Estefania Maldonadov
Andrew Filkoff

Document Type



Spring 5-2016


architecture, permanence, framework, cities, neighborhood




Architectural History and Criticism | Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis | Urban, Community and Regional Planning


The "post-industrial revolution" has, in its wake, given rise to a swath of cities suffering economic decline and social deterioration. These "shrinking cities" have experienced a loss in population to their surrounding suburbs and other dormitory settlements. Once thriving cities have been reduced to functioning as overdeveloped business parks where people come to work for five days a week - but then leave each evening to return to suburban ideal. It is unreasonable to assume that any masterplan alone can promote the future success of a shrinking city. Rather, this thesis contends that by dissecting the historical narratives and spatial qualities of these existing environments, it is possible to create a framework that locates a middle ground between the permanence of a masterplan and the temporarily of seasonal programs.

By implementing the "bottom-up" concepts familiar to the tech start-up scene via an architectural framework plan, this thesis argues that community interest in the future of depressed neighborhoods can be stimulated. By designing a flexible new infrastructure to house multiple interventions, designers can quickly and economically test ides. As these concepts are tested and feedback is collected, the platform will increasingly become more reflective of the community's need. By pivoting towards such successful intervention,m an architectural language can be derived, allowing for more permanent plans to be implemented.


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