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  • michaelGEORGOPOULOScolumbia universityCUgraduate school of architecture planning and preservationGSAPPmaster of architecture candidateM.ARCH







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    dystopia: library of literacy

    dwelling: different states of housing

    savannah: re-thinking the square

    venezia: excavating the floating city

    hudson rail yards: a new social/cultural epicenter

    panorama: re-configured beach house on the peruvian coast

    urban gesticulations: 160 east bay street

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    fpsp: visual permeability pavilion

    designIT: the thinkers folly

    vicenza: palladio and under-standing the edge

    arch-tech iv: the magic box

    gsapp: terraincognita

    qatar: education city

    eoys: gsapp end of the year show

  • dystopia: the library of literacy

    - a critical stance on the impacts of information overload -

    core studio iispring 2011

    critic: christoph kumpusch

    site: 455 fifth avenuenew york, ny 10016

    At first glance there is a certain utopian-ness to the present state of information distribution. The internet serves as a medium of endless freedom/access to information that is seemingly unrestricted. There is a sense of equality seemingly inherent with this with this limitless exchange. However, upon further investiga-

    tion, there are many flaws with this structure of informational exchange. The main flaw takes shape through the idea of information overload, which directly effects informational literacy.

    Information overload serves as a serious consequence to the current state of informational exchange and literacy. Overload takes form through sensory and non-sensory means. Lack of responsiveness, cognitive malfunction, fast/irregular changing of situations, and novelty loaded content without discernment are

    sensory characteristics of information overload; while high rates of new information, ease of duplication/transmission, contradictions/inaccuracies, and lack of adequate comparing and processing reflect non-sensory factors. As a result, a user seeking an answer to a specific query experiences a cognitive malfunction in

    the brain, causing a lack of processing between raw information to usable thinking information. Thus, a susceptibility to whatever is present at the time (in terms of an informational solution to a query) is accepted as true and accurate according to the user, regardless of accuracy and relevancy of subject.

    Essentially, the problem can be seen as a disassociation between content and object.


  • street perspective of entry from fifth avenue


  • In an age of innumerable amounts of information and limitless possibilities the road towards utopia seems digitally paved. At present, the seemingly utopian freedoms/access of the internet has produced information in a matter of seconds at the push of a button. More and more information is becoming available at a faster and faster pace. Where does the human being fit in this equation? This has taken a toll on the informational literacy of society due to the lack of the essential ability for the human mind to adapt and decipher raw information as users become complacent with the fastest/'good enough' informational result. A disassociation has emerged between the object [information] and content [accuracy/relevancy] which can be termed as information overload. In cases past, the librarian served as a mediator between this accuracy and overload of content. However, the present day librarian goes almost unnoticed as information has become vast and particular to the individuals interest. Therefore the library and librarian must evolve to accommodate the present situation. The user/individual must become their own librarian and the library must manifest itself as the breeding ground for this transformation.

    By utilizing the qualities of a dystopia and creating an organisational strategy based on defined elements of information literacy, the library will serve to strategi-cally infuse accurate and relevant understandings of specific users queries; effectively restoring the connection between content and object.


  • process model investigating internal organization

    process model investigating vertical circulation and building envelope


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    first level plan1 - lecture hall2 - personal media rooms3 - entry ramp4 - emerging tech studios

    third level plan1 - physical stack space2 - data visualization room3 - personal computer databasing

    eighth level plan1 - critical discourse debate room





    1 - Urban Plaza - the public filter; divides users into which level of literacy to persue first and customized journey through structure2 - Emerging technology literacy - ability to continuously adapt to, understand, evaluate and make use of the continually emerging innovations in information technology so as not to be a prisoner of prior tools and resources, and to make intelligent decisions about the adoption of new ones.3 - Research literacy - understand and use the IT-based tools relevant to the work of today's researcher and scholar. 4 - Publishing literacy - ability to format and publish research and ideas electronically,in textual and multimedia forms to introduce them into the electronic public realm and the electronic community of scholars. 5 - Tool literacy - understand and use the practical and conceptual tools of current information technology relevant to education and the areas of work and professional life that the individual expects to inhabit. 6 - Resource literacy - understand the form, format, location and access methods of information resources, especially daily expanding networked information resources. 8 - Social-structural literacy - understanding how information is socially situated and produced.










  • PROGRAMMATIC GUIDELINES -Information Literacy: One who is information literate accesses information efficiently and effectively. The one who is information literateevaluates information critically and competently. One who is information literate uses information accurately and creatively. Independent Learning: One who is an independent learner is information literate and pursues information related to personal interests. One who is an independent learner is information literate and strives for excellence in information seeking and knowledge generation.

    Social Responsibility: The one who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and recognizes the importance of information to a democratic society. The one who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology. The library manifests conceptual ideas into a series of spatial zones that are further articulated into a classification of programmatic volumes linked through a larger circulation and speaks to ideas of structure and site.

    interior perspective toward physical stack display


  • night street perspective of entry from fifth avenue


  • urban gesticulations: 160 east bay street

    - a new cultural identity for the city -

    design vispring 2008

    critic: levent kara

    site: 160 east bay streetcharleston, sc 29401


    Charleston has a deep seeded history dating back to the early stages of the United States. It is one of the more notable cities in the country and one of the most populated in the state. Charleston retains a rich culture and respect for the arts.

    The goal of this project is to compliment the civic scale of the site by creating a new cultural center that will stand as a symbol of appreciation for the arts and culture of Charleston. The site reacts to the highly active East Bay Street edge, while presenting an open, quiescent outdoor space towards the west of the site.

    This contrast between activity and pause is reflective of how the site holds characteristics of both the congestion and motion from the major streetscape to the east and the nearby expanse of coastline two blocks to the west.


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  • ground plan1 - cultural exhibition2 - theater3 - restrooms

    first level plan1 - cultural exhibition2 - void3 - library4 - theater balcony5 - cafe

    second level plan1 - cultural exhibition2 - void3 - offices4 - meeting hall


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    cross section through exhibition and theater spaces



    The building consists of three levels of exhibition space with alternate programs for a library, cafe, theater, meeting hall, and office spaces. However the guiding force is exhibition, specifically local art. This programmatic piece acts as a datum to which the secondary and tertiary spaces attach.

    The floor plates are cut through by undulating walls that help feed natural light into all exhibition areas, also offering additional surfaces to display local art, and provide a sense of continuity between the levels.

    longitudinal section through cultural exhibition spaces

    perspective toward second level exhibition perspective toward library


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    librarycafemeeting hallofficetheaterexhibition

    perspective from east bay street - [speed-rhythm]

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    The projects overall scale respects the prominent low-rise citys