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: What does Brutalist architecture in Boston, MA, have to do with Public Square?
A: It provides the rules to create a parasitic and morphic form in the space.

While Boston City Hall (designed by Kallman, McKinnell, & Knowles in 1968) is a substantial building, the basis for the interior is the creation of space both sectionally and planar. The interior was designed to suck the City Hall plaza (designed by Pei, Cobb, Freed, & Partners in 1961) in and push it upwards into the building. This project inverts this intention to propose what physical form would result if one pictured the suction of Public Square into the vacanies in the surrounding office buildings (represented by the green forms).

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