Civic Mutations

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Response and Comments

So far I have a few comment on this blog but I think it will lead into a good discussion that will help me further down the road. Here’s a comment I received by email.

Great idea with the blog, I like it. That book by Jacobs keeps getting referenced in all the other things I’m reading too. So far your topic seems good, becoming more clear to me now. Couple comments:

I understand you have to do a single architecture building, but given what you are talking about I think that you need to have some urban design and planning in there. You said, “interaction between individual buildings and how they (the buildings) are addressing the city as a whole” which i think is really interesting and very clear; especially since you are thinking about going the housing direction (always a solid architecture school typology). I think you can pick out an area not too big, but just enough for you to make your point, then select a site where you can design a building. Inevitably there will have to be some kind of planning, no matter where you put your project. However, if you plan it yourself you can have more control, make it fit your thesis like a glove.

At the end when you say, “what are the qualities in life we seek?” I think thats way to broad, like something from a psychology dissertation. You may have to look into some of the aspects of the question, but answering it seems challenging.

Lastly, some of you questions at the very end. I’m not typing my response because it will probably be too long and I will probably see you soon and talk to you about it.

What’s the definition of space in today’s society?
-space is space, can it change? Maybe you can argue it changes in a virtual world, but we still live the physical one.

Is there a boundary between public and private space?
yes

Do we even need that boundary?
absolutely. I think only location of that boundary changes, as certain technologies evolve etc. like how the internet has privatized the public realm. I also think that this boundary is important, it’s what makes our living room different than office etc. Peter Rowe puts it this way, “Placement of a courtroom inside a supermarket, for instance, may severely impair the aura of authority necessary for judicial proceedings or, depending on degrees, make that process more approachable…how might a domicile not look like a public building, and vice versa”

I have a few response and some ideas on the last bit, but once I have a stronger case to argue, I’ll post it up.

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