Habitable Green Roofs
Comfortable Work Spaces (i.e. temperature, daylighting)
Architecture for Women
As my research begins to appear in design applications, I continue to investigate my proposed site. I am working in the 1300 block of Ridge Avenue in Center City Philadelphia. This site has been popular in Philadelphia news over the last few weeks, since the recent acquisition of the historic Divine Lorraine by investor, Eric Blumenfeld. Since his purchase, he has released a master plan for the redevelopment of the surrounding blocks of North Broad Street. The ideas for the area, as depicted by CDA&I, include:
- hospitality school building
- several school complexes
- transit centers
- professional basketball training center
- technology center
- arts facilities
- parking centers
- auxiliary sports fields
"When you think there's a designer or an architect or an architect's assistant sitting somewhere pointing out plans for your block on his or her CAD system and then hovering the cursor over your building and then hitting click and then — poof — your building doesn't exist anymore — and you had no idea," said [a North Broad neighborhood resident]. "You know you're just a dismissible detail on somebody's plan. It's just weird."
To help me to think about the use of the site, I developed a cast of characters. I use each character to walk or drive through the site and come up with their experiences. The end goal is to develop a design that will make all of these use cases successful.
This week, we enjoyed a great taco night on Sunday. Tacos are simple, but they should be colorful. We add a can of cream-style sweet corn, black beans, and diced tomatoes to our ground beef and taco seasoning for flavorful bites.