In depth study of the New Haven House typology in combination with the modular mid-century Metabolist movement in Japan, particularly the work of Kisho Kurokawa. The resulting exploratory model fuses elements of structure, scale, communal organization, and method of construction between the two housing types
Kurokawa model of concrete structural components for one unit of mass apartments
Diagram by Kurokawa illustrating assembly method of concrete structural components for mass apartment complex, creating a series of sites for the placement of interchangeable modular bathroom and kitchen 'pods'
Resulting 'monster model' neighborhood
Examples of houses fusing elements of the New Haven typology and principles of metabolism, particularly scale in relation to interchangeable white pods
Monster Model Assembly
A video illustrating the reconfigurable nature of tropes of the New Haven house and neighborhood fused with symbiotic principles of Metabolism
An exploration in efficiency in the planning of a two unit 'co-habitation'. For purposes of the exploration, the design is limited to a 16'x'16'x14' cube, 12' off the ground, in which light can only enter via the roof structure
Assembly of kinetic components (shaded in red) including a gantry bed, sliding roof structure (to provide adequate throughout the day), and retractable stairs, also serving as shelving
Two Unit Modular House Proposal
Design and component assembly of a modular two unit apartment to house an individual client and family in separate private units
Study of configurations of modules which can be transported on various types of flatbed trucks to the final construction site
Components and assembly of a single standard module to ship on a flatbed truck
Layout of a two unit modular dwelling
3/4 scale model of 9'x9' corner of the two unit dwelling, illustrating integration of a stair, bathroom, and operable sliding panel components for desired level of exterior privacy
Site plan proposal for a neighborhood of five modular two-unit dwellings, park space, as well as a shared community center for a considered site on Division St
Yale School of Architecture | Fall 2017 | Emily Abruzzo
Second Year Studio: Bronx Ferry Terminal and Food Incubator
Design of a Bronx-based NYC ferry terminal, food incubator, marketplace, and warehouse facility for a proposed route extension of the NYC Ferry system
Waterfront Axis Section Animation
Yale School of Architecture | Fall 2016 | Joyce Hsiang
First Year Studio: Yale Seed Vault Proposal
Design of a seed vault and research facility for Yale Science Hill
Problem 1 : 1500 sf Seed Study
Proposal of a 1500 sf facility for the storage and study of seeds. Constructed entirely out of alternating thin steel profiles joined at points of intersection, the resulting form blurs the lines between interiority and exteriority, creating a dense structural lattice to support plant growth
Model simulating vine growth covering the structural lattice
Problem 2 : 70,000 sf Landscape for Planting
Proposal of a programmed landscape for planting, using the concept of plant growth over an alternating lattice structure to create shaded areas for recreation, meetings, and study
Resulting topography model
Problem 3 : 10,000 sf Seed Vault
Proposal of a combined landscape and seed vault research facility, positioned adjacent to Klein Biology Tower
Scale model of location of subterranean vault and connecting lab spaces, utilizing and enclosing an existing pavilion structure (painted white) adjacent to Klein Biology Tower
Section drawings illustrating subterranean vault and lab spaces connecting to Klein Biology Tower, referencing integrated plant growth and resulting shading over time
Yale School of Architecture | Fall 2016 | Joyce Hsiang
First Year Studio: Bushwick Library Proposal
Design and re-conception of a 'library' typology for the NYC neighborhood of Bushwick. As the site of an ongoing battle between the Bushwick Collective mural arts program and various commercial advertisers for wall space, this design proposes the concept of a 'Wall-brary' for the benefit of the Collective to serve as a multi-programatic center cultivating the neighborhood's growing visual arts community
pal·imp·sest /paləm(p)ˌsest/ : something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form
No Free Walls: Art and Gentrification Collide In Bushwick
Documentary detailing the history and ongoing struggles of the Bushwick Collective
Analysis of site visibility and location of existing Bushwick Collective murals
Iterative study model testing various onsite wall configurations and topography
'Wall-Brary' proposal and configuration
Stairs to rooftop amphitheater oriented towards NYC skyline
Proposal for a new monument for Beinecke Plaza that calls to light tensions often masked by the physical architecture of power
The protests that began in Paris during May 1968 culminated locally when Yale students mobilized around campus against the Vietnam War and the Black Panther trials the following year. To commemorate these events, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library held a student competition for the design of a temporary installation to be constructed in Beinecke Plaza, open to all current students enrolled in Yale School of Architecture and Yale School of Art during the academic year of 2017-18. The competition and its title pay homage to the installation of Claes Oldenburg’s Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks, which was instigated by a group of architecture students and installed on Beinecke Plaza as a speaker’s platform during anti-war protests in May 1969.
