2 bdrm s helt ered bike 3 bedroom 2 bedroomthe following questions: open open parking open 2 bedroomHow can the built environment catalyze open c onferencecommunity? How can it learn from kitc hen 3 bedroom 1 bedroom apt off ice hc 1 bedroom covered playcollective memory, particularly the history lobby bike parking ent ryand structures of New Orleans andKatrina? And how can the built community roomenvironment learn from, foster and 3 bedroomcreate connection to local ecosystems? common pat io/ gat hering/ BBQ s pace hous e 1 cons t ruct ed wet lands f or s t orm and greywat er apartment plan, second floorOur proposal was conceived around the compos t / greenhous e/ s t orage 1/16”=1’notion of community and cooperation. hous e 2We hoped to foster a sense of identityand ownership by providing a network of gardensinterrelated, shared indoor and outdoor hous e 3garden and green spaces that become hous e 1the nucleus of a thriving community.By allowing for homeownership, hous e 4communal activity and enterprise, our hous e 5design was intended to provide a meansfor the residents of the local area to ‘digin’ and claim the territory as their own. hous e 6 LE V catherine muller cat@mrsnoot.com 510.681.5974
  8. 8. meditation chairgraduate studio, university of texas/austinwood design: fall 2008critic: Mark MacekConstructed of laminated 3” poplarpieces, the meditation chair was amarriage of low and high tech, handwork and machining.Intended as an organic ‘nest’ formeditation, the chair has the feel of acarved bowl, sanded super-smoothwhere the occupant comes in contactwith the seat, left rough and a bit coarseon the exterior.As a grounding medium between themeditator and the earth, the chairergonomically supports the points ofcontact and posture for the lotus pose,providing a subtle reinforcement of theideal seated stance. catherine muller cat@mrsnoot.com 510.681.5974
  9. 9. GHOST architectural laboratorydesign/build apprenticeshipnova scotia, canadasummer 2008GHOST 10 explored the concept of an urbanattitude in a rural setting, while examining theessential programatic elements for living: eat,sleep, bathe, work, socialize.Elevating these elements to a ritualized status,we designed the 1000’ house: two pavillions,one for day, the other for night, separated by a1000 foot ‘courtyard’ (and 80 feet in elevation),defining an urban existance in the relationshipof each to the adjacent road.The workshop is an intensive design andconstruction exercise with 30 participants—bothstudents and practicing architects—whocollectively conceive, develop, and build thegroup’s vision in a two-week period.Brian MacKay-Lyons hosts the program eachyear on his coastal property near Halifax, NovaScotia. catherine muller cat@mrsnoot.com 510.681.5974
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