Poster Title

Revitalization: Creating new architecture from remnants

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Architectural Science

2nd Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

2nd Student Major

Architectural Science

3rd Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

3rd Student Major

Architectural Science

Institution

Western Kentucky University

KY House District #

27

KY Senate District #

5

Department

School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Abstract

While it may seem appropriate to overlook the old for the new, is it possible to sustain our ecosystem in this manner? The choices we make impact our environment and those within it. Instead of relying on the novelty of the new, we should look to our inadequacies to give us greater opportunities. For we can achieve this through revitalization. By using revitalization, we have the opportunity to imbue something with new life and vitality. Revitalization in architecture can serve as a means to stabilize and perform for the greatest benefit to our ecosystem. We should look to revitalization in architecture as part of any design solution. It is our responsibility to imbue a decaying community with the chance at a new beginning. It is our responsibility to examine the existing framework of our cities as a solution to our design challenges. This is the design doctrine that we explored in our senior capstone projects. One approach to revitalization is an integrated urban remodeling concept that meets the complex needs of an area. Another approach is to shift the associated function of inoperative infrastructure into a commodity for community and ecosystem. Another approach explores the unification of modernity and historic memento to elicit the resurgence of the architecture’s potential. These approaches showed that revitalization is a viable part of architectural design.

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Revitalization: Creating new architecture from remnants

While it may seem appropriate to overlook the old for the new, is it possible to sustain our ecosystem in this manner? The choices we make impact our environment and those within it. Instead of relying on the novelty of the new, we should look to our inadequacies to give us greater opportunities. For we can achieve this through revitalization. By using revitalization, we have the opportunity to imbue something with new life and vitality. Revitalization in architecture can serve as a means to stabilize and perform for the greatest benefit to our ecosystem. We should look to revitalization in architecture as part of any design solution. It is our responsibility to imbue a decaying community with the chance at a new beginning. It is our responsibility to examine the existing framework of our cities as a solution to our design challenges. This is the design doctrine that we explored in our senior capstone projects. One approach to revitalization is an integrated urban remodeling concept that meets the complex needs of an area. Another approach is to shift the associated function of inoperative infrastructure into a commodity for community and ecosystem. Another approach explores the unification of modernity and historic memento to elicit the resurgence of the architecture’s potential. These approaches showed that revitalization is a viable part of architectural design.