Fifty years after the student protests of 1968, institutions that take for granted our trust and compliance are ceding their ethical and moral authority. Positions are revised to minimize financial and political exposure. Any principle or public interest is negotiable at a price.
This structure provides a nucleus for protest and provocation. We have a right to shape the society we inherit and an obligation to guard the foundational principles of our institutions.
Penn Design | Fall 2013 | Richard Wesley
Architecture 401: Boat Shed Geometry
Sequence (n) /ˈsēkwəns/: a set of related events, movements, or things that follow each other in a particular order.
A study of the geometrical principles of doubly curved surfaces found in rowing shells. Beginning with analysis of the sequential evolution of the shaping of structural bulkheads within a kingfisher shell, similar techniques are then applied to generate customized doubly curved surfaces through the process of lamination.
Sequential evolution of a modified bulkhead profile to generate customized doubly curved surfaces by arraying flat sections. A rigorous system of geometric operations is implemented to produce compelling spatial forms viewed in section.
Scaled model of resulting laminated spatial construction derived from original bulkhead profile
Interior views of doubly curved model highlighting evolution of laminated surfaces
Boat Shed Design
Geometrical analysis of motion through time of a rowing scull carried from racks to the dock edge of Penn's Schuylkill River boathouse. Resulting profile curves provide a geometric system of operations for the production of a doubly curved surface to serve as the roof for a boathouse design positioned upriver.
Model exhibiting doubly curved roof generated for a boat shed design
Rhythmic placement of structural profile supports reflecting logarithmic scale of earlier shell motion analysis within Penn's Boathouse
Bezier analysis of modifications to resulting doubly curved roof surface
Model of modified structural profiles of boat shed design
Resulting doubly curved roof design
Site plan for boat shed design along upper banks of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River
Detailed plan of programs within logarithmically spaced bays of the boat shed
Cross and longitudinal section analysis of profile curvature for structural supports of doubly curved roof
Architectural Association | Spring 2013 | Naiara Vegara
Architectural Association | Spring 2013 | Valentin Bontjes van Beek
AA Media Studies
pend·ing (n) /‘pen-dinğ/:
(adj): being in continuance (prep): during; while awaiting
Why 'Pending'? The concept of ‘pending’ is defined by the relationship between an entity and the notion of anticipation amidst the passing of time. That which is anticipated is understood, though not yet defined. In an architectural sense, such meaning may imply a sense of uncertainty, literally a space in waiting which, in order to be physically experienced, must be physically pursued.
Positioned within a busy corridor above a pre-existing fire door, this intervention entitled ‘Scaling for Solitude’ provides access to an isolated retreat evading the pedestrian traffic of the AA.
Visible from above, behind a section of railing on the first floor, the space can be closely observed, analyzed, and understood, yet just out of reach.
The site’s only approach from below conjures a sense of undetermined anticipation, a physical means of arrival, yet lack of an initial visual perspective. Out of reach or out of sight, this is a space awaiting interaction.
