Shoring construction reuse, Cantilevered support, Planter box

Started from shoring scrap off the side of the road left from construction site, added 1" steel angle support structure and worked on for 9 Days over the course of almost a year...Life...

A project that started as the logical next step after the stool but became another beast. Starting with construction scrap all I knew was it needed to be a bench and somehow be supported with a steel structure that would both be structural expressive and light while adding interest and additional purpose.

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It was an organic process, the first key design idea was the need of a planter integrated into the seating. I used scrap 1/8" steel plate to form this. I tried to maintain size and proportion of the wood members and came up with a form that would lift a bit of the bottom panel in order to create a break for drainage and division between planting and misc use.

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The back of the bench needed to complement the seat and be of similar proportion. Given this criteria I decided to splice the angle into the wood members and extend the frame beyond to create an open frame. This served to create both a better proportioned bench as well possibly be a frame work for something to grow onto.

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Legs and support were by far the hardest and most frustrating aspect to this project. I initially wanted to mimic the structure I used on the stool but I soon realized this was not going to work without ruining its proportion. There was also an issue of back span and counter balancing and supporting the sloping back as I wanted the legs to continue in the same angle as the back. In the end I came up with the solution of extending the legs so that they could be planting into the earth and the bench would them be a garden feature and seat for reading and relaxing. The flexibility of the steel legs enables a nice rocking motion while sitting and reading.

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As a result of the nature of this product I thought it would be appropriate to leave this bench unfinished and let it age and rust.

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Hudson Commercial Residential Speedway

Originally A competition Entry with Collaborator Leo Castillo. I decided to do my own take on the exterior and interior. The Drawing was what was submitted along with Renderings done by Mr. Castillo.

Conceptually based on the idea of using various track typologies as a programmatic massing. Certain types of tracks lend themselves to certain types of spaces and movement based on form. Using Drag strip typology for food as finding and knowing all options as soon as possible is most ideal. The Indy track on the other hand is used for larger retail where a desire to be more casual and slower paced is fine; this is also where a Large Anchor resides 4 stories up over two floors. A Nascar bank is planted green space and below is smaller retail, at center are farmers market kiosks.

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Chain Link Fence Post Shade Structure
Solar Decathlon Frame Design

The external formal qualities were decided upon to be expressed through a shade device / structure that would be attached to the home and move with the home. The design used for mock-up deals with an issue of overlapping structures that result in a significant cantilever. In order to resolve this angular cross bracing and welding key components is necessary.

Fabrication for the most part was rather straight forward. Took Leodan Castillo and myself about a week to construct the house framing and assembling the fence post structure.

Finished Photos
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Field Drawings
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Sketch. Paint. Scratch.

Inspired by a gallery show I "discovered" clayboards. Over some time I have completed some pieces that I have yet to really document. Here are most but not All.

The process is organic to say the least. I tend to start with a sketch for an idea of texture and composition of pattern and figure. This usually gets almost completely dismissed/ discarded when I start to paint. At which point it tends to go in a similar direction in a very different way. Eventually I will find some brush strokes, some figures, something/ anything that will clue me in on what to scratch into the piece. It eventually comes to some conclusion when I feel like it may be enough, or until my hand aches and near a week has past or more.

The Results.
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Sketching plays such an important role in my day to day life that I take my sketch book everywhere with me like most great Architects and make a point to sketch the things that surround me in order to try and have a better understanding of them...or to just kill time and get better at drawing. An added plus is it happens to be a great way to release stress.

Sketch Books
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