Nomination, H.I. Feldman Prize
The project reconfigures the typical Sunset District block providing communal living for a new working class that might otherwise leave the city in search of affordable housing. The architecture is an open framework providing private and shared spaces allowing the inhabitants to decide to what degree they wish to be communal. If they wish to have a more private apartment, they can easily partition both porches and install their own stairs to the garden. If they wish to live communally, they can retain a private room on one side of the building and share multiple bays and a single stair for their section of the building. All this is contained within a building that announces itself to the commercial street, yet remains hidden on the side streets, linking the block into one shared domestic space, radicalizing the cookie cutter grid and facades of the early twentieth century suburban sprawl.
Architectura Design: Higher Ground
This project questions the benign image of industry that the Eli Whitney Museum presents its students and visitors. The project insists that we must first come to terms with industry and war, northern textiles and southern slaves, guns and violence. It is within the framework of these historical-economic binaries that the project takes shape.
The design follows a simple logic of the upper and the lower, the clear and the obscure, and the familiar and the underrepresented. Three simple, stark, rectangular structures, which recall ubiquitous New England gable roof homes, are a foil for an underground space that follows a beguiling logic. The three structures present a concerted blankness to the approaching visitor. Yet upon closer inspection, the visitor is drawn around the buildings, which have multiple points of entry. The project, which appears solid and blank, is in fact perforated, split, cut and open to the river and sky. Below, the visitor finds a labyrinthine underworld.