At the start of my third year, we took a look at the Boston City Hall. This Studio was taught by Berenika Boberska. Through an in-depth analysis of one section, the historic building was broken down to closely identify its structural properties, program, and form.
After the initial case study, a series of transformations took place in order to give form to our final project. Looking at the original section, I began to regroup spatial conditions which allowed me to create a new series of programmatic masses. After, they were shifted and offset to create its final form. However, there was a new variable added to the transformation process. We were required to use the transformation of a colleagues assigned section and use that in order to complete our transformation. My colleague's transformation was added to mine perpendicularly and then cloned. Afterwards, I began to investigate and understand spacial conditions in my colleague's transformation and sought to relate it back to my transformation.
Finally, program was formally resolved. The overall program was a research institute with scholar housing and facilities. This project focused on the outdoor display of performances and the ways it emphasized performing arts. The housing sits high above the performance center for both privacy reasons and observation opportunities. In a way, the housing is almost like the back stage of the main area because residents are able to see the structure which houses its "enclosure" system. Large acoustic panels that hang from structure above gives a means of enclosure despite its outdoor nature. Given Boston's climate, they were designed to be able to be retracted and stored in the winter months. Housing was situated in two unit and single unit spaces. The focus of this studio was housing, although much more of the program played a key role in this design.
This studio is divided into two projects. It is taught by Gerard Smulevich. The first project focused on structural relationships to the site. The site was a bike path along the Los Angeles river. The only program for the project was supposed to be a cantilevering, train-viewing platform. The project was a challenge because only three points of structure were allowed to touch the ground so it was an incredible learning curve having to really consider the details of structure.
After the first phase we were assigned a site to investigate and gather information from for our next project. My site is located in Culver City, CA on top of a scenic overlook. Although this site could potentially introduce problems with our project, it is also very rich with possibility. This project is still a work in progress, below are many iterations.