Context, Change, Flexibility, Identity, Kowalski
PART 1: RAPID CHANGES
The American City is characterized by a history of industry, rapid growth and stagnant economy, and a quick adaptation to consumer culture. In cities once characterized by specific industries, they now attempt to cling to their cultural identity and the arts to preserve their image beyond their industry, readdressing and reinvigorating permanent cultural entities such as the library, museum, and theater. This reviving is done in variety of ways, all of which require heavy funding both privately and publicly and primarily result in interventions of permanence. [Chicago's Millennium Park, Cleveland funding waterfront activity, New York City interventions in its ports]
PART 2: HOW TO RESPOND As a response to rapidly changing social and economic context, architectural responses are generally permanent. They are static in time the moment they are designed/built, despite that they may be responding to a rapidly changing situation. This architecture is always designed up-to-date but without designing simple ways of updating, and the approach could outlive a program for which it was designed. For a situation with present need and no means meet it at a permanent building scale, the options are minimal and informal (Pop-up, DIY). Additionally, the possibilities of updating and adapting through permanent intervention are limited and simultaneously wasteful.
Kowalski, Casie, "Transient Solutions: Responding and adapting to rapid change through temporary design- Part 1" (2014). Architecture Senior Theses. 227.
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