Jacob Bonacorsi

Student at Lawrence Technological University pursuing a degree in the Architecture field. I am a student in the College of Architecture and Design. If you have any questions, please get in touch via email at jbonacors@ltu.edu.
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Basic Design 1

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Self Portrait

This assignment was for us to experiment with different media using the principles we learned. We were able to portray all of our personal attributes in this composition. It was mainly done as a complement to our other assignments over the entire semester.

December 16th, 2016
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Principles and Elements of Design

This was the first assignment that we completed. It taught us what the various principles and elements were and what they meant. It challenged us to use these definitions to find examples of them in the real world. It also brought us to use new media that many of us hadn’t used before.

December 16th, 2016
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Gestalt Principles

This assignment taught us the various gestalt principles and how to apply them. We used black and colored cut paper to portray these principles to the best of our ability. It taught us how important brainstorming multiple ideas can be to get the right outcome.

December 16th, 2016
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Time & Speed Linear Composition

The goal of this assignment was for us to understand what can be portrayed in a simple composition. We chose a song or an event in our life that we could use to show a change in time and speed in a linear drawing. This taught us how design can be used to tell a story rather than just be something to look at.

December 16th, 2016
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Abstract Transparency Composition

This assignment was a two part assignment. First, we made a grey scale by mixing black and white paint in different amounts. We then had to use a mix of grays to create a composition using transparency. Once this was done we were to take it and apply color to both the grey scale and the transparency. Through this, I learned many techniques with paint and color and also the value of color.

December 16th, 2016
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Typography Composition

We started this assignment by choosing a font that we were interested in and choosing two letters. With these letters we created a design by rotating and distorting them in perspective. We made five squares and in each square the design was different and the scale increased. This assignment taught us that typography can be used as a design element just as well as anything else.

December 16th, 2016
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Typography Playing Card

The goal of this assignment was to use typography to design a playing card that properly portrays which card it is. We were challenged to effectively use split complementary colors. We designed an Ace, a face card, and a number card. It taught us what split complementary colors were and how to use typography to design something practical.

December 16th, 2016

Visual Communications 1

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Point

The goal of this assignment was to take an image of an every day item and zoom in on it 12 times. Once this was done, the image was pixelated to fit the sheet size. With this pixeled image, we were challenged to use different lead types and stroke weight to create different shades of the squares.

December 16th, 2016
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Line

Taking images compiled of household tools, both photographed and photoshopped, we were challenged to draw the images using only a series of lines. Alternating spacing, orientation, and lineweight to alter the pattern of the drawing, the images became more clear.

December 16th, 2016
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Surface

Using items found lying around, we created a collage of different textures in an image. We then drew the image in charcoal, which was a good learning experience since I had never used it before. Then, with these textures, we created plaster casted molds with the surfaces. I learned a lot of new things in using charcoal and plaster through this project.

December 16th, 2016
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Volume

by studying in section with drawings and physical molds, it allowed us to experiment with poche, foreground and background, and perspectives in several different mediums.

December 16th, 2016
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Space

Starting with a case study at the Affleck House by Frank Lloyd Wright, we drew technical drawings as well as perspective sketches. From that point, we drew perspective sketches around the school, leading a path that we normally travel from day to day. Learning perspective sketching as well as technical drawing more in depth than I had before helped to set me up for future classes.

December 16th, 2016

Basic Design 2

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3D Composition and Color Study

This assignment required us to use a tetrahedron as a the main form, and study the different aspects of it. We created three 2D compositions, each with the same layout. The first was just tech pen, the second was a grayscale study, and the third introduced an analogous color scheme. The fourth composition was a 3D representation of composition 3, using tetrahedrons.

May 12th, 2017
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Folded Forms

This assignment involved using paper to create as many different forms and designs as we could.

May 12th, 2017
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Cell Wall

This assignment was completed by using a 4x4 box wall. Each box was made of a paper cube with no top and no bottom that was 3”x3”. Inside each box is a design made of more folded paper that included repetition, rhythm, proportion, and effects of light.

May 12th, 2017
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Lamp Project

The objective of this assignment was to build a folded hanging lamp out of paper. We first researched other examples to get proper design thoughts. Then, we executed and hung the lamps. The goal was to make the lamp look good with and without light.

May 12th, 2017
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Wire Project

This assignment required us to use only wire to create a sculpture. We researched Martin Senn and his work to get inspired with ideas. We used the wire to create the sculpture with balance and scale. Upon completion, we painted parts of the sculpture black to separate parts and distinguish the sculpture.

