DASH Invigorating the Wyoming Street Corridor through Competitive Movement Spectacle
Movement on Main Competition Entry
Project Team Alex Coulombe James Doerfler, RA Dan King
Ian Nicholson Morgan Shaw Danton Spina
03 Contents 04 Letter of Intent 06 Project Sketchbook 15
22 Team Overview and Composition 25 Contact Information
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Letter of Intent Competitive Movement Spectacle The SALT District of Syracuse is a neighborhood that has been remarkably successful at turning its problems into opportunities. From the Ground Up, WCNY, The Redhouse, The Delavan Arts Center, and the SU Warehouse have all helped to turn an under-served area into one of the most exciting in the region. However, the area remains relatively low-density for an innercity neighborhood. The area lacks the sheer density to make everyday street life as robust and vibrant as some would like to imagine. This is not a bad thing; far from it. But it means that plans for intervention must take these realities into consideration and not waste resources on expensive infrastructure that goes unused and neglected. We therefore propose a strategy of spectacle. When the life of the street cannot be spatially compressed, it must be chronologically compressed into events. We envision the quarter mile of Wyoming St. from Marcellus to Fabius as a race track for any manner of “Wyoming Street Dashes,” from traditional sprints and boxcar derbies to more “outthere” events like dogsled-drag racing, competitive ziplining, and solar R/C car races. These urban spectacles would attract participants and visitors from all over the city, and in some cases the region. The increased activity would contribute to supporting a more robust commercial presence along the eastern edge of Wyoming, and the competitive nature of the events could foster a healthy rivalry and awareness between different neighborhoods of Syracuse. To support these “Dashes”, a permanent infrastructure is needed that enables the logistics of the races as well as serving everyday civic functions and marking the Wyoming St. corridor as important. This infrastructure would need to provide distance-marking, lighting, and vendor utility hookups. We propose a continuous overhead track over the sidewalk on the west side of the street. This track would be structured to support all manner of add-ons – such as benches, lights, info panels, swings, playground ziplines – as well as a permanent run of “monkey bars” for the fun and exercise of the local residents. Through the track would run power/data lines that could replace the overhead wires existing currently, as well as periodic outlets to allow vendors and passerby to plug into the grid.
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In addition to the linear “monkey-bar” track, the lots would be integrated into this infrastructure. The large Marcellus corner lot would be the “mainstage” for the events, providing a focal point for following the races and socializing. The mid-block lot south of Otisco would be a “digital garden” for interactive sculpture installations produced by the neighborhood artists. The small Tully corner lot would be the “backstage” for Dash participants to prepare for races. In an age where the latest in multi-million-dollar entertainment is instantly available to all on their computers and phones, we insist that these organized, participatory, social spectacles are the best strategy for fostering an active, outdoor civic life. The members of this team have spent much of their young lives organizing and designing spectacles. The three founders of the still-active Warehouse Architecture Theater (WhAT) group at the SU School of Architecture are excited to continue their studies into the intersections of architecture and theater. We think that a theatrical approach is ideal for the SALT District, and we are excited to bring our unique skills and experience to this design challenge. Sincerely, Alex Coulombe James Doerfler, RA Dan King
Ian Nicholson Morgan Shaw Danton Spina
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Shelter + Bench
Embedded Dance Steps
Spectacles 6 â€“ DASH
Interactive Projection Wall
Projection Dance Party
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Monkey bars aren’t just for children; here a couple of residents use them to keep fit during their lunch break. Meanwhile, some recent patrons of the Delavan Art Center wait for the Connective Corridor bus to take them back to Downtown.
Panorama A – West Side
Shelter and Bench
Shelter and Bench
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It’s the Westside 5k today, and the winner has just pulled in! Meanwhile, some children play with the interactive projection wall and practice their dance steps.
Panorama A – East Side
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It’s a blizzard as usual in Syracuse and the children are using the opportunity to make giant snowballs and casually toboggan down the empty street. Meanwhile, a local artist takes shelter under the awning while waiting for a ride.
