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Cook Field is a popular gathering space for students and
                      faculty alike to relax, to play sports, and...
The site for Clifton library sits on an urban street corner in
                  Cincinnati, Ohio. Located between the Uni...
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My proposal was a community center that focused on
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To begin studying Frank Lloyd Wright our studio
                                            first sought to look at Wright...
The goal of the Westcott House masterplan was to explore
    Frank Lloyd Wright’s design process and to weave landscape
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hickman chapel   mill run, pennsylvania      Built by the local residents of Mill Run in the early twentieth

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Sitting just miles away from Frank Lloyd Wright’s
     Fallingwater, I began by using the Froebel process for my
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The goal of the 2009 Green Communities Competition was
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Using our “greenest brick” theme, our group saw great
     potential in taking existing buildings and turning them
     no...
On a larger scale, our group saw an opportunity to rethink
     transportation within the city of Cinicinnati. Below an ei...
Resting on the banks of the Mad River and just blocks away from
              downtown Dayton, Ohio, Techtown is the site ...
The central form functions as the circulation core, while the two
adjacent rectangular forms serves as tenant spaces. Work...
I wanted the tenants to have a sense of connection to the downtown
area, the Mad River, and the outdoor environment. A lar...
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  1. 1. 2 cook field pavilion academic individual medium hand drawings, sketchwork, all combined with photoshop Massing model made from wood and chipboard. 3 clifton library academic individual medium hand drawings, sketchwork, autoCAD, FormZ, all combined with photoshop. Massing model made from wood and chipboard. 5 confrontation workshop academic individual medium hand drawings, sketchwork, combined with photoshop 7 froebel and the westcott house academic group effort worked with Ben Breyley and Pat Mcloughlin. All pieces including drawings were done collaboratively. medium hand drawings, sketchwork, autoCAD, photography, massing model, maple froebel set. 9 hickman chapel academic individual medium hand drawings, sketchwork, autoCAD, FormZ, all combined with photoshop 12 acsa: 2009 green communities competition academic group effort worked with Alex Libengood, Silvia Piszczor, Eric table of contents Sicks, and Lauren Wetula. All pieces were done collaboratively. medium hand drawings, sketchwork, autoCAD, photography, massing model, maple froebel set. Content within this book represents work completed during my undergraduate studies at Miami University from 15 techtown 2006-2009. Currently applying for M. Arch. academic individual medium hand drawings, sketchwork, autoCAD, FormZ, all combined with photoshop 18 selected works academic individual medium acrylic paint on canvas, graphite on sketch paper 1 john g. simenic table of contents
  2. 2. Cook Field is a popular gathering space for students and faculty alike to relax, to play sports, and to exercise. The dynamic quality of this design represents the activity that is associated with Cook Field while still offering an open, comfortable space with panoramic views out to Cook Field. cook field pavilion 08.07-12.07 2 john g. simenic cook field pavilion
  3. 3. The site for Clifton library sits on an urban street corner in Cincinnati, Ohio. Located between the University of Cincinnati campus to the south and the more historic Clifton district to the north, the corner site contains many unique opportunities to serve as a link between the two districts. Also, the current Clifton Library is seen as a landmark for learning and education within the small Clifton community. Taking these observations, I wanted to create a bright and inviting building that would serve as a major landmark in the Clifton community as well as a landmark that would link the campus district with the historical district. clifton library cincinnati, ohio 03.08-05.08 3 john g. simenic clifton library
  4. 4. My concept was to create an active learning environment that could be viewed by the public. I wanted to “show-off ” the learning environment. To do this, I incorporated a large amount of glazing that enclosed a grand atrium and a series of overlapping mezzanines. All service oriented functions and bookcases are pushed to the east wall, and all reading and learning spaces are pushed toward the west wall glazing where there is natural light and views out to the historic street corner and the University of Cincinnati campus to the south. 4 john g. simenic clifton library
  5. 5. n ntatio line of cultural confrontation confrontation onfro ical c line of economic f phys line o The goal of the Confrontation Workshop was to address a diverse but largely impoverished neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey. Working with Turkish design students, our studio sought to address the underlying cultural fabric that made up the neighborhood and adjacent neighborhoods. The neighborhood is located in an area that is between three layers of confrontation. Acting as a major line of confrontation to the east is the famous Istiklal Street which is an agglomeration of high-end and low-end shops and restaurants. Also lying to the east is a major line of cultural confrontation where many people from both eastern and western Turkey have settled creating a mixed community in terms of geographical, religious, and economic backgrounds. Acting as a physical barrier to the west is a six-lane street known as Tarlabasi Avenue which completely separates the neighborhoods on boths sides. confrontation workshop istanbul, turkey 07.08-08.08 5 john g. simenic confrontation workshop
  6. 6. My proposal was a community center that focused on weaving together the cultural fabric of the neighborhood into one gathering space that would bring together the diverse population of the direct neighborhood and the adjacent neighborhoods. 6 john g. simenic confrontation workshop
