PriSchool – Glen Santayana

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In America the concept of how prisons should work and how they are designed has greatly been overlooked, and hardly changed.  Glen Santayana took a vastly different look at how a mixture between architecture, urban planning, and a radically different approach in how we treat non-violent offenders for his PriSchool prison design.  Glen takes the idea of a prison as an institution of punishment, and flips it to  a place of reform and education.  The title is a cheeky play on words, however if we are about to pay for these inmates to sit in prison, why not educate them beyond right from wrong.  Check it out after the jump and make sure to check out Glen Santayana full thesis book at the end!

STUDENT: Glen Santayana
SCHOOL:
Harvard GSD
PROFESSORS: John Hong + Jinhee Park
COURSE: Spring Thesis
YEAR: 2013

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Borgh dël Fum Projects – Simone Callea

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Simone Callea thesis is an attempt at bringing a mixed use program to renew the “Borgh dël Fum Projects” in Turin.  Turin is a city that has been left with vast complexes from the 2006 Winter Olympics to the old FIAT Factory, and pushing to modernize and revitalize parts of the city.  While studying at the Polytechnic University of Turin myself, we played with designing the new train station based on the master plan by Arch. Massimiliano Fuksas. Simone project pushes the live, play, and work model into large spanning urban renewal plan and integrating sustainable design.  The programs are not clearly defined as public and private spaces blend together creating smaller neighborhoods within the structure.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Simone Callea
SCHOOL: 
Polytecnhnic University of Turin
PROFESSOR: Paolo Mellano and Alessandro Fubini
COURSE:  Thesis / Floornature International Architecture Contest

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TECHNO-FUTURISM: HUDSON RIVER VALLEY REDUX – Kyle Baumgardner

Today we are checking out a project from last year’s Techno-Futurism cluster lead by Chris Perry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture.  Kyle Baumgardner approached the challenge that the city of Philadelphia is facing.  As Philly is in quest to become the ‘greenest’ city in America, but at the same time faced with the challenge of replacing the industry that keeps it alive.  Kyle pulls from the architectural notions of Yona Friedman’s, Marco Zanuso’s work, and Cedric Price’s Potteries.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT:  Kyle Baumgardner
SCHOOL: 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PROFESSORS: Chris Perry
COURSE: Final Thesis 
YEAR: 2012

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Urban Recreation + Transit – Ryan Jorgensen – University of Washington

Today we are coming at you with project by Ryan Jorgensen of the University of Washington, a studio designed for first year graduated students who do not already have a background in architecture.  The project design is for a community center to replace the vacant lot above the new underground rail line.  

SCHOOL: University of Washington
PROFESSOR: Elizabeth Golden , Rick Mohler
STUDENT: Ryan Jorgensen
YEAR: 2011
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