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  1. 1. What is the problem? SCALE Phoenix Metro Area Phoenix 2009 Buenos Aires 2009 what is my goal? the creation of interstitial spaces will allow the city to become denser in terms of people and scale, increasing activity to enhance culture and identity for Downtown Phoenix how did the topic originate? Living and studying in both Phoenix and Buenos Aires has influenced my understanding of public space and human scale in cities. Working within a historical context enhanced the importance of specific periods of time in the development of the overall urban fabric of a city. methodology palimpsest pa·limp·sest (n.) figurative something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form. an object, place, or area that reflects its history THESIS Internal Networks water Densifying the Urban Fabric through Palimpsest grid Professor: Catherine Spellman, Zubin Shroff building typology 6th Year, Arizona State University *Project Nominated for Design Excellence Award building style landscape Older cities expose a variety of styles and scales imposed by its past generations. Many times they are accidental, meaning that as cities grow and older buildings are demolished traces are left behind to remind the public of what existed. Few times, however, as the modern city grows, are traces of history intentionally left behind. Phoenix is a prime example of this occurrence. When something new comes along, everything in its path is demolished, leaving no visible trace of its existence. The real question is how in a city like Phoenix can traces of history be exposed when 120 years ago there was nothing here? The solution lies in dealing with current problems in existing conditions, and changing the method that produced them. 2 3
  2. 2. Polk St. 1 2 3 4 ASU Downtown Campus 6 view from light rail station on Central Ave. 6 5 Central Ave. Light Rail Station Civic Space Park Ground Floor Plan 1 Ramp to Cultural Center 2 Cafe 3 Information 4 Bookstore Arizona 5 Restaurants Center 6 Outdoor Seating Site Transit view from Polk St. Hub Van Buren St. Central Ave. 1st Ave. 2nd St. 3rd St. 1st St. Using the concept of water as movement, the ground floor opens the street into the core of the block to internalize activity with a variety of retail and seating. 4 5
  3. 3. retail 1 performance space 2 3 3 Second Floor Plan Public Corridor adjacent roof view 1 Lobby 2 Exhibition Space Phoenix Cultural Center exhibition space 3 Storage The new cultural center must be an expression of the flux and uncertanties of the world of contem- 4 Offices 4 porary art and must break away from tradition. With growing numbers of needs and spaces, the new 2 5 Workshops/Labs 6 Mechanical cultural center must be manipulable and flexible, almost acting as a factory. 2 7 Performance Space 8 Gathering Space 9 Restaurant/Bar 10 Kitchen workshops/labs 5 2 6 lobby Third Floor Plan 9 offices 7 2 9 9 9 7 2 2 5 8 2 circulation 10 2 2 1 3 9 6 Fourth Floor Plan 7
  4. 4. La Manzana de Las Luces The Block of Lights (Knowledge) Professor: Claudio Vekstein, Sergio Forster 6th Year, Universidad Torcuato di Tella *Project Nominated and Won Design Excellence Award Plaza de Mayo Avenida 9 de Julio ur lS o na ag Di Monserrat section of downtown Buenos Aires f SITE Framing History This exploration is based on the topic of history, and how to expose it to the public. As part of a studio focusing on public demonstrative architecture (pda), this project aims to involve the community and give the public rights to access their history. The block repre- sents the transformation of the city of Buenos Aires, founded in the 17th Century by the Jesuits, and developed as a center for religion, medicine, education, and government. The actual site is a parking lot within the block and exists because of a political dictatorship and thus represents an opportunity to expose the result of when people do not have equal rights. Furthermore, this is a study to frame the social and cultural transformation of a place in order to expose it to the public. 8 9