Panorama B – West Side
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It’s the annual Dogsled Drag-race and the competition is fierce! Meanwhile, a high school class is learning about interactive technology in the sculpture garden.
Panorama B – East Side
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At the intersection with Tully, children play on swings, climb the monkey bars, and get themselves a delicious frozen treat. Meanwhile, some local women go for their Saturday jog.
Panorama C â€“ West Side
Monkey Bars + Swing Set
Monkey Bars + Swing Set
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A competitive zipliner lands at the platform on the small corner lot. Meanwhile, there’s an interactive projection installation going on underneath, and DJ Best Buy is rockin the house.
Panorama C – East Side
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18 Scopic Theater 20 CHiAS
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Type Status Location Area Year
Pike Block Alex Coulombe with VIP Structures
Retail, Residential Under Construction 300 South Salina St, Syracuse, New York 25,000 SF Retail/105,000 SF Residential Estimated Completion September 2013
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Project Branding Photographs of Historical Transition Plans Axonometric
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The Pike Block project comprises four adjacent downtown Historic District buildings; the Chamberlin, Witherill, Wilson and Bond buildings, which VIP Development Associates is currently transforming into a complex of residential and retail space. In addition to street-facing opportunities, retail space will also be available in a court-
yard that connects Clinton and Salina streets, serving as a link to Armory Square. Alexâ€™s responsibilities on the project included producing a thorough building information model in Revit, meeting with local committees to establish a focused design approach, and rendering the proposed design as still images and animations.
07 05 Project Renderings 06 Construction Photograph 07 Sections
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Type Status Location Area Year
02 01 Rendering 02 Plan and Section of Existing Fort 03 Project Plan and Section
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Theater Unbuilt Project Governer’s Island, New York, New York 250,000 sq. ft. 2010
The project entailed transforming a former military fort into a theater. The scopic parameters native to both fort and theater provided a field of operation for an architecture that simultaneously mobilized and exposed the machinery of spectacle. In tandem, amplifying and distorting
existing conditions of the fort and re-purposing them for a theatrical program provided catalytic parameters for design that are typically absent when designing from a clean slate.
05 04 Rendering of Theater Interior 05 Sectional Axonometric 06 Exploded Axonometric
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Type Status Location Area Year
Residential Unbuilt Project Syracuse, New York 89 residential units Designed 2008
01 Photograph of Model 02 Building Plans 03 Sections 03 20 â€“ DASH
CHiAS is a housing proposal in which the building’s circulation is organized around a longitudinal courtyard and a sequence of deliberately choreographed spaces defining increasingly intimate levels of community.
05 04 Photograph of Model 05 Unit Plans 06 Wall Section 07 Photographs of Model – Facade Details
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Team Team Overview
Warehouse Architecture Theater (WhAT) was originally conceived and established at Syracuse University in 2006 by team members Alex Coulombe, Ian Nicholson, and Danton Spina. As a student organization housed in the School of Architecture, WhAT provided for the exploration of the overlapping conceptual territories of theater and architecture. It continues in a professional setting to be an organization that aims to harness interdisciplinary design strategies to create transmedia theatrical productions. James Doerfler, a distinguished architectural professional and educator, will act as a licensed advisor to the WhAT members. The WhAT team operates as a distributed network, linked by more than 5 years of collaboration and intimate knowledge of each member’s individual strengths. While all team members will contribute to the project’s conceptual direction and design strategies, each member’s biography gives a summary of their particular focus.
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Team Composition Danton Spina James Doerfler, RA Alex Coulombe
Team Leader, Research Advising, Budgeting Modeling, Rendering
Ian Nicholson Morgan Shaw Dan King
Writing Graphic Design Interactive Technology
Team Leader, Research and Theory
Danton Spina received his B.Arch at Syracuse University with a thesis that redefined the transition between a public streetscape and a private theater venue in Philadelphia’s South Street neighborhood. Previous projects include the CHiAS collaboration with Ian Nicholson, and a market project in Florence which was well-received by local residents, who cited its sensitivity to the community’s needs. A co-founder of WhAT, Spina produced numerous shows while at Syracuse, including a full-scale musical that he had written himself. Following a year as an Adjunct Professor at Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades and a stint at GTM Architects in Bethesda, MD, Danton is currently pursuing an MS in Architecture at California Polytechnic State University, where his thesis is concerned with applying theatrical concepts to urban planning.
