Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I've been missing for a couple of days because our midterm review was yesterday, a lot of good work produced all around I think the specificity missing in most of the projects are going to be resolved during producing actually how these buildings work.
Our site is a triangular shaped lot just outside of the loop of Chicago and is bordered by the canal that cuts through the city and large apartment buildings. 

In-between the water large white and glass apartment and red apartments, (car park)

The one million sq.ft. museum that we are charged with producing is split into three board topics, Making, Living, Cultural. What I found compelling and thought could produce an  interesting architecture was the idea of plans and the paths that they produced.
This started by collecting 100 museum plans from the exciting to the mundane, selecting spaces that had dynamic paths produced by their architecture and splitting them up into large, medium and small spaces to accommodate the different types of program.

Plan analysis

With the plans collected, mapping how one travels through the specific spaces was the next. Looking at the example of the Chicago Cultural Center specifically how elements of irrational plan can produce meandering though a space and what happens when different agendas overlap.

Path analysis

Adding programmatic elements into the found plans and paths leads to an arrangement of 8 different areas one for each school [Architecture, Photography, Painting, Ceramic, Fiber, Print, Metal, and Sculpture] These areas were arranged sectionally through the structure creating cores of spaces that related to each field. i.e. An architecture cinema, painting museum, or metal working housing.

 Program + Plan Series

In plan this produces an archipelago of architecturally imbued areas that allow the user to move between floors while also creating shortcuts thought the generic plan.

Site Plan + 4th Floor Plan

The general critique was about the section and skin because due to the fact that it was a midterm review neither of these have been fully developed. I'll throw them in here but they are just a start.

Exterior Render + Longitudinal Section

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I like Steve Jobs because he produced quality and didn't give a shit.

O.G. Jobs

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Programmatic agencies + formal study

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesdays are generally rather dull with Architecture Technology, (we are working on plumbing and bathroom systems) and structures... which is... well, boring. 
So I'm going to post some photos which feel like fall in Chicago.

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Skyline was Beautiful on Fire

The Black Flag Blues

Godspeed is a good indicator about how I feel about Mondays. Regardless, still programming for studio after working at Jimenez' place yesterday, which is awesome. A screen shot of in-progress but a bigger post on Wednesday, jury day.

 Programmatic Relationships

Friday, September 30, 2011

Time to get down on Friday

Click Me

Program Diagram for a 1,000,000 sq.ft. museum. Split 33% into Cultural [Grey], Making [Teal], and Living [Orange] components. More detail coming of the explanation of how this exactly works, but studio has become an excuse for me to make cool things, which I feel like has been the point all along.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Song of the week

Back in action

It's been awhile, but I'm going to try and get back to updating, not once a month, but EVERY DAY. Pretty exciting I know, try and contain your excitement. I'm going to be posting about some cool stuff happening around Chicago and also the work that I'm doing right now.

Fun first

Looks like a great event from a great magazine, this Friday. Some UIC faculty [Andy Moddrell http://portarchitects.com/] as well as other interesting people [Stuart Hicks, http://www.designwith.co/]
Check out the 'Download / Purchase' section of mas-context for their archived magazines, worth it.

Fragment from RFP, Professor: Jimenez Lai

A beginning study of a how displacement and confusion can influence new architectural experience and event. Splicing confusing pieces of floor plans together, i.e. maximum open space [Rem Koolhaas, "Typical Plan"] or plans pre hallway [i.e. Robin Evans, "Figures, Doors, and Passages"] with regularized pieces, i.e. [The British Museum, Robert Smirke] hopefully resulting in unbridled confusion.    

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011


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Monday, January 10, 2011