Spring 2016 Uber Laboratory Board
The concept of this design was to create urban infill on one side of a team campus. I was given the opportunity to take two separate labs, the Uber lab and a research lab, and join them for a collaborative work environment. The entire lower level is dedicated to shops that mimic the surrounding area except for the lobby/entrance to the facility. The second floor is an outdoor private rooftop balcony podium level separating the public from the private areas. The collaboration areas are set in-between the labs to promote teamwork. The labs protrude out in order to connect to the surrounding area and give the opportunity to be an icon that people can see down the busy 9th avenue and want to engage.
Photography Spring 2016
Workforce housing will be housing for the 80% of the west side population that makes less than $20,000/yr. The median age in the area is 31 and the existing housing square footage is 930.
Workforce housing needs to incorporate an affordable rent and mortgage, have affordable utilities that can include sustainability and correct orientation to the sun and winds. This community incorporates “Shift” which helps having less parking by using shared vehicles.
A good neighborhood incorporates having outdoor space, private living spaces, and numerous other factors that support community integration. When incorporating these things into our site we came up with a design that incorporates all these things for comfortable workforce housing.
The housing has a total of 108 units on 5.4 acres with all the appropriate amenities. It is built affordable with type 2 construction from mainly concrete. For extra shading or privacy, movable mesh is used on the balconies. The units use solar hot water for extra sustainability.
Above the parking are sits the PV panels to provide energy to the site and shade for the automobiles. The housing sits between housing and retail space and follows existing road patterns.
The questions I might ponder is how to make affordable design more aesthetic and how may I apply more sustainable strategies in a desert environment?
I am currently working on the latest affordable housing board and how I believe it could be laid out on 4.2 acres using the 19 dwelling units per acre theory. The setbacks, parking areas, sidewalks, and road dimensions took up a lot more space than I planned and made the area for the units a lot more dense than expected. The townhouses seem better aesthetically but the apartments seem more efficient for the space available.
The Moulin Rouge and Affordable Housing
I have recently finished the Moulin Rouge property site plan for the development towards the community integrated resort. The Moulin Rouge is important because of it’s historical significance and the preservation of meaning for the community. The floor plans for this historical building are nowhere to be found, I have checked around to many significant sources. The introduction of a community integrated resort in this area will require careful thought to affordable housing as to not be financially detrimental to the existing homeowners close to this site. I am currently researching what the best options of affordable housing would be starting with potential case studies released by the Hud User Fair Market Rents data sets here in Las Vegas. I am also looking into Nevada Hand and architecture which is successful in the energy efficiency/affordability correlation.
Gathering data at the Linq for the CIR
Since my last post, I have visited The Linq many times and sometimes twice in one day. In our Community Integrated Resorts (CIR) research, I have the task of gathering the number of visitors that come within 20 minute increments and also the amount of visitors that enter businesses. I have gone to The Linq during the day and night and observed the demographics of age, ethnicity, and genders that visit. Our team has decided that we will focus on three main points that we believe could make a CIR successful which is the physical, programming, and sensory. I am focusing on the programming and how the data that I have gathered can be analyzed and useful in the CIR project. The question that I am looking at is how does design influence different age groups, genders, and ethnicity in Las Vegas and how it can be applied to the CIR project.
I rebuilt The Linq on SketchUp foot by foot researching integrated resorts, will be put on 3D Warehouse. Currently working on this section and the connection of the inside to outside areas. Researching the statistics of business, age group / store connections, and shade / shadow all to the time of day around The Linq.
After studio on Friday, I took a trip over to Downtown 3rd St. to get a sense of the blocks nightlife. The block was not as busy as I expected it to be on a Friday night and the area that was not occupied by people during the day was the same at night. I thought people avoided that area during the day because of the sun, but then figured that was not the cause. When I took a closer look, I found that the windows were tinted dark so that you could not see inside and the doors were all locked. The other side of the street around Pizza Rock was more lively and had a more inviting atmosphere.
The next night I visited The Linq for the first time and got see the scale of it. I started analyzing the spaces from Las Vegas Blvd and worked my way towards the High Roller at the end. The verticality of the businesses created an atmosphere that seem to have taken me away from “the strip” but did not quite have that “old Las Vegas” feeling that they had shown on the flags around The Linq.