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.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

"Generic City" as Koolhaas describes.... and I think of Public Square in Cleveland,trying to find strategies for the "questionable" public space in the middle of a jungle of skyscrapers....
-Is the Public Square really the identity that Cleveland desires ,or does an ever changing city need a static identity at all?Does it need to preserve its history when history's disappearance is inevitable as the seconds multiply and minds get busier..??
-Is it really necessary to concentrate on the centre and try and compress the evergrowing city?Is it required to keep the Public Square as Public Square when the place suits other important issues of today
-Can we let Public Square free from its historical bindings and let it grow as it is required today and in future?
-Can we look at Cleveland as a growing city of multiple choice and the Square as just another fractal that is more flexible in use/form?
-Eliminating pedestrian traffic completely and providing for rides instead;also reorganization of vehicular traffic and RTA bus routes by creating special lanes for them could be a practical solution
-To develop a flexible mechanism that should change with change in needs of the city-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.


  • At 1:10 AM, Blogger e66u said…

    How does the creation of Cleveland as a generic city or the re-creation as such affect formal typologies to transfer from horizontal automobile influenced forms to the supposed vertical forms of the generic city? How does the application of this final, definitive typology develop within an existing context - does it give any credence or preferential treatment to any historical artifacts, or for that matter, even any existing infrastructural artifacts? Can or should Cleveland as we know it become a generic city, or is a generic city what Rem has defined it as such. What should we make of inherant issues such as the climate - will Cleveland never become a 'true Rem' generic city since it isn't in florida or 'in a warmer than usual climate'? [i guess that depends on your definition of 'usual'...]


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