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The Temporary Zoo – A Post Industrial Habitat

The Temporary Zoo seeks to generate habitats created by utilizing existing infrastructures and technologies.  These habitats aids rehabilitation of ex-captive animals (Zoo, Circus, and Personal Pet), exotic and native.  The Temporary Zoo would allow rehabilitating animals to rehabilitate and return back into the wild and therefore would vary in species and varieties depending on the current number of animal refugees in need of a home. 

THREE SCALES OF LIVING

The challenge for this project was to design three separate living spaces for three different programs, each of which accommodates a different scale of human: 1) an extroverted family of four at 1:1 scale; 2) a live/work residence for a single lawyer at 1:2 scale; 3) an apartment building for 6 introverts, each in a separate household, at 1:4 scale.

The Dirty Grand Alley

The Dirty Grand Alley grapples with two opposing site specific conditions, borrowing from the bustling and vibrant nature of W. 41st Street and the seedy and secret disposition of the alleyway cutting through the theater row. By blending certain qualities of these two different elements together in unexpected ways, a new theater experience is created using the devices of threshold, ratio, and detail that shocks the occupant and makes him constantly try to understand his status as exclusive guest or forgotten stagehand as he moves throughout the building.

Multi-Use Building

This project is a multi-use building for a site on High Street in Columbus, OH. The building serves a unique set of occupants: an extroverted family of four at 1:1 scale, a residence and office of a lawyer existing at a 1:2 scale, and an apartment complex for an introverted population existing at the 1:4 scale. Playing off of the scalar differences of the occupants, the design of the building uses the motif of the staircase, an architectural feature that easily lends scalar legibility to a project, to subvert expectations.

Detroit Post Aqua

Along the Detroit waterfront lies an expansive site, half occupied by the a currently underutilized infrastructure for the United States Postal Service. The existing condition is a massive monolithic mass only experienced around and as an edge. The only peek into what's going on inside this “postal fortress” is the occasional raising to allow trucks inside or the quick sprint to the top of the podium before security removes you from the premises.

 

Gas Station

Wax + Water

Wax + Water

Architecture of Atmosphere

 

 

Making Case

 

Anamorphic Stepwell

Through our research of stairs during the beginning of the studio we found ourselves drawn to Escher’s drawings of stairs and his construction and manipulation of perceived space. By setting up various exercises for ourselves through the semester we explored anamorphic drawings and graphic patterns that influence the eyes’ perception of space.

Pneumatic Moments

The material study constructs forms that are easily changed. Inflation, as opposed to vacuum forming, doesn’t require a premade form only obstructions from above so adjustments can be made without the need to create a new form. The material being used is plastic for its ability to take a form once heated and its ability to quickly cool and retain the form. The variables for the physical process are the obstructions (line or point). Each obstruction also contains its own variables (number of points/lines).

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