Title

Imagining a Way Through

Presenter Information

Jonathan Nagy, Kent State University

Author'(s) Department(s)

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Abstract

Imagining a Way Through is an investigation into finding ways to engage with residual urban space. As part of an introductory urban design studio, the project served as a tool for exploring the highly individualized process of imagining design solutions for vacancy in our cities. The tool becomes a method for researching and understanding site through the projection of imaginary conditions onto the existing context. In this way, the project has initiated further investigation into the role that the individual plays in developing alternate futures for urban space. The question is also raised against permanence as a goal of design practice. As the individual is given more agency to affect their environment, long-term solutions to what would be increasingly temporary design problems become less practical.

Core Theme

Engagement

Disciplines

Architecture

Start Date

24-10-2014 2:30 PM

End Date

24-10-2014 3:30 PM

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Imagining a Way Through

Imagining a Way Through is an investigation into finding ways to engage with residual urban space. As part of an introductory urban design studio, the project served as a tool for exploring the highly individualized process of imagining design solutions for vacancy in our cities. The tool becomes a method for researching and understanding site through the projection of imaginary conditions onto the existing context. In this way, the project has initiated further investigation into the role that the individual plays in developing alternate futures for urban space. The question is also raised against permanence as a goal of design practice. As the individual is given more agency to affect their environment, long-term solutions to what would be increasingly temporary design problems become less practical.