The LES – Portfolio Development

This weeks blog update is rather short… as I have been working on formatting and test printing the components ( case studies) that will make up my portfolio and finishing off the drawings, including The Missing Voice, The Site Research and The Voids/roofs catalogue of the LES.

Below are some images of the folio fold out Study One, as you would read it. – The Missing Voice – Architecture as a Silent Witness. This is the first element of my portfolio informing the temporal sequence of events in a collapsed drawing format.

folio1 folio2 folio3

I have now decided how to format my roof spaces catalogues/ brochures and I will bring a  physical sample on Tuesday.

Whilst in NYC, I would like to focus on the LES, as an area and search for a site within the neighborhood. I find interesting that the area has remained dormant for many years, and its now starting to develop (it already has), despite being a large area of Manhattan, an important area and a point of arrival for many immigrants over the years. The area has a sense of identity and I feel that this is special and should be preserved, especially as the city becomes overwhelming and intensified with its vertical growth.


I’m still looking at possible leads for whom to contact / meet whilst in NYC, but I will contact Todd Rouhe which I mentioned before, he’s a local resident and architect; he is part of a art /cultural program entitled common ground. He led walks and tours in the neighborhood during these events. Bellow is the description from the program. Think he would be a great contact and a well of knowledge in the local area.


‘This tour will cover landmarks, significant public spaces, dwelling types and political struggles on the Lower East Side within the boundaries of Delancey Street, Orchard Street, Division Street and East Broadway. The tour route will form an interwoven loop focusing on the everyday life of the local neighbourhood with distant views to utopian visions and dystopian realties growing on the horizon.’


Cris L.

One thought on “The LES – Portfolio Development

  1. The portfolio looks really good – the layout is compelling and the images especially really come to life when printed. On the text only pages the font could be a bit thinner and more delicate to go with the line-work and lightness of touch in the rest of the portfolio but see what you think is best. Also for the folded sheets make sure to use a thinner paper to avoid getting deep creases – these are just small things observed in the images but maybe in reality its fine.
    Why do you think the LES has laid dormant for all these years? Was it the tenements that kept the area frozen in time? What was the catalyst for change? Its a really interesting perspective to preserve the identity of an area rather than a specific building or part of a building – think of how you could define what exactly is the identity you want to preserve in material, atmospheric, cultural and social terms. Its similar to the definition of a conservation area for example in the City of London:
    Definitely contact Todd Rouhe and try to arrange a time to meet him on one of the free afternoons/ days. Also think about contacting someone on the local community board of the lower east side to learn more about the area, any existing preservation or zoning laws etc.
    Also it might be worth visiting the tenement museum to understand more about the area, the people who shaped its culture and appearance, basically to bring to life the plinths on top of which your new terrain exists:
    Looking forward to seeing your developed roof estate catalogue on Tuesday!

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