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    • Jim Shafer, Designer
    • Lighting and Furniture Jim Shafer, Designer
    • Purpose: The Tecali Lamp is a desk lamp that Design/Description: The Tecali Lamp has the provides light from beneath a copper shade and from following features: within a column of translucent onyx panes. • The central column, made of walnut, has 9 onyx panels illuminated from within by a tubular incandescent bulb controlled by a dimmer switch. Background: In the design of this lamp I was • The adjustable copper shade, held in place by a bracket inspired by the historic Art Deco buildings of Los Angeles. I also made of walnut, covers an incandescent bulb also wanted to experiment with the use of Mexican onyx as controlled by a pull-chain. a light-transmitting element. I bought the stone in Tecali, • Ventilation for the central column is provided by holes Puebla, which gives the lamp its name. passing through the back and through the stacked acrylic layers at the top of the lamp. • Dimensions of approx. 15” long, 16” wide, and 22” high. Tecali Lamp Jim Shafer, Designer © 1993, James D. Shafer
    • Purpose: The Neza Lamp is an illuminated Design/Description: The Neza Lamp features: sculpture that provides light through resin lenses • A central column consisting of a particleboard-covered imbedded with small stones, through acrylic panels, pine framework, illuminated from within by one bulb and through a series of holes cut in painted wood. shining outwards through green acrylic panels and by another shining upwards. Background: In the design of this project I • An upper section illuminated by 4 tubular incandescent experimented with the use of stone indigenous to bulbs. the San Gabriel Mountains imbedded in both • 4 types of stone that appear throughout the design; large concrete and resin, as well as with the combination and medium pieces imbedded in concrete at the bottom of painted and natural wood surfaces. “Neza” is short and halfway up, and small fragments at the top imbed- for Nezahualcoyotl, the “Poet-King” of ancient Mexico ded in resin and highlighted by the bulbs within. who lived in the 15th century. • Dimensions of approx. 21” long, 21” wide, and 72” high. Neza Lamp Jim Shafer, Designer © 1991, James D. Shafer
    • Detail of Acrylic Rods on Left Side of Lamp Detail of Onyx Pane supported by Brass Rods Purpose: The Lawson Lamp is a small illuminated Design/Description: The Lawson Lamp features: sculpture that provides light through a pane of Mexican • An irregular, translucent pane of Mexican onyx illuminated from onyx and through translucent acrylic rods. behind by an incandescent bulb. • A series of acrylic rods on one side of the lamp likewise illuminated. Background: In the design of this lamp I experi- • A wide variety of materials including redwood, pine, oak, brass mented with the combination of many di erent materi- rods, and copper sheet. als and textures in an asymmetrical design. • Dimensions of approximately 10” long, 6“ wide, and 11” high. Lawson Lamp Jim Shafer, Designer © 1993, James D. Shafer
    • Purpose: The Cuernavaca Lamp is a small Design/Description: The Cuernavaca Lamp features: illuminated sculpture that provides light through • 4 distinctive red and white acrylic panels illuminated from translucent acrylic panels. within by an incandescent bulb. • A crystal finial supported by thin pieces of toyon, a hardwood indigenous to Southern California. Background: With this project I combined 3 • A base made from redwood and sycamore. di erent beautiful woods with acrylic panels and a crystal • Dimensions of approximately 10” long, 6“ wide, and 14” high. nial in a symmetrical design. Cuernavaca Lamp Jim Shafer, Designer © 1991, James D. Shafer
    • Granite Used for Table Top Detail of Hand-Carved Sycamore Purpose: The SGR Table (Sycamore, Granite and Design/Description: The SGR Co ee Table features: Redwood) was designed to function effectively as a • A rectangular upper surface of highly-polished, reddish-brown coffee table and to showcase the combined use of 3 granite. beautiful and natural materials. • 2 thick, asymmetrical supports of sycamore and old-growth redwood, hand-cut and carved to highlight the beauty of the Background: The table is made almost entirely grain. from salvaged materials. The granite was leftover from a • A crosspiece, also of redwood, joining the 2 supports horizon- Los Angeles skyscraper project, the sycamore came from tally. a tree felled in a residential neighborhood, and the • Dimensions of 32” long, 22“ wide, and 16” high. redwood had been stored in a garage for decades. SGR Co ee Table Jim Shafer, Designer © 1989, James D. Shafer
