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Doug Jackson/Fall 2009_Winter_Spring 2010/ARCH 481
June 2010
San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States
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.
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