Sep '06 - Dec '09
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A last review of the design work that I included in my application portfolio before my new design studio series begins:
NY1: Manhattan Youth Community Center
Main idea: I used the imaginary circulation patterns of a UN diplomat and hot dog vendor to design a surrealist structure (with t-shirt). This process helped me create a building in which three circulation systems for three different programmatic pieces intertwine to create constant movement, chance encounters, and constant interaction.
Program: The building has housing, educational, and entertainment programs.
NY2: Harlem Center for African American Culture
(NOMAS competition with a large team, I led the team and focused on the design to see the names of all that participated see the flickr image)
Main idea: We used the grid of NY, its circulation system, and complex facades including the emergency exits to design an open system of programmatic pods and system of circulation inside the existing Hotel Theresa in Harlem. To give the community as much space as possible in the "public" functions of the building we put galleries on top of the building thus opening the interior of the shell as much as possible.
Program: Public functions on the lower levels and in top of the building, educational spaces sprinkled throughout, big band shell in the middle.
CHA: Charleston Public Library
Main idea: Create on large continuous wall of books (red), thus giving as much space as possible to public functions of the library.
Program: Library, offices.
ORL: Re-thinking Orlando's Downtown (yes, there is one)
Main idea: by a series of exercises with "trusses", I designed a large truss that could soak up all the programs to either complement or supplement the existing surrounding programs. The idea is that through the use of this truss-building areas of Orlando can become more dense.
MEX: Parochial school/Bullfighting ring
Main idea: the project was to create a center for a growing town in Jalisco, Mexico. I used two programs that are intrinsically intertwined in the town's psyche to create an "event space" to worship and meditate on life, with all its bloody consequences (Jesus, bull...), both human and animal.
Program: same as title
AFR: Mobile Aids Clinic (AFH Competition with buddy who is now in Berkeley)
Main idea: A kit of parts to create a mobile AIDS clinic that is very flexible and easy to construct.
Program: same as title
In Collaboration with William (Bo) Ogle
VIC: Vicenza's Landscapes of Change
By looking at the landscape in Vicenza, Italy create a space for the new Italian: the immigrant. This project is about corporate sponsored housing, inside of large commercial shells to help out newly arrived immigrants get jobs and housing.