    • Purpose: The Maqueta Tower is a series of plywood Design/Description: The Maqueta Tower features: boxes stacked upon one other that serve as a display • 4 stacked plywood boxes, made in Mexico, that were used to system for architectural models. Along with two transport architectural models from there to Los Angeles. bookcases they also divide an open space in a Los • Lids opening outward allowing access to the boxes even when Angeles loft into o ce, living room, and kitchen. stacked. • A framework of 2 x 4’s and a post joining the boxes to the wall Background: I visited the San Fernando Building that also supports 2 bookcases and so partitions the room. during its conversion into lofts in 2000 and drew a oor • Acrylic windows through which the models can be viewed. plan of my future home. Back in Mexico City I designed • A paper cabinet with pull-out drawers above the boxes. the project to suit my storage and spatial needs. • Dimensions of 48” long, 39“ wide, and 103” high. Maqueta Tower Jim Shafer, Designer © 2008, James D. Shafer
    • Overall View of Elevated Bed Steps with Storage Space Inside Hand-Colored AutoCAD Drawing Clothing Pegs, Lamp, and Bookshelf on Back of Headboard Purpose: Besides functioning as a queen-size Design/Description: The Elevated Bed features: bed, the Elevated Bed also serves as a storage and • A lamp with 2 tubular incandescent bulbs that provides light for lighting system. reading as well as for the bedroom in general. • 120 cubic feet of storage space underneath the bed. Two Background: After moving into a loft in Down- bookcases, each with 3 shelves, hide the storage space. town Los Angeles, I realized I needed a great deal more • Three storage shelves in the headboard to the left of the storage space and a way to illuminate the bedroom. In lamp, a bookshelf behind the headboard with 5 shelves, and 3 my design for the bed I took advantage of the building’s shelves of storage space within the steps. 10 foot-high ceilings by raising the mattress to a height • Wooden surfaces painted in 3 different hues. of 53 inches to allow for storage underneath. • Dimensions of approximately 112” long, 73“ wide, and 87” high. Elevated Bed Jim Shafer, Designer © 2006, James D. Shafer
    • Urban Renovation and Research Jim Shafer, Designer
    • View from Street-Before Painting View from Street-After Painting Pío Pico Span School: Elevation/Painting Diagram Looking West Towards Middle School Office, Pío Pico Span School: Site Plan/Painting Diagram (Revised 12 July, 2005) Teachers' Lounge Door, Lunch Line-up Area B-8 Notes: (Revised 12 July 2005) AGED EUCALYP. 1) Colors shown below for all one-story buildings, for the Rose Cottage, and for the Gymnasium Building are to be used B-7 for all wall surfaces to be painted as indicated in the drawing below. CITRON 2) Colors shown for the Middle School Building generally refer to those colors which begin at ground level. For further B-6 clarification, consult the "Elevation/Painting Diagram" and the Color Letter. C-1 C-2 C-3 C-4 Acorn Squash Caribou Herd AGED EUCALYP. CITRON Building G (007CAW) Building F (006CAW) AGED EUCALYPTUS ACORN SQUASH North C-5 C-6 C-7 C-8 C-9 C-10 Volleyball AGED EUCALYP. CITRON AGED EUCALYP. B-5 Handball CITRON Elec. Bldg. Building E (005CAW) Acorn Squash AGED EUCALYPTUS CARIBOU HERD Rose Cottage AGED EUCALYPTUS AGED EUCALYPTUS M.S. Office Building D (004CAW) Caribou Herd ACORN SQUASH CARIBOU HERD Library CARIBOU HERD Aged Eucalyptus Middle School Building Gymnasium Building C (003CAW) Main AGED EUCALYPTUS Staff Lounge MPR Office Administration (001CAW)/ Pre-K (002CAW) Aged Eucalyptus AGED EUCALYPTUS Library Bldg. (001CDX) ACORN SQUASH AGED EUCALYPTUS Middle-School To: Teachers' Office Underground Parking Caribou Herd Lounge Site Plan Indicating Location of Colors on Buildings Elevation Drawn in AutoCAD with Chosen Color Scheme Purpose: In this project I played an important Description: My involvement in the project included role in deciding what colors to paint the exterior of a school the following: and where they would be used throughout the campus. • Researching recent examples of exterior painting by photographing 10 or so buildings in Los Angeles and Background: Pío Pico Span School, located in Los Glendale. Angeles, serves 1,800 students. I worked with an architect • Tracing and measuring existing elevation blueprints and and landscape architect in choosing colors with which to then drawing them in AutoCAD. paint the school, where I was teaching. We chose uplifting • Developing a number of color schemes for the project. colors that would create an environment much more • Updating the paint color schedule in Excel, then conducive to learning. Roughly 158,000 sq. ft. of building preparing elevations and site plans with the correct surfaces were painted at a cost of $359,000 for both paint colors indicated that were then used by the painters. and labor. Pío Pico Span School Paint Project Jim Shafer, Designer 2005
    • “Then and Now” Site Plans Drawing Framed for the Exhibit Historic Photos Framed for the Exhibit Purpose: In 2007 I created an exhibit for the Design/Description: The “Then and Now” site plans (the library of Pío Pico Span School in Los Angeles showing centerpiece of the exhibit), feature the following: students the buildings that had previously existed on the • A site plan, circa 1966, showing historic buildings (a convent site. The exhibit consists of “Then and Now” site plans and high school), historic landscaping, and a miniature golf created in AutoCAD and historic photos. course that was also located on the lot. • A second site plan, circa 2007 and drawn to the same scale, showing the 2 remaining historic buildings, current buildings, Background: In order to create the AutoCAD and current landscaping. drawing, I used a historic real estate site plan, historic • A list of colors, hatch patterns, and symbols used in the plans. aerial photos and Sanborn maps, more recent site plans, • A grid with a coordinate system overlaying each site plan, and a survey I made of the entire 8-acre site. allowing their comparison. Historic Convent and School Exhibit Jim Shafer, Designer © 2007, James D. Shafer (for ”Then and Now” Site Plans)
