Part of the increasing complexity of this studio will be created by taking the knowledge of site design, ecology, program, and client needs that you’ve learned in previous studios and placing them in this new urban context—and dealing with the relationships of these concerns and values within the city environment as it connects to the fringe and region. In this studio, we will be consistently and simultaneously seeking to find and resolve the inter-relationships between scales, multiple stakeholders, and issues. In other words, as you move through this studio, you should find it more and more challenging to maintain the autonomy of the designer and the “great single idea” or concept, as diverse and multiple concerns begin to assault such design single-mindedness. While this can be difficult and frustrating, the complexity of urban sites can make urban design particularly rich, exciting, and rewarding and ultimately fulfilling for the designer and the public.
The goals for our studio is to thoroughly research and understand the concept of retrofitting suburbia and apply its theories and principals to the Dublin Village Center and its context, and then, based on this understanding, envisions alternative design scenarios for the site interface and its residents. While large-scale urban design and planning issues will examined, this studio emphasized physical and social aspects of urban design, and culminated in proposals for specific site plans and design details that relate back to overall strategic design and planning ideas including but not limited to four themes: (1) open space and green infrastructure, (2) walkability and interconnectivity, (3) mixed use environments and adaptive reuses, (4) urban village and new downtown.