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Forging Connection

Forging Connection
Anonymous - Tue May 29, 2012 @ 12:53PM
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Connectivity has myriad architectural solutions, both between occupants and between occupants and the outside community. There are numerous examples of centripetal space, often seen in circulation places in which connectivity was encouraged. Schipol Airport and Pike Place Market have clearly delineated meeting points, which forge effortless connections between people.

Re-entrant corners is a common attribute in socially sustainable architecture. Because the form consists of two walls and two open sides, there is a simultaneous sense of enclosure and openness.  On the exterior, this form, unlike a more enclosed, three-wall, courtyard-like space, encourages connections to the greater community. On the interior, this encourages spontaneous interactions between occupants, which can enhance both social cohesion and social mixing. At the Lavezzorio Community Center by Jeanne Gang, the exterior room is adjacent to an interior room, further strengthening the connection across the building wall.

Vertical connectivity is also essential. The Apollo School and the Lavezzorio Community Center have highly complex sections and occupiable stairs that forge connections because of the visual links between levels. Vertical connectivity can also increase security and safety in the building, a tradtional theme in social sustainability.

La Maestra, Active Box by ARG Design, Lavezzorio Community Center, and the Pike Place Market reflect the culture of their communities through their design, which helps to forge connections between building occupants in the form of social cohesion. This cultural reflection also does much to connect the building to the greater community. The form, detail, and ornament announce the building to the outside community and welcome visitors. This enhances social mixing, an emerging theme of social sustainability.

 

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