All posts by belambert2388

Programming – Take 3

Programming is a portion of my design that is constantly in flux given new ideas and concepts I become interested in. I want this new “center” to focus on the needs of this diverse and developing community. My desire is for the programs within the center to promote future small business owners and their families.

Key Features:
Fresh Market
Teaching Kitchens
Cafes and Tech Cafes for Classes
Gym with Rental Space and lots of Children’s Activities and scaled elements
Pop-Up Retail Spaces with Gallery Spaces for Artists Sales
Meeting Rooms for Business Development, Legal Assistance, and Counseling

(I added some links to some of my design ideas…. Still trying to push a little Atomic Pop sort of aesthetic given the age of the building!)

Flexible Furniture – MOCO

Which in turn creates a lot of smaller spaces like storage and egress… And bathrooms. It’s going to be a busy few weeks! I need these floor plans relatively concrete by Mid-Term so I can start rendering key spaces! 0_o


Final Semester – A Fresh Start

Hi Everyone,

It’s finally come to this… the last semester of my thesis research and development with Harrington. I’m sure I will continue on this work far beyond my time at Harrington, but now I am on the final stretch. I’ll be graduating in 13 weeks and I need to get some concepts nailed down!

A building has been decided on at least. The Cuneo Memorial Hospital, designed by Edo Belli in 1957. A very unique building, constructed during the heavy modernist period… probably much to the intrigue of other architects at the time, this is truly a one of a kind building! With the possibility of being torn down in the near future, I was immediately drawn to its interesting forms and masses. This will prove to be a challenging floor plan!

Cuneo_01     Cuneo_07

Still hashing out my final programming, it seems to change every time I work on my base drawings. I have a meeting with my thesis chair in about 2 hours, so I’m sure plenty will change then as well!

Friday = Epiphany Day

Just had another brilliant “AH HA!” moment while doing research for my thesis. Still developing research on retail concepts such as “How we shop?” “Why we shop?” “How we learn while we shop?”

I have to develop three scales of my research – Macro (Systems), Medium (Region), and finally Small (Site) Scale. I’ve already kind of explained my macro systems scale, and Chicago will most likely be my Regional Scale. The actual building site has not been decided yet, so that leaves a lot of wiggle room presently!

I was able to find a number of great case studies pertinent to my concepts! Two projects by Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, one called pull.push.slide.pivot.lift.tilt.turn and another called Pop-Up Office.

pull.push.slide.pivot.lift.tilt.turn plays on some of my modularity concepts and maneuverability of the interiors to suit the needs of retailers, students, and future tenants. I like the idea that the space is constantly in flux and to the whim of the inhabitants.

Pop-Up Office is a brilliant little shipping crate concept for an office space that plays off four major needs: Focus, Collaborate, Lounge and Refuel. I appreciated the simple design aesthetic and modularity. Finding this project rekindled my love affair with shipping containers and their ability to make spaces within a larger setting. This may be a perfect opportunity to create more space and movement within my design!

Now… to research these scales some more! I need to find out what types of stores host events, classes, and meetings…? what types? how often or when? and how they came up with the idea in the first place?!

Urban Design vs. Interior Design

In my research, I am essentially trying to prove that Interiors CAN be INFORMED by Urban Design principles and thought processes… Lucky for me, I found this snazzy little article by Joan Blumenfeld on this very topic! Thank you Joan!

Here is the article!

What I got out of it was a little venn diagram I created. And I’ll probably use that in my Thesis Prep presentation! 🙂 May change some, but we will see where it goes.

(Aww… my opacities don’t show up in the PDF Reader. At least you can get the point!)

Some New Readings

I’ve been doing some research on the main lineage topics I’ll be using for this portion of Thesis Prep… And I have decided on meshing the relationship between:

Community Types, Housing Trends (Square Footages),

Average Commute Times,

and major Game Changers in technology that would have greatly effected these topics (such as computers, cell phones, etc).

So far, I’ve found a great info graphic on the history of cell phones!

And I found a really nice article about How American Homes Vary by the Year they were Built by Mousumi Sarkar!

I believe showing the major changes in square footages of homes in relationship to the changes in available technology to the average person will be interesting. The commute times are more relevant to my design, but will most assuredly show a staggering statistic to how much time we spend in the car on a daily basis.

The Beginnings of Thesis Prep

Hello Readers,

I am beginning my semester of Thesis Prep and need a place to document new ideas, theories, resources, and other sorts of information in a quick, tangible, and searchable format… hence, a blog.

Here I will write short blurbs about new books I’m reading or other forms of research I am undertaking. Feel free to comment and suggest other readings once you see the direction I am currently taking!

And once again, thank you for reading!