today’s discussion about my thesis, its associated readings, and site criteria, made me realize that ninigret state park, the abandoned airbase in charlestown, ri, is just not going to work. fascinating, powerful, and historically-charged as it may be, it is simply too big, too vast, and too disconnected to any certain community. it’s been real, but i’ve moved on….

i’ve also eliminated detroit as a possible site. the deteriorating urban conditions of detroit are too complex and too severe for one measly building to solve, so i had to remove it from my investigation. bye bye, detroit, i thoroughly enjoyed digging through your history. i hope to some day see you in person before you completely disappear.

so that leaves…. my charlestown, ma site as my thesis site!

this is a completely abstract model of what’s going on in charlestown. i’ll be building a real one soon enough:

now that my site is chosen, i feel a sense of relief in hitting a benchmark of the first part of the thesis, but this is just the beginning. in the process of exploring the sites, i had also begun to simultaneously explore program. since it is important that the functions that happen within my building can change over time, it is necessary for my building to be capable of adapting.

upon reading some critiques of louis kahn’s work, i realized that the twentieth century architect, educated according to the principles of the beaux-arts traditions, designed many of his buildings with the same intent. he subordinated the function of the spaces to the overall geometries and form of the building. often the spaces were organized around a courtyard, allowing the building to look inward, onto itself. this is something i will want to incorporate into the charlestown site, as dense residential that sprung up around it.

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