  5. 5. + + + = STEP 1: STEP 2: STEP 3: STEP 4: Conceptual Framework Encased Program Embedded Circulation Primary Structure The conceptual framework was Programs are embedded inside the Vertical circulation follows the same Primary structure was carefully developed through careful analy- conceptual framework, representing access points as one of the origianl inserted, only replacing certain sis of historical plans of the block the idea of using past generation building plans: two side stairs and a conceptual members to support over time from first construction to ordering systems to encase newly central elevator core. The concept program and circulation as to not present. Four different plans were developed programs while the new of moving vertically and horizontally disrupt the original framework and abstracted, stacked, and extruded program never interrupts the histori- through the building in respects to also to consider the buried founda- according to the numbers of years cal framework. time of construction is enhanced by tions and tunnels needing to be each plan existed before renovation. this orientation. excavated. Conceptual and primary structure would then cohesively blend to create one. Block Plan Public Realm 1 Events office 2 Outdoor amphitheatre The project was developed through diagramming and considering each layer of 3 Cafe/Study space history that was important to the block. A number of existing conditions were 4 National Commission of History preserved, including a series of tunnels underground dug by the Jesuits when 5 School of Museum Science founding the city. 6 Excavations 7 Tunnel chamber 7 3 2 5 4 6 1 Four different plans overlayed from 1600- present of Manzana de Las Luces Excavation and Tunnel Plan Ground Floor Plan Second Floor Plan Thrid Floor Plan 10 11
  6. 6. Cross Section Market on ground floor 2nd floor terrace view from Calle Peru 12 Elevation on Calle Peru 13
  7. 7. Phoenix Actor’s Theatre Professor: John Meunier 5th Year, Arizona State University *Project Nominated for Design Excellence Award ACTORS STAGE PUBLIC MULTI- Raising the theatre: STAGE USE The theatre has long been considered a very private event. The challenge has always been how to attract not only a younger, but more diverse crowd. By raising the theatre and opening the activity to the general public, a spectacle is cre- ated. The building has an inherent distinction between public and private. Street performances, a gallery, and bar, are all open to the public and also entice them to possibly return for a show. The first step is to interest the majority, not only the minority. 14 15
  8. 8. 1 11 2 12 13 3 11 9 8 14 4 4 10 6 7 6 5 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Program Key 1 Public Stage 2 Cafe/Bar 3 Rehearsal/Gallery A 4 Restrooms 5 Storage 6 Mechanical Metal Mesh 7 Loading Dock 8 Offices Detail A Steel Tubing 9 Conference Room 10 Kitchen 11 Lobby Waterproofing 12 House 13 Dressing Rooms 14 Wardrobe Foam Insulation Concrete over Metal Decking Tie Rods Suspended Mico-perforated Aluminum Panels Glazing 16 Section 1 17
  9. 9. Global Meteor Exploration Center Existing as the best preserved meteor crater in the world, this Professor: Donna Barry museum is the premiere place to study and discover meteors. 5th Year, Arizona State University In a constant cycle, geologists and digital artists work together and live on-site to produce exhibitions for the museum. Con- cepts include digging and retaining the original slope of the crater, generated by existing site features and by Daniel Bar- ringer, the man who discovered and had such an impact on the crater. Site Location at original crater entry point Museum entry seemless transition from desert into exhibits and crater views Lobby 18 ticket counter with preserved remains of Daniel Barringer house19
  10. 10. 1 1 5 9 2 6 7 1 Entry 2 Workshops 3 8 3 Living Units 4 Lecture Hall 5 Mueseum Lobby 6 Historical Gallery 4 7 Scientific Gallery 8 Current Gallery Underground Level Level 1 9 Exit/Gathering Space Gallery Circulation Diagram y g Section through Lobby and Underground 20 21
  11. 11. The focus of this project was the design of a hostel. The hostel shall be placed onto an existing camping ground, a site with Scarpa influence in the form of a restaurant and bathing station. It must accomodate a constant influx of student travelers in different sized groups. Designing a hos- tel allowed me to work in a familiar territory after staying in them throughout Europe. This particular design can be easily prefabricated. A number of these hostels will be scattered around the site, and each one will be differently sized for groups of four, five, six, etc. The example above is a four Venice person room hostel. There are two rooms per floor, each with a bathroom in the center, and a light well core. “Scarpa-esc” elements were added to the site such as carving channels to embed the hostel into the ground and also adding fine detail to everything including the handrails. The site is accessible to Venice through an existing Vaporetto stop. Fusina Camping Grounds Venezia-Fusina Hostel Professor: Charles Hailey and Diana Bitz 4th Year, Vicenza Institute of Architecture 22 Vicenza, Italy Railing detail to correspond with Scarpa design 23
