Sunday, April 1, 2012

Architectural Technology and Design Development Work

Architectural Technology V - Unitized Trombe Curtain Wall Analysis and Assembly
Detailed design development of a unitized curtain wall system that employs embedded hydronic tubing within precast concrete, thermal mass panels to perform as a  Modern Trombe Wall System.  Precise calculations of the year-round solar path for the building's orientation were analyzed against average temperatures for the Bronx site to determine an optimal sunshade design which effectively turns the passive heating system 'off' during months in which heating is not required.  Careful consideration was given for how to integrate this system with the building's structure and construction sequencing.

Animated Analysis of The New York Times Building's Unitized Curtain Wall System
A comprehensive analysis of The New York Times Building's unitized curtain wall system - from the fabrication of the individual units, to the construction sequence of their installation, to the integral relationship of the envelope to the mechanical systems of the building.  
(Note: Work by Michael H. Marsh begins at 2:17 and includes 'The Unit,' 'The Facade,' and 'The Mechanical' segments.  'The Structure' segment was created by Jason Roberts)

CATIA-based Spring '11 Columbia Building Intelligence Project Studio
A narrated presentation of the final review group work for the Spring '11 Columbia Building Intelligence Project.  The project analyzed a public high school located in Long Island to develop a prototypical strategy in which new construction is permitted only in proportion to increased efficiency of the environmental performance of the existing school, through a 1:1 energy exchange.
The parametric potential of the CATIA software is employed to continually assess the formal, environmental, programmatic, and financial implications of multiple design iterations through real-time feedback from the software.

Sectional Analysis of New York Times Double-Skin Curtain Wall

Fall '10 Housing Studio Concept Image
Rather than proposing a tabula-rasa clearance of the dozens of existing rail tracks at the ground level of the Hoboken Terminal site, this housing project argued for embracing the tangled network of the transportation hub as a new approach to housing development.  Drawing inspiration from the gradient of ecology that exists among the vertical layers of rainforests, this proposal sought to develop a housing typology in dialogue with the complex dynamics of a city in perpetual motion.  Formally, a system of trusses span horizontally between vertical circulation towers located throughout the site, which allow light and air to filter through to the ground and subterranean spaces.  Acknowledging the current economic recession, this project further argues for an incremental approach that facilitates construction on an as-needed basis; allowing the transit, entertainment, and living complex to evolve over time.

Fall '10 Housing Studio Core and Mezzanine System

Fall '10 Housing Studio Unit Plans and Sections

Freelance Work Assembling a Business Plan for a Factory to Youth Hostel Conversion
Samples from a 60 page business plan including renderings, diagrams and axonometric floor plans for the proposed factory conversion.