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


Midterm Jury:
The main points of dialogue at the midterm jury were:
1. What could be extracted from the series of density diagrams?
2. Where the diagrams analytic or synthetic?
3. How could the diagrams represent intensity rather than aggregation?
4. What did these diagrams say about American public space?
5. What kind of values are we, as the designers, placing on American public space?

Following the jury, our main focus has been investigating intensities, both linear and field intensities. The aggregations of 'density' in the previous diagrams have been replaced by increased or decreased intensities. The next step in our investigations will be to videotape how Clevelanders use public space now, and we will diagram those intensities. Then, rather than strictly apply those densities to our proposal, we will begin to look at ways to extract particular aspects of the intensities, which may or may not align with the intensities themselves. How these specific aspects juxtapose with the general intensities will then determine programmatic or event locations. Then, as we begin to narrow the extent of our original density fluctuation diagrams, we will focus on particular changes throughout the course of a day, and how certain ammenities or program can change throughout the day, affecting the way Americans use public space.

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