Performing Arts Center, Third Semester Core Studio
by Lauren (Elle) Gerdeman (MArch I '14)
Instructors: Danielle Etzler Fall 2011
Building on the first year core studios, the third semester will focus on the primary forces that shape an architectural project --site, situation,and systems -- to develop an architectural project as a comprehensive design, from concept to constructability. The third semester will focus on the building as a material and cultural artifact, with an emphasis on tectonics, materiality, structure, envelopes, urban and site specific concerns, as well as performance criteria such as acoustics, day lighting
and energy performance.
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The Government Service Center, voted the ugliest building in Boston, is a controversial, neglected and misunderstood building from Boston’s Brutalist period. The period from 1957-1976 coincided with an explosion of design innovation, large scale urban projects, and explorations of reinforced concrete architecture. Architecture was a primary instrument in what became known as Urban Renewal, which involved the seizure of neighborhoods by eminent domain for the purposes of constructing highways and government buildings. The construction of the Central Artery and Government Center were key elements in the planning of the city to create what was called the “New Boston.”
For this project you are asked to design a new building as an addition to the GSC building, in the place of the courthouse...