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 20, 2006

Let go of meloncholic notions of loss of public space....says Koolhaas.....
Reading his ' generic city ' concept....and thinking of our public square....where did the essence of the public space go....did the advancement in media just snatch it away from our lives??...or has it lost its appeal in totality!...
The way cities grow...and the way people live totally different from the conditions of the past....hence the change in the use/need of the Public Space!....can architecture really change it today?...does urbanism really exist in this era of standardized building forms and skyscrapers?
can cities/spaces still be made?what does the aesthetic program of modernism have in store?...the abstractions and repetitions seem interesting and boring....
so where does this take us when we think of bringing a change in Public Square....!
There has to be something experiment...something that has to bring back the essence...and not just by the design of what a public space would have been in the past...or viewed as today.....but a new urbanism????


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