2024 Boston Olympic Village: An Unconventional Convention
An Unconventional Convention
This project reimagines the expansion of the existing convention center as an opportunity to create a new type of urban center in post-Olympics Boston. Instead of expanding the convention center by merely enlarging its current footprint as the existing proposal intends to do, we propose to strategically extend the convention center in a linear fashion across the entire site. As such the new linear expansion serves as a spine for future localized activities and programs to form around it. Hence, the existing convention center is simultaneously expanded in footprint but also reconceived in scale and scope of programs to sustain an intensity of activities in post-Olympics Boston.
Speculating beyond the potential termination of the International Space Station, my proposal for a new headquarters for CASIS is a hybrid typology of office, laboratory, and gallery dedicated to research on space. CASIS Headquarters becomes an infrastructure in which various private sectors can occupy as tenants, taking advantage of facility once inaccessible to private sectors. The form is composed of vertical blocks that form the office and gallery and the horizontal blocks that hold the laboratory spaces. While the block retains its programmatic autonomy, compound surfaces mediate the vertical and horizontal blocks in an unexpected way, forming open shared spaces that encourage collaboration among different entities in the space.
The shared spaces host a large swimming pool and an X-Y-Z cable system that recreate microgravity conditions for simulation experiments. As these facilities become prominent features of the building, the act of research becomes a spectacle for the public as well as the exhibited work in progress.
Seoul, a constantly changing city, is at a confluence of historical-cultural preservation and progress. The current urban landscape of Seoul results from its numerous urban projects that attempt to revive historical identity as well as to establish its position as a global city.
The Han River divides the city into its historical center and the emerging economic districts north and south of the river respectively. In addition, the river also marks the different urban fabrics that the city has adopted on each side.
The tabula rasa condition of the south allows for an unhindered urban project while the historical north desires for interventions that are more considerate to the existing urbanscape. Nationally, the contemporary topic of cultural and urban reformation in the city has been about its attempts to reclaim its identity. Seoul addresses such issues of reclaiming its identity through urban developments that are rooted in restoring and reviving its historical face alongside a contemporary urban movement.
The barcode house prototype dedicates the long narrow lot to an open living space that connects the front street to the backyard through a series of thresholds. The open first floor is utilized for communal living spaces while the bedrooms are tucked into a compact volume on top. A series of floating walls that contain different programmatic elements divide the long volume into zones making each area more distinct. The walls also form a gradient, going from more opaque to more transparent towards the backyard, preserving privacy from the front porch while retaining openness from the backyard.