Archinect - Cal Poly Pomona (Alex) 2014-04-18T22:16:31-04:00 Internships! Alex Gomez 2014-04-15T19:24:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T12:14:51-04:00 <p>Finished up my portfolio over spring break, along with the other internship deliverables.&nbsp;I already sent out a mass of emails, and am now just waiting for responses. I have a meeting lined up this next week, and am planning on visiting firms while I&rsquo;m in the LA area. Check out my portfolio here:</p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>I would really appreciate any advice, dislikes, suggestions, etc.!</p><p>I&rsquo;ve been a bit preoccupied with the endless workload of third year, reason being why I haven&rsquo;t discussed my projects. Its rather mind-blowing when reflecting back on 1st year, most of us thought it would be impossible to even get this far. Anyways, I am planing on documenting the progress of my studio project this quarter and hopefully after I can further analyze my past projects. For now, you can see them in my portfolio.&nbsp;</p><p>Cheers.</p> Case Study: Visitor’s Center in Atapuerca Alex Gomez 2013-08-06T19:09:00-04:00 >2013-08-13T13:12:45-04:00 <p> <b><img alt="" src="" title=""></b></p> <p> <b>Spring 2013 Case Study</b></p> <p> I began this past quarter with a case study. After beginning our research, my partner (Barret Kruggel) and I found the formal characteristics of this visitor&rsquo;s center far more interesting than the sustainable strategies we were required to focus on. We decided to bypass the sustainable issues initially, ironically we discovered that the sustainable strategies are strongly integrated with the formal concepts.<img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> This project in Atapuerca, Spain is designed by Mata y Associados in collaboration with A3GM. Being that the Visitor&rsquo;s Center is located alongside a series of archeological sites, context is an essential part of the design, especially since it serves as a threshold between the caves. Therefore the project&rsquo;s goal is to define the archeological site and to build relationships with the environment.</p> <p> We can see the most evident connection through the subtractions in the building which are representative of the excavations in the neighboring sites. Th...</p> Modular Bike Rack Alex Gomez 2013-04-03T04:09:41-04:00 >2013-04-15T16:54:55-04:00 <p> I took advantage of spring break to revisit a project from last year, which was my first year in architecture. ARC 103 (design studio) was geared toward designing a bike rack with a focus on creating some kind of social interaction, for instance: seating, lockers, planters, etc. &nbsp;When designing this project I was advised to look ahead and think about the possibility of actually constructing the bike rack at full scale; since the project starts at a small scale the transition in scales tends to create issues, as was seen in previous projects.&nbsp;The simplest and most effective method of construction was to develop a modular system. Initially we submitted individual proposals, but were then placed into groups for the final project. &nbsp;We were grouped within our section according to similarities in the modules we developed, the type of connection being used was taken into consideration, whether it being a joint, hinge, plug, etc. One of the requirements for this project was to use recycle...</p> Midterm Review. Alex Gomez 2013-02-25T00:24:00-05:00 >2013-04-02T22:36:02-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> This past Friday was our studio's midterm review. The project this quarter is a museum located in Little Tokyo, on an infill lot between the crossings of 1st street and San Pedro. The dimensions of the lot are 50x100 Ft. so it is rather small project. This quarter I have been working on an abstract level to better understand spacial quality, relationships and conditions. I have used regulating lines, minor and major datum lines, syntax and vocabulary, and an irregular grid to derive a variety of spaces. For midterm I presented an abstracted museum which does not necessarily work programmatically, rather I used it as an exercise to create interesting spaces which has set up the framework for my museum. From now until the end of the quarter I will focus on tying in the programmatic functions while maintaining a dynamic set of spaces. &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br> In addition to designing the museum, I have carved the ground. Instead of dealing with a flat 0&rsquo; elevation, I have ex...</p> Hello Archinect. Alex Gomez 2013-02-01T02:41:51-05:00 >2013-02-11T13:35:40-05:00 <p> Hey Guys. My name is Alex Gomez.</p> <p> I am in my second year (Bachelor's) studying architecture at Cal Poly Pomona. I'll provide a brief background so there is a better understanding of who I am. I was born in Anaheim, CA in May of 1993, raised there until I was in the second grade, then I moved to my current home Santa Fe Springs. Growing up I played sports and built up my book of stories for all of my bruises and scares I have. I actually just added one story to the book this past summer, I cracked my head open when I attempted a gainer flip off a diving board at work (so nasty! 9 stitches). Anyways back to my life, I attended Santa Fe High School, I was involved and developed close relationships with teachers/counselors that helped guide me where I am today. I was admitted to Cal Poly Pomona right out of high school, and now I am here today focused on my architectural education.</p> <p> The program has been well worth it, my knowledge has expanded about quadruple since graduating from h...</p>