Violette de la Selle
Systems Integration: CASIS Headquarters Comprehensive Documentation
This semester-long project focused on creating a set of comprehensive construction documents for a student project designed during a prior semester. This set of documents required each group to design and solve problems of structure, egress, construction sequencing, waterproofing, and climatization. Our design had the added challenge of pushing limits of traditional methods of construction, involving a parametrically controlled, panelized skin which wrapped both the facade and the interior atrium. The projectís main focus was solving the problem of how to construct a clad six-story atrium, which fondly became known as the ëYAMí, while providing all necessities of structure, fire-proofing, sunlight and conditioning. As a result, the entire project was redesigned and rebuilt using BIM software, reverse engineered from a regularized structural system. Following the redesign, the project utilized conventional construction methods to achieve the same desired effect of the original design.
Pleasure Gardens of the New Sensorium
We propose reviving Coney Island’s historical identity as a site of sensory stimulation by producing a “new sensorium” which embraces the constantly shifting edge between land and water. Using a cut-and-fill strategy, we invite the water to infiltrate the site by carving out new channels and using the fill to create concentrations of high ground. As the water reaches deeper into the landmass, it is held in constructed wetlands and supports new ecosystems. Below Mermaid Avenue, the systematic grid of the city is replaced with new districts whose logics of connection are based on scenographic paths that mitigate the separation of the districts. The public realm, formerly constituted by the linear strips of beach and boardwalk, is reconceived as a series of itineraries that meander between conditions of wet and dry, high and low, transport by land or by water, long views to the ocean and closer views to the myriad ecologies that comprise the new sensorium.