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Theses from the Architecture Program

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Multi-Generational Housing: A New Model For Residential Design In The 21st Century, Cory Naegele May 2005

Multi-Generational Housing: A New Model For Residential Design In The 21st Century, Cory Naegele

Theses from the Architecture Program

The project suggests a new typology for the family home and neighborhood, one flexible enough to adapt to the variety of needs a family will encounter. The home should be able to transform alongside the transformations in the family structure. The idea is to design a single-family home constructed of mobile, interlocking and interchangeable “kit-of-parts.” These parts would have the ability to be easily assembled, rearranged, or sold to a neighbor. Development is intended for a site in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The townhouse design uses prefabricated exterior walls, based on a 4’ grid system, which can ...


Rethinking Refueling Re-Presentation: "A Place Of Display", Vito Privatera May 2005

Rethinking Refueling Re-Presentation: "A Place Of Display", Vito Privatera

Theses from the Architecture Program

The proposed project seeks to create a prototype gas station/convenience store for the Dundee neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska, that addresses local residents’ desire to have a site specific gas station/convenience store that integrates into their neighborhood. The project will use architectural solutions in the form of building materials and spatial organization concepts to allow the prototype to better accommodate needs of local users who enjoy enjoy the services provided by thew present store yet find many flaws in the design of the current station. The project focuses on safety guidelines concerning the gas tanks stored below the pumps ...


The Everyday: Chicago River Transit Station, Ryan Watson May 2005

The Everyday: Chicago River Transit Station, Ryan Watson

Theses from the Architecture Program

There are over 150 miles of Chicago River system connecting North Shore suburbs to south side Calumet. This project focuses on a prototypical initial site for an expanding network of water taxi stations reaching to the city’s edges and beyond. The selected site for the proposed water taxi station lies south of Wolf Point, the confluence of the north and south branches of the Chicago River. The proposal considers the site as part of a single approach to reactivation, redevelopment, and remediation. The system will serve riders from the Loop to as far as Joliet, Illinois. The program will ...


I P A R K 8 0, Jeffrey O. Scott May 2005

I P A R K 8 0, Jeffrey O. Scott

Theses from the Architecture Program

This project, ag80, is meant to revive the heritage and promote awareness of the importance of agriculture within the state. The lack of awareness is especially widespread in urban areas, where people may have never seen or experienced a farm. Targeting the urban areas and their lack of awareness will begin to spread the knowledge and understanding of the importance of agriculture to the state. Two of the largest urban centers in Nebraska, Omaha and Lincoln, are located approximately 60 miles apart on Interstate-80. This serves as an appropriate location to promote and highlight some of Nebraska’s agriculture. The ...


State [Fair] Park: Nebraska Vernacular, Andrew Charles Peterson May 2005

State [Fair] Park: Nebraska Vernacular, Andrew Charles Peterson

Theses from the Architecture Program

Each year the Nebraska State Fair comes and goes; however, the abandoned fairgrounds remain causing a void in Lincoln’s urban fabric. This project proposes a remedy to the fairground’s wavering between programmatic solidity and impermanence by redeveloping and renaming the site. The new State [Fair] Park will function as a park for 51 weeks out of the year and a fair for one. The result is a recreational nucleus for the city of Lincoln showcasing Nebraska’s historically agricultural economy and character. State [Fair] Park is designed according to “a single, unifying ideal”—to showcase Nebraska’s farmland ...


Interpreting A Divide: Developing An Interpretive Center Along The Continental Divide, Kurt Cisar May 2005

Interpreting A Divide: Developing An Interpretive Center Along The Continental Divide, Kurt Cisar

Theses from the Architecture Program

The design project entails the integration of the arts and sciences to create an educational center for the public to learn about the Continental Divide and the surrounding ecosystem. The intention is to design a building that exhibits an expression of its adaptability to climactic conditions and plays an interactive role in how one perceives the surrounding environment. The mixing of both art and science will allow for the building to become a viewing device that will adapt to the site’s multiple elements in a manner that can induce a clear educational environment. Both disciplines will converge on a ...


Camp Cedars Discovery Center, Boy Scouts Of America, Robert A. Soukup May 2005

Camp Cedars Discovery Center, Boy Scouts Of America, Robert A. Soukup

Theses from the Architecture Program

I am proposing to design a learning/activities center for the Boy Scouts of America. In Nebraska, one of the major BSA campgrounds is Camp Cedars, located approximately three miles northeast of Cedar Bluffs. Every year scout troops from all over Nebraska meet at Camp Cedars to participate in one of six weekly sessions during the months of June and July. The facilities are used by Cub Scouts, ages 7-11 years, as well as by Boy Scouts, ages 11-17. The current facilities within the camp include: manager offices, a quartermaster’s barn, a swimming pool, a cafeteria hall, an archery ...


Digital / Physical Consumption: A Mixed-Use Prescription For An Innovative Urban Mall, David Warner May 2005

Digital / Physical Consumption: A Mixed-Use Prescription For An Innovative Urban Mall, David Warner

Theses from the Architecture Program

A key component missing from many urban cores is an established retail hub. This displacement of retail, shadowing the economic tendency towards sprawl, has robbed the downtown of its vitality. In order to reinstall the appeal that downtowns once possessed, my objective as both an optimist and realist is to suggest the reestablishment of downtown as a place for diverse interaction. In accordance, I am proposing a mixed-use retail mall for the urban domain. I intend to define and design a mixed-use project on a block in downtown Omaha. The project location, in proximity to the new convention center, will ...


