Rafael Luna, founding partner of PRAUD, will be speaking on the future of Boston; specifically its potential to intelligently grow from a city to a metropolis. His presentation is based on exclusive research which PRAUD is performing on behalf of the City of Boston for the upcoming book, I Want to be METROPOLITAN. Luna holds a Masters in Architecture from MIT. His work has been featured in numerous publications, and he has exhibited internationally. PRAUD, co-founded with Dongwoo Yim in 2010, is a research and design firm focusing on a contemporary approach to understanding the effects of urbanity and developing architectural process.
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This competition, being an idea competition, presented the chance for us to explore this research for the city of Seattle. For us, this competition was more than a hypothetical design for a specific site, but an understanding of how a public space could act as a catalyst for the Metro area of Seattle, and really start understanding Seattle Center as an urban core.
I Want to be METROPOLITAN is a research on small scale metropolises, using Boston as a case study to provide a different reading of the city. The study focuses on showing the efforts that the city of Boston has made in order to grow with metropolitan characteristics while remaining at a much smaller scale than cities like New York, London, or Tokyo. The morphology of Boston has been achieved through different metropolitan interventions that occur at different scales. These are divided at an infrastructural scale, urban scale, and architectural scale. By means of analyzing these different aspects, we can compose a vision of a future Boston, or Fictitious Boston, derived from its metropolitan potential.
The catalog is based on the seminar class conducted at Rhode Island School of Design in Fall 2011 and consist of student's analysis, exercise and projects related to TOPOLOGY & TYPOLOGY.
The research about Typology and Topology is developing an idea of how a solid mass interacts with void and how the solid can be systematized. Topology is a concept from mathematics concerned with spatial properties that are preserved under continuous deformations of objects. It emerged through the development of concepts from geometry and set theory, such as space, dimension, and transformation. Based on this concept, a variety of architectural massing can be categorized based on their three dimensional relation to void under certain deformations. While, typology study is a taxonomy of architectural system that integrates both architectural components and aesthetic features.
I Want to be METROPOLITAN is an ongoing research by PRAUD developed to understand the metropolitan efforts that the city of Boston has made, not only to understand our own setting as designers, but also to provide clues of the potential that the city of Boston can offer.
Although there have been many studies that focus on big urban movements and developments of Boston, few studies have been taken that focused on actual urban artifacts. Since the growth pattern of the city is now more towards integral growth, we believe it is time to focus on catalytic urban intervention projects around the city. This is part of our efforts to generate a various conversations between design professionals, community and civic associations.
The research for a publication is now moving forward and we expect to have a final publication in early 2012.