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Academic and Professional Work 2010-2012
Princeton University School of Architecture
Regional Plan Association
The Cooper Union
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Academic and Professional Work 2010-2012
Princeton University School of Architecture
Regional Plan Association
The Cooper Union

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Alexan C.

Stulc
Selected Work 2010 - 2012 Princeton University The Cooper Union
alexan.stulc@gmail.com astulc@princeton.edu 212.203.1793

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Opposite Top: Building heights within the historic center of Sana’a, Yemen. The area surveyed has been marked a world heritage site by UNESCO Opposite Bottom: Location of Sana’a within Yemen, on the Arabian Peninsula at left. On right, the location of the historic center in relation to the contemporary city. Some of the original walls and gate have been retained, serving to demarcate the area. In addition, the sharp contrast in density and building type make a clear distinction between old and new

Radical Plasticity
The Cooper Union Thesis Studio 2010-11 Professors D. Turnbull, H.Eber, U.Grau, L.Kallipoliti

Radical plasticity is a dispersed network of symbiotic nodes located throughout the historic city of Sana’a, Yemen. Individual points represent a programmatic aspect of the typical embassy model, and as such demarcate a mutual boundary between two distinct identities. The immediate necessity of cultural preservation and bilateral dialogue requires sensitivity towards both sociological and tectonic standards of the region, while simultaneously maintaining the requirements of a functioning consulate. The particular instance represented is meant to express one component of a larger system. Rather than locating an ex-urban compound removed from the reality of daily exchange, this network is ingrained both physically and psychologically into both the social and urban fabric. While at times antagonistic, the accurate expression of a power dynamic is less detrimental than its obfuscation.
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Interventions will provide secondary structure to dilapidated buildings in the historic city center. The remnants will act as a catalyst for idiosyncrasy. Interventions will be constructed as layers, peeling as necessarily guided by interior programmatic concerns. The aforementioned layers will be manipulated by the remainder of the buildings they are to occupy. Some interventions will flow into the street, engaging the local community, while others will hide behind sagging facades, in respect to the level of security proper for their interior function. They will form a network embassy, a collection of sovereign islands throughout the city.

Opposite Top: Second floor detail plan of proposed intervention. Existing construction is supported by inner steel framing, which extends beyond the roof line to enclose private conference rooms and offices within the tower. Opposite Bottom: The point of entry is enclosed within a truncated alley, which serves as a space to park consular vehicles. A metal gate provides privacy and security, in addition to the video surveillance already in place. An anteroom provides a secure buffer for screening and sign-in, after which visitors are channeled along the back of the building, past the security office, and onto the main staircase.
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Opposite Page: Master plan at current level of growth. Major districts are demarcated, as well as points of significant growth. The rapid transit system is represented in blue, with the inclusion of current western expansion.

Zero all Data
Princeton University Design Studio Fall 2011 Professor Hani Rashid

Top: Phases of growth for the mining settlement Si-11. Initially developed to facilitate processing and movement between mining areas and shipping (1), the demand for exports necessitated an increase in production and subsequent growth in housing to support the operation (2-3). Work eventually spread throughout the entire lower range, and due to topographic conditions the growing city was forced to develop as two distinct zones (4-6). Lucas Suarez Alperi Domynika Minyeke Alexan Stulc

The title reflects the act of rewriting digital files, coded in binary language, with a series of zeros. Rather than complete erasure, the contents are overtaken by new albeit meaningless data. The project builds from the contradiction of utopian innovation and rampant urbanism. Is contemporary though able to conceive of and build cities without contextual and historical influence? Furthermore, can organic relations within urban areas occur given an increasing rate of growth? Zero all data builds from a filmic narrative of urbanization, and attempts to re-interpret the headlong rush into industrialization that framed the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Drawing from varied precedents such as Haussmann’s Paris and Tange’s Tokyo Bay, this project is a way to envision - rather than invent- the possibilities of an alternative future.

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Vieques, Puerto Rico

Waterfront Redevelopment No More Islands on the Island
Princeton University Policy Workshop Fall 2010 Professor T.Wright, R Lane
Lucas Suarez Alperi Katherine Hammer Alexan Stulc

Vieques relies exclusively on ferry transportation for the movement of both goods and people to and from the Island. This dependency affects the local economy, availability of services, and accessibility to local residents and visitors. Because of this necessity, the ferry terminal can be seen as a defining aspect of the island and its culture. Currently, the terminal area does not maintain any quality standards relative to design or construction. Moreover, during arrival and departure times the area becomes overly congested with vehicular and pedestrian traffic. These conditions are detrimental to growth and development on the island, and can potentially curtail tourism and business investment. Although the town of Isabel Segunda has ocean frontage, there is very little public space that takes advantage of the beach views and experience. The municipality should consider a multi phase redevelopment process for the ferry terminal and surrounding areas as a means to enhance the island’s identity and improve quality of life for the local population. Structuring this plan as a multi-phased project alleviates some of the initial investment required for implementation. Each consecutive phase of construction should be realizable within three years, and be able to operate independently should funding be cut mid project. Even if the final phase of work is not accomplished, the preceding recommendations will benefit the island tremendously.
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NO MORE ISLANDS : 10000

Primary Streets Low Density Residential Commercial District High Density Residential

Opposite Page: Diagrams illustrating increased connectivity in local neighborhoods. Currently, subdivisions on the island are constructed with little regulation, leaving residents with substandard buildings and neighborhoods. Top: ‘Islands’ within the island. This array of neighborhoods (orange) are far removed from the area’s urban center, forcing residents to rely on automobile transit to reach necessary goods and services. Furthermore, in the case of a prolonged municipal response to disabled infrastructure, locals would lose a significant amount of mobility due to a lack of redundancy in the transportation network.

