Sep '06 - Dec '09
Sorry for the lack of updates, but this semester is by far the hardest I have ever had, plus I have been busy outside of school too. Structures is sucking up most of my time during week days. There are times I hate it with a passion, but I have to admit that being able to figure out forces on an arch or a tensile structure is pretty cool. On the other side of fun, I really like the Pro-prac class, my prof liked the paper I wrote on the virtual professional challenges and asked me to present it to the class.
Finally, Studio is going well, housing is a program that is forcing people to make some fun and interesting units, aggregation, and site strategy. The units are probably the most fun as they force you to think about domestic inhabitation. There is a large variety of units and aggregations, some of the drivers for unit and aggregation design seen around the studios:
-challenging typologies (suburban house, row house, etc...)
As I posted before, my project began by looking at these precedents, the Josep Lluis Mateo example was specially helpful as the very sectional quality of the project gave me a starting point for my unit. I made a very sectional U-shaped unit that wraps around a corridor. The unit section also allows for the corridor to receive natural light as necessary/desired. The aggregation strategy then focuses on the corridor its spatial qualities, and the expansion it may provide to create public space. The site itself is in front of a Harvard-managed arboretum that is part of the emerald necklace and at the end of the orange line. I see the role of the housing block in its neighborhood as a place that people can go to find badly needed commercial/public space and a connection to the emerald necklace/arboretum. The critique centered around my site proposal and some of the site moves such as lifting parts of the block, they called it heroic (in a not so good way).