Harlem, Urban Marker
The thesis is an attempt to create an architecture capable of providing an identifiable urban marker: The intention of the marker placed in a specific composition will be to designate the area as a unique urban sector of the larger city. This in turn will make the architecture a social catalyst activating thought and speculation toward itself and its surrounding (respective sector). It is primarily for this reason the architecture created must be conscious of the sector's cultural and functional needs; Providing a cultural progress center. The site's relationship to the larger city acts as a gateway or threshold to the city's primary park to the south and Harlem's major corridor to the north, thus being very visible and easily accessible. These conditions will prove effective in establishing the urban marker.
Rickenbacker, Shawn L., "Harlem On My Mind" (1987). Architecture Thesis Prep. Paper 6.