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  • 1. ROBERT ROSS GRADUATE STUDIOS
  • 2. NATURALLY URBAN-- THREE RIVERS, MILWAUKEE WI Rivers are an amenity that enhance the social, economic and SPRING 2003 THESIS PROJECT recreational value of any city. Milwaukee is blessed with three: the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic. All three contribute to the greater Milwaukee River Basin. Each occupies its own watershed, which combine to form an interconnected system of natural features that can be enjoyed in multiple ways. While the rivers BOAT LAUNCH, CLIMBING TOWER bind the region together in a sense, the potential of the river system to serve as a recreational resource for southeast Wisconsin has been untapped for many years. This project provides a link between the urban setting and the serene atmosphere of the river valleys. The project stems from a major crossroads between city and natural elements. Utilizing the piers of highway I-94 as an amenity for climbing, the facility reaches out along the banks of the river, embracing the city grid at Canal NATURAL-LIKE LINKS Street and an unused open space that is currently isolated from pedestrian activity. A simplified pallet of materials enhances cost effectiveness and users gain an opportunity to experience natural- like settings while constantly aware they are in an urban location. TRANSITION
  • 3. CURRENT CONDITIONS TRANSPARENCY INFILL STUDY EXPERIENCE BLEND WITH DOMINANT FEATURES (I-94) CONCEPT HARD-SCAPE LINKS
  • 4. AN ADDITION TO ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL AT THE CORNER OF WELLS AND JACKSON, MILWAUKEE WI Designed to showcase a small FALL 2002 TECHNOLOGY STUDIO chapel inside a primarily glass box gathering space, which is heavily louvered with extra deep mullions acting as shading devices. A solid volume housing the main entry, services, administration and classrooms holds the transparent volume that is the attraction for visitors. INTERLOCKING VOLUMES The blessed sacrament chapel of the cathedral is the backdrop for the entry showing the connectedness of the two structures. The façade of the cathedral remains untouched except for only two small transparent vestibules. Model accompanied by a set of construction documents. LOW PROFILE CONNECTEDNESS AN “ANCHOR” FOR ADMINISTRATION AND LEARNING
  • 5. PROTECTED CHAPEL STUDY MODELS CLARITY OF FUNCTION
  • 6. MENOMONEE VALLEY INTERPRETIVE CENTER, MILWAUKEE WI The Menomonee Valley has become a series of industrial lots and brown SPRING 2002 GREEN BUILDING STUDIO fields that are in dire need of repair. This site at the far eastern end, between 6th Street and shipping slips off of the Menomonee River, will become a vital location for A VARIETY OF SYSTEMS AND MATERIALS development that will draw people from downtown, the 3rd and 5th Wards and the area immediately south of the valley. This project had a focus on environmental and sustainable structures. The actual function of the center was left unsaid, so I chose to demonstrate architectural possibilities, building systems and alternate means of energy. The central area is constructed of wood chip glue laminated structural elements encased in glass, while the extensions are recycled steel light-gauge framing with a sheet steel cladding that is coated with copper colored aluminum. A cable-supported fabric shading device finishes off the structure as a daylight control along with the narrow downward tilted windows. A “HUB” WITH RADIATING ACTIVITY
  • 7. SYSTEMS SUN STUDIES SOUTHERN EXPOSURE BRIDGE PIER UNIQUE STRUCTURE IN A GREEN LANDSCAPE SYSTEMS

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