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ELLIOT J GLASSMAN PORTFOLIO [e] [email protected] [p] 347.994.8075 [w] elliot-glassman.com
  • ELLIOT J GLASSMAN PORTFOLIO[e] [email protected] [p] 347.994.8075 [w] elliot-glassman.com


    Inter-generational CommunityQueens, NY2011Graduate Project, Competition Entry

    The project was undertaken as both a submission for the AIA Design for Aging Review Student Com-petition and as a graduate project. It was awarded a special recognition from the competition com-mittee.

    The competition brief called for the design of vari-ous types of senior housing on an urban site. Two understated requirements of the original program, a small daycare for inter-generational interaction and a concern about sustainability, became the genesis of the proposed design. The competition was used as a vehicle to reevaluate the role of the elderly in contemporary society and to create a model of social sustainability and environmental design.

    The program was expanded to include a variety of uses, including a supermarket, an offi ce block, retail, and housing for families of all ages. It also included a community garden and several other indoor and outdoor spaces for social interaction. The idea was to create a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use neighborhood where the seniors were an in-tegral part of the community. This would create a broader network of social support than envisioned in the original program, and provide physical and mental well-being for the seniors.

    Building energy usage, on-site energy generation, and outdoor comfort were the sustainable con-cerns that were modeled for the project. Solar col-lector panels imbedded in the facades of the tow-ers collected heat to provide a large percentage of the developments domestic hot water needs.



    Net Zero Energy HouseWashington DC2011Graduate Project, with Debashree Pal [Harvard]and Ali Qureshi [MIT]

    The project is a net zero energy house using the program requirements of the annual Solar Decath-lon competition.

    The house has been designed with a narrow fl oor plate to maximize daylighting and cross ventila-tion. The kink in the plan is meant to increase the area of the southern facade for solar collection during the winter while an overhang prevents un-wanted solar gain in the warmer seasons.

    The program is stacked on one side of the house to create a more compact form while maintaining rooms with exposures on both sides. The plumb-ing and mechanical functions are integrated into one centralized core to minimize distribution runs.

    Chilled water coils are integrated into the facade to precool and dehumidify incoming air as a means of extending the natural ventilation season. A wa-ter to water ground source heat pump provides energy effi cient cooling and heating, while a roof mounted PV array generates electricity.


    Urban Energy FlowsChicago, IL2011Graduate Project, with Travis Bost [Harvard]and Jean You [Harvard]

    The project looks at what it means to create sus-tainability at a neighborhood scale. As such, vari-ous issues pertaining to sustainability were stud-ied and modelled. This included urban energy use, local energy generation, transportation, walkabil-ity, and outdoor comfort.

    The site is located to the south of Chicago, along Lake Michigan on a former industrial site. The pro-posed design includes internet data centers that would provide a new, clean industry to replace the jobs in the area. The waste heat generated from the data centers would then be utilized to provide most of the heating needed for the mixed-use neighborhood that would be built on the site.

    The development would also take advantage of its location on the lake to reduce the energy use. A deep lake water cooling system would be used to provide a district cooling for the data centers and the neighborhood development. This was modeled to reduce the electricity used for cooling by 86% by eliminating the need for chillers.

    In planning the site, a great effort was made to create a walkable and pedestrian-friendly neigh-borhood. A hierarchy of streets were created that restricted automobile use and parking to only a few strategic corridors, thus enabling pedestrian dominated interior zones. Public transportation fa-cilitates travel through the site and creates a link with the commuter line to Chicago.

    The proposed building massings were designed to provide more solar access to the residential tow-ers and maximize PV generation.



    Passive Cooling Building Skin for a SchoolPhoenix, AZ2010Graduate Project, with Andrea Love [MIT] and Debashree Pal [Harvard]

    The school is based in the hot and arid climate of Phoenix. The goal of the project is to greatly re-duce energy usage with passive thermal, ventila-tion, and daylighting strategies. Thermal mass is used to shift loads and buoyancy effect drives the natural ventilation. Air is introduced to the space low and exhausted high as it is heated by occu-pants and equipment. Nighttime fl ushing helps cool the interior surfaces to reduce the radiant temperatures during the day.

    During parts of the year with extreme heat, evap-orative downdraft cooling towers are utilized to cool the incoming air. Outside air passes through a wetted pad that is fed by a small electric wa-ter pump. The evaporation causes a decrease in temperature, and the cooler and heavier air drops down the tower. The dropping air causes more outside air to be pulled in from the outside.

    The cooling towers become defi ning elements on the facade. They are made of precast concrete panels with surface impressions for self shading. The depth of the impressions very by orientation and cut the amount of solar radiation falling on the surface by as much as 75%. The cooling tow-ers also act as an exterior shading device to block direct sunlight and solar heat gain.



    Urban Tabernacle: Chabad SynagogueNew York, New York2009Professional Project with ME ArchitectUnbuilt

    The design for this Chabad synagogue in lower Manhattan was based on the proportions and pro-grammatic organization of the Tabernacle that the ancient Israelites used as place of worship during their 40-year sojourn in the desert.

    Instead of the curtain that adorned the entry of the Tabernacle, the front of the synagogue is a transparent glass facade behind a metal screen. The activities of the social hall are visible from the street, welcoming visitors to participate. The transparency compliments Chabads mission of hospitality and outreach.


    The SochiBrighton Beach, Brooklyn2005-2009Professional Project with ME ArchitectUnbuilt

    The site for the Sochi is located in Brooklyn, NY, across the street from a public park and with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. The building is designed to give every residential unit an ocean view. The project also includes two fl oors of medical offi ces and an automated parking system.

    A series of box like protrusions and glass balconies creates a three dimensional effect on the facade. The protrusions refl ect the changing fl oor layouts and variety of apartment types, while simultane-ously creating an assortment of spatial experienc-es on the exterior.


    Venice GlassworksVenice, Italy2004Undergraduate Project

    The project is a new glassworks studio for the artist Dale Chihuly. The site for the glass-works is a new island to the south of San Gior-gio in Venice, Italy. The program calls for eight glass studios, a public campo, a formal restau-rant, an informal restaurant, and residences for the eight studio masters and their apprentic-es. The design is inspired by the campi of Ven-ice as well as Chihulys own on-site installations.

    The masonry containers exterior houses the residences and relates to the context of Venice. The campo in the center of the design provides places for performances, terraces for dining, and unique spaces for Chihuly to display his glass masterworks to the public. The eight glass stu-dios within the masonry container are pavilion-like glass and steel constructions that allow public space to permeate into the buildings. The formal restaurant is located at the top of the tower, per-mitting dramatic views to the mainland of Venice.



    Stevens Institute School of ArchitectureHoboken, NJ2003Undergraduate Project

    The project is a building for the new School of Ar-chitecture of Stevens Institute in Hoboken, NJ. The site has a unique sectional relationship to the cam-pus because it is located on the waterfront, thirty feet below the cliff that the rest of Stevens Institute is situated on. The upper body of the building con-tains the classrooms, studios, and faculty offi ces. This element is raised up to the same elevation as the rest of the campus. The lower elements seek to recognize the buildings responsibility to the pub-lic given its prominent location on the waterfront.

    The school of architecture simultaneously becomes an asset to Hoboken and while engaging the pub-lic with architecture by sharing its library, lecture hall, and gallery spaces with the community. Some of the review rooms are located in the fi rst fl oor and are therefore open to anyone who wishes to participate in the critique of the students work. The upper and lower elements are unifi ed by voids that cut through the building where the elements intersect. The programmatic elements of the school are placed along a ramping central spine which creates new and varied spatial experiences.