Local Action, Global Perception

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    Building Sketch
Related people
Nicholas Cesare (designer)
Lisa Tilder (studio professor)
Autumn 2007
North and Central America->United States->Ohio->Franklin (county)->Columbus
This was a student project by Nicholas Cesare for Lisa Tilder's ARCH 441 course, Autumn 2007.
"The project called for the creation of a high-density, mixed use tower positioned near the Scioto River, mixing condominiums and apartments with a high-end concierge hotel, a conference theater, a pool and health club, a restaurant, and retail space. Following research into the iconographic potential of very tall buildings, a relationship between the programmatic activity within the various zones of the building and the outward legibility of the greater form was sought as a way to break down the structure's imposing mass and clear shape. A more complex reading of the building is reflective of the multitude of uses found within.
A real-time display of activity within the building is registered on the façade through the use of interactive electrochromic glass. Motion sensors and video cameras monitor goings-on within a given space, and the data is then registered directly on the adjacent exterior glass as the material shifts from transparent to opaque blue with an alternating electric current. For private program, such as condos or hotel rooms, the activity is camouflaged through a scrambling of the figure inside, while for public spaces, the image of the activity is registered directly, as an ever-changing advertisement directed at the greater public (i.e., the surrounding city)." - Nicholas Cesare
This work is a part of the online collections of the Knowlton School of Architecture Student Archives, The Ohio State University. It is part of an effort to make accessible student work ranging from the first student that graduated from the program in 1903 to the present. The effort to preserve and digitize drawings in the Student Archives was sponsored in part by the Graham Foundation.
2000s (2000 - 2009)
ARCH 441
Academic Class