Author Archives: J A Montgomery

Site Plan Comments: Christian Plaza


Here are general comments that you all should consider for site plans: (some comments are based on Christian’s progress site plan, but I am using his progress to bring up these issues to all of you)

1. Lineweights:  Building Footprints should have heaviest line weights. All pavement, road, pathway, landscape line weights should be light.

2. Sharpen shadows to make them more apparent.

3. Trees should not have too much variation from the middle to the edge of the block. Edges are too light. Make them more consistent from middle color to edge color. Trees in the park are too transparent. Do not change transparency from one tree to another, keep them all the same.

4. Eliminate black heavy pavement lines on road.

5. Consider a pavement pattern rather than a texture at squares.

6. Trees on perimeter walks next to canal, waterfront are not clear. Use same or similar block as others, just smaller.

7. What is the grey ambiguous pavement around your building? Why not just extend beige color for pavement at canal walk right up to your building?

8. Where is the canal terrace we discussed? Not clear. Add umbrellas or something to clarify.

9. Steps to lower canal walk should be 10′ wide at least.

10. Too many color variations on pavement, walkways, highland…. Use one color for all pavement except at public squares. Make general pavement color lighter.

11. Water color should be a “happier” shade of blue and possibly have some texture on it.

 12. Avoid ambiguous conditions around your building itself. You should have MORE DETAIL for your building than the surround parts of the site plan. Your buildings should be fully integrated into the place, with landscape and pavement patterns running right up to the face of your building. Integration into place is the name of the game.


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MoMA trip tomorrow

We will start class as normal tomorrow morning (March 26th) at 8:00am. Your team should have prepared a rough model of your urban design as well as plans and sections, and ideally a digital model as well. Please also remember the importance of developing a block typology diagram for the project to guide the dimensions and also to aid calculating your built area for the project.

At 10:30am, we will leave as a group to head to MoMA for the exhibition and talk. We will finish at MoMA by 12:30pm. Your City Tech ID card will gain you access to MoMA at no cost, so all you need is your Metrocard.

See you at 8:00am.

Prof. Montgomery

Internship at SHoP

SHoP Architects (very pleased with Harold Morales who won the internship last summer and is now full time) has requested more City Tech candidates!

Internship description:
SHoP Architects – Summer Internship 2015 (paid)
We are looking for a candidate for a summer intern position with the technical side of our practice. This candidate would support our Revit Task Force (our office BIM Manager(s)) in developing our 2D and 3D detail and family libraries.
A candidate who is proficient in Revit and has an interest in databases would be ideal.

Please identify qualified student candidates and forward their 1 page resume to Prof. Conzelmann by Thursday 16 April 2015.
Thank you!

Kenneth Conzelmann, AIA, ARA
Assistant Professor
Department of Architectural Technology
NYC College of Technology | City University of New York
300 Jay Street | Voorhees Hall, rm V308 | Brooklyn, NY 11201

Gentrification vs. Segregation in Urban Neighborhoods

See this article for a discussion of gentrification in a Los Angelos neighborhood. Here the author argues that in the face of overwhelming segregation, gentrification eases, at least in its early stages, the negative impacts of segregated neighborhoods.