S: Lauren S. Kamei University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture Portfolio Fall 2008 - Spring 2011
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4: Seeking Order Out of Chaos Fall 2008 Arch 101 Kristopher Palagi September 5 to October 13, 2008 | Our first project truly laid a firm foundation in the realm of designing. We were taught the elements of symmetry, centers, repetition and visual weight.
5: Our first assignment was to design three compositions. We then took one composition and evolved and refined it with ink on 5"x10" Bristol. From the chosen design, we honed in on an element of the painting using a view finder. This portion of the painting being chosen for inspiring us with the representation of lines and then to translate it into a dynamic, iconic and abstract 5"X10" 3-Dimensional model. In this process I made several concept models playing and varying the heights of the model while perfecting its construction process.
6: Top Tips in Arch 101 Vocab: Composition, Symmetry, Center, Repetition, Visual Weight Maze: have direction, vigorous, intricate Hierarchy (order): center of attention Important: -White space is valuable -How lines end (when and how terminate) -Balance of black through page and white that appears through -Shifting angle other than 90degrees -Stepping outside of the normal -Do something that the prof wouldn't expect ... knock their socks off -Two points is simple/boring ... instead ... how do these objects relate to each other -Line thickness -Composition: How shapes create and interact with each other: a flow/relation Step away and step close How does your pieces work together? Corners of square be adjacent not intersected Don't put all effort into one idea
7: This was my first taste of design decision making. From first varying in two dimensions to variations three dimensionally. The options increased with each element in the model. It was a great exercise in planning precision and overcoming challenges.
8: This was our first design exercise. I now see and understand the importance of this project. The Seeking Order out of Chaos project applies to the built environment: how buildings relate to its surrounding and observing how the mind to process and reads design information. It was a test to be creative and not literal. This exercise helped me to realize how powerful the mind is and how it works. As humans we are able to fill in in the missing part of an image and understand it. This creates a more interesting and engaging composition for the viewer.
9: Circles grid dots: Laid out with edges cut off: How does the mind interpret it?
10: Emotional Architecture: Instinct Intuition Fall 2008 Arch 101 Kristopher Palagi November 24 to December 11 2008 Team Members: Lauren Kamei and Pearl Lucena
11: Part 1: Human Clone The clone project was divided into two sections. The first section was duplicating one partner through sections of the body in a 1:1 scale. The body was to be designed with the model in an action/emotion. The exercise process was to first decide what and where to locate the clone and emotional motion action. Our group chose to design the body motion of throwing an airplane from the third down to the second floor of the School of Architecture.
12: Detail was crucial to this project and lessons learned here were applied to the level of detail in future projects. Such detail determined how many body sections were needed. Inserting these disks were used to shape and add volume to the object. Key to bring the body to life was assessing parts of the body to show detail of human features, action, body rotation, tension: head; face; cures and joints: chest, butt; knees, shoulders, elbows and fingers. We carry ourselves around every day but don't realize the intricate mechanics of its movements.
13: Medium: Cardboard Materials: Wire - Wrap fit: Head shape Method: Thick Cardboard - Spine Thin Cardboard - Detail
14: Part 2: Cocoon The purpose of the cocoon project is to make an extension of the body and emphasize the motion conveyed. Motion and Energy in Direction We decided to have our clone suspended in air. Our goal was to make the extrusions and the entire piece exciting from all directions. We started the bamboo above the head symbolizing where all motion comes from. We wanted a wispy airy motion for the bamboo to follow and went there the wind took us: creating lots of round cure shapesto encase our clone.
15: Medium: Bamboo Materials: Twine - Tie Bamboo Method: Fluid, Wispy, Airy Motions
16: Nordic Pavilion Fall 2008 Arch 132: Design Communication Mireille Turin January to May 2009 | Communication was present whether it was through our numerous models, line drawings, elevations, plans and renderings. This series of projects measured how well we conveyed the ideas of this unique pavilion. Perfection was another lesson learned this semester. Having done this model six times we got quicker and wiser in every aspect of the project. We have a better understanding of buildings and being efficient with time and materials. We broadened our knowledge during our rapid material study with each new model we built. Each material is best for particular properties in representing various industry materials. We also experienced different mediums for our display boards with charcoal, graphite,color pencils, while learning our strengths, weakness, and preferences with each.
17: Chipboard Scale: 1/4"=1'-0" The first of six Nordic Pavilion models was the chipboard model. It consisted of scaled mullions, steps, rafters, and trees. Chipboard was a nice model to represent our first material: concrete. It reflected light in a similar way to concrete and read at the same cool temperature. | Provided by Professor Turin to build models
18: Wood Scale: 1/8"=1'-0" The wood model represented the material of Wood perfectly in the scale of the grain and color temperature. The only problem was matching the modle wood with the dimensions of how it is manufactured. So to solve this problem we lightly drew in the chosen manufactured modulation.
