For the fall semester of 2015 the Design 5 studio focused on the urban landscape and the research of urban settings. This research done included group projects, on site visits into the city, exploration of the cityscape and systems, and urban condition insight. This knowledge and data was then applyed into designing spaces in this urban landscape. The focus of this urban landscape project was the city of Philadelphia.
Project 1 - Systems Study
For the first project, one student from each studio was teamed with another person from the remaining studios into teams of 3. The goal of each group for this project was to research a system in the city based on a selection of topics; (water, transportation, education, nutrition/healthy living, air pollution, etc.). My group focused on the reasearch of air pollution within the city of Philadelphia. From there my group and I broke down the issues within the system and graphically interpreted the issues into a compiled booklet.
the following images are 3 of 15 pages in our booklet that display the issues and small background history to air pollution in the city of Philadelphia. All data graphically represented for these pages were contributed by myself and the entire booklet compiled by myself and the group.
Project 2 - Urban Equinox Charrette
Project 2 was a unique experience, and was only a week long project on a light installation located within an open lot on Walnut Street between 16th and 15th Street. My project was a microsystem small performing space within the city landscape. The light panels where organically shaped to resemble an abstraction of flora (mushrooms). These panels were semi-permeable to allow rain water to pass through, and translucent to emit an ambient internal glow. The rain water would be excreated out the underside of the panels and onto the small gardens around them. The gardens would hold small vegetables that would be used by the food vendors to feed the visitors to this installation. The panels are also solar powered and would then glow at night thanks to the energy of the sun.
Perspective of the venue during the night while a concert is going on.
image of the final board presented, showing all details and elements of the installation. Research included the amount of artificial light that would be emitted within the space, as it is represented in what are called lighting sections and lighting elevations.
Project 4 - Program Proposal
Project 3 was an in-class project proposal for the same site as the charrette, except this time the students from each studio class proposed a programatic intent for the space. Each studio came up with an idea for what type of space that would sit on the site and then create a booklet that would justify their intent and provide information regarding program requirements, as well as zoning codes for the site. For my class the program proposed was a shared architectural studio space among the five architecture schools within the city of Philadelphia; UPenn, Drexel, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia School of the Arts, and Temple University. It would be sponsored by the AIA and goes by the name of Studio I.A.N, where a select few students from different studios in the schools can come and use the resources available to them such as; a tech hub, fabrication lab, archive library, and a gallery to display their work. International students would also be able to study and work in the studio. Apartment spaces are even included in the program for these students. It is meant to bring together the major architecture schools in the city to promote a corroporative working environment and maybe to even gain knowledge and skills from other schools.
Project 4 - Studio I.A.N.'s Collaborative Curves
Now that the program and zoning was established, the students broke off from their groups and had to produce and individualized project pertaining to the program proposal. The concept I delt with was the use of curves which create a relationship among the floors creating a central atrium and differiantiating ceiling heights. But these curves also set a rule for each floor. certain curves allow for the programtice spaces on specific floors dividing the public, working, and living floors. In turn it is a union through different formulas. I also tied in some elements of previous projects done in the semester, such as the subject of air pollution. I used a material called Prosolve 370e, which absorbs pollutants in the air through a special chemical reaction due to the solvent on the material.