LTU '06 Masters Class - Team A

Lawrence Technological University College of Architecture & Design Guest Professor - Raveevarn Choksombatchai Advisor - Christian Unverzagt

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

First River Glimpse

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Manipulated Edge View Sample 4

Manipulated view at elevated topography along the approach. First initial view of river and identification of the anticipated edge.

Manipulated Edge View Example 3

Manipulated view of edge at one of the locations along the approach, prior to the edge penetration platform.

Manipulated Edge View Sample 2

First image is the entire view, second is the manipulated view.

Manipulated Edge View Example 1

View along approach that offers glimpse of edge penetration. First image is the whole view, second is the manipulated view that will exist within the approach.

Project Outline Text

As the city if redefined, the social interaction has shifted away from the river. The river is the generating current and defining edge of the city. This proposal focuses on the return to this edge, to monitor through observation, the social possibilities along the existing urban beach.

Society has removed its attention away from the edge and looks to generate currents outside of the river's boundaries. A current exists along the edge of the river and has lacked focus and attention.

To promote this existing edge through the manipluation of current, site, approach and the physical penetration of the edge. These penetrations are aquatic from the river and transportive from the boundary created by Jefferson Avenue. The edge exists between the river and the bounded area south of Jefferson. The river, edge, can be identified into 13 regions, each maintaining their own qualities that can be promoted to refocus attention to the original current. Within this proposal we will identify with two or three, with the intentions that the remaining regions can utilize the system and format in similar fashion.

Through the integration of site and approach, a field can be created to bring focus to the edge. The identification of the approach allows for the manipulation of sight as one nears the edge; the specification of sight insinuates edge. Harnessing the existing approach and topograhpy of the site, region, allows for this manipulation and increases the anticipation of the edge, and the subsequent experience of the edge, both from the river and the grounded sides. This system of manipulation of approach and sight can be utilizied for all 13 regions and thus can generate a congruent format for experiencing the existing current of the city, and bring focus back to the edge.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Edge Projection

Blocked Horizon

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Station 'A' Reids Ramp Detroit River

Station 'A' is located at the base of St. Jean Avenue at the Detroit River.
The formal marina located adjacent to the public ramp is the Harbor
Hill Marina. See attached map of ref, #9 for the location of Reids Ramp ( )

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Abstract Board (revised)

Monday, June 05, 2006


Sunday, June 04, 2006

(+/-) Current Flow

  • Mapping the geometrical conditions is under is the relationship to the edge and current of the metropolis that seems to be missing.
  • Thought on the mapping of the water my previous research i came accross an investigation by the Urban Land Institute that related to the abandonment of low-income areas for the development of the middle to upper-income areas. This date i am not sure of, however it seems possible to use this type of shift in conditions that drove many to the edges of the city...(Negitive current flow)
  • Now for the (Positive Current Flow)...what event along the rivers edge brings the greatest flow of humans to water?...The International Fireworks...
  • So, with these two events in mind, it seems possible to chart the water levels during these specific dates and relate them to the social conditions.
  • We need to find specific dates that we can deem "positive & negitive currents" that allows for the water levels graphs to be studied against the social conditions of that time.
  • What were the river levels at moments of Detroits cutural "gathering"?
  • Can we choose events? Are there other ways to relate time into this investigation?

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer

ASTER Project

Great Lakes Flow System

Edge Current Diagram

Public Art Dates

Collective Efforts on River

A "found art" sculpture by Matthew Davis consisting of stacked rocks and sticks. The myth is that the sculpture began as a way to get over painful breakup with his then girlfriend. The sculpture evolved as visitors formed a connection with the original project and began to add their own contributions in the form of similarly arranged stones found at eastern river's edge of Belle Isle. Some of the individual rock sculptures depict human forms. Some rock collections display an inscription to a loved one. Nevertheless, in its entirety, the result of what was once a scattered collection of river side rocks now forms the aggregate of a sculpture depicting a harmonious social structure.

100 Connecticut - San Francisco

Check out this link for live music on the 9th...

Friday, June 02, 2006

Abstract Board

...the beginning???