James Doerfler, RA
Advising and Budgeting
James Doerfler has more than 25 years of experience in international architectural practice. He has worked with Raphael Vinoly, Richard Gluckman and Fox & Fowle in New York City and PTW in Sydney, and maintained his own practice in each of the cities in which he has lived. His projects have included work in the United States, China, Spain, Switzerland and Australia. James received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Art History from the University of Hartford and a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University. While at Syracuse, James was fortunate to have studied under distinguished educator Werner Seligman. He also began his teaching career as a teaching assistant at Syracuse in 1981. Currently, Doerfler is the Architecture Department Head and Graduate Chair at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as well as a professor of design. James’ research activities have been centered around advanced architectural technology and interdisciplinary teams, connecting conceptual design to digital fabrication methods. Doefler is a registered architect in New York state and New South Wales, Australia, 2000. In 2012 James met Danton through the Cal Poly graduate program and is lending his considerable expertise to the practical and educational aspects of this project.
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3-D Modeling and Rendering
Alex Coulombe brings to the team a strong interest in theatre, interactive spectacle, and renovation. His work on the Pike Block with VIP Structures gave him the opportunity to interact with residents of the downtown Syracuse area and come to better understand their revitalization needs through design. His SU Architeture thesis, Scopic Operations in Military Theatre, explored manners by which to employ spectacle that actively engages a typically passive audience, and was awarded a re-presentation at Super Jury. Alex also participated in the interdisciplinary Connective Corridor design charette alongside majors in industrial design, landscape architecture, and interior design, creating the entry entitled The Syracuse Ribbon. Following experience working at Raphael Vinoly Architects and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, Alex is currently employed with Fisher Dachs Associates in NYC as a designer/consultant for new and renovated theatres. He also maintains a strong involvement in live theater, having recently overseen the production of one of his transmedia plays in Brooklyn under the auspices of WhAT.
Coordination and Writing
Ian Nicholson’s movement spectacle is ultimate Frisbee. While a student at Syracuse, Ian conceived and organized the RUFF Tournament, which in its first year drew eight teams composed entirely of architecture students. During his time at Eight Inc., he focused on using smart design and emerging technologies to encourage customer interaction in retail environments. Work on his undergraduate thesis at SU led him to studied urban theory and design in depth, including the precepts of Defensible Space, the observations of Jane Jacobs and Lewis Mumford, and the humane design strategies of A Pattern Language. “Conspicuous Space: Parking Lot Suburbanism” was honored with a re-presentation during Super Jury. While at SU Ian took a course taught by Lubrano & Ciavarra which concentrated on potential residential renovations in the Near Westside. His team focused on a shotgun house on Ontario street, designing strategies to make the space more livable, exciting, and ecologically performative.
Morgan Shaw received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University, where he was an early and active member of WhAT. His coursework gave him numerous opportunities to study and make proposals concerning urban conditions in downtown Syracuse. Since graduating, Morgan’s focus has been on creating visually compelling and accessible representations of complex information. He will continue in this capacity on the Dash team, working to ensure a consistently high level of quality in its graphic communication.
Dan King holds a Bachelors degree from Syracuse University, with a Physics major and an Architecture minor. From structural analysis to solar technology, his studies were constantly engaged with the overlap between the two fields. Both independently and in collaboration with several members of the Dash team, Dan has designed and published board games and multiple interactive projects. Most recently he collaborated with Alex Coulombe on a theatrical projection that changes with the action of the play, thereby freeing the actors from the usual timing demands of multimedia theater.
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Contact Please address all competition-related correspondence and inquires to: Danton Spina firstname.lastname@example.org 1262 Murray St, Apt. 24 San Luis Obispo, CA (315) 350-0958
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