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UrbanStage


UrbanStage

K. Todd White

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UrbanStage Studio06. Portlandcementstudio design: K. Todd White critic: Professor Denis Jesson studio sponsor: Portland Cement date: Term 2. M.arch. 1996 50.732 Studio6 Architecture

Identifies constraints in the analysis of mixed-use projects on urban sites. Diverse concepts are explored beyond program, and factors reflecting social and technological change are dealt with.

Department of Architecture University of Manitoba

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K. Todd White Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada (204) xxx xxxx

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introduction Urbanstage pursued multiple issues imbedded within the evolution of a densely mixed-use program and places heavily animated urban zones of interaction in combination with contemporary urban housing units. It successfully explored and challenged relationships between buildings, voids, spaces, and people. Developing strong statements on identity, observation and flexibility within a new vision where architecture and social space transforms into hyper dense situations. The identity of the individual in a dense collective is tracked by strong architectural moves which would develop choice, and present individuals through spatial decisions as the clues and "billboards" to each individual's identity within collective neighbourhood. The compression and concentration of dwelling units animate the relationships beyond the physical, through observations across the intersecting voids. The "Billboard" patios, with sliding privacy screen panels, offer an opportunity, as well as an outlet for the individual to participate and capitalize in our growing consumer referenced culture. Individuals are afforded the opportunity to subsidize rent through advertisements (what company, what conduct) or to subvert consumption and apply ones own sign, material expression or no sign at all. By pursuing the modern ideal of the open plan, "glass house", the apartments are stacked versions of Philip Johnson's glass house. This creates a dynamic system of observation and staging. This oscillation of each unit being both stage and audience pursues a dialogue between the community of the urban stage and individual thourgh spatial manipulations, such as; curtains (drawn or pulled), screens (translucent or opaque), unit layouts, furnishing and attitudes to the developing social group. In a new coded dialogue of spatial manipulation the neighbourhood of tenants communicate to the other across the void, speaking of individual identity, personality, and the potential community relationship.


physical model - top view

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site

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James Street facing elevation

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context Historic Pump House building

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physical model - partial building

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billboard patio screens

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physical models - partial building (left) - site modal (right)


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site model - top view

site model - streetside

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Published t.White 04/00.Winnipeg Winnipeg 204 XXX 5361 Saskatoon 306 XXX 7289 Text Photography + design K. Todd White Printing

Centiple printing, Winnipeg

Š 2000 t.White

This document was produced on a PowerMacintosh G4 using QuarkXPress 4.0 + Photoshop 5.5.

UrbanStage - Downtown Winnipeg  

UrbanStage M.Arch. Architecture 1996 University of Manitoba K. Todd White

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