Early foam study model
Scaled site model
'NOVA' personalized indoor climbing wall - LUNAR
Inlaid climbing wall and alcove seating design
Three layer climbing wall pattern generation to produce inner structural skeleton layer
Construction of seating structure
Placement of seating structure and climbing wall within site model
CNC mill production of 1.5" plywood components
Alcove base plate
Alcove base plate load test
Embedded seating design
Layout of successive climbing wall layers
Climbing wall base layer + skeleton layer
Alcove seating structural assembly
Climbing wall installation
Yale School of Drama | Fall 2017 | Eugene Leitermann
Theater Planning and Construction: Multiform Theater Proposal
Penn Design | Spring 2014 | David Leatherbarrow
Architecture 402: Dominican Motherhouse
Motif (n) /mōˈtēf/: a short succession of notes producing a single impression; a brief melodic or rhythmic formula out of which longer passages are developed
In-depth analysis and interpretation of extensive design iterations conducted by Louis Kahn for the conception of a new Dominican Motherhouse near Philadelphia, PA.
Access to original drawings by Kahn provided on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania architectural archives in conjunction with the writings of architect, Michael Merrill.
1967 final scheme of the Dominican Motherhouse produced by Kahn
1967 section iteration of the motherhouse produced by Kahn
Resulting idealized refectory design noting symbolic motifs of scale, proportion and orientation in relation to interior light penetration
1:200 scale model of resulting idealized refectory design
Original topographical survey produced by Kahn for potential project site in Media, PA
Photographs of original project site near Media, PA
Early sketches of a proposed topographical layout for the Dominican Motherhouse notating symbolic axes
Resulting site plans for proposed monastery layout and landscape design
Various axes emphasize symbolic and/or religious motifs within the proposed layout
Resulting sections and elevations for proposed monastery layout
Early sketch proposal for positioning of chapel, chapter house, and library
Proposed design scheme for library and adjacent public amphitheater
Proposal for individual interconnecting duplex cell design
Final site model of monastery layout and landscaping proposal illustrating public access (chipboard) in relation to private complexes (basswood)
Monastery entrance gateway and adjacent orchard array establish a sense of rhythm upon arrival
Perspective of central outdoor cloister, reflection pond, and subsequent cascade emphasizes pristine views of the public amphitheater
Penn Design | Fall 2012 | Halee Bouchehrian
Architecture 301: Biomimicry
fre·quen·cy (n) /,’frē-kwen(t)-sē/
“Architecture is not a synchronizing phenomenon, but a gradual unfolding. It consists of a sequence of tableux, associated in time and space. Like music it is a means of conceiving time.” - Le Corbusier
A study of the musculature and anguilliform motion of the lamprey. As an early chordate, the lamprey triggers individual muscle sections, or myomeres, in succession through a regular nerve pulse traveling its spinal chord, resulting in the animal’s movement along a sine wave frequency.
Focusing on the range of motion of individual myomere muscle segments, one can calculate the ratio of a sine wave amplitude to the length of the lamprey, resulting in 4/9.
Anguilliform motion study
Muscular sequential motion study
Early myomere study model
Muscular analog model
Translation of analog concept to design of kinetic solar shade
Scaled solar shade in courtyard site model
Position and range of solar shade kinetic motion set to adjust to hourly changes in solar glare
Kinetic solar shade model
View of kinetic mechanism
Penn Design | Spring 2012 | Andrew Dahlgren
Architecture 202: Panel Design
This panel study explores the adaptive flexibility necessary for the given product to fit within the context of numerous spatial scenarios
“Indeed, the notion of context is considered to be the point of conception for an idea and the main platform for the process of architectural design.” -Thierry de Duve
Early studies of stable interlocking unit formations produced by circular folding elements, translated into an expandable unit design
Evolving shapes of expandable components
Evolution of expandable component iterations. Each iteration is arranged in a diagonal pattern composing the fundamental panel design to accentuate the dynamic, wave-like quality of the panel’s textured façade.
Full scale carbon steel component expansion
Full scale carbon steel study
Scaled panel design and lateral wave profiles
Stemming from variations of a sound wave, each side of the panel features a specific amplitude, while frequency is determined by the speed at which a viewer walks alongside the façade.