This site is located in the heart of SE Portland. Within the vibrant Sunnyside neighborhood, Portland Nursery reside just at the western base of Mt. Tabor. Around October, the winds from the Columbia River basin can pick up while the Portland rain returns. It is very likely that this event will have inclement weather but often the event is held on a sunny weekend. Much of the site faces South where the plants thrive and people can enjoy the autumn sun. Glencoe Elementary is the neighbor to the south where children can often be heard. During the event, there is a lot of foot traffic in the eastern and northern half of the site. Both green houses on the eastern border house many activities. The northern E-W path receives most traffic around the apple bin tent where guests flock to purchase many different apples.
Our team found that placing the performance space in the central area of the site near the northern E-W path and facing east, would acoustically engage the whole site. This centrality would also maximize the structure’s visibility, reinforcing the conceptual intention and therefore the event’s identity of fall-time celebration.
Seating made from Cut-Outs
In order to reduce waste and maintain an identifiable language about the performance space, these folding chairs were devised to be quickly put together and give the audience a comfortable place to sit.
Pre-Fabricated Diamond Modules
Reflections and Moving Forward
This midterm we were able to refine our design intentions and structural systems with the insights gained from the previous midterm. The folded plate structural system, as well as the overall presentation design, received positive reviews. There were several aspects of the project that were touched on for further refinement.
-Our site analysis had strong visuals and provided important information, but one question left with us was how does it relate to our decision making? What about this analysis affects what we do next? -In terms of our folded plates, one reviewer asked, how could the triangle geometry be optimized for manufacturing? Reducing waste percentage is a very important goal. In addition to this thought of geometry optimization, the simplification of angles at which plates meet would greatly ease the confusion of processing, prefabrication and on-site construction. -The overall shape of our structure implies the possibility of intense wind catching. It was pointed out that very sturdy anchors would be needed and a thorough investigation of this grounding would benefit the project. -The durability in weather is another aspect of the structure that needs attention. Whether there is some covering the wood or even log oil applied, the lifetime of this structure would be greatly reduced without protection.
Going forward, our group looks to address these aspects and more. Using physical models, digital models, and deeper research into applied materials and technology will take our project from midterm quality to final review caliber.