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    Melissa Marrero Burgos | Design Portfolio 2013

  • La Casa Cortada

    Riverside Alley

    UNzipping Coasts

    Childrens Art Museum

    Affordable Housing for Artists

    Peace Pavilion

    ZipLamp

    Sitting Apparatus

    dwelling

    urban

    infrastructure | landscape

    educational

    housing

    cultural

    lighting

    furniture prototype

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    La Casa CortadaSan Juan, Puerto Rico

    Food has been the basis for social gathering throughout time, and

    serves as the inspiration for this project. Located in a highly cultural

    and gastronomic area in San Juan, PR., La Casa Cortada is an

    urban dwelling that focuses on the rituals of food preparation and

    consumption, conceived as a unique space for social gathering and

    exchange.

    Inspired by the study of vegetables and fruits, this space is conceived

    in layers. Concrete is the outer structural layer and the wood is

    the soft interior layer. A single long central table dominates the

    interior. The table is surrounded by a sequence of architectural slices

    that respond to program, natural light, and ventilation. The slices

    reveal views and create a physical atmosphere that enhances the

    experience. The space symbolizes and celebrates the processes of

    growing, making and serving of food. The dwelling fuses food and

    architecture into one continuous process.

    Second Prize Winner

    Archon Prize Design Competition

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    standard table size

    new table size

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    Riverside AlleyChicago, Illinois

    We propose an active fissure that will transform the alley into a path

    for downtown Chicago and Printers Row Neighborhood for city life

    and entertainment. The city of Chicago today has more than 1,900

    miles of alleys, providing convenient access to buildings, garages

    and loading docks. Many pedestrians walk through the streets of

    chicago and notice those mysterious alley ways or urban gaps that

    exist between building but these narrow urban lanes are usually

    uninviting. In places such as Europe, alleys are often what is left of

    a medieval street network, or a right way or ancient footpath in an

    urban setting and they continue to be spaces for restaurants, retail or

    art, where people can gather.

    The idea of creating a project that embraces the idea of a city gap

    and transforms this forgotten space into a path of activities and

    landscape is the foundation of our intentions. The project will invite

    people through an intentional landscape that will guide the public

    through entertainment, galleries, art, music, restaurants and music.

    It is important to create that transition from the city to the landscape

    and from the landscape to the program that will respond to the hybrid

    complexity of the project.

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    residence

    hotel

    officeslibrary/ media labsretail

    concert hallprogram structure circulation cavities

  • residence

    hotel

    officeslibrary/ media labsretail

    concert hallprogram structure circulation cavities

    residence

    hotel

    officeslibrary/ media labsretail

    concert hallprogram structure circulation cavities

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    metra communter rail

    subway rail lines & stations

    water taxi

    elevated rail lines & stations

    bus transit

    bycicle parking

    parking

    bridges

    downtown mixeddowntow servicehistorical landmarks

    downtown core

    planned developmentriver

    zoning transit

    analytical design sequence: site approach + program

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    W Harrison st.

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    225 450 900ft

    metra communter rail

    subway rail lines & stations

    water taxi

    elevated rail lines & stations

    bus transit

    bycicle parking

    parking

    bridges

    downtown mixeddowntow servicehistorical landmarks

    downtown core

    planned developmentriver

    zoning transit

    analytical design sequence: site approach + program

    1 2 3 4 5 6

    120 240 48060

    S Wells st.

    W Harrison st.

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    225 450 900ft

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    KAYAK

    BIKING

    DOG PARK

    RESTAURANTS

    CAFE

    BAR

    SHOP

    MARKET

    LUGGAGE

    UNDERGROUND PARKING

    RESIDENTIAL

    OFFICES

    HOTEL

    ESCALATOR

    WATER TAXI

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    u n d e r g r o u n d p a r k i n g

  • Cavities are created inside the high-rise

    transforming interioir space, providing

    natural light and direct contact with

    the sky.

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    hotel floor plan residential floor

    15 30ft

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    hotal floorplan residential floorplan

  • program structure circulation cavities

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    [Un]zipping CoastsTokyo, Japan

    Tokyo is famous for being one of the largest metropolitan areas and

    one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The citys

    urban composition is mostly conformed of tight spaces, small streets

    and reduced public space due to rapid population growth and poor

    urban planning.

    Tsukiji Market is one of Tokyos main public spaces and its the most

    well-known wholesale fish market in the world. This market is a

    complex physical, cultural and laborious environment, which cannot

    be understood apart from its placement. This construction of place

    connects the social structure to a meaning of identity and tradition

    carried out by the Japanese people and its processes.

    This infrastructural intervention strives to embed the market in

    its place and provide temporary relief against flood hazard while

    still attending ecological issues in Tokyo Bay, with the purpose

    of restoring and creating new ecosystems and providing safety

    measures for urban life at water edge.

    Directors Choice Special Mentiond3space | Unbuilt Visions International Design Competition

    Second Prize Graduate Studio Award for Design Exellence

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    Tsukiji Market forms part of Tokyo Bays waterfront area,

    but being at the water edge brings many possibilities as

    well as many disadvantages. Tsukiji Market has to deal

    with high flood risk due to sea level rise caused by storm

    surges and global warming. Also, the waters of Tokyo

    Bay suffer from Hypoxia, a lack of oxygen, due to high

    pollution caused by land reclamation on the bay. Taking

    this research as a backdrop, Tsukiji Market renders many

    opportunities for much needed productive open public

    space for city life at large.

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    Hypoxic and Anoxic water in estua ry are known to be one of the causes of the coastal envi ronmental p roblems.

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    lack of open public spaces high flood risk high pullution

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    zipper-like behaviorsystem

    adaptability infrastructure

  • To rectify the bay as a thriving ecosystem, hydraulic structures were

    designed to treat the Tokyo Bay water. The zipper-shaped weir is

    a hydraulic structure that works as a barrier designed to alter the

    flow characteristics of water using a trapezoidal shape to oxygenate

    the water as it moves through the weir. By aerating the water, this

    infrastructure could provide sufficient oxygen to start restoring

    marine life in Tokyo Bay. This design strategy became a way of

    envisioning an intervention that would attend to the agendas of the

    site in a passive way.

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    Temporary water storage which can

    provide water for current and future

    needs

    Zigzagging canals that control the flow of water

    adequately with the purpose of increasing the

    marshes capacity to absorb pollutants in the

    water of Tokyo Bay

    Spillway structures used to collect and release water due to water level rise by flood.

    High water current canal that agitates the water sufficiently to introduce oxygen in the bay water by creating bubbles.

    With the help of wetlands and the process of water aeriation, we will rehabilitate ecosystems in Tokyo Bay and bring more fish to these waters

    Provides area of shelter for birds.

    Use of wetlands with purpose of decreasing flooding,

    removing pollutants from water, protecting the

    shoreline, providing habitat for wildlife , and serving important

    recreational and cultural functions.

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