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  • THE GAMBLER

    - SUNKEN, REACHING TOWARDS THE UNKNOWN WATER- HEAVY STRUCTURE, YET HIDES BEHIND A WARM WOOD FACADE- DREAMS TOWARDS THE SKY TO RELATE TO HER WORLD- ALWAYS READY TO FLOAT AWAY

    THE ENGINEER

    -SUSPENDED STEEL AIMING FOR EVER GREATER HEIGHTS-REGULAR GRID PATTERN AND CUSTOM FASTENERS -LOOKS TO THE EARTH, GROUNDED IN PHYSICAL OBSERVATIONS-TRAVELS VIA A CANTILEVERED WALKWAY

    SHELTER

    Shelter is the final expression where one observes the character, quirks, and tectonics of each character. The gambler and the engineer are separated into individual dwellings yet they are essentially connected.

    01 A Gambled Land and an Engineered Means

    Location: Smith Cove, Seattle, WACompleted: December 2012Project focus: historical site development, magical realism, climate change, representation, theoryPrograms used: Sketchup, AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Kerkythea, Adobe, Woodshop

    This thesis is inspired by the historical underpinnings of site and the pressing concern of climate change. The goal of this project is to add to discourses of today and the ways in which we speak about the future. The chosen site is a rail yard spanning from the salt water of the naturally made Puget Sound and the brackish water of the man-made Lake Washington Ship Canal. This site was selected for its embodied magical qualities- forces on the site that can be felt but not seen.

    THE ALLEGORY OF SITE AND THE RESETTLING OF SMITH COVE

    1863 1934 1947-2013 25FT,300-500 YEARS

    5FT, 100-300 YEARS

    12FT,BY 2300

    Data- taken from What Could Disappear, New York Times, Nov. 2012

    A PIONEERING SPIRIT & AN ENGINEERED LAND

    Interbay is the industrial switching yard of Seattle. In 1911, former tidelands were filled with the dredging of a nearby ship canal. The site today, is an engineered landscape and a relic of Seattles industrial past.

    Rising sea levels will bring a new frontier. A future resettlement of Smith Cove is proposed. The persona of the early settler is developed as two forces on the site: the gambler and the engineer.

    Smith Cove, 1894 Smith Cove, 2013

    THE GAMBLER THE ENGINEER

    ARCHITECTURE IS THE MEDITATION OF FINITUDE THE SYMBOLIC REDISTRIBUTION OF DESIRE THE EXECUTION OF EXQUISITE BARRIERSTHE HISTORY OF A PLACE TOLD IN BROKEN CODE

    -DOUGLAS DARDEN, CONDEMNED BUILDINGS Collected artifacts found throughout Seattle combine in first expression of the gambler and engineer. Welded steel, bronze and mahogany self-constructed stands.

    Henry Smith 1904 Interbay, Seattle Municipal Archives Composite Overlay

    THE GAMBLE OF HENRY SMITH

    SO THEY IDLED THEIR WAY UP THE BROAD, FERTILE VALLEY, SO HAPPY THAT THEY FORGOT THAT WORK WAS EVER NECESSARY, WHILE THE VALLEY OF THE MOON WAS A GOLDEN DREAM, REMOTE, BUT SURE, SOME DAY OF REALIZATION.

    -JACK LONDON, THE VALLEY OF THE MOON

    Composite Overlay, wax studies and SLR photograph

    A TOWER

    A tower acts as a directional compass, The tectonics merge the characteristics of the gambler and engineer: a precarious structure, where the highly efficient engineers truss has been played upon by the gambler.

    Islands inspried by the delta of the tracks, is the initial and engineered response to the rising sea waters

    Photo: Heikki Alanen

    Site plan

    THE WATER RETURNS

    Bridges are necessary to span from land to land, to cross the valley, and to connect the new landform with the old. The bridges also merge two tectonic languagestwo solid, anchoring structures and a tenuous spanning element.

    WEST THEY HAD FARED UNTIL THE PACIFIC ITSELF HAD STOPPED THEM, AND HERE THEY HAD MADE THEIR CLEARING, BUILT THEIR RUDE HOUSES, AND SETTLED. IN THEM FARTHEST WEST HAD BEEN REACHED.

    JACK LONDON, VALLEY OF THE MOON

    BRIDGES

    2014

    JENNIFER CHEN RICHTERAn Architecture Portfolio jennifer.c.richter@gmail.com702.355.8916An Architecture Thesis

    Early settlers brought to the site their pioneering attitude, overlaying notions of risk taking and modern engineering. The ghosts of these forefathers still exist as relics of the past, a gambled and engineered land

    Between the islands

    ACADEMICAn Architecture Portfolio jennifer.c.richter@gmail.com702.355.8916

    The Toolbox: Work/Live

    Location: Yesler Terrace, Seattle, WACompleted: December 2010Project focus: multi-family affordable housing, economic revitalization, adaptive reusePrograms used: Sketchup, AutoCAD, Adobe, 35mm film and darkroom development

    Yesler Terrace has offered low-income housing in Seattle since the mid-1950s. As much of the housing units age it must now be replaced. This studio looked at design proposals for relocated and new tenants. This projects program focuses on the need for garage and work space to support residents in partaking in various income producing projects. The space is meant to be informal but well cared for, as residents will live on the same block and directly above the workspace. In addition to newly constructed low-income lofts & apartments, the design also includes an adaptive reuse of the Urban League Building and new public spaces.

    YESLER TERRACE ADAPTIVE REUSE ANDAFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

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    Site plan

    Existing Photo taken at Yesler Way and 14th Avenue

    Existing Drawings of Urban League Building.

    Residence plan

    1/2 = 1 Tectonic Model exploring wall assemblies and meeting point of two distinct spatial configurations.

    reused steel shipping container6 rigid insulationwaterproof membrane3/4 plywood

    reused steel shipping containers6 rigid insulationvapor retarder3/4 plywood

    gravel for stormwater drainagebelow ground drain piping

    metal flashingreused metal roofing6 sloped rigid insulationwaterproof membranereused steel shipping container

    metal flashingreused metal roofing6 sloped rigid insulationwaterproof membranereused steel shipping container

    metal flashingreused metal roofing6 rigid insulationwaterproof membrane1/2 sheathing material4 metal decking12 steel purlins

    steel shipping container doorsglazingsteel truss

    8 thick poured in place concrete6 rigid insulationwaterproof membranereused steel shipping container

    Section AA through residence and gallery reception below.

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    Technical Training Facilities

    Rooftop Green Space

    Gallery Display in Existing Urban League Building

    OudoorWork Areas

    Shared Workshop Space

    ALUMINUM DRIP EDGE AND GUTTER

    RIGID INSULATION

    INTERIOR POLYSTYRENE FOAM INSULATION

    VENT SPACE

    STANDING SEAM METAL ROOFING 24 O.C.

    POURED IN PLACE CONCRETE

    3 POURED IN PLACE CONCRETE FLOOR SLAB

    ALUMINUM FASCIA

    VAPOR RETARDER AND AIR BARRIER

    RAFTER

    INTERIOR FINISH GYPSUM WALLBOARD

    CEMENT