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翻譯:趙雅慧(簡介並寄信)
編輯:馬景文(簡介並寄信)
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課程描述

「對我們來說,建築不是孤立的私人宣言,而即時是公共(城市)行為和反映在特定時刻我們對世界的理解,即是這可能是什麼。它的正規形式既反映也推動社會、哲學、以及城市秩序的一些似乎可能的想法。建築學肯定是一門藝術,但它是社會藝術、城市藝術,因為我們教授的是我們相信的;我們設計專題不是為了探索風格,而是探索我們認為是建築的基礎,也就是:空間、城市主義、和意義的問題。在今天,這涉及建築與城市主義之間難以捉摸的介面。」——Michael Dennis《古代與現代之爭小記》2004年5月30日。

本工作室通過集中於羅德島普羅維登斯市的房屋及公共空間設計專題,探索建築與城市設計之間的介面。普羅維登斯市經歷了急劇轉變,從幾乎沒有經濟基礎的城市,轉變為圍繞著當地活躍的藝術和文化社區而增長的城市,因此被稱為「文藝復興城」。然而,儘管近年來的成功,普羅維登斯市還是不能吸引大量居民到市中心居住,而市中心缺少穩定的居民這情況也拖延了城市的增長。

普羅維登斯市的最新官方規劃涵蓋2000到2005年階段。接近規劃期末期,是好時機去重新檢驗市中心發展的情況,預期配合下一個官方規劃草案帶來新的建築周期。我們會與普羅維登斯市政府、當地的房屋機構(比如普羅維登斯市鄰里房屋公司),當地社區的利益團體以及發展商,一起理解普羅維登斯市中心的城市房屋需要和需求。由於普羅維登斯市距離波士頓很近,工作室成員會多次訪問普羅維登斯市,與參與人士討論,並在專題地塊調研。

工作室不會孤立地關注房屋問題。這些運作會有一個前提,即公共空間對於城市的可住性很重要,尤其是普羅維登斯市是以藝術和文化為經濟基礎。公共領域正正是為普羅維登斯市的藝術和文化提供生存的平臺,增強當地居民的訴求。房屋設計不光是引進人群,還需要塑造城市的公共空間。在這個工作室,我們探討兩方面,也懷著幫助普羅維登斯市繼續復興的願望。



課程描述

"For us, architecture is not an isolated private statement. Rather, it is at once a public (urban) act and a reflection of our understanding of the world at any given moment: i.e., what it might be. Its formal order both reflects and promotes plausible ideas of social, philosophical and urban order. Architecture is an art to be sure, but it is a social art, an urban art since we teach what we believe; we design projects not to explore style, but to explore what we consider to be fundamental to architecture: namely, issues of space, urbanism, and meaning. Today, that involves exploring the elusive interface between architecture and urbanism." - Michael Dennis, "Notes on the quarrel between the ancients and the moderns," 30 March 2004.

This studio explores the interface between architecture and urban design through projects focused on the design of housing and public space in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence has undergone a radical transformation from a city with little economic base to a city growing around its vibrant arts and culture community and has for this reason been called the "Renaissance City". Despite recent successes, however, Providence has been unable to attract residents to its downtown to any great extent (Downcity), and this lack of a stable residential downtown population has stalled the city's growth.

Providence's last official plan covered the years 2000-2005. As the end of its scope nears, now is an opportune time to re-examine the city's downtown development in anticipation of the new building cycle and in conjunction with the drafting of the next official plan. We will work with the City of Providence, local housing agencies such as the Providence Neighborhood Housing Corporation, and local community interests and developers to understand the needs and demands for urban housing in downtown Providence. Due to its close proximity to Boston, the studio will travel to Providence on several occasions to talk with participants and to investigate the projects sites.

The studio will not focus on housing alone, however. Instead, it will operate on the premise that public spaces are important to the livability of a city, especially a city like Providence whose economic base is arts and culture. The public realm quite literally provides the platform for its arts and culture to exist and adds to the desirability of its inhabitants. Housing design is necessary not only to bring people, but also to literally give shape to the public spaces of the city. In this studio, we explore both in the hopes of helping Providence continue its renaissance.