ARCHITECTURE_Urban School

It's been a while since I posted some of my architecture work. I think that's because I'm hesitant to post anything before it's done. Since my final review was yesterday, I have some of my finished work to share with you today! Screen Shot 2013-03-12 at 9.10.06 PM

The first is this diagram of my middle school located in downtown Chicago. It was important me to show the form, mass vs. glass, and green space. I also wanted to clearly show what types of programs each of the spaces were for, and how I addressed different ideas from The Third Teacher. I talked a little about this book/firm a little in this post, and this one as well!

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I also wanted to show some before and afters. Above is a render of my double height homeroom and classroom space using Toucan for Rhino. As you can tell, it wasn't the greatest base render. Rendering isn't my strongest skill, so I rely on the post-process work to really enhance it.

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Here is what my render looked like when I was finished. I cleaned it up with an overlaid hand drawing and photoshop. I prefer a more artistic and lighter quality in my perspectives. Some people prefer more reality and drama in their renders, but everyone has a different style (just like fashion) and this is mine!

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Another before image

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And the finished product. I have to say that the first one is my favorite because it has more depth and detail, but I'm still pleased with this one.

That's all for now--thanks for checking out my work! I might share some more of it in the next few days if I feel like it.

You can check out more of my past architecture posts here or my portfolios here (which desperately need to be updated! its happening over spring break i swear)

ARCHITECTURE_Lasercut Chandelier

DSC_0751 I've been dying to share about this project ever since I finished it in the fall, but had to wait until I hung it up and it could be properly displayed. I made this chandelier last quarter for an annual furniture competition at my school that is held for architecture students. I created the fixture out of plumbing pipe, and then laser cut the "crystals" out of plexiglass. I chose to keep these materials in their raw form because I wanted to create something beautiful that had an honest materiality and was made out of unexpected items. The choice to make my own crystals was also due to the fact that chandelier crystals are very expensive, and I wanted to create a dialogue about digital fabrication.

By the way, these crystals may be familiar if you've seen this necklace I made and wore in this outfit post.

Below I've included the poster that was displayed next to my piece at the show, and talks a little more about the concept of the project!

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Next I've included some process photos. I cut and assembled the pipe frame in my school's wood shop, and spent two days in my studio using jewelry jump rings to hook all of the pieces together--there were over 1,000 individual crystals!

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And finally, here are the photos of the finished product hanging up in my home! I'm so excited to have it displayed and want to create a little seating area underneath it.

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Thanks so much for reading! I will be posting another lighting fixture project made out of plumbing pipe that is a little simpler if you want to make one yourself, so stay tuned for that. Until then, keep up with all my projects on Instagram @punkrockparti.

If you're interested in a custom chandelier, please contact me by email at ppoppe@cox.net

ARCHITECTURE_Bridge the Digital Divide

Yesterday, I shared this project I had been working on in studio. Today, I wanted to share another similar project that was completed on Wednesday. The assignment was another group project, which involved choosing another design solution from The Third Teacher book. My partner and I chose #77, "Bridge the Digital Divide." This topic challenged us to create a classroom which catered digitally to students coming from varying socioeconomic backgrounds.

Our design solution is below. I would like to stress that this was group project with Vanarath Phon, and we designed and produced these drawings in collaboration. The full presentation board can be viewed here, Digital Divide Final, but I have separated the images below for easier viewing.

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This space addresses the challenge of bridging the digital divide across various socioeconomic backgrounds. The three zones provide varying levels of comfort in the classroom.

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A large entrance at floor level welcomes users to an interactive space intended for those not familiar with operating a computer. This series of monitor walls is an approachable and hands-on tool.

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An enclosed group space provides opportunity for discussion and gathering, for those already accustomed to using a computer.

Thanks for viewing! My online portfolios can be viewed here (and will be updated soon!)

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ARCHITECTURE_Make Peace with Fidgeting

Now that I'm back at school and working in my studio (alot...frequently...always...forever...) I want to share my architectural progress on a more regular basis. In the first week and a half of school, I already have two projects to share that have been completed. If you mainly read my blog for the fashion, I hope you still find this somewhat interesting, and if not, no worries because I'll be posting about what I wore on a regular basis! This quarter in my studio we will each be designing a sixty to eighty-thousand square foot middle school for an urban site in downtown Chicago (site visit pending in April...yee!) To introduce us to the realm of school design, my teacher referred to the "practical design ideas" from the book entitled The Third Teacher. In this book, there are "79 ways you can use design to transform teaching and learning." For our project, we paired up with another student and randomly selected one of the numbers. We then designed quickly using sketches and study models, focusing on concrete solutions and stayed away from formal moves at this point in the quarter.

My partner, Ariana Martin, and I chose number 22, "Make Peace with Fidgeting." The book described it as "brain development" and to treat it as so.

Finally, I would like to reiterate that this was a group project that Ariana and I collaborated on through all stages of the development--aka even though I'm the one posting about it, she deserves just as much credit as I do!

The full presentation board can be best viewed here: Fidgeting Presentation, but I have included the individual drawings below as well for better image quality.

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this type of post. If so, I will be sharing another assignment I worked on in the next few days. If you're interested in this project, you can learn more about The Third Teacher or check out our class blog, Learning Ecologies, where we will post all of our progress and inspiration.

If you'd like to see my past architectural portfolios, they can be viewed here.