Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Ramp It Up

For our final project in studio we had a lesson called "Ramp It Up" which was to locate a restaurant, ferry terminal, market and park on the site of the current Ramp Restaurant. The first 2 weeks of the project we broke into teams and did research. I was in the Ferry group and it was our responsibility to find out what was required at a ferry terminal, what was a good idea for a ferry terminal and what other terminal were like.

After research we broke into singles again and developed a manifesto for the project and started working on the laser cutter to come up with concept models. My final concept model (above) is based on the fact that I wanted to site to act as a gateway for the commuters and local that provided a fast highway and a slow interactive space.

Once I had my concept I went about reshaping the property. The diagram above is suppose to convey my rational behind it.

Here is my intermediate presentation on the project. At this point my restaurant and ferry were clear, but the park and market were not. I was still holding onto the literal gateway and my critique helped me drop that.

Here is a elevation shot of my final model. The main mass on the right is my market roof and the mass on the left is my restaurant with ferry business underneath. I like the individual forms, but I have to agree with my critters (the pet name for the people that review our projects) and that the structure need to interact with each other and the site more.

A close up of the restaurant in the model.

This is a perspective of the project as you are walking up the ferry gangway at high tide. I choose this perspective since it showed how the tide effected the shoreline.

This was my site contect model. I really like this model, but was rushed so I ended up using hot glue which left lots of glue strings on it.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Field of Tables

A quickie exercise for our Thanksgiving break was to plan and draw our Thanksgiving dinner table. We took photos of our table before and after the meal and then drew the before and after. This was mostly an exercise in drawing, especially movement and space.

Before Photo

Before Drawing

After Photo

After Photo

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Laser Cutting Cross Over

For the final main exercise for RePresentation there was a connection with Studio class. We used the laser cutter on campus as a tool to help us create and explore systems to help build a project.

This is the pattern for my first cut. The bottom right are a bunch of S curves with notches to allow interlinking. The top has a bunch of circles that I was planning on using to create some kind of DNA double helix things and the bottom right is a random geometric pattern. About half way through cutting the laser shifted and ruined a few of my S and almost all of my circles.

This is my second cut. The top right geometric patterns were suppose to be for a rotating market and the zig zags and square were for explorations for roof and wall systems. I did not use the Zig Zags as planned but they were a big part of my final studio project.

The Friday before Thanksgiving we pnned up all of our laser work to date for studio.

This was my first concept model of which, most of the major elements stayed.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Buddhist Church of San Francisco

For our history class today, we went to the Buddhist Church. We went on a tour of the place and learned a little bit about how the church was constructed and it's major parts, how the church came to be and how nice they are.

I sketced some of the ornamentation in the chapel.

Friday, November 03, 2006


For our second main exercise of RePresentation we teamed up and choose a building to analyze from a list our professor provided. There were 12 different architects with 2 buildings each. My partner, Lee, and I choose Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA because we had just covered him in our theory class. We picked the Kunsthal because it sounded cool.

It turns out the building is very cool. For our presentation board we focused on 2 main items, circulation and buildings as art. In this case, pop art.