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

Using London's Piccadilly Circus as a precedent case study, I began to speculate how the use of imagery could alter the form of Public Square. Unlike Times Square in New York, the use of video screens and electronic signage in Piccadilly Circus is highly limited. In addition, Piccadilly Circus houses several monuments from London's history. I analyzed these monuments and the intense graphical imagery, focusing on how they relate to the pedestrianized spaces. From this analysis of visual imagery, I deduced several tactics for how this system could be applied to Public Square. Starting with three monuments that I defined (namely the Soldier's and Saliors Memorial, Terminal Tower, and the Old Stone Church) I was able to determine where areas of intense visual imagery would be located and, consequently, the public spaces that would result.

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