Project IV

Project V – Final

Final Project Due Date: Monday, April 30, 2014

Time Frame: 3 Weeks

Program: 3 Places to dwell; above the earth, on the earth, and under the earth

Element/System: Stairs

Site/Context: Urban Fabric

Orientation: North and South, street side is to the north.

prjoect #5 final


Remember you can cut into the six or four story building in order to increase natural light or air flow into your site. You are able to use the elevator for vertical access and or the fire escape on the four-story building. The actual fire escape on this four-story building you are to design, it will go from sidewalk to roof top. The elevator on the six-story building runs from the roof all the way to the sidewalk level.

Wednesday, March 24, 2014

Kickoff Final Project! Start research

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In class overview of project looking at examples online and previous work done.

In class discussion of project.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Post narrative on blog.

In class, work on a pdf or powerpoint presentation with all initial research, idea of dwelling, what does dwelling mean, including your narrative, inspiration, ideology, architects researched (examples of work), parasitic architecture, stairs, fire escapes, elevators, detailed site analysis and of course three study models showing volume (form), either a digital models or physical sketch model. Always thinking of your final presentation. Look at the details!!! If we have time we will do a workshop including trees, people and cars.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Work Day! Means bringing all material to work on sketch models and drawings in class!

Monday, April 7, 2014

In class presentation of final research, all sketch models, narrative, and all drawings. Even though this is a pre-presentation, I do expect it to be presented either in a powerpoint and or a physical PRESENTATION.


7 Responses to Project IV

  1. juliana huff says:

    It seems to be unorganized, but the truth is it’s a very simple way to travel. While exploring your way through the promenade of tornado walls made up of organic growth reaching all the way to the top and wraped all the way around the nest that keeps you sheltered and part of nature while you rest. There you feel the breath of thousands of trumpet flower vines.

    Parasitic architecture can b defined as an adaptable, transient and exploitive form of architecture that forces relationships with host buildings in order to complete themselves

    urban fabric is the way a street grid of how buildings are formed and what kind of pattern they use.

  2. Alan Federico Aguilar says:

    Inspiration- I got my inspiration by Foster + Partner’s Citic Bank HQ in Hangzhou, China. The structure is located near the Qain Jaing River and next to the iconic golden sphere of the intercontinental hotel. Being next to the well-known golden sphere brought some issues for the design in the Citic Band HQ. Foster + Partners had to design a structure that has harmony with its surroundings, but one that has its own distinctive integrity and presence. The result was a golden structured that was inspired by the Ding Vessel in regards to its shape and form. The Ding Vessel symbolizes wealth, dignity, and stability. The facade is a dramatic geometric shape with a canopy that stretches over the entrance for a colossal effect.

    Narrative- The site of the project will be housed in the urban fabric of downtown San Antonio. The structure will be placed in and between two already existing buildings. The geometric shape of the building will be intruding the neighboring buildings completely across to the exterior. This will promote natural ventilation if and when desired by the choosing of the inhabitants. This will also be the connection between the structure and the two buildings. The geometric shape will be a steel frame that plays a role in structure and floor levels. The Floor level will be an open floor plan that allows the community to gather. The levels in the structure will then be elevated to enforce privacy.

  3. A parasite is an organism that grows, feeds and is sheltered by its host while contributing nothing to the host’s survival. Therefore parasitic architecture can be defined as an adaptable and exploitive form of architecture that forces a relationship with host buildings in order to be complete. Parasitic Architecture can be thought of as a flexible and sometimes temporary structure that feeds off the existing structure. A parasite has to work with existing infrastructures and use them to its own advantage, but can also be considered as an architectural intervention that materializes and transforms the built form. A parasitic construction redefines and reconfigures a built structure environment. It provides a new perspective or orientation to the public and potentially offers a new space. A space to dwell is one aspect a parasite needs to live, without a dwelling place the parasite slowly dies. A place to dwell can be a temporary space that can be portable or permanent to reside in.
    It may not look so parasitic, but my inspiration is “Manifest Destiny!” by Mark Reigelman. It is a simple temporary rustic cabin structure located in San Francisco, California. The cabin is seen on the side of the Hotel des Arts, right above the restaurant Le Central. “Manifest Destiny!” looks exactly like an outgrowth of a nineteenth century style and building material. The one thing that made me interested in this structure is that it looked comfortable. It is a simple structure that feels warm and is not as chaotic as other parasitic designs. A parasite is a quiet thing that wonders through a host unseen and the host is unaware of it until it feels its energy drained. Small and quiet is exactly how Reigelman designed this structure. The structure is both homage and a reflection of the Westward expansion. It is a lonely structure in the city’s dense landscape that shows that it may be old, but it keeps on living by feeding off a new stronger host.

