Allee Zagreb projects the future of the architecture of Zagreb’s neoclassical Donji Grad neighborhood to 2050. The thesis investigates the potential for performative textiles to retrofit, to revitalize, and to preserve the architecture of the perimeter/courtyard blocks and to unearth the historical internalized green spaces of Zagreb, Croatia, in the aftermath of the War of Independence and its integration into the EU in 2013. The approach cultivates the ideology of the buildings seamlessly integrating their performance into the natural flows of the environment. It aims to create a new porous typology. The thesis focuses foremostly on the enabling of the invisible social, ecological, and enviromental forces through the retrofits of existing architecture.
Performative Textile for Phytoremediation and Water Filtration
Courtyard Block with Ecological Mediator
Study Model of Ecological Mediator
Block Identity and Variable Studies
The Slow/Fast House plays with the concept of a wrap around porch and balcony as the resting and docking place for RV enthusiasts. The new approach to the traditional concept aides in creating a continuity between the outdoor and indoor spaces. The exposed atrium replaces the traditional long hallway off of the front porch and links the public and private sides of the house together through a series of terraced gardens. The extension of the greenspace bifurcates the house and blurs the outdoor/indoor divide.
Parking House - Private Side
JFK Terminal Expansion
The competition for the expansion of JFK airport’s Terminal 1 was the backdrop for this studio. A studio manual was created and dissected a majority of airport systems. These investigations were paired with CMU’s Advanced Building Systems course. The new expansion for JFK T1 embraces its location of slightly toxic air qualities and contribution to desertification/deforestation. The expansion implements the phytoremediation of air and a green roof to passify these detriments of the airport typology. The airport also addresses multiple other systems, including a focus upon baggage circulation, geothermal energy, the integration of air flow into columns, and a cooling tower.
Toxic Environment to Green Roof Strategy
Overall Expansion Plan
Airside to Landside Section
Phytoremediation Systems Module
A gigantic zoetrope follows a cabled path along the treeline of Frick Park in Pittsburgh. The students sit in seats and pedal the zoetrope to move it forward and to start the rotation of blades. This action provides a cinematographic glimpse of the surroundings. The topography determines the rate of the blades with an actuator at the wheel. The steeper the terrain, the faster the blades turn. The new experience induces greater participation and a different visual understanding of the surrounding environment.
A digital model was constructed before the drawings were drafted by hand.
The Issues of Practice class worked directly with Action Housing, a nonprofit working to revitalize the Bluff neighborhood in Pittsburgh. The class broke into teams and dissected the neighborhood into proposals for new housing, restaurants, and a community center. In this proposal, community center was proposed in an existing church. The project was broken into the lawn (B), church (A), and live/work (C) that would maintain the community center. I executed the Live/Work (C) building, an existing vacant building next to the church, and the parametric shelving that dissolved the hard boundary between A + C. This group project resulted in an 140 page book.
The Materials + Assembly class called for the research of caternary systems. The arch is composed of three layers: the outer X layer, the inverted inner X layer, and the knotched “fingers”. The “fingers” allowed the system to be tighted on the interior with a string system and to gain the stability that it required depending upon the potential topography of its various sites.
Investigation and research on caternary arches were done by creating inverted caternary mock ups out of string, tacks, and clothespin. The entire arch was milled in the digital fabrication lab and sheets of metal were cut to create flexible brackets for pop-rivets to be installed.
Conceptual explorations into inflating/deflating, water flow/air movement, and biological systems led to the crafting of a mixed material and partially laser cut collection. The line embodies a biological undercurrent and focuses on asymmetry vs symmetry, movement vs static, and aestheticism vs utility. The idea of a convertible and asymmetrical collar was also investigated. Pieces from lines from LG 2013 and LG 2011 are shown with process sketches.
Plywood Series, Mixed Media. 2013-2015. Prints upon request.