A New Start at USC!

The Fall 2015 semester has yet to start and I am currently in a 10 day Computer Transformation course at USC Architecture to prepare me for the upcoming term. This class is everyday (including weekends) and focuses on the use of Rhinoceros 3D and Grasshopper.

Project 1 is comprised of 2 parts, 1A: Vaulting Systems and 2B: Terra Sections. We were to choose from a list of Gothic Churches and re-engineer its vaulting system using Rhino 3D.

08 Church of the Assumption (226-227)

Project 1A Hieu Huynh Final

Project 1B Hieu Huynh Final

Transition between Community and Commercial

Since our last pin up, I have been continuing my studies on creating spaces that help integrate the newer development plan into the existing context. The landscape is kept at a more human scale to provide a sense of environment and enclosure. Along with the section, I have also been studying different styles of paving that could possibly be used on the site. Some of the earlier iterations became too busy and a more simple, less “loud” pattern was needed. The section shows a cut through the site, as well as the community to the north and Bonanza Rd. to the south. The area of challenge still is the space between the workforce housing and the retail pavilions. It is somewhat better than earlier iterations in the sense that there is now a lower 3ft. fence to create a separation and provide privacy but still provide some transparency through the vegetation.

CIR Section

Interesting find on a past West Las Vegas Plan

While going through the archives in the Architectural Studies Library (ASL) on campus, I found the 1994 West Las Vegas Plan  with some streetscape and gateway plans for the community. Included was a perspective of Jackson St. and how it could be more pedestrian friendly. I noticed in the drawing that the businesses consisted of transparent storefronts and vegetation, along with large overhangs to provide shading. How can our team incorporate this idea and integrate it into a CIR?

Visits to The Linq..

In the last few weeks, I have been visiting The Linq multiple times a week collecting data for the Community Integrated Resorts(CIR) study. I have analyzed the sensory aspect of the the major areas and also looked at how people use and walk through the spaces. I’ve noticed that certain paving on the walkways have an impact on the path that people walk. Along with that study, I measured the sounds within these areas and recorded what activities were happening. With the information that I have gathered, I am trying to see how these all effect the businesses. Most businesses that I looked at kept their doors open during the day and night to draw customers to their business. Each business played their own type of music and helped draw customers to stop and look or even enter the business. The team has narrowed down what we think a CIR consist of into three categories: physical, programming, and sensory. The part that I will continue to focus on currently is the sensory of The Linq and how it can help with the CIR project.


Over the weekend..

Over the weekend, I had the chance to see downtown 3rd on a friday night to observe how the public sidewalk spaces would be used. I noticed that even at night, the sidewalk on the west side of the street still had more pedestrians walking than the east side. The space was very loud and noisy that people would have to talk very loud even though they were right next to each other. 

On saturday night, I went to The Linq, located on the strip. This was very busy as well but the level of noise seemed very controlled. The buildings and vegetation were very tall, giving the sense of an enclosed space. Walking through The Linq, the entrance started off very narrow and opened up into social squares located within. With The Linq, I felt like there was more of a destination that I had to reach at the end, which was the High Roller. I did not have this same feeling in downtown 3rd and the sense of an enclosed space was not there as well. Walking through The Linq, all of the businesses were very transparent and allowed everyone who was walking by to see what the business offered and what was going on inside.