November 30, 2009 Comments Off on [5th year]: THESIS STUDIO UPDATE

[Allison Conley] Recharge and Recognize: A Rest Area Prototype for Tomorrow

This project aims to reinvent the traditional highway rest area incorporating modern technologies while being influenced by the local culture. Three prototypes are being developed in the first half of the project to study the impacts various regions and cultures have on architecture and travelers. The three North Carolina sites are located in the Appalachian Mountains near Asheville, in the central Piedmont region near Fayetteville, and near the Virginia border on the Dismal Swamp Canal. One site will be be chosen to continue into final design phases. Rest areas will include electric car recharging stations, modern bathrooms, digital information center in the lobby, a security station, localized vending machines, among other amenities. As a whole, these prototypes strive to communicate the cultural values of the region through architectural design. To follow Allison’s complete development visit www.restareathesis.blogspot.com

Site development. Project image courtesy of Allison Conley.

Interior development for Mountain Region.

Interior Development for Piedmont Region. Project image courtesy of Allison Conley.

Interior development for Coastal Region. Project image courtesy of Allison Conley.

[Emily Davis] Aquarium of Memphis: Responding to the Pyramid

On the banks of the mighty Mississippi, where Memphis emerged from the river, sits an empty Pyramid that was envisioned to be an icon for the city. This building, not yet paid for, is not even twenty years old. What happens to the morale of a community whose “icon” has been forgotten and deserted? Emily’s final honors thesis project will revolve around the design of an aquarium that will live within the pre-existing walls of the pyramid. The concept revolves around Memphis’s historical connections to Egypt by way of the correlation between the Nile and the “American Nile”, the Mississippi River. The project will consider flow patterns, consistencies, and systems that are similar or contrasting in these two bodies of water and will also consider the conceptual idea of the ripple effect associated with the theoretical approach. To see Emily’s complete project development and for more information on The Pyramid and Memphis visit www.savethepyramid.com

Logo/Graphics for Aquarium. Image courtesy of Emily Davis.

Axanometric of interior. Project image courtesy of Emily Davis.

Perspective of core's interior. Project image courtesy of Emily Davis.

[Eric Kayagutan] Undone:

Product development, modular office open. Project image courtesy of Eric Kayaguatan.

Initial development stage, smaller scale prototype. Project image courtesy of Eric Kayagutan.

[Jessica Zuniga] Umami: Savor the Moment: A Slow Food Dining Experience

The design of the restaurant focuses on the idea of Slow Food, opposite of the fast food life style. Umami is a term used to describe a taste that is unique and delectable and has the power to trigger all your taste buds making your dining experience unforgettable and rewarding. Using both terms Slow Food and Umami to create an experience, the restaurant, conveniently named UMAMI will trigger more than your taste buds and will allow people to help along the process of preparing a dish. UMAMI teaches the importance of food and the tradition of the dining experience. The theoretical approach is based on the 4 principles of the Slow Food Manifesto which are study material culture, preserve agricultural and alimentary heritage from environmental degradation, protect the consumer and the honest producer by letting people know where to find the right combination of quality and price and finally promote the pleasures of gastronomy and conviviality.

Site. Photo Credit Jessica Zuniga.

Conceptual development of building. Project image courtesy of Jessica Zuniga.

Sectional perspective of interior. Project image courtesy of Jessica Zuniga.

[Rachel Pound] Healing, Hope, Support, Relief: A Retreat for Families Coping with Cancer

The connection between cancer and hospitals are very common. By providing a home for families and patients to go to gain information and seek consoling, the community, will be helping these individuals in there time of need. By proposing a home atmosphere for people to come and cope with the tragic affects of cancer we would be taking the hospital environment out of the picture. The home would be a historical house renovated to accommodate the different aspects and needs of the patients and their families. Green design would be a large focus of the renovations and creating a place that is eco friendly as well as health concise. The Goal is to educate the community and help give consoling, education, and a helping hand to those who are suffering from cancer.

Project site. Photo Credit Rachel Pound

Material selection. Project image courtesy of Rachel Pound.

Interior perspective. Project image courtesy of Rachel Pound.

[Sare Gray] Film Whimsy: Creating Community Through Third Place

Re-descovering the roots of Addam's to create the third place. Project image courtesy of Sara Gray.

Exterior development. Project image courtesy of Sara Gray.

Interior perspectives. Project image courtesy of Sara Gray.

Lighting and color selections. Project image courtesy of Sara Gray


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