  7. 7. To begin studying Frank Lloyd Wright our studio first sought to look at Wright’s design process. Little is known about his actual design process but many scholars believe that Wright’s design process was highly influenced by his childhood experience with Froebel sets. So our studio began by constructing Froebel sets out of raw maple. The process began from a basic tactility with a single natural material and simple design exercies. These simple exercies were then taken and applied on a larger scale for an international arts campus masterplan located adjacent to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House in Springfield, Ohio. froebel and the westcott house springfield, ohio 08.08-10.08 group members ben breyley, pat mcloughlin 7 john g. simenic froebel and the westcott house
  8. 8. The goal of the Westcott House masterplan was to explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s design process and to weave landscape and built structure into one. The result is a masterplan design for a multi-functional arts campus that sits low and quiet in the midwestern landscape connected to the Westcott House by only subtle landscape features. The sublety of the design seeks not to dominate the Westcott House but to compliment it by displaying similar design philosophies. 8 john g. simenic froebel and the westcott house
  9. 9. hickman chapel mill run, pennsylvania Built by the local residents of Mill Run in the early twentieth 08.08-10.08 century, Hickman Chapel is a small church located atop a gently sloping hillside. Today, it is a part of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and is a subject of possible refurbishment. The goal of this design project was to not only preserve the church, but also create a space that could serve community homecoming events. 9 john g. simenic hickman chapel
  10. 10. Sitting just miles away from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, I began by using the Froebel process for my design. This involved using a kits of parts and establishing how design elements could be arranged with select site elements in the landscape. My design centered around refurbishing the basement into a useable community area. Within the design, a large outdoor hearth sets up a synergetic relationship between the indoors and outdoors, and sliding doors allow the the space to completely open up to the environment. Natural materials that are warm in color are also used to make the basement and patio blend into the landscape so that the stark white chapel remains the focal point of the hillside. 10 john g. simenic hickman chapel
  11. 11. 11 john g. simenic hickman chapel
  12. 12. The goal of the 2009 Green Communities Competition was to rethink current communities and their relationship with the environment. Our group’s goal was to rethink a community in Cincinnati, Ohio known as Over-The-Rhine (OTR). Located adjacent to the downtown, OTR was once a flourishing community. Today, approximately 60% of the standing buildings are vacant, making a dense urban fabric that is not so dense at all. Using the concept that the greenest brick is the one that is already there, our group came up with ideas on how to preserve and reinvigorate a once thriving community that could set an example for communities to come. Looking at OTR as the focal point of the competition, our group examined Cincinnati at multiple levels of scale while looking for opportunities to rethink sustainability in the community. Knowing that sustainability is not about small production systems, our group sought larger concepts on how OTR can function on a more sustainable level by working with the barebones of what is already there. acsa: 2009 green communities competition 01.09-05.09 group members alex libengood, silvia piszczor, eric sicks, lauren wetula faculty sponsors john blake, thomas dutton, scott johnston place honorable mention 12 john g. simenic green communities competition
  13. 13. Using our “greenest brick” theme, our group saw great potential in taking existing buildings and turning them not only green, but into sustainably responsible foci, that permeate into the conciousness of the entire community. We not only looked into sustainable production systems, but also into urban agriculture and how rooftops and available green spaces can be used for this purpose. 13 john g. simenic green communities competition
  14. 14. On a larger scale, our group saw an opportunity to rethink transportation within the city of Cinicinnati. Below an eight-lane avenue exists the largest abandoned subway system in the United States. Running over 16 miles long, this abandoned system runs all the way to the outskirts of Cincinnati. Also, barracading the south of OTR is a long line of parking structures that physically seperates OTR from the downtown area. From these stipulations, we saw an opportunity to turn the underground subway system into a bikepath, which would not only lessen the need for the burdening parking structures, but also lessen the carbon footprint. 14 john g. simenic green communities competition
  15. 15. Resting on the banks of the Mad River and just blocks away from downtown Dayton, Ohio, Techtown is the site of a future business park which will eventually contain fifteen multi-functional, low-rise office buildings. Using an existing HOK masterplan, our studio, was asked to design an efficient office building for the rising creative class as defined by Richard Florida’s book The Rise of the Creative Class. Thinking in terms of efficiency and economy I began the design process by coming a up with a simple kit of parts that consisted of a simple cube and simple 1:2 and 1:3 proportions. Working from a this kit of rectangular parts I began to play with ideas of framing and movement. The result is three major forms; a tall central form and two rectangular forms that intersect and slip past and through the central form. techtown dayton, ohio 09.09-12.09 15 john g. simenic techtown
  16. 16. The central form functions as the circulation core, while the two adjacent rectangular forms serves as tenant spaces. Working from a simple palette of materials I sought to express each form with a distinctive material so as to create a compelling spatial composition. 16 john g. simenic techtown
  17. 17. I wanted the tenants to have a sense of connection to the downtown area, the Mad River, and the outdoor environment. A large fenestrated southwest facade serves the function of connecting the tenants to downtown, while large cut-out patios provide connections not only to the outdoors but framed views to downtown Dayton and the Mad River. 17 john g. simenic techtown
  18. 18. selected works the whirling dervishes the kanyon mall acrylic paintings on canvas istanbul, turkey 18 graphite john g. simenic selected works
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