Detroit River Map

US Army Corp Engineers 1986 map

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Detroit Boat Club - Belle Isle

Detroit Boat Club
Queen of the grand exclusive boat clubs of Detroit, the once bustling Detroit Boat Club now stands vacant and decaying while the waters of the Detroit River slide timelessly through the empty slips.
Once the center of attention, gathering place of the rich and powerful, site of world class rowing, the Detroit Boat Club now is but a pitiful old lady wandering the streets of Detroit.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Abstract - Gathering

  • The relationship between the population of Detroit to that of the Detroit River is in a state of constant fluxuation since the origin of the city itself...this relationship predates any formal decleration of political power to an era when gathering by the river was a means to sustain a quality of life.
  • In searching into the relationships between gathering and community, the relationships between man and river provides for a vast amount of research data, charts, and studies that can be dated back from current events to events in the early 1800s.
  • It is in the moments which are effecting today's Detroit that this investigation is aiming to relate back into the diverse methods of gathering in the city of Detroit.
  • Living through the changes occuring "to the river" and "by the river" can be observered in the levels of fresh water flowing through the river past the metropolis...
  • "...water levels are related to habitat for all species including human"

Nautical Chart 14848 (Detroit River)

Soundings of Detroit River between Windmill Pointe and Fort Wayne.

Youth Population

Youth Populaion Migration (1990-2000)

Fort Wayne - Detroit River (Water Level)

Fort Wayne Water Levels
(06-0401 to 06-0501)

Windmill Pointe - Detroit River (Water Level)

Windmill Pointe (06-0401 to 06-0501)

Abstract content

  • Removal of the obvious view of "site", where the removal of Detroit from preconcluded context of what Detroit is as a "site" will reveal the true language of "pattern" or "current".
  • Engaging graphic studies of "currents" and "patterns", be them plan or section or dimensional, as found in the research. Here, a redefined point of view can establish the "site", or rather ground plane, that instills the development of the research into a "space" for an external view that re-educates us on the developments and possibilities of urban context.
  • The idea of a "graph" that outlines the development of preconcluded interpretations of the underlying layers of the urban context.
  • Not so much to redefine Detroit as a whole, but provide a base in which to perform a study of particular component of the "currents" that comprise a space, the space being metropolis.
  • Basically, we're going to do some research that finds a graphic representation of the existing, base components of the "site" we want to use. Then, we're going to apply the research and project intentions to develop a "space" that removes itself from what people think of Detroit, and provide them with a different view. This will be accomplished through the graphics, the physical "space", and hopefully visual graphics such as video.
  • The use of "" around words means we are going to redefine these terms to remove any preconcieved ideas. We are going to change stuff.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Detroit River Water Levels...

Detroit River Video Link
...check out this link to the
EPA / Detroit Water & Sewer Dept/ and University of Windsor, Ontario joint project:
"Evaluating Ecosystem Results of PCB Control Measures Within the Detroit River- Western Lake Erie Basin"
...the video about the sedimetation has some cool aerial video from 2003 and shows the river from the Canada / US perspectives

Detroit River International Comprehensive Conservation Plan
...a link to the history and efforts to develop an international relationship between man and the natural environment
...chcek the link to the pdf for the plan and then see appendix 'j' for river information in the downtown area

Detroit river currents
Fish patterns
boat race track
shipping channels...

Monday, May 29, 2006

Urban beach
From Wikipedia

Temporary urban beaches and art installationsA well known art gallery, PS1, had an art installation in the summer of 2002, to explore issues of privacy and space, through the juxtaposition of the incongruous elements of beachlike waterplay space within the formality of a museum/gallery:

...Urban Beach addresses concepts of surface and sensuality, redefining shade, privacy, and space

One of the busiest streets in downtown Paris was also turned into a temporary urban beach.On a busy downtown Toronto Street, a hot tub was recently setup right next to the sidewalk. Part of the fun is challenging people to overcome their fear of being seen in a bathing suit, on a busy street in the restaurant district where people are normally wearing more formal attire. To further suggest public bathing as performance art, participants (many of them passers by who could choose to join in the fun) were fitted with brainwave electrodes, which enabled their brainwaves to generate music and control the lighting.

A number of urban beach art installations were made as a form of social inquiry into the boundaries that exist between public and private space. This helped to combine fear of water, fear of electricity, fear of being seen in a bathing suit, and stage fright, into chance to dare passers by to join in a thrilling spectacle. Stage lighting, controlled by the brainwaves, adds to the notion of urban bathing as performance art.

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