7 hours ago
It's the middle of the summer, which means I am missing teaching. So, to celebrate their amazing achievements last term, here is the work of my Woodbury Studio 3b.
Kevin Flores and Joseph Monck designed the multi-modal transit center "The San Pedro Portal" to efficiently connect many different forms of transit - pedestrian, cars, Blue Line light rail, buses, high-speed rail, and large ferries.
They proceeded very authentically from the lessons learned from their chosen precedent - Amsterdam Centraal by Benthem Crouwel, and from a real-world analysis of their structural system, diagrid frames at various scales. They employed an intensive modeling process to mock up and prototype their ideas throughout the semester, which led to a very interesting, well thought-through final project.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE.
There is an excess of empty cargo containers in the US - it is more expensive to send them back empty than to construct a new one in Asia. So Kevin and Joseph are proposing to retrofit the empties to receive solar collection, power-generation, and battery storage equipment so that energy can be harvested along the route and used to power the ships, and also to be stored and sold as start-up power generation for remote areas. The energy to be traded via this novel system is bought and sold in an energy trading floor on the top level.
There is also more public space, including rooftop gardens and lower-level commuter retail. Kudos to Kevin and Joseph for their exciting ideas and hard work!
As in previous years, Studio 3b at Woodbury emphasizes structural integration, so we use the ACSA/AISC Steel Competition for the brief. This year the building typology was the "Intermodal Articulation Node," or in simpler terms - a station served by multiple modes of transit. These programs After the semester, students can enter the competition if they choose. This studio was taught with my amazing colleagues @baileyshugar , @scrapmarshall and Eric Olsen.