19: Aluminum Scale: 1/8"=1'-0" The aluminum model represented the pavilion as a metal structure. Aluminum resembled the right hews and its quality of reflection. For this model I also replicated its manufactured dimensions by scoring and sanding it in.
20: Acrylic Plexiglass Scale: 1/8"=1'-0" Roof Construction: Lauren Kamei and Howard Shek The plexiglass model, representing glass as a building material, was the cleanest but most difficult to construct. Large orthogonal pieces could be cut by hand with an etcher, however majority of the model was formed with the laser cutter and jigsaw.
22: Foam Core Scale: 1/2"=1'-0" The foam core study Model was constructed in preparation for the final model. Constructing the model out of while foam core helped to hand-render the shades and shadows of the building.
24: Final Model Scale: 1/2"=1'-0" The final model was a culmination of all of the lessons and materials learned in Spring 2009. Reflecting back on all of the measuring, cutting, gluing, and drawing we did we were now equipped with the right tools and frame of mind to face any model building challenge.
26: Body Map: Scalar Fall 2009 Arch 201: Luis Longhi August 2009 | The Body Mapping project was about measurement while being creative. The assignment was to map out your entire body using any item. I chose Q-Tips and was propelled to map out my entire body as a structure of cleaning device. I took something linear and arranged it to form 3-Dimensional spaces to replicate and map my body physically. The next phase was to map our emotional side.
30: The body map is to serve as a source of information for the viewer, our project partner. The partner is to then custom design a piece for their subject to wear using only the body map. I provided my partner with not only a map of my physical body, but also a map of my emotional side.
31: vbnvbn | The emotional part of my body map consisted of color coordinated personal and meaningful words. Each word is placed where the emotion is felt or originated from or based on order of priority.
32: Fashion Showcase Fall 2009 Arch 201: Luis Longhi September 2009
33: I had designed a fashion piece for my partner Noelle Yempuku. Her body map was very personal representing a mother's love. After Noelle's mother had give birth to her older sisters her mother a had developed a heart condition. Doctors had advised her to not have anymore children, however her mother still wanted another child. In December, despite the odds, she was given the gift of life and named her baby girl Noelle. For this project I was assigned the material of leather and decided to braid it: just as the bond between mother and daughter is tight-knit and surrounding in all aspects. I also casted two resin orbs. One representing the mother, worn over Noelle's heart and the baby's orb to be worn as part of a belt over her stomach.
34: Monastic Retreat Fall 2009 Arch 201: Luis Longhi October to November 2009
35: This project focused on circulation whether public, private, semi-private, semi-public through the organizational layout of the rooms and facilities of the monastic retreat. The first phase was choosing a remote mountain area. Prior to researching , I knew that I wanted to build an extreme mountain with sharp angles, points and great steepness. This would be The Pinnacle Rock, located in the Galapagos Islands. It is a unique rock being that it formed from the accumulation of volcanic magma that was flown from the nearby volcano.
36: We began by carving our mountains out of masses of cardboard. The layout the monastic retreat was determined by the public and private spaces but also an elementary approach in sustainability. Designing the showers to catch rainwater and then used water flowed down to the toilets. These were the greatest strengths of the layout, however, not realistic in its usage. | Each bedroom has its own pristine view of the ocean. The kitchen and the dining room are the only places where the rock had to excavated. the kitchen shape is immitate the original shape of the rock. The kitchen is the most ideal place to be in the entire retreat. It is suspended 50' in the air and is constructed with transparent flooring to see the occan below.
37: We were asked what kind of journey would you want the monks to encounter? Easy, peaceful, painful or treacherous? For the Pinnacle Rock, the units, individually being in a prime location, the journey is dangerous, long and strenuous. This is reflecting on the idea of being happy with what and where you are in life.
38: Shophouse Fall 2009 Arch 201: Luis Longhi November to December 2009 | Following a site visit to Chinatown, Honolulu, we were given the challenge to build a shophouse to be an "in-fill" project to the specific location of the lot on North Hotel Street and Smith Street.
43: Pumpity Pump Pumps Shophouse is designed as a women's designer shoe store. The shophouse also cares as a comfortable home to a family of four. It has numerous windows that lets in lots of natural daylight and air circulation.
