Speculations for the Harbor District of Milwaukee - This project speculates on an area of Milwaukee that has recently seen somewhat expected urban development proposals with residential and retail uses. Opposed to the expected, an unconventional approach is taken here as a means to discover visionary stimulants for the district and City of Milwaukee. While entirely speculative, the architectonic and programmatic statement critiques current development and reaches for the frontier of design; a substation of a larger network for living, working, playing, and generating. With this hybridized architectural proposal, the communicative technique is also hybridized; layering the fast and exact digital with the paced and tactile manual. The grit of graphite, ink, and paper offer texture to the often cold and slick digital 3D modeling work. To further blend these extremes, a pressure sensitive tablet provides augmentation.
This northern Idaho remodeling project presented a series of challenges. The client had the goals to remodel the existing +/- 2,000 square foot two story single family residence in addition to adding a 900 square foot sub-grade rental unit. The upper unit was to serve as a venue for small events, short-term stay rental unit, and vacation home for the Los Angeles based family. The lower unit was geared as a longer term rental for the many families that seek rentals in the area.
In terms of the design approach, the existing stripped-down tutor style house was considered a host to new events, new people, and new perspectives of the typical single family home . The rectilinear volumes nestle their way into the that host; revealing unexpected scales, proportions, and experiences for gathering and dwelling.
After schematic design phase development, this project was shelved for consideration in the near future due to circumstances outside of the project scope.
With Branch Technology’s ability to 3D print scaffolding at one to one scale, this proposal reaches for an affordable, mass-customized approach to spatial & material composition. Modular variation allows each to riff off of the other while revealing its own unrested identity in a hyper-real scenario for spatial experience and material contouring. With pushing convention, the assembly technique makes use of traditional procedures to ensure constructability. The courtyard allows for a formal transition from the bold, extroverted exterior layer to the playful, introverted interior; diverting one’s attention from the outside to the inside as they enter. The focus on materiality expands on this where the varied, heavy, tough walls of the exterior serve to blend the intimacy of the dwelling with its surroundings. From the exterior walls, the interior shifts up to a contoured ceiling, blending the interior to the courtyard & side yard while maintaining separation from the exterior street edge.
CESAR E CHAVEZ / DOLORES HUERTA PAVILION
This commissioned project is part of a south side City of Milwaukee Business Improvement District street beautification effort. With a largely hispanic community, the project offers a subject matter immediately tangible to the community with a form that is intended to become a beacon of pride and marker along a burgeoning commercial corridor. While aspiring towards design as event and spectacle, innovations of form and materiality hinge largely on digital design and fabrication techniques to reach the intended design composition with a keen sensitivity to the project’s modest budget.
MKE REVERB - SWING BRIDGE
Speculations for the Harbor District of Milwaukee - This project speculates on an area of Milwaukee that has recently seen somewhat expected urban development proposals with residential and retail uses. Here, an architectonic dream-scape is manifested as a visionary and communicative research tool to discover morphological possibility of the urban fabric.
The imaging technique hyrbridizes manual and digital tools as well as real world and dream state content.
BAY VIEW ART STOP
The neighborhood of Bay View, located in southeast Milwaukee, launched a national competition to discover how its unique community, industrial history, and burgeoning growth could be expressed in the form of a monumental sculpture at it’s northern thoroughfare entry that also integrates a functioning bus transit shelter. While the call for proposals requested public artists, the outlined program called for both sculptural and spatial design composition, the pinnacle of which occurs at the northern apex of this scheme. This proposal evokes independence & permanence through a robust concrete foundation. An industrious and innovative optimism of steel framing springs up from the base and is skinned with glass & steel mesh panels.
WESTSIDE TRAIL, ATLANTA, GA
The community desired a pavilion that punctuated the Adair Park Community as an area with its own identity while inseparable from the city of Atlanta. The site emerges as a rift with the opportunity for nurturing new uses and connections to the west and overall city via the beltline. The design approach takes cues from these contextual relationships, old and new, in a way that both establishes a bold, unique identity and offers room for visitors to engage in speculation. In terms of materiality and form, the speculation revolves around the relationship of the two primary structural expressions. The main stage structure employs curvilinear steel member strung together with tendon-like struts. As a counter measure, a weathering steel brise-soleil system calms the otherwise untamed stage structure. One system wrestles with the other in attempt to excite the event surrounding performances.
The design restrictions of the new development proved to be interesting design obstructions for this 3,500 sq.ft. single family residence. Roof pitch, materiality, and overall aesthetic were expected to be heavily scrutinized by the neighborhood association. Because the clients were seeking a unique take on the dwelling for their home that towed the line between the formal and the fluid, the process for developing this scheme began with a very straight forward geometry. As the desires of the family of four were translated in to spatial variations, departures from the simple geometries unfolded into the developed proposal.
with Searl & Associates, Chicago, IL
This duplex condominium unit presented a unique challenge. As a tall residential tower is being erected, how does one insert a hole in it’s structural slabs? The solution, have many meetings with the structural engineer. The diagram illustrates that collaboration & areas of the slab that were acceptable for disruption. As this project developed, it was clear that a primary design feature was that penetration & the ornamental stair linking the two levels.
The images here are 'in-progress' photos from the job site.
NORTH CHICAGO RENOVATION
with Searl & Associates, Chicago, IL
This home renovation project carried a scope of work that was primarily interior. The overall challenge was to unify the spaces of this three story dwelling such that the young family of four experienced a sense of openness, warmth and togetherness while also facilitating a sense of self. The components integral to achieve this goal were the main stair case, kitchen, and family room spaces. The first floor was opened to allow for sight-lines from front through the back and into the year while the the staircase sought to achieve this vertically. The result, shown in advanced design development here, is a series of spaces that are blended by the composition of materials, structure, and light.
with Searl & Associates, Chicago, IL
My efforts with this project began with developing a deeper understanding of the topography & terrain of the site as well as refining the overall geometry of the existing scheme. Proportions of plan, section & elevation were streamlined by having the lower living volume embrace the slope of the ravine while the entry/stair tower & sleeping volume extend upward, taking advantage of the ravine views. Glulam columns, beams & curvilinear roof spring up from the stable stone volumes allowing for filtered light & views.
This competition requested proposals for a Bridge Museum to replace La Academia Bridge on Venice’s Grand Canal. The title, Inducing an Urban Contrapposto, indicates the process by which design sensibilities were established for the proposal. Subtle twists and re-positionings set off a generative spatial composition and celebration of the bridge’s context, urban spaces, and waterways. While the overall composition resulted in a somewhat sleek geometry, materiality & structure tectonically recall it’s well known predecessor. The proportion and scale of the museum reach for an volutionary shift of place andspace.
BALTIC WAY MEMORIAL
Given the significant nature of the non-violent protest along the Baltic Way in 1989, the idea of the memorial has the potential to not only mark the event, but to have it inform, sensitize, and influence younger generations of the context that surrounded it. This proposal draws inspiration from both the intimacy and large scale of the non-violent human chain protest. Holding a fellow countryman’s hand, an act otherwise reserved for loved ones, clearly expressed the mass necessity for self-determination, independence, and removal of the shadow of the Soviet Union; especially so when executed among over 2 million people. The organization of this proposal incorporates a meandering circulation spine from which the main spaces are adjacent. The architectonic gesture springs from this main spine and extends to the northeast and southwest to define the exhibition space, souvenir shop, and cafe towards the northern section f the site.