Space (With)in and Above, 2021.
The project, Space (With)in and Above, is an urban institute that explores the spatial and social relationships generated by meshing a geometric framework with the organic and dynamic habitation of the community. The proposed site for this project is on Market St. in San Francisco and would provide the community with a myriad of fruitful spaces, including an art gallery, lecture hall, meeting rooms and studio spaces for designers and artists. Upon visiting the site, I became interested in the overhead experience of bus lines and electrical wires that float above, connecting and loosely framing the diverse city of San Francisco. I opted to apply this conceptual and physical framework to my urban institute, as a way of facilitating community experiences rather than enforcing them. The rich ecology of San Francisco also prompted me to introduce hanging foliage into this atmosphere, along with abundant passive daylighting to minimize energy consumption. Nature serves an important role in the institute, adding greenery to the dynamic and inclusive community atmosphere.