Benjamin Porto

Teaching Assistant
Benjamin Porto R.A. (b. 1982, Chicago, IL) is an architect at Th—ey. He received his MArch at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, following a BA in Architecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he received the Earle Prize Design Award. Previously, he worked as a designer for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Openshop|Studio and Project Open where he has done work for the Fondazione Sandretto in Torino, the Center for Architecture and Architecture League in New York City. He is a founding member and contributor of Reality Cues, a virtual collective concerned with addressing architecture in a new digital and interactive/social medium. Among his many contributions are GraffitiLab, a research project investigating architecture in the medium of popular culture and @Archistophanes, a persona invented to address the role of the architect as a social being. He regularly contributes to online publication, Architizer and CLOG Magazine. He is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

Recent posts

05/20/2012

benjaminbrichta:

The Crater is an underground ferry terminal and transit hub on the Lower East Side.  It occupies a new space in the city - the space between Subway and ferry, ground and river, public and private.

I wanted to integrate the density and storefront culture of The Lower East Side into a piece of urban infrastructure. I wanted to more fully integrate commercial activity with the infrastructural city. By extending the existing subway platform across the site, I link the subway to the new East River Canal and terminal. This extended platform serves multiple transit modes, performs as a public space and creates income for the city and adjacent building owners.

 
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kelseylentseim:

taking back the underground

 
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vahan-architecture:

Hilarious New York

Loop of interplay between light and dark infulencing the percept, results in mobility of an architectural program

The content of an urban environment within the neighborhood next to Delancey underground is higly diverse. Programms inhabitting that spaces may vary from brothel to school, therefore collective actions taking place in that neighborhood could be defined as normal at the mean time as completely inadequate in terms of  being socially acceptable. These diversities packed within that neighborhood continuously trigger events happening independently from grid. The Continuum of collective acts happening over the time resembles a brownian motion; an oscillatory movement of particles of a system. The latter is also a physical specificity of the site; the oscillation caused by the traffic and by the subway encloses the site. Actually and metaphorically could be stated that the act of oscillatory motion is an accumulator of an energy. Taking into account big and small scale variables within the site the project is also designed to be an abstract embodyment of the naighborhood’s  past and the present. The space-creating variables of this design are two continuous surfaces, with different treatments, serving as two opposite percepts based on the lighting conditions. The characteristics of the spaces created by those surfaces changes based on the lighting conditions and fits opposing programs during the time. Two parametrically designed surfaces overlapping with each other create variety of cave-like spaces to fit the diversity of events and program-contents that the neighborhood offers. 

 
04/19/2012