    • Student Architectural Projects Jim Shafer, Designer
    • Main Entrance of Building Close-Up of Roof and Awnings Awning Rotation Mechanism Purpose: This student project, “The Museum of Description: The Padre Kino Building has the following Water”, was designed for an imagined site overlooking characteristics: the sea in Baja California, Mexico. It was to be an • It is 39 meters long, 21 meters wide, and 23 meters high, with interactive museum dedicated to the ways in which we 17 square meters of floor space. perceive water. The “Padre Kino Building” depicted here • The ground floor houses the orientation area with ticket and was one of three that comprised the entire museum information counters, coat check, lockers, bathrooms, storage complex, and the rst entered by visitors. and meeting rooms, and waiting areas. Outside are an observation deck above the dam’s spillway and a bridge Background: I situated the building adjacent to a leading to the other two buildings. dam, with fresh water rushing through its spillway, over • The upper floor houses the museum store, administrative a cli , and directly into the salt water below. In this way, o ces, and a balcony overlooking the sea. visitors would never be far from water in various types •The model was made at a scale of 1:100 using metal, wood, and states as they explored the museum. glass, and cloth only. Sketches, including perspective views, were recorded in a notebook. Museo del Agua (Museum of Water) Jim Shafer, Designer
    • FACHADA OESTE (West Elevation) PLANTA ALTA (Second Floor) PLANTA BAJA (Ground Floor) Museo del Agua (Museum of Water) Jim Shafer, Designer
    • Left to Right: Restaurant, Lifeguard Tower/First-Aid Station/Water Tank, Changing Rooms/Bathrooms Changing Rooms/Bathrooms and Bridge Stairs leading to Bridge Lifeguard Tower and First-Aid Station Purpose: This student project, the “Gateway to Description: Besides having a strong symbolic element, the the Sea”, was designed for an imagined site in Bahías de project has the following characteristics: San Ignacio, Baja California. It was to be a rest stop with • A combined lifeguard tower and first-aid station. swimming facilities overlooking the Gulf of California. • Changing rooms with showers and bathrooms for men and women. Background: The project was to have a strong • A small restaurant with a storeroom and seating for 24 people. symbolic element re ecting its name. To prepare, I • An elevated water tank with a capacity of 20,000 liters. studied and analyzed structures and sites (such as the • All of the buildings fit into a space 40 meters long, 20 wide, Piazza da San Marco and the Golden Gate Bridge) that and 20 high. evoke the idea of such a gateway. Knowing that the • The model was made at a scale of 1:100 using only metal, wood, tides are caused by the interaction of the earth, sun, and glass, and cloth. Sketches, including perspective views, were moon, my intention was to also express that system in recorded in a notebook. the design of the gateway. Puerta al Mar (Gateway to the Sea) Jim Shafer, Designer
    • Photos used to better understand site at street level. In the rst photo, the building on the right is 53 Bosque de Minas St. Photos taken from the roof of 53 Bosque de Minas Street used to help understand the site from above. Purpose: This study examines a neighborhood of Description: The residential towers share Bosque de Minas mid-rise condominium towers in Huixquilucan, on the Street with a small shopping center, a school, and single-family outskirts of Mexico City. The organization of the public homes on the other side of the street. Also depicted and/or and private spaces adjacent to the towers are shown in mentioned in the drawing are: an axonometric view. The strengths and weaknesses of • Land Uses: residential, commercial, educational, and this type of city planning are clearly shown in the study. parks/landscaped areas. • Streetscape elements, trees, and other plants. Background: I completed this study for a class • Traffic and commercial signs. called “The House and its Environment” while a student • The lack of benches and the often narrow sidewalks. at the Iberoamerican University. Most of the develop- I created the drawing in AutoCAD after consulting city planning ment on the street follows a post-war American model of maps and drawing and measuring in the eld. single-use buildings and of a preference for the automo- bile over the pedestrian, both in contrast with traditional Mexican city planning. Bosque de Minas Street Study Jim Shafer, Designer 1998