As the title of this proposal suggests, JANUS is a new vision for Bridgeport that leverages the simple and fluid reversal of fronts and backs of buildings to redefine this neighborhood’s urban fabric and provide it with viable land above the flood plain for future development. Most properties in this neighborhood remain uninsurable due to their location within the flood plain – during even light rains the streets become flooded to the curb. This proposal shifts the current street grid to occupy the space of back-yards, allowing for a re-grading of the street without the need to relocate utilities. The low lying areas that were streets before would be redefined as a system of pedestrian paths whose natural slope and permeable surfaces would help keep adjacent lots dry. Additionally, the vacant and unkempt lots that characterize many of these streets would be used as retention basins during flood events, and provide a recreational amenity connected to the system of pedestrian paths during the rest of the year. What was once the backside of these properties becomes an enlivened street, while the front side opens onto new trails and gardens.
The Liquid Threshold Between Order and Chaos
This seminar explores the design of complex three-dimensional structural systems. Through discussions on existing projects, including some of the instructors’ own, and also modeling and testing new systems to destruction, both physically and digitally (using tools such as Karamba 3D), the seminar intends to foster a deeper intuitive understanding of structures. At what point do you know a structure is at its limit?
Visualization IV: British Art Center
Louis Kahn's Yale Center for British Art stands as a sacred monument to geometry, the arts, and society. In its current state it is impossible to separate the building from its cultural significance. Only in ruin can we imagine its future beyond a museum. Here the Yale Center for British Arts is free of contextual bondage, literally disengaged from the ground and reborn to host a city in the sky.