  4. Daven molina says:

    My inspiration is a combination of CARLO ENZO’S Aviator’s Villa and Symbol of Parramatta new Rise. What I really admired and caught my attention from Enzo’s symbol of Parramatta new rise is its urban concept of extending the private office spaces into public “floating boxes” space. The “floating boxes are extending out over the pedestrian pathways below but is also open to the public to travel upward through a circulation of glass boxes. The buildings interaction with the pedestrian traffic gives it a sense of place as if it is woven into the surrounding urban fabric. Another aspect about this building’s design is how from afar the single building looks as if it could be two. Thus the building is taking diversity for a base of unity. A similar extension of the floating boxes and concept of diversity from Enzo’s Aviator’s Villa a residential private place that I really enjoy was the play with shade and shadow, how he designed the windows with varied angles and a layer of punctured steel to help in defusing direct sunlight. Other design qualities that inspired me are the building flow/ transition from one space to another.
    For our downtown San Antonio urban fabric site the issues of pedestrian, street traffic from the main points of tourism and business of hotels the riverwalk, restaurants etc. Other aspects include the weather to take into account so the building can have the most efficient circulation of people and natural light and ventilation possible. In between the two existing buildings the micro-climates consist of open voids and green garden space both to help in creating access to the winds and sunlight. The two building connected by the parasite joining them with dwelling spaces and an ability to access the roof and ground floor in one single stair case while experiencing both structure and nature.

    Above the Earth
    Below the Earth
    On the Earth
    Urban fabric
    Natural light
    Natural ventilation
    Green space

  5. Yoana Penelova says:

    Urban fabric – they physical aspect of urbanism, emphasizing building types, thoroughfares, open space, frontages, and streetscapes but excluding environments, functional, and economical aspects.
    Fine grain urban fabric – can feel luxurious and want to make people linger in or around it. Fine grain urban fabric consists of several small blocks close together.
    Coarse grain urban fabric – is like burlap: rough, large-scale weaves that are functional, but not usually comfortable. Not good for interaction, fortifying.

    Parasidic architecture – adaptable, transient and exploitive form of architecture that forces relationships with host building in order to complete themselves.

    Dwelling – a house, apartment, or other place of residence

    Inspiration: “Excrescent Utopia” by Milo Ayden De Luca and architecture graduate from University of Greenwich. As he was walking around the later hours of London where the tourists were nowhere to be found the architect only saw the numerous homeless people and got inspired to start a project where he makes living spaces for homeless people that are attached to the street lights. Since street lights are not securely stabilizing to the ground he was thinking to use some type of pulley system to elevate the structure above the sidewalk so that it is not bothering citizens of London and that is very adaptable. I am also using the “Mineral House” by Atelier Tekuto as my inspiration. It is a small space the architecture created that is only less than 500 square feet put comfortably fits everything inside the small space including a bathroom, living room, working space, bedroom, and a shade for the car in front of the front door

    Word list – connections, traffic, space, modules, elevation, comfort, necessity, privacy, public, interchanging, living, learning, inspiration, natural light, sustainability, beauty, function, multiplying

    Narrative: A space between two buildings that uses them as hosts to create a space for architecture students wishing to visit the city and participate in program where they live at the space for a month to finish, start, or progress in a personal project away from distractions. The space will be public during the day allowing for people to roam about the site and private during the night to keep the students safety in mind and promoting the idea of urban fabric. A modular system that creates living spaces only concerned with necessities over wants. The parasitic architecture will get its resources from host buildings. It will have different public spaces like a space for students to display finished work for the public, a hall for all of the students to collaborate, and separate living spaces. The space will flow naturally and is inspired by nature and parasidic animals able to create a living space by dwelling in, on, and above the earth. The entrance to the living spaces will be hidden so that the public is not able to access them during the day.

  6. Francy Martinez says:

    Just like parasites, parasitic architecture starts with a mini building that feeds of a bigger building as their host. The reason for the attachment between these two building is for the smaller one to take away electricity or other types of energy from their host. I find this project very interesting due to the programs we are working with. My research started off first looking up the different types of parasites there were to base my ideas from, then I analyzed my previous project and started jumping ideas off of it. I want to use the idea of the rope grabbing onto one of the building to symbolize that my project cannot stand without a host. I also want to use the idea of a web, the spider’s home, to create dwelling for a person. Dwelling is known as a home or a place that creates a home for anything and anyone. A dwelling is not specific it is just the idea of a livable place. I like the idea of designing above, on and under the earth, with the use of stairs. I am still not quite sure how I am going to design my project but I have some ideas.
    Words of inspiration: dwell, stairs, earth, calm, tranquil, fun, unexpected.

  7. Ingrid Saldaña says:

    Dwelling: a house, apartment, or other place of residence.
    Hostel: an establishment that provides inexpensive food and lodging for a specific group of people, such as students, workers, or travelers.
    A parasite is an organism that grows, feeds, and sheltered by its host while contributing nothing to the host’s survival. Therefore parasitic architecture can be defined “as an adaptable, transient and exploitive form of architecture that forces relationships with host buildings in order to complete themselves.”
    Inspiration: Hostel “La Buena Vida” by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea located in México City, the neighborhood in which this hostel is located has a homogeneous style and the objective was to stand out. Also, I’m using the spider web as part of my inspiration.
    For this project I want to create a place that will stand out, I want to use vibrant colors and textures that will make this hostel an eye catcher from any point in the street, but also a place where the students can find the serenity that they want. It will be a great place for people to visit, but also it will have the privacy that the students need to complete their different tasks through out the day. I want it to have a modern look and many windows in different places so the light can come through.
    word list: hostel, students, public, privacy, color, vibrant, modern, eye catcher, light, stand out, stairs, simple, beautiful, comfortable, windows, attractive, geometry

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