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ARCHITECTURE CHRISTIAN WAGNER 1381-841-63134 MISCEllANEOUS Master of Science Candidate in Urban Design and Planning Tongji University, Shanghai, China Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany (Dual Degree) 2010-2012 EDUCATION languages Fluency in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, Level B1 German Currently learning Mandarin (6 months experience - as of Dec. 2010) Citizenship: German -Colombian Dual-Citizen Permanent Resident of Brazil Student (X) Visa - China

Text of Sample Portfolio - Christian Wagner

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  • Christ ian Wagnerwww.christianwwagner.com1-381-841-6314

    E D U C A T I O N

    Master of Science Candidate in Urban Design and PlanningTongji University, Shanghai, China Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany (Dual Degree)2010-2012

    Bachelor of ArchitectureCarnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA


    Architecture Summer Study AbroadChinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SARMay 2006, 9-week Design Studio

    M I S C E l l A N E O U S

    Citizenship:German -Colombian Dual-CitizenPermanent Resident of BrazilStudent (X) Visa - China

    languagesFluency in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, Level B1 GermanCurrently learning Mandarin (6 months experience - as of Dec. 2010)

    ShopWoodshop, Digital Fabrication (CNC Mill, Laser Cutter, and Vacuum Former), Fabric and Tensile Design

    ComputerAutodesk AutoCAD 2009, Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere)Maya, Rhinoceros, Google Sketch-Up, V-Ray for Rhino, Ecotect Analysis, Green Building Studio Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), Fundamentals in HTML





    urban FRAMEWORK



    Rowing Facility for Pittsburgh

    Portable/Permanent Library

    A Path through Schenley Park

    Center for Regenerative Landscapes

    Edge-based Acupuncture in Larimer

    A House for New Orleans

    A New Creative Industry Hub

  • Physical Model

    Site Analysis

    Site Analysis Mood Sculpture


  • 48-100: Architecture Design Studio FormInstructors: Kent Suhrbier & Lee Calisti

    The site forces of sun, wind, and rain in an east-west swatch of land in Schenley Park gave form to this path in the woods. The planar definitions overlap to develop a sense of implied space. As a result, shadows obscure and reveal as an occupant progresses through the overlapping enclosure.


    Physical Model Process Model

    Site Plan

    SUN, WIND, RAIN VECTORSA Path through Schenley Park

  • Exploded Perspective

  • SKIN, BONE, MUSCLENeighborhood Library

    48-205 - Materials and AssemblyInstructor: Lee Calisti

    This medical library begins to question the relationship between occupant to architecture. Can the human scale and proportion define spaces? How does the human body relate to a series of modular spaces and vertical space? This medical library takes into account the existing context. The library is designed with similar lot proportions to its neighboring buildings, and the eastern facade, facing the Western Pennsylvania Hospital, serves a porous medium between the neighborhood and the hospital. The museums architectural expression involves the sense of sight, but also those of the skin and muscle, where the body takes an active role in experiencing the space.


    Sections Plans



  • Site Section


  • 48-305 - Landscape Design Studio Instructor: Vivian Loftness

    Pittsburgh is a city designed around its rivers. In conjunction with a classmate (Diana Lui), the design utilizes the citys barges as floating docks for rowing equipment. These new dynamic rowing facilities are then used as pick-up and drop-off sites for novice and experienced rowers. As a requirement for the landscape design studio, we were asked to look at design at various scales - from the local (the static, land-anchored element), to the regional (the connection the the existing watershed and beyond).


    Site Plan

    Regional Plan

    STATIC - DYNAMICRowing Facility for Pittsburgh

  • Perspective Site Plan

    48-405 - Advanced Building SystemsInstructor: Vivian Loftness

    The Center for Regenerative Landscapes was designed in collaboration with a classmate (Annie Bodhidatta) for the completion of the ninth semester studio themed Building Systems Integration at Carnegie Mellon University. The aim of this project is to attain knowledge on the use of passive and active technologies that ultimately reduce a buildings carbon, water, and waste footprints. Creative solutions were incorporated to recycle air, re-use and store water, use the earth as an active system, and use the sun in as many ways possible. Essentially, the key theme of this project aimed to integrate the building to the natural landscape.


