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.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Q: What to do with Public Square?

After applying several different strategies to Public Square, the question of what to do with Public Square still remains. To try and answer this question we've partnered up and are applying systems of strategies to discern the most logical solution to the challenge. Pictured are 3 trains of thought as to what results when: infrastructure is created (Central Park), existing infrastructure is reconfigured (Kahn's Traffic studies of Philadelphia), interior streets and specific nodes of program are created (Boston City Hall), connections to the city are made (Century of Progress), infrastructure is layered (Millenium Park) and spectacle/advertising reforms the space (Picadilly Circus). Through the 3 trials shown, these parts were applied first chronologically, second by a randomly chosen order, and third as evolutionary within the project.


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