3.26.15 Luxury Home

This is a home plan I’m making in my own time. It is a Tudor or Provincial styled home, with approximately 6000-7000 square feet and 4-5 bed // 4.5-6.5 baths. Some of its features include cathedral ceilings throughout the entire home, a built-in jacuzzi room off the back of the study, a large eating nook off the kitchen, two staircases, and spacious master bedroom. Made on ArchiCAD 17.

Semester 1; Studio 1 Final Project

The project I’m choosing to describe is my Integrative Studio 1 final project. The assignment was to create either a project related to architecture/constructed environments, interior design, fashion design, or illustration and make a connection to fake, doppelganger, or an imposter. I chose to create a project in the architecture category, having to do with the concept of fake. My original idea while I thought about this was to create a sort of house or building that has initial green features part of it that aren’t necessarily green.

Something interesting I learned about architecture while gathering information for my project was the concept of “greenwashing” and how common it was. Greenwashing is basically making a a building, structure, or a home, appear as though it is “green” and environmentally friendly through its aesthetics, when in reality, it is not. It shocked me to see how many companies were continuing with this sense of fraud in the design world and how greenwashing was being distributed all because for money and financial issues. That led me to the idea of creating a project that holds many elements of this fraud to show how unnoticeable greenwashing can be.

Some ideas I had for creating the structure was to use cardboard for the material and cut pieces out with the help of an exacto knife. My plan for putting it all together consisted of using scotch tape to tape the inside of the walls together to give it a 3-dimensional appeal, yet being hidden from the outside of the exterior. Some things I got to give this building the “green appeal” was some thing paper-like material to put on the outside to represent grass.


Once I talked to my professor and some classmates about my plan, I realized what an emerging idea this was. After doing much research on upcoming “green” buildings, I found a structure that looked aesthetically pleasing and gave me an idea for my project. I found an article online mentioning how NYU had plans to tear down their old gym to replace it with a new one to fit all their general needs. When I saw the gyms renderings, I couldn’t help but notice how contemporary and progressive it looked, yet it mentioned nothing about it having any green features.

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The aesthetic structure gave me the idea to produce something similar to it with green exterior, features, etc. I quickly drew out some sketches to help portray my idea of how to make this building look like an imposter. I sketched different shaped buildings with green exterior features from buildings such as the New School University Center. Below are some of my original sketches.

After coming up with a few features that deemed to display the greenwashing look I’d been going for, my professor advised me to research more about the inside of greenwashing and come up with other features that may not be visible from the exterior of the building, but still breaking the rules of having these “green features” and by breaking the rules of the LEED instructions. After finding multiple site links that gave clear evidence about buildings that were using greenwashing, I decided to create a building in order to use my fake-imposter concept to the fullest. Some features that I had in mind while sketching out ideas for my building were the use of solar panels, grass green roofs, reusable glass for the exterior, and many other ideas.

At a certain point in the process, I only had a few exterior ideas to convey my use of greenwashing. To increase my knowledge and my point of greenwashing, I looked up the list of requirements that makes a “green” building green. Under the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) website, I found multiple examples that make a building green and how I could distribute these into my building. Some examples include reducing drinkable water usage near plant life or on project site & using recycled water/captured rainwater to reduce irrigation/eliminate irrigation (water effiency), using existing interior non-structural elements (interior walls, doors, floor coverings and ceiling systems) in at least 50% of the building (materials & resources), and keeping the lights on during a day and night span to show how the buildings open all night.

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After much time, work, and observation, I finally got to display my project and its meaning. My projects thesis basically portrays a current day greenwashing building trying to look environmentally friendly and beneficial when it is actually doing the opposite. With my project having a lot of evidence of greenwashing, I think my project turned out to be successful by conveying a persuasive meaning that really changes peoples vision or idea of what they think of architecture and current environmental issues.

Time Book Archive

For my Time Book Archive, I decided to put  some pictures together that represented my perception of time. Some things that can exemplify my perception of time are the different location // settings. Another important quality that lets us see time differently is age as well as maturity. I think another important quality that really makes up time are the different experiences that we’ve have had that make us see. In my book, you will see these qualities of time displayed.

For my first picture, I put a picture of my family walking in the woods during an autumn day. To me, the leaves represent a change in the season as well as a change in the year, since leaves fall off trees before winter comes the year is getting ready to finish. The reason my whole families in the picture and not me is because I feel that I am maturing and becoming more independent since I am on my own now that I’m in college.

In one of my pictures, I put my dog in the book. The reason I put her in my book is because animals don’t have a sense for time. For humans, having the knowledge can be beneficial. Having set times enables people to plan accordingly, set schedules and work around things. Because animals don’t have this, everything in there life seems like a surprise, although things can become routine.

Throughout my book, you will notice differences in my locations and times my pictures were taken. The reason I do this is because so many different things can be seen at any given time of day. This can also vary when a person is somewhere completely different from another person. A comparison that can exemplify two completely different views/feelings is my picture of the sun setting in the horizon of New York  background to the picture with the snowy branches in the darker sky with my friend walking on the snow path. The first picture resembles a sense of seclusion since the sky is getting dark with buildings in the background, giving it a nostalgic feeling. The second picture was also taken while the sun was setting, yet the color of the sky and background completely change the mood of that.  And since the pictures were taken with a friend, the experience of time was completely different

AIGA & MoMa Research and Response

While visiting the AIGA & the MoMa museum, I noticed a lot of architecture drawings that were made using pencil or ink medias drawn on simple paper. Something interesting about these sketches was how these designs were so simple and could’ve even been rough drafts for even other projects. There was a lot of contemporary art in both museums, and the pieces definitely seemed very cutting edge and up to date.

During my visit the AIGA museum, I found that much of the stuff was very impressionable and did not follow a certain scale, yet it had a certain aesthetic quality that appealed to me. One part of the gallery that I really liked were the ink drawings of the Capital building a few other architecture firms. I liked how they were drawn out so casually, yet they still really good and interesting to look at. Another piece I liked was a portrait of a up-to-date church in China that sits inside a modernized skyscraper. I thought the idea of that was very introspective and advanced.