Architecture Of The Wilderness: Understanding Culture And Ecology In The Sandhills Of Nebraska Through Design, Patrick J. Moore May 2005

Architecture Of The Wilderness: Understanding Culture And Ecology In The Sandhills Of Nebraska Through Design, Patrick J. Moore

Theses from the Architecture Program

How might one—in creating a built environment—educate others about the natural environment, restore commerce to a dying community, and touch the earth as lightly as possible in the process? The intent of this project is to create an interpretive center for a proposed regional tourism network in a rural Nebraska County. The design will be based on issues of sustainability, including resource conservation, socio-economic improvement, and environmental protection. Specific issues addressed include: Green Buildings, Biomimicry, Mechanical Systems, Construction Methods, Biology and Geology Research and Education, Regional Planning, and Vernacular Buildings. This project, explores how architecture can be used ...


Revitalizing Retail, Caleb Buland May 2005

Revitalizing Retail, Caleb Buland

Theses from the Architecture Program

This project formulates a new retail center in downtown Kansas City, MO. The project looks at historical records and precedents to help design and program a successful retail center. This project creates an updated and modern version of the retail and gallery malls that once occurred in downtown Kansas City. Issues that many retail projects fail to study, but are necessary in an urban setting, will be considered and developed. These issues include: the pedestrian scale, various types of parking excluding surface, the homeless population, day lighting, dealing with the problems of dead hours, the concept of mixed use and ...


Bridging The Urban Pedestrian Gap, Amy L. Cooper Schaap May 2005

Bridging The Urban Pedestrian Gap, Amy L. Cooper Schaap

Theses from the Architecture Program

The project is a proposed design for a pedestrian bridge crossing the Missouri River between Omaha, Nebraska, and Council Bluffs, Iowa. In conjunction with the bridge, an urban pathway that has strip retail and gathering spots over the river and an urban design connecting the bridge with the urban environment of Omaha are also proposed. The existing trail systems in Nebraska and Iowa have no connection linking the two states and no safe way for pedestrians to cross the Missouri River. Omaha and Council Bluffs have been trying to bring life back into their downtowns, and the bridge provides opportunities ...


Rural Intervention: “Garden Village”, Chad P. Shaffer May 2005

Rural Intervention: “Garden Village”, Chad P. Shaffer

Theses from the Architecture Program

The project proposes to develop a rural subdivision community, Garden Village, near South Bend in Cass County, Nebraska, on the south side of Interstate 80, near exit 426, between Omaha and Lincoln. It seeks to integrate new urbanism with the environment in a way that uses sensitive techniques on the existing landscape. The development will use the environment to enhance the design and create a “place” through its unique community identity, architecturally designed housing and work places, recreational activities, and strong access to surrounding communities. Features include commercial centers, apartment complexes, gold course, mobile home park, and dam construction. The ...


Memorial Stadium: Expansion, Renovation, Addition, Aaron Terpening Apr 2005

Memorial Stadium: Expansion, Renovation, Addition, Aaron Terpening

Theses from the Architecture Program

The Memorial Stadium project will investigate the current conditions of facilities, study existing programs with regard to renovation and modification, and establish capacities for expansion. The project necessitates knowledge of sports facilities and the specific needs of the football program. This may involve research into the need of individuals ranging from the players themselves to the coaches, and ultimately the fans as well. The result will lead to a program which provides excellent solutions to the found needs. It is assumed that these needs will include updated training, locker room, and medical facilities for the athletes. Other programs include offices ...


Field City Vs. Flexibuild, Benjamin R. Brabec Apr 2005

Field City Vs. Flexibuild, Benjamin R. Brabec

Theses from the Architecture Program

The project proposes a flexible module design for downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. It seeks to fill in urban gaps and reactivate a downtown area, dominated by wide streets, open lots, and and 2 to 3 story buildings. There is an abundance of open gray space used mainly for parking (22,600 stalls). Modular construction systems, common in exhibition and fair designs, are employed; these can be altered and arranged to accommodate changing situations. The base module is 9 x 18 feet, based on the size of a parking stall. It can be subdivided and equipped with glass, solid infill, shading, seating ...


Canteen Cultural Event Center, North Platte, Nebraska , Stephen P. Granger Apr 2005

Canteen Cultural Event Center, North Platte, Nebraska , Stephen P. Granger

Theses from the Architecture Program

The project consists of designing a cultural event center to be located in the original Historic District of downtown North Platte, Nebraska. The project will be a redevelopment of a previous redevelopment project completed in the 70’s. The event center will be designed around the existing Canteen Monument. It is this location that over six million service men and women were greeted and served free coffee, milk, cigarettes, candy bars and several other items as well. The cultural events center will house offices to fulfill economic development and tourism for the city of North Platte. The cultural events center ...


Ragged Point Sky City, Matthew J. Glawatz Apr 2005

Ragged Point Sky City, Matthew J. Glawatz

Theses from the Architecture Program

The project proposes a design for an ecologically conceived high-rise superstructure to house 100,000 residents on the California coastline along Highway 1, approximately 110 miles southwest of Fresno. It is presented as an example of Archology, a fusion of architecture and ecology aimed at achieving a completely sustainable built environment that will benefit both mankind and nature. The project will utilize residential, commercial, utilitarian, service, municipal, and entertainment components in a self-sustaining and environmentally beneficial manner. Mentor: Ted A. Ertl