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SSPLIT House by Ed Seymour

The S.S.P.L.I.T. House, which stands for "Sustainable Solutions Platform for Life Interaction & Tradition," is a comprehensive design geared specifically towards the rehabilitation of the Broadmoor neighborhood in New Orleans.  It is small, affordable and green in response to the specific needs of the devastated region for which it is designed for.  While striving for a holistic approach, to provide occupants with a poetic, uplifting, energy-saving, flexible home they can be proud to live in.

A reinterpretation of the traditional New Orleans Shotgun house, the SPLIT House is composed of a "service wing" and "leisure wing."  The service wing consists of the necessary bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, and mechanical areas, while the leisure wing consists of open spaces like the living, dining, kitchen, and porches.  All spaces have rearrangeable components allowing for space-saving multi-purpose use, while providing the occupants with many options for the ae…

CARTA Downtown Proposal by Ed Seymour

The College of the Arts & Architecture (CARTA) Downtown proposal seeks to remedy the college’s need for a holistically integrated, state-of-the-art facility, prominently located within a major cultural hub in Miami.  As well as, meet and exceed the specific needs of students in the disciplines of arts and architecture.  The interweaving of education, architecture and surrounding urban context became catalyst for design by establishing their equal hierarchy throughout the volumes.  Also, the balanced distribution of the program creates opportunistic pockets for social interaction within all levels.  Furthermore, the monolithic volumes are carved by light-wells providing precious natural light to lower floors, creating a lively and energetic atmosphere for inhabitants in all levels.

The urban settings posed several constraints, such as; a very narrow site, complex program, natural lighting requirements, and overactive urban sprawl.  By capitalizing on these constraints, thoughtful so…