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


Students have started to tackle the re-design of Public Square.

Three very different schemes/systems are beginning to emerge:

1. Multipli-cities of Spectacle Infrastructure
2. Intellectual Grazing Fields
3. Denisty-calibrated + modulated public space generators

Look for rapid progress in the next two weeks.


  • At 12:46 PM, Blogger Hensler said…

    It is great that you are conducting the experiment in the city this year. This gives an excelent opportunity to observer what really happens accross the street and weather the exestance of the square will influence the local retail and comercial ecosystem. Given that Walmart was used as a hybrid, it might make sense that a walmart, which has roots in rural America, would feel at home on the perimiter of a grazing pasture. Obviously i do not agree whith the evil empire that is walmart, but think that some thought should be given to what happens outside the box. Also given the enviroment of the CUDC, it would be a great opportunity to study the urban effect and explore how to recharge the Cleveland downtown as a whole, and not just one mosaic square at a time. Any ways, I look forward to seeing more work, and will try to stay in touch.


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