Javascript must be enabled to view this site.

Read our system requirements.

Thesis: Public Mass, Hallidie Plaza, San Francisco
1 of 1

Thesis: Public Mass, Hallidie Plaza, San Francisco, result 1 of 1

Item Details
Public
Available to everyone
Title
Thesis: Public Mass, Hallidie Plaza, San Francisco
Site photomontage
Doug Jackson/Fall 2009_Winter_Spring 2010/ARCH 481
Date
June 2010
Location
San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States
Description
STUDENT'S PROJECT STATEMENT: America lacks truly public space. Misunderstandings of conditions specific to the American lifestyle have resulted in an impotent form of quasi-social “public” space and despite a clear difference in social and urban conditions, public spaces in America continually attempt to mimic their European predecessors. Consequent, most of America’s “public” spaces lie vacant and unused. To architects and planners, the idea of public space is loaded with inherent function and meaning. It is assumed to foster social interaction, recreation, civic discourse and communal organization. In actuality, the term public space is loosely ascribed to any place of public habitation, with a particular emphasis on consumption. As a result, American public spaces tend to lack programmatic diversity as well as the architectural mechanisms necessary to provide these attributes. This ultimately results in limited hours of occupancy, social insularity, and excessive corporate interest. With increasing interest in urban living, it is time we support our cultural infrastructures with socially and civically engaging spaces that are relevant to 21st century American cities. With the contention that public space does not necessarily indicate an urban void, I propose a cultural center which achieves programmatic diversity, social encouragement, cultural immersion, 24-hour use, and minimal private interest.
INSTRUCTOR'S BRIEF: The thesis is an intellectual offering to the discipline of architecture that provides a critical perspective of its current practices and offers an alternative, visionary proposition. the goal for the Spring Quarter is to complete the production of a design project in which to embody the propositions of the thesis and to demonstrate its value and far-reaching potential. This work completes work begun in the Fall Quarter. By the end of Spring Quarter students are expected to have a complete thesis book documenting a year's worth of theorization, research, analysis, and design work, as well as final posters and physical models for a gallery show.
Related Item
NA
Source
Cal Poly State University College of Architecture & Environmental Design
Rights
Copyright to these materials lies with the California Polytechnic State University. College of Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED). The content in this collection may not be reproduced, retransmitted, published, distributed, or broadcast without the permission of the California Polytechnic State University CAED. To obtain copies or to request
This image has been selected and made available by a user using Artstor's software tools. Artstor has not screened or selected this image or cleared any rights to it and is acting as an online service provider pursuant to 17 U.S.C. §512. Artstor disclaims any liability associated with the use of this image. Should you have any legal objection to the use of this image, please visit http://www.artstor.org/copyright for contact information and instructions on how to proceed.
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the applicable Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
9570760.fpx
SSID
9570760

Now viewing Thesis: Public Mass, Hallidie Plaza, San Francisco