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Architects Talking to Architects: Nicholas Banks, Assoc. AIA, of Houston

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In an attempt to learn more about the buildings and spaces that shape the wold around us we find it useful to distill information into diagrammatic form. These adjacency diagrams show how different spaces (and functions) relate to each other within the restaurant. As the series progresses, natural patterns will begin to emerge and reviel the intrinsic flow of an dining establishment.

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Rethinking the Lubbock Fair

I have posted a new set of photos, http://www.nickyb85.com/pictures/fair/. These pictures were from a trip to the Lubbock Fair, and the architecture studio project that it generated. The project was called “Rethinking the Lubbock Fair”. As a class we took an in-depth look at the fairgrounds and created different methods of charting/mapping the existing fair ground. The overall design for the new proposal was generated using Tschumi’s mitigation strategies found from his book “Architecture and Disjunction” (Composition, Complement, Palimpsest, or Mediation). Dozens of different strategies were generated in this study, some more serious than others. Eventually what I decided to follow through with on this project could be considered palimpsest as well as mediation.

The Big Idea: In 1970 a tornado ripped through portions of Lubbock decimating homes and businesses. From my knowledge the debris was plowed into the canyon (found to the immediate west of the fair grounds) and buried there, thus interning 1970’s Lubbock into the earth to possibly be uncovered in the future. This idea should be applied (in memoriam) to the current fair grounds and the existing buildings of the fair should be buried in earth to form a sloping mound that has a level top. The Lubbock city grid should be re-established in this area and used as a mediation device for roads and other public utilities (lights, power, flags and flags ). At a denser scale this mediation device even becomes the regulation of the structural system for the new buildings of the fair. The open area to the east of the site becomes parking and the leveled top of the mound becomes the home to the midway. Emerging from the sloped sided of this “burial mound” protrudes the new built environment of the Lubbock fair. The new buildings are divided into four categories based on the taxonomy of the Fair; Classic fair, Music Fair, Modern Fair, & Commerce Fair. The design of the buildings follows the grid lines to spell out the word FAIR in plan. There are several reasons for this. First, the flight path to Lubbock goes directly over this site and the the word “FAIR” can be viewed from the passengers seats. Second, highway I-87 has a fly-by next to site where the letters can be viewed while driving across. Third, several of the buildings downtown have views over the site, and the word can also be observed from there. Combining these different ideas creates a design that is historically “sensitive” as well as fun and whimsical. While by no means is this a practical strategy of what should be done to the fair grounds, it should serve as a study of what could be done.

This is where my class ended, with a design idea, a few renderings and conceptual diagrams. What my goal is for the coming weeks is to re-work my re-thinking. You can see from some of the pictures I have already begun this process by creating a digital model with a higher level of detail. I hope to create graphics that convey my ideas clearly and provide a greater understanding of what I think the Lubbock Fair could be.

Working with a group is always fun, however keeping track of the work files is not. Unfortunately the drawing documentation for this project was lost due to hard drive failure and the plans were lost forever… until now. I recently downloaded the trial version of Auto Desk’s Revit to prep for an upcoming interview, and after I became acquainted with the program I attempted to recreate the YMCA project. While it may not be 100% faithful to the original concept, I was able to create presentation documentation within a few days, including elevations and sections.

 

A video that I created in the Spring of 2008 for my animation class. Retelling the Aesop fable “The Lion and The Mouse.” I used 3D Studio Max as well as Adobe Premiere to create this video. 

(Taken with instagram)

(Taken with instagram)