travel sketches – Firenze
by markcareaga, July 1994
Photos from a recent trip to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Image #2 is a detail of the facade of CCBRT Disability Hospital by APC, a talented young architecture firm in Dar. I had the pleasure of meeting APC directors Dark Gummich and Gunter Klix.
photos by markcareaga, November 2013
Public School for East Boston
an exploration of “the places in-between,” “thin-skinned” architecture, and how a public school can provide truly public space that engages the city, through the mediums of architecture and urban design
see also this post for analytical mappings that informed this project in terms of the urban morphology of the East Boston waterfront
media: graphite and ink on vellum
by markcareaga, Spring 1996
a sampling of entries from the recent Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s competition to redesign the iconic T map (first image) for Boston’s subway and commuter rail system
image source: MBTA’s website
Eighth in a series to showcase the 2013 cycle of shortlisted projects from what is arguably the most rigorous and thoughtful architectural award program in the world, encompassing design excellence, historic preservation and rehabilitation, and socioeconomic dimensions; focused on results, eschewing the cult of the hero-architect.
The Met Tower Bangkok, Thailand (2009)
Architect: WOHA Architects, Singapore
Description (from the AKAA):
Rather than adopting high-rise models from temperate countries, this 66-storey central Bangkok development adapts aspects of low-rise tropical housing to spaces in the sky. Naturally cross-ventilated, the apartments require no air conditioning. Open-air terraces with barbecues, libraries, spas and other facilities link the three towers every five storeys and act as structural bracing. The main columns extend on the exterior of the building, creating protected indoor-outdoor spaces for balconies and terraces, and are lit at night, transforming the building into an elegant, vertical screen. The staggered block arrangement gives apartments light and air on all four sides. Thai elements – ceramic tiles, textiles and timber panelling – are abstracted to organise forms. Every horizontal surface is planted, and vertical faces are shaded by creeper screens.
Image credits: all images copyright Aga Khan Award for Architecture; all photographs by Patrick Bingham-Hall; site plan courtesy of the architect
Vertical Cities Asia
WOHA Architects, Singapore – 2011
From the architect’s website:
WOHA participated in the Vertical Cities Asia programme organised by the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a jury member for the design competition held amongst participating universities and contributed a paper discussing WOHA’s approaches in designing for high-rise, high-density living in tropical / sub-tropical regions.
Based on the competition brief that specified a population density of 100,000 people within a 1km2 site, WOHA compared the inner city centre densities of Manhattan, Hong Kong, and Singapore and demonstrated that it would take the equivalent of 4 stacks of Manhattan City or 4 stacks of Hong Kong central district or 9 stacks of Singapore’s city centre to achieve a population density of 100,000 people on each 1km2 site. Within this same footprint, it would take 30 nos. of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa stacked in 3.3 tiers or 67 nos. of The Met stacked in 3 tiers to meet the live-work-play components of the brief.
By devising a 1km2 city grid with a population density of 111,111 people, WOHA envisioned a vertical “Permeable Lattice City” that uses modules of The Met as “City Columns” arranged in a staggered alignment to create a high degree of perforation and porosity resulting in cross-ventilated breezeways at city scale, ensuring fresh air and natural daylighting reaches every part of the inner city. These “City Columns” free up the real ground level for nature reserves and heavy industries, and are held together structurally by a network of “City Conduits” that serve as elevated ground levels. They are woven socially by layers of “City Community Spaces” and vertically interconnected by multi-cabin lifts and environmentally friendly people mover circulation systems that map out a fully pedestrianised city, entirely negating the need for cars above the real ground level and encouraging a highly sustainable and liveable vertical city.
image source: WOHA
Atmospheric Freak Show
On a strange weather day which included a squall that ended with a full rainbow over Fort Point Channel in Boston, this freak storm passed through Harvard Square in about 15 minutes, around 7:30pm. The cloud formations seemed to hint at funnel formations. This is the stuff of Turner paintings.
watch a video
postscript: apparently, this was a wall cloud formation, according to this post on universalhub.com (additional photos).
by markcareaga, July 29, 2013
Freak thunderstorm passes through Cambridge MA with possible nascent funnel formations … this was wild to behold.
by markcareaga, July 29, 2013
Best Watering Hole at the JJ Market Bangkok
After hours of browsing the endless (but mercifully, shaded) sois at the famous “JJ Market” in Bangkok, this has to be the best place to get a cold beer. Usually packed with various Anglo-type ex-pats/tourists, but at this particular time, wonderfully desolate.
section 26, space 160, soi 1/7 … get your hands on Nancy Chandler’s wonderful map of the market, and you’ll have no trouble locating this
photo by markcareaga, April 2013
MIT Chapel Cambridge MA
first-semester studio project at Harvard GSD, four days to measure and draw an existing building.
studio instructor and coordinator: Preston Scott Cohen
media: pencil on printmaking paper, 50” × 30”
by markcareaga, fall 1994