44: Cu+(Movement)+be Design Spring 2010 Arch 235: Hyoung J. Park March 2010
45: Concept Movement Inspired by game of tennis Morphological Transformation
46: Bus Stop Spring 2010 Arch 235: Hyoung J. Park April to May 2009 Group Members: Nainoa Carvalho, Marissa Satsuma, and Ryan Vallesteros
47: The bus stop project was to design a bus stop for the future Hawaii: one that will replace all bus stops across the state. Our group's approach was to design with Hawaii's voyaging heritage in mind. My roles in the group was assisting with the concept models, and preliminary Rhino designing and construction of the final model.
48: Agriculture in Indonesia Fall 2010 Arch 341: Amy Anderson January to May 2010 Group Members: Stephanie Chong, Stephanie Ing, and Ryan Vallesteros | Existing Site: Jakarta, Indonesia
49: Living with the Garden Models | Each of the four group members created a "Living with the Garden Model" It was to be designed for a person living as a hermit or with a small group of workers that would tend to their garden to be self-sufficient. This project was a introduction in to our semester-long project of designing a School of Agriculture in Jakarta, Indonesia. | Stephanie Chong | Stephanie Ing | Lauren Kamei | Ryan Vallesteros
50: Stephani Chong and Lauren Kamei
51: Stephanie Ing and Ryan Vallesteros
54: Garden Experience | Floor Plans East Section Site Plan
56: Agriculture in Indonesia Site Model Fall 2010 Arch 341: Amy Anderson January to May 2010 Group Members: Stephanie Chong, Stephanie Ing, and Ryan Vallesteros
58: Agriculture in Indonesia Dormitory Fall 2010 Arch 341: Amy Anderson January to May 2010 Group Members: Stephanie Chong, Stephanie Ing, and Ryan Vallesteros
62: Cancer Research Center of Hawaii Spring 2011 Arch 342: Fabrizio Medosi January to May 2011
74: Shaded Seating Spring 2011 Arch 320: Kristopher Palagi February to May 2011 Group Member: Sarah Morris | This project was done to service to the School of Architecture to provide comfortable seating for the courtyard while getting hands-on experience with the three building materials: Wood, Metal and Concrete. In a small group we made a preliminary model and then grouped with similar groups for the final project.
76: Shaded Seating Spring 2011 Arch 320: Kristopher Palagi February to May 2011 Group Members: Justin Arquines, Kevin, Loo-Chan, Jason Mandaloniz, Sarah Morris, Daniel Nordson, Heidi Tay and Mike Zaengle
78: Perpetuating Hawaiian Culture for Added Cultural Rejuvenation Office of Hawaiian Affairs Landscape Design Spring 2012 Arch 451: Landscape Design Seminar Johnathan Ching & Kaiwi Nui Yoon Group Memebers: Stephanie Chong, Jeremy Ferguson, Stephanie Ing, Ren Shiroma, Nathaniel Soriano, Raymond Sze-To, Dane Teves, Mohuhano Tu'ikolongahau, and Girem Yoo
80: Ground Rules Project 5: Transforming Spring 2012 Arch/TPSS 353: Dr. Andrew Kaufman This assignment allowed us to redesign the lot of the Old Food Science Building on the University of Hawai'i campus. The assignment was to create a healing garden for students and faculty. I enjoyed creating sociopetal and sociofugal spaces in designed seating areas.
103: Education is very important to me. Education is the best investment I made towards my future and I see it as a vehicle for life. Choosing your vehicle wisely will determine where and how far you can go. The University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture is such a vehicle where I have been taking three years of enriching coursework to prepare me with the numerous fundamentals in the vast field of architecture. It was the inner strength and determination that sparked my interest and continued to fuel me in the detailed and hands-on activities at UH. It was at UH where I was able to find direction in what I want to focus in: natural, nature, green and sustainable architecture with emphasis in Landscape Architecture. What better place to learn about sustainability and a great range of landscapes than in Hawaii. Hawaii also has an abundance of vital resources such as the sun, rain, wind, ocean, and geothermal powers. The University of Hawaii is moving in the right direction by instilling in us, the future generation of builders, the importance of going green. Growing up in here in Hawaii, we were shared with its beauty of land, culture and community, we intern must all be responsible in caring for, preserving, and protecting it priceless treasures. This is why stepping lightly in our designs and build practices are so instrumental now than ever. Since beginning my journey at the Universty of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture (SoA) I have grown artistically and emotionally. The teachers hear have continuously driven us to never stop sketching and further exploring our knowledge and ideas. The teachers have also never expected anything other than perfection in my past three years of schooling. The critiques have been an awakening to what people in the field expect, but I truly value all of the jurors opinions and have learned to take constructive criticism and look at something with new perspectives.