May 12th, 2017
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Semper's Four Elements of Architecture

This assignment’s objective was to use four or more different building materials to portray Semper’s four elements of architecture: weaving, molding, building in wood, building in stone. We first wrote a research paper about Semper first, to gain knowledge on his thinking. Then we assembled the four separate squares with the elements represented.

May 12th, 2017
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Tape Sculpture

This assignment challenged us to create a 3D form performing an action completely out of tape. Using packing tape, we made a full body shooting an arrow into a target. We used the action word Focus because a person doing this action would be focusing very hard. We also used Intensity as or emotion word because not only would he be focusing, but intensely focusing.

May 12th, 2017
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Sketching Assignments

This assignment is a compilation of sketches over the entire semester. They range from the first assignment to the last assignment. We did two sketches of 5-10 mins. and one long drawing of 30-60mins. These sketches were used to show progress over the semester.

May 12th, 2017

Visual Communications 2

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Point

Using colored squares, this project consisted of several figure ground compositions followed by architectural plans and extruded studies.

May 12th, 2017
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Line

This assignment required three drawings, one of each perspective: one point, two point, and three point. Each perspective was to be done once on trace paper and once in Adobe Illustrator mono-chromatically with entourage included.

May 12th, 2017
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Surface

This assignment consisted of building constructive solid geometries made of a cube, a pyramid, and a cylinder. These were then transferred into Rhino models and unfolded to create diagrams showing the process. One of these was made into a 3D form and used for a light study.

May 12th, 2017
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Volume

This assignment utilized positive and negative space to identify an area. Using only lines to define volume, the space was drawn. Then, using Illustrator, the space was created using these lines and colors. One of these areas was created into a relief model to further define the space.

May 12th, 2017
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Space

This assignment required the design of a spatial interruption to an existing campus building. First, the location of the interruption and current circulation and view corridors were identified on a site map. Then, the building was designed in 3D and transferred to Illustrator to add entourage, background, and ground to the section perspective. Lastly, a physical model of the section was made and the interruption was clearly identified.

May 12th, 2017

Integrated Design 1

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Cranbrook Stair Drawings

Detail measured drawing of an assigned stair at Cranbrook.

December 15th, 2017
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Continuing Cranbrook's Axis

The goal of this project is to continue an axis and create moments of shadow while allowing visitors to easily navigate the space. Most of the traffic through the Cranbrook Art Academy travels on an axis that is created from the Booth House, through the woods and the Chinese Lion Stairs to the Art Academy. This concept is designed to continue that axis all the way down to the area in the southwest corner of the site at the bus turnaround at Institute Way. There is another axis that runs between the dormitories and the school building that will continue through this design as well. The stair and ramp both extend the full length of the area to emphasize the length of this axis. The wall on the south side of the stair will vary in height to create moments of shadow and light onto the stair and ramp, particularly at the spot of the cross axis.

December 15th, 2017
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Carpenter Lake Overlook

Framing a view seems to be an existing theme at Carpenter Lake. There are several overlook moments that use trees to give a viewport of the lake. This concept emphasizes that theme in several ways. The overlook frames a view of the lake, and the sunset is framed by both the overlook as well as the pier. The sunrise can be best seen from the opposite side of the site, and can be accessed via a path through the woods. Another thing that this idea looks into is elevation. With the varying tree heights, it is interesting to change the point of view in elevation to get a better sight of the sky.

December 15th, 2017
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Carpenter Lake Multi Purpose Space

In this extremely digital age, this design is aimed to try and engulf you in the nature that Is Carpenter Lake. Driving you away from technology to enjoy the sounds and space of nature while still giving you a concept of time. The inspiration for the design came from the civilizations in Chaco a long time ago where they used the sun to tell time, and had very unique ways of measuring it with no tools. Many of their cities were aligned with the different sun conditions, and the one mine is based off of is the Casa Rinconada that is aligned directly East-West to experience the equinox rise and set along the buildings. The splitting of the space along the North-West axis is done after the Pueblo Bonito, which separates the morning and the afternoon. This helped them to not only chart relative time of day, but also acted as a sort of compass. This concept’s East-West wall exactly divides the seasons of the year and the North-South wall divides the days’ time. No matter where you go here, you will have the opportunity to be in shade or be in the sun and to experience nature as it was meant to be.

December 15th, 2017

Visual Communications 3

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Photoshop Assignment

Using Photoshop only, we took images taken on the day of the eclipse and blurred them, then created simple drawings using basic commands in the program.

December 15th, 2017
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InDesign Assignment

Using only Adobe InDesign, we used different techniques to layout pages and create margins, as well as editing text in different ways within the program.

December 15th, 2017
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Illustrator Assignment

Using only Adobe Illustrator, we created a set of drawings in axon, plan, section, and elevation based on a physical model we created out of scrap items.

