The project describes a strategy which revitalizes the city through building in existing urban fabric. By finding the underutilized volumes in the dense city, and building in unused development rights, a building can exist in harmony with its surroundings without disruption. The proposal becomes a new kind of building, one that exists adjacent to and hovering over existing buildings, like a tight-fitting, three-dimensional puzzle. The aesthetics of the building represent this change in relation to context. It is a symbol of the virtual man-made lines of the city, plot lines and building height restrictions.
- New Renewal
Revitalizing the city within existing urban fabric
- The project describes a strategy which revitalizes the city through building in existing urban fabric. The attempt is to appeal to all persons affected in a project of this scale including developers, communities, and users. In the current state of urban renewal, buildings are demolished or gutted to build a new, bigger, and better building. This negatively impacts the occupants of the demolished and surrounding buildings on the site.
With a rethinking of urban renewal, a strategy that avoids demolition and displacement could be implemented for a better transition into renewal. It appeals to communities groups that cherish existing street conditions and developers that save on land costs. Since there is little to no demolition, the amount of waste created is minimal. There is a need to build in unused development rights and there is an alternativemethod.
By finding the underutilized volumes in the dense city, and building in unused development rights, a building can exist in harmony with its surroundings without disruption. The proposal becomes a new kind of building, one that exists adjacent to and hovering over existing buildings, like a tight-fitting, three-dimensional puzzle. The aesthetics of the building represent this change in relation to context. It is a symbol of the virtual man-made lines of the city, plot lines and building height restrictions. It blends in with the existing buildings by the compositions of similar elements - structure, mullion, and spandrel - and by reflecting the adjacent conditions and the sky.
The new Walpole Public Library designed by LLB Architects is sited near the downtown area of this suburb just outside of Boston. The library program is organized around four masses, encased in rectangular fiber cement panels, which anchor the building’s entries. In between them, generous circulation paths, a sculptural staircase, and skylights create a feeling of openness and lightness. The signage was designed to complement the building's architecture, utilizing a single, squarish sans serif contemporary typeface throughout all environmental graphics including exterior signage, dedication plaques, donor signage, vinyl graphics on glass, directory and room identification. The exterior canopy is adorned with dimensional aluminum lettering painted brown, matching the accent brick on the base of the exterior. Donor signage is applied on stainless steel plaques to complement the hardware and finishes of the interior architecture, and room signs are produced on translucent acrylic plates, adding greater depth and dimension to evoke the lightness of the central atrium. Geometric environmental graphics wrap the floor-to-ceiling glass study rooms in an abstract pattern mimicking the fiber cement panels. The signage package not only communicates and informs, but strengthens the conceptual design of the architecture. See more of the architecture at http://llbarch.com/project-catalog/libraries/walpole-public-library/Architecture, Graphic Design2012/04
Signage for the North Scituate Public Library in Rhode Island included stud-mounted deep cast aluminum exterior signage, vinyl hours of operation sign, glass dedication plaque supported by a bronze channel system, acrylic room signs throughout, bronze donor plaques, and cast bronze dedicated room signs. Produced for LLB Architects. Images 1, 3, 7, and 9 by Aaron Usher III Photography.Architecture, Design, Graphic Design2011/09
MUDEO assisted DREAM Collaborative in completing this design proposal for a new development in Jamaica. The design for Dry Valley has been developed around sustainable, new urbanist principles that prioritize walkable, livable, compact mixed-use communities in order to reduce the dependence on automobiles for weekly needs and maximize choice and opportunities for residents.Architecture2010/10
Tomatina is a California-based restaurant serving up the freshest ingredients. Inspired by the festival after the tomato war in Spain, “La Tomatina,” it’s a place where friends and families gather as a community. MUDEO provided renderings and assisted in the design of the exterior storefront for architect Amy Munsat.Architecture2010/01
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