The Re-Vitalization of Dudley Square::||
Year: Fall 2012
Professor: Christopher Perry (Main Coordinator)
“Introduces students to historical as well as contemporary forms of theory and design as it relates to the influence of science and technology on issues of futurism in architecture. The beginning deals with the examination of design work and criticism from the postwar period and utilizes that examination as a historical framework for addressing issues of contemporary design and twenty-first century technological advancement. Ultimately, the students will be encouraged to dream, albeit dream with rigor; they will be asked to conceive and design an architecture that is once aware of its past and rooted in the technological advancements of its present, yet ultimately orientated towards the future”. RPI Techno Future Thesis Statement
The studio is organized into three main sections. The first being postwar research on a specific topics, the second, site research, and third, a design proposal. More specifically my design correlated between each phase in certain design concepts that carried through from the beginning research to inform decisions within the design proposal. A brief of each phase is described below:
Mobile Product Architecture is dealing with the architecture in the postwar period that dealt with an idea of temporarility, an architecture that could travel with the user and be designed (or design influenced) from the principles developed in the consumer markets for diverse products of the time. The research became a catalogue for five main principles of mobility including, but not limited to, literal, figural, social, architectural, and economic mobility. Each topic was explained through the concept, its breakdown classifications, and two case study projects explained with an extraction of what influenced future ideals in the design proposal. Based off of the research, I took became interested in designing an architecture that was a response to changing time and user preference. Architecture became a machine…an accessory…a product. Something that was no longer static; but mobile.
The site of interest was a site known for its history in trade and the distribution of the product, a direct connection to literal mobility. Dudley Square is at the heart of Roxbury and has an immense history of culture. The site was once a rich economic background, but due to external factors, experienced a decrease in production, change in demographics, and even a change in the architecture of the area. The area is already being developed by Boston to help re-establish the area and has created many solutions to the problems, one being making it a focused pedestrian site, adding more green park like spaces to slow movement down, and become a resting spot for commuters within the Dudley Station.
The last phase deals with a proposition that works with the current and future plan for Dudley through a more bottom up approach looking into the current trends already on the site, and hoping to revitalize the square through a religious cultural center that will allow the community to have a direct influence on what happens in their neighborhoods which has potential to unite diversities, allow for religious and community involvement directly, and promote community outreach to other communities through fellowship in multiple programs with movable multi-purpose spaces.