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.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006



At the midpoint of the semester, our proposal for public square centered around the concepts of transportational infrastructure and spectacle. We consolidated the bus stops into one bus terminal and constructed the "showcase tube" which is a type of public market which makes extensive use of imagery. While this design seemed to be the culmination of our precedent studies, it leaves much to be resolved. In general, it does not integrate well into the city, among other problems. With each design iteration, the problem of remaking Public Square gets more and more complex. Our team is now heading into a more intentional phase of design in which the necessities of context and progam are taking a leading role in the informing of design moves while the knowledge culled from the precedent studies is taking on a more static role as a framework or point of reference on which to build upon.

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