cinema, church, memorial, confession room, galley, canvas, pavilion

weather you are sad or just bored

hole, dome

adult playground inspired from kids


allow for all background to relate

welcoming and embracing all stories


My project addresses the issue of stress, depression, and self injuring in young adults.

These issues are explored in “Six Reasons Why People Self-Injure”, “Teen Cutting“, and “But Dad!“. Further Research is done on the statistics on teen stress and depression.

I intend to explore this through the concept of a space in between – allowing a void for individual subjective interpretation.

Just like in Sully, we all need a little time and space in between to deal with contingent events and feelings in our lives.


By providing this void for users to fill in with their own experience, it allows the space to be extremely embracive for both emotions (upset, bored, tired, angry, etc,) and religions (Buddhism, Muslim, Jewish, Christianity, etc.

A similar idea is explored in the 911 Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial as well as the Floating pavilion. These projects are important to my thesis because in one way or an other they all employed the same concept in their design, by including a void in their design they gave the possibility for the scope of their designed space to be enlarged every time a new user comes into the space, as they will alter the space with their experience, their emotions, and everything they are. This exceptionally embracive nature is beneficial especially when dealing with my issue, because as the saying goes, Leo Tolstoy — ‘All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ everyone is upset, stressed out, angry or confused in different ways about different things, and it is impossible to tackle each problem individually. In allowing for this void, no matter what your problem is, or if you are simply bored, you

Another strategy I plan to use is to build a framework for experience, and encourage them to explore and inhabit in their own way, just like when we build pillow fortresses and blanket tents when we were kids (ie. vine on a wall). This experience has a healing and supporting effect, in the case of the Vietnam War Memorial users are healed as they walk along the long black stone carved with names, in the case of the Floating pavilion, both kids and adults find their own little fortress in the central “volcano”.

My site is yet to be defined. However, I do want the construction of my space to be simple and portable enough to be dropped in any school or public setting. I was working with the Metro-tech commons because it was adjacent to NYU Tendan and is a POP that is actually used and accessible by/to all.

My program is a chapel, but not a traditional one. I want to design a “non-religious chapel” or an “Undenominational Chapel for all religions” I am working with this program because it has been traditionally served as a space for ritual and healing. And the term ritual can be defined in many different ways by different people. If it weren’t for they way its idea is traditionally tied to a religion, more people could use it in a time of need. A similar program was observed at The Pratt Chapel, as a sign writes “This space is a non-denominational one, which means that religious symbols are only on display during religious services. At all other times, the space can be used for quiet reflection and contemplation.”

In my visit I found __(observation)__. By working with this program and site, I hope to accomplish __(objective)__ related to my idea about___(concept)__.


to be all embracive, and not a tagged “Sad house”, open, inviting, yet intimate

definite “programs” to my design:

  • a central void where users are encouraged to fill with their own experience
  • a path or structure surrounding or consisting of the void for people to explore and create new experience, in which serves as a healing process like that of children’s safe fortress
  • a programed space for regular use of chapel

construction should be simple and portable enough to be dropped in any school or public setting.

Going back to the beginning…




Encouraging the “misuse” and “misunderstanding” of space.

Allowing a void for individual subjective interpretation.

Building a framework for experience, instead of a directed specific pass way.

ie. vine on a wall

school architecture reading





Writing workshop exercise and rewrite of abstract as per assignment


tell my own story of being stressed

statistic of teenage stress & depression in universities

stats on consequences such as missing class, drop out from school, self cutting, suicide

stats on similar facilities in current school campuses

stats on school counseling and nurse hours

stats on religious and church facilities on campus


history of rehab facilities

history of stress in teens

history on laws about stress and depression

history of how stress has been viewed

history of stress relieve design


psychology of teen girls cutting

psychology of teen stress and depression

how does crying help

how does therapy animal work

how does nature help

how does meditation and sitting/breathing exercises help

why does smoking help, what are the substitutes


therapy animals





PROGRAM – with supporting/updated material (image/collage/diagram/text).  Who uses this space?

Students, workers, commuters, parents and kids, dog walkers

stress is universal

rehabilitation/ sitting, thinking, meditating, crying, smoking, strolling.


SITE – with supporting/updated material.  Describe the area of your proposed site: both the building that shall contain it, and the area you intend to occupy.  Site characteristics that allow you to use this as a test for your Thesis?