December 15th, 2017
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Rhinoceros + Adobe Suite Assignment

Using Rhino and Adobe, this project took an object designed in rhino and unfolded all of its edges to show its assembly. It then took the skills from Photoshop and Illustrator to create simple drawings with the shapes.

December 15th, 2017
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ArcGIS Assignment

Using ArcGIS, this assignment taught about layering and mapping different aspects that were related. Using a Detroit map, the added layers are related to the the crime and police force in the area.

December 15th, 2017
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Rhinoceros, Adobe, and Physical Modeling

Using Adobe and Rhinoceros, this assignment challenged us with taking the 3D model from previous assignments and incorporating it into an arbitrary site with topography that was brought in from a map. Using this, we were to use different programs to create drawings, a model, and a story about the unknown land that was created.

December 15th, 2017

Integrated Design 2

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Cube

In order to study light quality, patterns, and rules, this project was an intro to do so by using a series of openings in a white cube. The openings had rules as to how they would relate from side to side.

May 11th, 2018
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Studying Light with Texture

Using large white cubes with slots around the edge on one side, this assignment was geared towards using different texture inserts and seeing how they react to light at different angles as well as how they react in scale.

May 11th, 2018
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Studying Light with Color

Using large white cubes with slots around the edge on one side, this assignment was geared towards using different color inserts taken from a painting and seeing how they react to light at different angles as well as how they react in scale.

May 11th, 2018
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LTU Campus Natatorium Project

Tasked with using color, texture, and light studies and an existing, unused building on Lawrence Tech's campus, this project allowed us to creatively design a natatorium proposal for LTU. It allowed us to work with program, restrictions, ADA, and spacial planning along with design to make the project challenging and thought provoking.

May 11th, 2018

Visual Communications 4

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Illustrator Assignment

Using Illustrator, this assignment took a simple shape and altered it in several ways to create more complex ways using only a few simple transform commands.

May 11th, 2018
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Manipulating Folded Forms

By creating unique folded patterns in paper and manipulating them to connect with one another, it created a wall of sorts, with several openings to allow light. With this assembly together, it can start to be seen as architecture with positive and negative spaces and apertures for light.

May 11th, 2018
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Rhinoceros + Grasshopper Assignment

Using Grasshopper, this assignment was a basic intro to the program and we were tasked with creating a basic grid of shapes, then playing with commands and stinging them together to alter the original grid. The commands included transformation tools as well as focal points.

May 11th, 2018
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Revit Assignment

This project used the grasshopper model made in a previous assignment and converted it to Revit to get drawings and then convert it to a physical model using the measurements from Revit.

May 11th, 2018

Integrated Design 3

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Morphology Exercise

Given a specific morphology type, in this case portal frames, this assignment allowed us to construct a frame for a building that had set spacial parameters, but had no given site, program, or purpose.

December 14th, 2018
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Enclosure Exercise

Using an iteration of the previous portal frame assignment, this assignment added enclosure using insulated materials and specific daylight modifiers, including sawtooth, perforated metal, and clerestory windows.

December 14th, 2018
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Energy Exercise

Using an iteration of the previous portal frame and enclosure assignment, this part added energy aspects using solar arrays, evacuated tubes, and transpired air systems to allow for optimal cost efficiency.

December 14th, 2018
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Design Research for Assembly Building

This class was geared around using building code and ADA strategies to create a new building proposal for Eastern Market. This accumulation of research has information on building code, portal frames, solar arrays, and insulated building systems.

December 14th, 2018
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Eastern Market Initial Proposal

Taking everything learned and adding program, we were tasked with designing a multi purpose building and site for Eastern Market in Detroit. With several classrooms, auditoriums, and offices, it was a good chance to work with different programs and study the code, ADA, and several other important design aspects to create one of our first full projects.

December 14th, 2018
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Eastern Market Final Proposal

A proposal to create green space in an otherwise lacking area. Designing a building to fit the needs of both an office building, an educational building, and a multi-purpose event space. This space will be used for market times, parking needs, and extra green space as needed. Using a steel portal frame structure with rusted metal insulated panels and glass on the exterior, the building strives to be sustainable and energy efficient in several facets. With PV panels on the roof, evacuated tube systems on the south facade, and a transpired air system. With plenty of space to accommodate bypassers, students, and public events, this space can be a great addition to the downtown atmosphere.

December 14th, 2018

Construction Systems 1

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Music Academy in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Given an existing building and tasked with learning the aspects of a construction drawing set, this is the full set for the Music Academy in Spain.

December 14th, 2018
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