By Mark Robbins
In American urban X, editor Mark Robbins, former dean of Syracuse University's university of structure, argues that cutting edge and compelling structure cannot simply increase the way in which a urban is perceived, but in addition swap how it works. seeking to Syracuse, new york, because the archetypal "American urban X," the ebook showcases initiatives that reveal power confident futures for publish commercial towns around the kingdom. that includes renovations and ground-up constructions—ranging from landscapes to structures and infrastructure—at either residential and institutional scales, the winning fresh paintings in Syracuse addresses sustainability, fabric and formal experimentation, and creative use of house for evolving neighborhood wishes.
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At the bluntest level it’s about what it is and where it’s put. We can learn from the mistakes of earlier planning and are in an ideal position to select, edit, and curate from a catalog of successful strategies and inventions of others to make more-informed decisions about our future. The work in this publication suggests an approach to recrafting the typical American city now, in its actual postwar, post-urbanrenewal state. Recognizing the lack of massive funds aimed at renewal as well as the limits of earlier approaches, the method suggested draws on a variety of physical and social patterns as a base for strategic interventions that offer the potential for inflection and linkages at several scales.
Anticipating President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1966 Model Cities program, the Everson Museum complex reflects a vision of the city as, like the 194X map, a dispersed, modern place, accommodating vast numbers of cars, with gardens and residential and office towers in the place of dense, low-scale neighborhoods. At the heart of what was to be this new district is the cultural institution that was planned as a central locus for the new city. Its expansive plazas speak of the expectation of large crowds, though the district no longer had the local density to support it.
Adjacent to Slocum Hall, a classical revival building that houses the School of Architecture, the 11,000-squarefoot renovation and 9,500-square-foot addition connect the two buildings, enabling interaction and collaboration between faculty and students, engineers and architects. The faceted form and metal cladding of the new structure contrast with the existing architecture, illuminating the space and creating a focal point for the ensemble. The Structural Engineering High Bay Lab occupies the first floor, with a thirty-foot-high industrial space for materials testing.
American City X: Syracuse After the Master Plan by Mark Robbins