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, November 21, 2006


Post mid-term, the Intellectual Grazing Field was trying to define itself-in architecture and in concept. The object building was struggling for its place within the field condition created on the ground plan and finally manifested itself as a large auditorium with classrooms ( as a concentration of the University Program on the square ). The Intellectual Exchange Points were defined as points of "Reflection", "Discussion" and "Lecture" and correspond to one person, more than one person and one person addressing a large group. This defined the Intellectual loop. Hence there were conversation pits, reflection pits and classrooms scattered on the square. The final outcome became a very heirarchical concept of built form on the ground plan of the square. After last friday's review, we will look at more ground plan patterns and options where these patterns transform into architecture, taking the form of the programmatic requirements of our University and Intellectual Grazing Field!

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