Public Square Studio

American common space is in a state of flux. As demographics shift, technologies advance, cultural mores morph, and economies + politics churn, our cherished public spaces are becoming obsolete empty vessels of nostolgia. How can architects and urban desingers alter these spaces to accomodate the new and ever-changing character of American public space? This is the question that Kent State University's CUDC Fall 2006 Graduate Studio will investigate.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


Cleveland as a GENERIC CITY??(based on Rem Koolhaas' "Generic City" concept

* STRATEGIES FOR PUBLIC SQUARE:

* To not consider Public Square as a static identity that Cleveland needs

* To not concentrate on the Square as a centre

* To consider other important issues that could be solved with the available space at the Square

* To free the Square from its historical bindings and envision it as a utilitarian space of today and tomorrow

* To give the space a multiple choice usage, considering the Square a flexible fractal of the whole city

* Eliminating pedestrian traffic completely and providing for rides instead

* Reorganization of vehicular traffic and RTA bus routes by creating special lanes for them could be a practical solution

* A mechanism that is functional, logical and is purely derived from the present day need of the "Generic City

* A Square that is new, futuristic and purely based on the need of the existing Cleveland (Generic) city

Hence a system of raising Ontario and Superior, having only the RTA hub at the ground level and creating a system of "rides" across the square to stop pedestrian traffic right at the corner where the intersecting streets meet the square.To have bridges at higher levels for people from surrounding buildings to come into the square at the ground level for buses/to get to their parking garages,hence at certain points there would be tower-like structures connecting people to the square.The height of the towes can increase with change and based on needs.



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