  12. 12. Old Con-Edison Site Located adjacent to the United Nations Building on the East River, the site had to integrate the pedestrian. The site is surrounded by condominiums and apartments and its somewhat distant from New York’s commercial center. A revitalization process had to occur. I connected the city to the waterfront through public functions and the creation of an esplanade. A marine center, restaurants, and retail were placed on the site as well as apartments and a hotel. The Pedestrian Routes site had to interest the common pedestrian, which includes tourists, locals, shoppers, and busnessmen. Tudor City United Nations Building Beginning Platform FDR Highway Revitalizing Esplanade New York’s Implemented Green Zones Waterfront Professor: Pablo Herenu East River 4th Year, University of Florida Partner: Ruben Ramos 24 25
  13. 13. The Esplanade The esplanade is envisioned to reunite the city of New York to the wa- ter. Despite being surrounded by water, the island of Manhattan is mostly disconnceted from views or experiences with water. Some linear infra- structure is already in production such as the High Line project along the Hudson to create a park on the old elevated railway. This esplanade is an initial move to attract residents in the surrounding neighborhood such as Tudor City to exercise and experience this highly trafficed waterway. At the beginning platform exists public functions to attraction outsiders as well. 1 Residential Towers 2 Elevated Retail 3 Hotel 4 Parking Garage/Entrance 5 Outdoor Recreation 6 Marine Center 7 Esplanade 8 East River 26 27
  14. 14. NYC Mega-Bookstore Hotel Professor: Pablo Herenu 4th Year, University of Florida New York is a very hustling and bustling city. The skyline illumi- nates the intriguing experience of the city life. What characterizes New York? Sky-scrapers. Buildings are not the main facet of the city but rather secondary. The people, the diversification, and the plethera of cultures truly characterize the atmosphere of New York City. Program: Hotel + Bookstore + Book fair arena Location: 6th Avenue, between 29th and 30th Influences: Rem Koolhaas Seattle Public Library Coop Himmelbau Frankfurt ECB 2nd Floor 3rd Floor 4th Floor Ground Floor 28 29
  15. 15. 6th Avenue 6th Avenue 30 31
  16. 16. Charleston Maritime Museum Offices Classroom Professor: Peter Prugh 3rd Year, University of Florida This museum was designed for the common pedestrian. Lo y Lobby o The building is situated between two high-volume traf- fic areas, one being the automobile and the other being the pedestrian. Both routes stem from the main market in Charleston. There is a dual-entrence lobby containing Library a visiting exhibtion space. This leads to the main gallery Outdoor space on the second floor as well as a media center that is Exhibition centered around the atrium. The atrium houses the main Space Cafe spectacle: the old Hunley submarine from the civil war. G lery Gallery Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 H.L. Hunley: Confederate submarine that was sunk and recovered is the main spectacle in the Maritime Museum of Charleston 32 33
  17. 17. The issue at hand involves creating an educational facility for mari- time research with the ability to house ten students and a faculty member. Placed on a remote edge of the St. John’s River in Welaka, FL, the project was forced to fit into a landscape and adhere to a specific form relevant to the production and repair of mid-sized boats. Entry to this very linear site occurs through a dense, wooded area off a county road. Upon approach, visitors may enter the main boathouse consisting of a large repair/production space, classroom, storage, and an office, all which are located on the dock edge. Ad- jacent to the dock and connected by stairs and an overhead bridge lies the living facilities for both the students and professor. Welaka School for Boat Repair and Construction Professor: William Tilson 3rd Year, University of Florida 34 35