  • Detail Section

    PHIPPS CONSERVATORYCenter for Regenerative Landscapes

    Greenhouse Design

  • Summer Ventilation Strategy

    Winter Heating Strategy

  • PHIPPS CONSERVATORYCenter for Regenerative Landscapes

    Building Plans

    Perspective, Section, Site Plan, Aerial Perspective

  • Edge Condition as an Interruption

    Highways are not scaled proportionally to traffic

    Underutilized streets and dead ends

    Vacant Lots

    Areas of Criminal activity compared to bus stations

    Compilation of all the interruptions found in the neighborhood - from drops in topography, to crime, to vacant lots and the industrial-sector

  • Design Principles

    1 neighborhood 7 districts

    Community Meeting Photographs

    1 strategy 6 supporting projects 1 neighborhood

    Address the Edge

    Centralize Functions

    Connect Infrastructure

    Address the Industry

    Connect to Assets

    Connect to Neighborhoods

    Connect to Development

    urban FRAMEWORKAcupuncture on Larimers Edge

    DESCRIPTION:48-500 - The Urban laboratory

    Instructors: Rami El Samahy, Jonathan Kline, Kelly Hutzell

    This course introduced the concept of participatory urban design through a series of three community meetings. Based on the results obtained at the community meetings, three classmates and I (Diana Miller, Tim Thianthai, Alison Schloemer) sought to answer the question: Could one change the condition of the edge condition as a place bound by interruptions and convert it into an opportunity for development? We noticed that the natural edge boundary of the cliff was optimal for the development of a mixed-use promenade. Rather than focusing on one particular region, our group focused on finding connections within the existing landscape. We aimed at understanding the relationships between the existing elements to find new ways to intervene in the neighborhood - hence the notion of Urban Acupuncture.

  • Promenade


    Housing New Housing Removed Housing

    Promenade - Before and After

    New Roads

  • Green Spaces

    Phasing - 20 Year Plan

    7 Key Projects from other students that support the promenade framework

    The main concept of our framework is to focus on transforming the edge into a destination, called the Promenade. There are also seven projects which further complement and complete our framework. These projects addressed varous scopes, some as systems, and others as distinct anchors.

    urban FRAMEWORKAcupuncture on Larimers Edge

  • Birds Eye Perspectives

    1 year plan 5 year plan 10 year plan

  • 20 year plan

    urban FRAMEWORKAcupuncture on Larimers Edge

  • Sections



  • THE URBAN DOGTROTA House for New Orleans

    USGBC Natural Talent Design CompetitionWinner: GBA Regional Design for Emerging Professional Category

    Total Cost: 97,867, 875 square feet

    The design takes into consideration the Louisiana Arts and Crafts style within the neighborhood and the historic passive cooling strategy of the rural dogtrot present in Louisiana. By combining the two together, the resulting design is conscious of the general micro-climate of the region while being mindful of the urban fabric of the neighborhood.The team, comprised of Brain Kish, Cathy Chung and Christian Wagner, were all working professionals in the Pittsburgh region. The Urban Dogtrots open plan design offers exceptionally adaptable spaces for the elderly. The house is zoned into 2 conditioned areas - the master bedroom and the rest of the house - simplifying the cooling loads and providing energy savings. The second bedroom is designed with a sliding door that could very easily become an extension of the living room or can also double as family room or study according to the targeted occupants needs. The bathroom core allows for the potential sharing of the same shower tub, a progressive concept that could make both bathrooms functional full bathrooms.

    Innovation and Design: 7Location and Linkages: 7Sustainable Sites: 19Water Efficiency: 13Energy and Atmosphere: 11.5Materials and Resources: 12Indoor Environmental Quality: 18Awareness and Education: 2


    LEED Platinum: (projected: 89.5)


  • REINVENTING WEIMAR NORDA New Creative Industry Hub

    Introduction to the Methods of Project DevelopmentInstructors: Prof. Dr. Ing. Bernd Nentwig

    Christina Hoffman

    For the completion of the degree studies in Urban Planning and European Studies, the Project Development course introduces key terminology in the area of Real Estate Development in the European Context. Our group comprises of 6 students, two of which are in the Urban Planning dual-degree, three of which study in European Studies and one PhD candidate in Urban Heritage (Jennifer Nietsche, Tania Konig, Onur Camurlu, Kyu Suk Byun, Sonia Cubides, and Christian Wagner).

    Historically, the Internationale Bauaustellung has been a catalyst for improving existing infrastructures, buildings, cities and regions in Germany.