Vieques’ history of unregulated development has left the island littered with small neighborhoods that lack basic utilities and sufficient road access to outside services. This not only increases the cost of living for local residents, but also inhibits growth on the island. Furthermore, services such as emergency health care and neighborhood maintenance suffer as a result of increased travel times between locations. For example, the existing community of Las Marias relies on only one access point to a major roadway (Pr-997), Calle Sagatario. Should this street cease to operate for any reason, it would take a vehicle three times as long to reach the same destination using a secondary route. Moreover, the development of an adjoining subdivision to the north of Las Marias not only fails to address this isolation, but compounds it by further blocking access between communities and adjacent streets. By considering these aspects of community design, new neighborhoods will be able to build upon existing infrastructure, increase accessibility for both automobiles and pedestrians, and maintain a higher quality of service for their residents. Traffic along main roads will be reduced, and travel times for residents will benefit from the increased availability of alternate routes. In addition, the municipality can reduce the costs of providing electricity, water, and sewers to new developments by incorporating careful planning strategies into each project.
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METRO-NORTH RAIL LINE PRIMARY ROADS / ACCESS SECONDARY ROADS EXISTING ROADS

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Orange County, New York
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PUBLIC PARK WETLANDS SUGGESTED TRAIL SUGGESTED PUBLIC PARK CREEK / RIVER

The purpose of the Harriman Station Planning Area is to create a comprehensive, multi-municipal framework for development that reinforces the long-term objectives of these communities.The overall Planning Area is composed of three sub-areas: The Transit Oriented Development Core, New Neighborhood, and Harriman Gateway. The Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Core corresponds to the area that is roughly one-quarter to one half-mile radius of the train station platform. This area is within the Village of Woodbury. It is a compact, mixed-use center oriented towards the Harriman Train Station. This New Neighborhood lies between the TOD Station area to the south and the Harriman Gateway area to the north. It is primarily within the Village of Woodbury. It is a compact primarily residential neighborhood organized around a traditional neighborhood-scale street and block network and providing a variety of housing types and densities and community-amenities. The Harriman Gateway corresponds to the portion of the study area that is directly east of the Harriman Village center, Grove Street and South Main Street. This area is both within the Village of Harriman and the Village of Woodbury. A small land area is within the Town of Monroe. It is a primarily mixed commercial and industrial area that is never the less organized around a network of welldefined public open spaces and streets.
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Streets and blocks shall be designed in response to natural and environmental conditions. This includes solar orientation, natural drainage patterns, and passive storm water management practices. Streets should be designed to support incremental growth over time, and provide flexibility in the case of reorganization. A diverse mix of residential building types should be encouraged in new neighborhoods. The massing of buildings shall be used to create gradual transitions between buildings of different scale. Principle facades of larger buildings and buildings at intersections should be oriented towards the most important streets. In no case shall parking lots front onto public streets. Parking lots shall only occupy the interior of blocks. Access to parking lots and services shall be from secondary streets or alleys. Where new neighborhoods are adjacent to conserved open spaces, a single-sided road will prevent future conflicts of use, as there will be a clear separation between public and privately held space. This way, the resource of open space will be protected from becoming ‘privatized’ by individual back yards. The provision of a single-sided street also creates the opportunity for trail networks to be built in conjunction with public sidewalks. A trail network can effectively link conserved open spaces and public lands to developed areas. Neighborhood-scale open spaces can support higher density residential building types. Buildings facing open spaces should not necessarily be the same type, but together they should create a coherent and integrated ensemble. Differences in scale and style should be considered, and managed creatively. Neighborhood parks should be surrounded on all sides as streets, so as to allow the greatest possible access for all residents in the neighborhood. On-street parking is encourages on streets adjacent to public open spaces and neighborhood parks.
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As data seeks shorter connections to bridge the highest density of users, its growth will tend towards established metropolitan areas. Data’s expanding mass will be forced to compete with pre-existing urban programs. Commercial and residential property within the city will struggle against data’s looming infiltration. Jersey City’s concentration of fiber optic connections has made it valuable for providers of data services, and the financial institutions they support. But, its proximity to Manhattan has created an area of valuable residential real estate as well. This project manipulates data’s propensity to aggregate materially in, in the form of a data center, to produce an architecture that works the conflicting interests of commercial, residential, and data programs into a new model of urban space. Typically, data center design favors a strict logic of density, power supply, and heat dissipation. However, the space produced makes no demand for experience or aesthetic effect. Despite this, the result of its aggregation offers instances of unexpected beauty.

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This massive accumulation of data confronts both existing structures and program. Its density engenders a new architecture of mass – a language of burrows, caves and chambers. Data’s consumption of space only leaves so much room for human interface. Data does not have to be invisible, but it is not through façade of form that is can be experienced. Instead, this is a visibility of climate. The heat generated by these machines must be dissipated – here it becomes a register of the program inside .My design distributes heat from its source, the aisles of servers, into an uncanny landscape above. In this way, it moves between scales of giant – the plinth of data, to the intricate – the nozzles and plants they support. The stark horizontality of the plain is offset by the strange nature produced by the calibration of its useless effects. Data is indifferent, but its physical mass holds value. The revenue generated by its use allows for land use outside the conventional models of real estate development. But, its presence makes visible a larger system – it is the hidden backbone of global trade.

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