My proposal for a park and central axis for Thessaloniki’s city center aimed to stitch the fragmented territories of the surrounding city and frame it’s new city center. Extending the streets from the east and west edges of the site, I created a network of pathways that would transverse the different episodes of the city, and weave the existing and proposed projects. Within the territories that began to emerge from this network I sought to create thick edge, a soft scape that would respect a central clearing, a large central room in the midst of the city center. This central lawn would be surrounded by smaller vegetal rooms, where a sense of interiority could be achieved through a definition of edge and canopy. The Hebrard axis - a major pedestrian artery that traverses the city from mountains to sea - intersects and connects these urban rooms and widens and thickens to introduce programs into them.
Home is a Four Letter Word
This project develops a new collective housing prototype for the corner lots of Divisadero Street. These lots are frequently the most visible, irregularly subdivided and spatially underutilized sites. Our project reclaims these sites to provide a network of public spaces in the form of common central rooms with outlying residences and common facilities. These rooms provide dedicated space needed for living together. A place for discussion to gather, organize and exchange. The prototype aims to address the need for shared civic space both at the scale of the domestic interior and that of the city.
Ecological Urban Design
with Sarah Sugar, Amy Weinfurter
Our design focuses on improvements to Reach One of the American River Parkway, a stretch of greenbelt along the American River, just north of Sacramento, California. Despite its close proximity to downtown, this reach is less widely used than upstream sections, and suffers some of the most severe ecological threats. Its restoration could result in enormous potential benefits, both for the flora and fauna that rely on the river, and the park users who frequent the parkway. To physically and interpretively reconnect the river to its floodplain and the floodplain to the city, our project establishes points of explicit visual continuity across the river system, making use of the elevation differential between the levees and the parkway; the design also formalizes physical links between the river and the parkway, enhanced with functional infrastructure that serves to conceptually blur the hard line between the river channel and its floodplain.
Boston City Hall
In our proposal for a new Boston City Hall, we considered this civic institution as a space for individual and communal public demonstration, from paying your parking tickets to protesting the mayor. We believe city hall must induce interaction between citizens and their leaders while still providing a place for the private deliberations of government officials. A series of overlapping urban rooms connect diagonally Cambridge and Hanover streets, constituting a central hall for visitors to migrate through or occupy. The mass of city hall is at once voided by the central hall and at the same time frames its chambers. It is broken up so as to allow site connections on an East-West axis between Cambridge and Congress Streets through a series of ramps.
All City Hall departments can be accessed along the central hall’s ground floor or by large public cores that take you to the upper-level offices. While separated on the ground floor, offices above bridge over the main space and enable interdepartmental circulation and spaces for collaboration. Departments that necessitate heavy public interaction are positioned on the ground floor facing the hall, thereby facilitating access and transforming the hall into a communal waiting area.
Programs that are essential to city hall’s identity - the city council chamber, the reference library, and the mayor’s office - are located within and adjacent to the central hall’s main space. These program adjacencies provide a visual connection between city hall visitors and their elected officials. The council chamber, positioned within the central hall, is enclosed by rotating partitions that allow for the public to inhabit the space when the council is not in session.
The central hall, as an undefined space, lends itself to multiple uses and forms of public function. In this way, the central hall becomes a space of overlapping public assembly.