John Vincent Farrace
This book consists of a selection from Finnegan’s Wake, upside-down and in pink, by James Joyce and various lyrics, right-side up and in black, by Riff Raff. Accompanied with each section is a series of images. Images in pink apply to Joyce’s passages and images in-color apply to Riff’s. The images were organized in a way that would underline overlaps. The book is 100 pages and oscillates between lyrics from Riff Raff songs and sections from Finnegan’s Wake. All content is continuous and page numbers are irrelevant. It can be read right side up or upside down or not.
The Brugge Concert hall justifies a new category of monolith and an amended definition of the composite monolith. This new type of monolith is characterized by multiple, but limited figural readings of a project and is produced by a continuous skin that blurs the boundary between separate elements. These additional readings are not just allowed to occur, but are in fact encouraged by the implied continuities between different geometries set up by the designer. Finally, the composite monolith should be amended and re-understood as merely virtual.
Advanced Design Studio: Plattus
Beijing is a city characterized, especially in recent years, by mega-scale development. The city is organized by enormous blocks and streets, and has continued to move forward with developing mega scale urban projects.
Coinciding with this super development has been a renewed interest in a smaller, tight knit fabric, perhaps as a relief from the large scale development prominent throughout the city. Qienmen st, the redevelopment of traditional hutong fabric into shopping streets, MAD’s hutong bubble, and the back lakes area among others have all shown a renewed interest in this type of world.
The proposal is a tightly knit network of regularized streets, canals, pedestrian pathways, and pocket parks beginning by generating a unit of development that was flexible enough to create small scale urban spaces, but could also be altered to frame larger public spaces. The unit consists of 12 meter wide bars that can be varied in lengths that are ideal to accommodate flexible uses. The proposal also redistribute the primary central road across the site and creates a more regularized street system to break block sizes down, disperse automobile traffic, and create a more pedestrian oriented world. The buildings were designed to frame particular public spaces, at a scale that was able to mediate between the large and small fabric across the site. The three overlaid networks consisted of a dedicated pedestrian street, green spaces and waterways that play up existing historical elements on the site and separate the pedestrian from primary arterial roads. The edges of this system act as appendages that allow for existing neighborhood fabric to tie into new development. The system is anchored by 3 different types of major public spaces.
Advanced Design Studio: Krier
As an introduction to classical architecture, an in-depth, lexical study of a specific architect was completed. The architect I studied was Otto Wagner and I was tasked with designing a villa, townhouse, kindergarten, and non-denominational church. The church is designed to play up its location in Leon Krier’s master plan for “Guatemaya” by framing multiple plazas and a garden. Additionally, the church is an important civic building and becomes a way- finding tool for pedestrians to orient themselves within the city center. Focusing primarily on the look and feel of the city, a series of scenographic studies were done to understand the buildings' relationship to the street and the adjacent park.