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  • architecture portfolio

    kelsy whitten

  • ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO | KELSY WHITTEN

    WHITTEN, KELSY BA, MArch CandidateVancouver, BC, Canadaknmwhitten@gmail.com | 519 400 9291

    www.knmwhitten.wix.com/home

  • EDUCATION

    Master of ArchitectureUniversity of British Columbia 2013- present

    Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts with honours, a minor in Art HistoryUniversity of Guelph2009- 2013

    WORK EXPERIENCE

    ARCHUS Health & Wellness CoordinatorUniversity of British Columbia, SALAVancouver, Canada2014- present

    Ski Racing Coach & Ski InstructorNZ Ski, Coronet PeakQueenstown, New ZealandSummer 2013

    Artist Assistant to Toronto based artist, Sandy PlotnikoffToronto, CanadaWinter- Spring 2013

    Ski Racing CoachCraigleith Ski ClubCollingwood, Ontario, CanadaSeasonally, Winter 2008- 2013

    Day Camp Program Coordinator & CounselorBurks Falls MunicipalityBurks Falls, Ontario, CanadaSeasonally, Summer 2008- 2012

    RELEVANT SKILLSProficient in Autocad, Rhino, V-Ray, Sketch-Up, and Adobe Creative Suite software, as well as with modeling tools, such as woodworking, laser cutting, CNC, and 3D printing.

    Introduction to Revit Course Completedwith OCADU Continuing Studies.

    AWARDS & RECOGNITION

    Excellence in Sculpture AwardSculpture DepartmentUniversity of Guelph2013

    Entrance ScholarshipSchool of Fine Arts & Music University of Guelph2009

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  • CONTENTS

    WASTE SPACE

    ALTERNATIVE MEGASTRUCTURE

    LANEWAY RESIDENTIAL

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  • WASTE | SPACE

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    diagram of potential use

    tentacle in plan render with relationship to cafe

    TENTACLE

    Exploration of material transformation and innovative uses for reclaimed waste led to the produc-tion of tarpaulin fabric. Layering standard plastic disposable bags and then applying heat and pres-sure resulted in a strong and flexible material that could then be used to create shelter.

    Situated at the corner of Main Street and the Kingsway in Vancouvers Mount Pleasant area, the site is positioned between Gene Cafe and the public bus stop. The project seeks to provide both shelter and a connection between the existing programs. The installation is temporal and engaging with its fabric construction and adjustable parts.

    Collaboration with Annie Hong.

  • 4VANCOUVER CULTURE

    PLASTIC BAGS FUSE LAYERS USING HEAT

    SEW TENTACLEVELCROZIPPER NYLON ROPE

    waste | tentacle

    render with relationship to bus shelter

    concept diagram

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    THERMAL SYMBIOSIS

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    diagram of imag-ined actual, and theoretical ther-mal relationships between spaces with shared party wall

    THERMAL SYMBIOSIS

    Thermal data was collected and analyzed through thermal read-ings of the surface temperatures of all interior walls, ceilings and floors for the retail units of the block bounded by Main Street, Kingsway, and West Broadway in Vancouvers Mount Pleasant Area. The visualization of these readings represents the thermal relationships through party walls as well as the interior and the exterior. Program, energy use, occupation, and building envelope were recognized as the primary factors affecting these readings. Considering these relationships allows for possible program reshuffling on the scale of the block, or smaller scale manipula-tion and transfer of heating and cooling. An analysis of the block within this context calls into consideration the waste and possi-ble productive use of energy within the city.

    Collaboration with Annie Hong.

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    waste | thermal symbiosis

    diagram of thermal readings and occupancy within the retail units of the block bounded by Main Street, Broadway, and Kingsway, Vancouver

  • 7ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO | KELSY WHITTENEXISTING SITE

    SUNWINDRAIN

    private residential private circulation retail outdoor public

    LATTICE/WORKKELSY WHITTEN

    provide the opportunity for closed system living by engaging both the public and private scale.

    utlize forms to optimize environmental systems, to promote growth, to harness waste energy, and to enhance the use of space.

    LATTICE/WORK

    The site consists of the parkade and courtyard of the block bounded by Kingsway, Main Street, and West Broadway in Vancouvers Mount Pleasant area. Design for 5 live-work units built congruously with the existing derelict parking structure. The project offers spaces for cooking, eating, living, growing, cultivating, producing at both the public and private scale.

    This project explores innovative uses of human bodily waste within a closed-loop system. Energy required for cooking and growing food is provided by these systems. The food is consumed, digested, and expelled, continu-ing the cycle. It is a harbinger of things to come and as such, situated within a larger cultural and social context within which it participates.

    unit section with private-scale garden

    analysis of existing site conditions

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    interior render with private-scale garden

    exterior render, view from West Broadway

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    SECTION1:100

    waste | lattice/work

    jogged section. live, work, gardens, and waste closed-loop system

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    GROUND LEVEL1:100

    UNDERGROUND LEVEL1:100

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    SECOND LEVEL1:100

    THIRD LEVEL1:100

    waste | lattice/work

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  • ALTERNATIVE MEGASTRUCTURE | POROCITY

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    POROCITY

    The historical discourse surrounding the architectural concept of the Megastructure was examined within the context of Vancou-ver itself and its present developments. The concept imagines the city encased within a single building and its implications at a social scale were considered throughout this project.

    The program is a counterproposal to the Paragon Gaming Urban Resort and Casino project set to be built in Vancouvers False Creek neighbourhood. The site is located at the South end of BC Place, between Pacific Boulevard, Smithe Street, and Expo Boulevard.

    The project appropriates a similar structural system to that of Toyo Itos Taichung Metropolitan Opera House and utilizes it as a shell and continuous vertical public space. This allows for the structure of the Megastructure to erase the edge condition be-tween building and public space at both the ground level as well as throughout its individual programs.

    Collaboration with Benjamin Fisher and Daniel Nguyen.

    left: site plan

    below (from top to bottom) : diagram of public and private space, diagram of concourse level public and private space, program diagram, circulation diagram

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    alternative megastructure | porocity

    model at 1:500, 3D printed with laser cut screen

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    north- south section

    east- west section wall section

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    alternative megastructure | porocity

    render of main hotel level render of exterior

    render of view from Smithe Street render from concourse level exterior

    render from concourse level interior

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    alternative megastructure | porocity

    plans (from left to right): ground level, concourse level, casino level, main hotel level, typical hotel level

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  • LANEWAY RESIDENTIAL | NESTLE

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    50m

    NESTLE

    Vancouvers property market leads to high prices and much sought after spaces throughout the city, especially within its downtown core. These demands have led to the development of what is known as laneway housing. An attempt to maximize land use, seen primarily in the the citys resi-dential neighbourhoods.

    The site for this project is in the city centre, rather than a residential area, and fronts on to Robson Street in one of the citys main shopping districts. The program includes live-work units, as well as a gallery and shared studio space at the publicly accessible ground levels.

    The circulation cores are double loaded corridors with access from every second floor, maximizing living space on an especially narrow site within the Robson Street lane.

    site plan

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    laneway residential | nestle

    render from Robson Street

    unit concept diagram

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    plans of all levels

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    laneway residential | nestle

    east- west setions

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