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.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Q: How do you figure out if Public Square's infrastructure is being used efficiently?
A: Apply Louis I. Kahn's tactics from his traffic studies of Philadelphia and see what happens.

Pictures is a diagram showing the existing traffic patterns and proposed traffic patterns of Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio. The symbols are taken directly from Kahn's "Toward a Plan for Midtown Philadelphia" published in the second issue of Perspecta. The idea is to condense and simplify the traffic flow in a logical manner. This proposal attempts to separate the staccato movement of the RTA lines from the continuous flow of vehicular traffic that travels from Superior to Ontario and vice versa.


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