Times Square Re-imagined – Toshiki Hirano


Times Square in NYC is one of the most overly-saturated commercial spaces in the world.  Every surface is covered in billboards.  Toshiki Hirano used that as a driving mechanism in his design for a new Times Square, creating a building that’s first need is area for advertising.  Although a constant flickering billboard at street level might not be the most intriguing in terms of a civic space, it certainly creates a new face for Times Square.  Check out the rest of the project.

STUDENT: Toshiki Hirano
SCHOOL: Princeton SoA
PROFESSORS: Elizabeth Diller, Michael Meredith
CLASS: Thesis
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The Irrational Real: A manual for Atomistic Architecture- Cara Liberatore, Harvard GSD


One of our favorite things about architecture is its ability to take any concept, and interpret it through the lens of the built environment.  And some of the most far out concepts come from grad students, especially those at some of the top schools, and rightly so.  Check out Cara Liberatore’s project, that seeks to codify a built environment into a rational categorization, and then break that down into an irrational representation of those pieces of information.

STUDENT: Cara Liberatore
PROFESSOR: Timothy Hyde
CLASS: M. Arch Thesis
YEAR: Spring 2012

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Asemic Forest – Shahira Hammad

Many urban explorers seek out decaying buildings and cities to photograph these ghost towns as nature and time reclaims them.  However Shahira Hammad  contaminated the site of the existing Westbahnhof train station, in Vienna.  what might appear as complete disorder is an attempt to bring spontaneous disorder, the same kind that is found in nature.  So instead of totally replacing the train station, complexity and a crazy order is added to the existing site through its “contamination”.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Shahira Hammad
University of Applied Arts Vienna
PROFESSORS: Hernan Diaz Alonso 
COURSE: Excessive Postgraduate Studio – Thesis
YEAR: 2012

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Today we are checking out a project from last year’s Techno-Futurism cluster lead by Chris Perry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture.  Kyle Baumgardner approached the challenge that the city of Philadelphia is facing.  As Philly is in quest to become the ‘greenest’ city in America, but at the same time faced with the challenge of replacing the industry that keeps it alive.  Kyle pulls from the architectural notions of Yona Friedman’s, Marco Zanuso’s work, and Cedric Price’s Potteries.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT:  Kyle Baumgardner
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
COURSE: Final Thesis 
YEAR: 2012

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reFUSE- Anthony M. Giannini

Today we have an exclusive post from Anthony at UC Berkeley.   Anthony’s project takes on a lot of different issues, but with a very astute and open mind.  Dealing with the ever increasing garbage problem in the world, Anthony developed a way to use waste paper and plastic as building materials in a very unique way, utilizing a 3d printer.  Take a look at Anthony’s unique and interesting solution to a growing problem.

SCHOOL: University of California, Berkeley
STUDENT: Anthony M Giannini – www.labAMG.com
COURSE: Master’s Thesis
YEAR: 2012

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Islamic Cultural Center – Yusuf Onder – Academy of Art University San Francisco

As we move into the future the culture of religion and its place within the fabric of modern society has been greatly tossed around.  How does a religion open its doors to outsiders, and become more of a cultural center to educate rather than a polarized entity within the fabric of our cities and towns?  Yusuf Onder’s thesis encapsulates these notions with his design of an Islamic Cultural Center within the city streets of San Francisco.  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL:  Academy of Art University San Francisco
STUDENT: Yusuf Onder
COURSE:  Final Thesis Project
YEAR: Fall 2011

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Fog Bank- Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo Thesis Studio

Check out this installation done for a senior thesis studio at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo.  The installation acts to create an environment that creates a certain mood within the space.  Although a little vague in terms of actual definition, (all spaces are in some way affective) we like the form and the way it comes down to invade the space.

STUDENTS: Patrick Delorey, Keith Houchin, Matthew Moran, Ryan Ouimette, Reid Nystrom, Scot Bailey, Kristin Larson, Eric Nulman, Kai Liao, Adam Terwall, Eugene Kosgoron, Monica Sterrett, Aramis Arciga
SCHOOL: Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo
CLASS: Affective Environments
PROFESSOR: Eric Nulman

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Davyhulme Wetlands & Anaerobic Digestion Park – Thomas Petch

We are kicking off the week with an F+ original submission of the Davyhulme Wetlands & Anaerobic Digestion Park Thesis proposal by Thomas Petch of the Manchester School of Architecture.  The project tackles the ongoing waste management challenges arising in Manchester City and the introduction of BREP, a biomass incinerator.  Residents are worried about the health and social impacts of this plant, and Thomas has instead proposed an alternative option through creating a vast ecological visitor attraction.  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL: Manchester School of Architecture, UK
STUDENT: Thomas Petch
PROFESSORS: Stefan White & Helen Aston
COURSE: Thesis

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INHABITABLE – Andrew McCarthy

As students of architecture we are told to push the boundaries of design and explore the edge of our own creativity.  We push our minds and bodies to the limit, but usually from the safe confines of our studio.  However for Andrew McCarthy that wasn’t enough, and what sounded like a better idea, was to test out his tent design atop one of the world’s tallest mountains.  Andrew is currently in his thesis year and has already scaled Aconcagua in the Andes Mountains this semester and tested out his design.  What have you been doing in studio?  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL: Taubman College – University of Michigan
STUDENT: Andrew McCarthy
PROFESSOR: Catie Newell
COURSE: Thesis
YEAR: 2012

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