Commissioned Assisted Living Home
Francesco Dal Co stated “after all, isn’t kitsch the ultimate mask of the banal, the sublime of the obvious.” This project argues in a kitsch manner that the village has not changed: the suburban commons is family and what already exists. One increasingly invisible part of the family is the grandparent sent to an assisted living home. These facilities are islands relegated to the borders of cities, where their immobile residents are surrounded by everything they need but nothing they can reach. Only one assisted living home exists in North Canton, it is at full capacity, and the population of Ohio citizens over the age of 65 is speculated to increase from the current 15% to over 50% in the next twenty-years. Therefore, this project proposes a large-scaled assisted living facility, in the form of a fractured square, which frames the eclectic and comprehensive amenities of a suburban intersection.
This site on the Southeast end of Bridgeport is a microcosm of the larger issues afflicting the city. With four disparate zones of program – recreation, industry, residential and institutional – harshly juxtaposed against one another, the Broad Street artery connecting downtown with the waterfront has become an unoccupied line of demarcation with no character or pedestrian presence. Our project seeks to enliven this territory, allowing each of these four programs to reclaim the adjacent ground while providing a more unified identity. The large power plants on the site have proven repellent to pedestrian-oriented development, but their presence there provides the economic lifeblood of the city and looms large as the prevailing image of Bridgeport. Our project seeks to learn from these industrial structures, taking formal and operative cues from this typology and repurposing their program as a public amenity.