Spencer Finch: Lost Man Creek

On View Oct 1, 2016 – Mar 11, 2018

Metrotech Commons




In-class Exercise

A re-hab/ healing pavilion in school campus is an opportunity for overly-stressed collage/university students because it allows students to have solidary time to de-stress, calm down, and escape any time of the day.

Pratt campus is a problem for overly-stressed Pratt students because there is no where to relief stress,  smoke, or escape and feel safe.

I believe I might help solve this problem through “actively engaging their subjective interpretations” and leaving experiential possibilities open or unfilled (“void”) which allows them to bring their stories into the space,  maybe using an enveloping shape structure so they feel safe and allows for multiple stress relieving exercises.

Program: Research

1 Program: Research
Find & post to LMS 1-2 texts exploring issues salient to your initial program ideas (hint: these will be helpful in constructing a relationship between your initial concept and program development).
These might be factual reporting on recent developments from the field, or more scholarly, theoretical texts outlining contemporary issues. Be careful about selecting Design handbooks or manuals for this exercise as they can be too proscriptive.
We’re looking for why as well as what (with a little how). Take a look at the requirements listed in the Directed Research Guide for more details.
Any proposed texts should from academic sources, with an identifiable publisher. Journals, books, (some) magazines= ok/ random website= not ok. Prepare scans of said texts as pdfs for submittal.
For each text, write a 50-100 word summary of its salience/ relevance to the thesis project. POST ON YOUR BLOG


2 Program: Development
Based on feedback from last week’s review, choose a program to develop further.
Do NOT be concerned if your program ideas are still developing, these exercises will teach you how to test further developments, even though major changes.
This week, we will concentrate on area, proportion, sequence and organization.
Each of the following is a separate drawing/ diagram.
2a Program


3 Site: Initial Proposal
Pin-up & post (2) possible sites/ images & drawings (all plans, key sections & elevations, site plan) of each
On a separate sheet or page, list the criteria that each site meets as it relates to your concept and program (refer
to last week’s list- which criteria does it satisfy?)


Using the feedback & notes from the review as a guide, make changes to and re-present any assignment from
the last few weeks. This would include (and not be limited to):
-add a case-study
-add a precedent
-find and read a concept/ issue reference
-find and read a technical reference
-revisit any collage/ diagram

Feedback from Mid-term

  • leave experiential possibilities open or unfilled so people can bring in own experience – YES
  • how do you create a framework for experience?  analogy – vine on a wall
  • look at Maya Lin Vietnam memorial in relation to 911 memorial



Concept/ Thesis Statement/Abstract


My project addresses __ (issues/interests)__. These issues are explored in __( READING + ANALYSIS Research). I intend to explore this through __(design strategy)__. A similar idea is explored in __ (precedent)__. That project is important to my thesis because ____. My site is __(site)__. I am working with this site because ____. My program is a __(program)_. I am working with this program because ________. A similar program was observed at __(program case study)__. In my visit I found __(observation)__. By working with this program and site, I hope to accomplish __(objective)__ related to my idea about ___(concept)__.

3 key terms, defined
List of issues


New Work

1 Program/ Case Study: Development

Select and refine (update responding to feedback) 1-2 last week’s studies OR repeat case-study/ program list and diagrams with new case-study, as necessary.


2 Program: Initial Proposal

At minimum (text and/or image):

List names of 7-10 appropriate program spaces in order of importance

– estimate square footage for each space

– estimate the number of occupants as a range—ex. minimum and maximum (i.e. 2-24) people

– list known required conditions (ex: access to natural light, sound-proofing, etc)


Seating temporally

            1-8 people

             50 sf.



Laying down/ relaxing




Touching, feeling

Information display

Sun shade




3 Site: Initial REQUIRED

Make a list of 12-15 characteristics of a site necessary for one’s thesis.

Explain the characteristics in terms of driven by concept, precedent, etc.

In need of change

How does a space actively engage the subjective interpretation of its users? What impact does it have on the users and on itself? To what extent does the subjective interpretation of its users improve the mental state of its users, or the length of time it stands,


Observational Research: Development

Alt 1: Site Visit/ Interview
Review requirements in the Directed Research Guide for on-site interviews. Make a list of sites/people/events that
you can research using in-person interviews.
Alt 2: User Survey
Review requirements in the Directed Research Guide for user surveys. C Make a list of sites/people/events that
you can research using in-person interviews.


For Alex Schweder:

  • your design depends heavily upon the perception of viewers, what were the things considered while designing such space when there are so many variables?