Sunday, July 19, 2009

Studio: Child's Play: Caracas Venezuela Senior Design

The aim of my project is to create a tangled web of playground parks for children to play, interact, and learn from each other within these spaces.

The installations will become a social monument that will allow different people at all ages and communities within the barrio to experience the building in their own way while promoting imagination and interaction with the architecture.

The buildings will be open and accessible as possible. This allows people to walk by the installations while in the parks and see into the building where art classes, lessons, day care, and community gatherings take place.

The integration and weaving of parks within the barrio landscape will make it safe for young children to roam about the barrio; playground to playground.

Everything will be designed for the child in mind. Benches will be provided at their scale and the installations and landscaping will promote imaginative playing.

The installations will sit in the landscape, following the “rules” of the barrio to build, so as to keep views on the hillside open.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

CDAP: Tower Design Through Grasshopper Scripting: Bubble Tower: Part I

Iteration one of "Bubble Tower"

Above: 'Roof Plan' of "Bubble" Tower

Above: Side view of "Bubble" Tower

Above: Axon of "Bubble" Tower

Iteration two: Created by moving the sliders of Sphere Radius size, Sphere Rotation Angle, Divide Space between the "Bubbles", and the Height of the Central Axis.

Above: 'Roof Plan' of "Bubble" Tower
Above: Side view of "Bubble" Tower

Above: Axon of "Bubble" Tower

Above: Grasshopper definition...hard to read I know, I can post close up shots of it later if there is an interest.

CDAP: Tower Design Through Grasshopper Scripting

I began working within Grasshopper by looking on-line for a tutorial on how to develop a simple twisted tower design. I found one here: Twisting Tower.

I learned how to create parameters than can fluctuate to change the height, shape radius, twist factor, and polygon type. From this I tried to evolve these concepts into my idea.

I want to create a series of "bubbles" that cluster together to create a tower form. Each "bubble" will represent a different program function or inhabitable space. Where the "bubbles" intersect is where utilities can be stored and accessed to service the individual "bubbles" on each floor. I was thinking that this could possibly be a form in which rainwater could be harvested and stored to service each "bubble apartment

Monday, July 6, 2009

Studio: Urban Intervention Competition Boards

CDAP: Language Data Set

TED Lecture: Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind's 17 words of architectural inspiration.

TED lecture February 2009.

Travel: NYC

Another Frank Gehry building in New York City. The Beekman Tower skyscraper was originally designed as a 76 story tower, but will only be 38 floors due to the economy.
Apple Store NYC.
Louis Vuitton designed by Jun Aoki in 2004.
Radio City Music Hall.
Central Park from The Top of the Rock.
Empire State building and Manhattan from The Top of the Rock.
Times Square.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Travel: Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Manhattan Bridge. This bridge was built right next to the Brooklyn Bridge due to over crowding. It is located almost on top of the other.
Brooklyn Bridge from the awesome Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory store below it. Chocolate Chunk was incredible.
Brooklyn Bridge.
Bridge Structure.

Overlooking Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge.