The first half of the studio researched the logistics and amount ofstorage required for both institutional and residential. Taking part in the institutional group, my task was to research all major events and paradigm shifts that have occurred for institutional storage and to document that as a time line. A method that could allow prediction of future paradigm shifts.
The second half of the studio focused on developing future possibilities of storage that may occur in the future. I was interested in asking ‘What if all storage occurred in abandoned structures?’ This resulted in using fiction as a platform for realistic invention. Inteams of two we developed this selected topic with curiosity of the complacency around the activity of storage and the isolated andreserved space it occupies.
Boston became our city of investigation. There is currently over an estimated 7.5 mill SF of personal storage space in areas in and around Boston. At the same time that storage space is expanding, other types of forgotten spaces are accumulating, Currently there isabout 1.3 mill SF of abandoned space in the city of Boston. These spaces are largely occurring in residential areas
The proposal has three aims which address three different scales. The first, is to relocate storage from the periphery to the center. Second is embed services within local neighborhoods. Third, redevelop areas by transforming buildings and creating a new culture around storage and exchange.
The proposal develops strategies for utilizing maximum use of space by providing a pick up and delivery service. This also allows to alter the working plan for a storage facility by providing flexible space on a need-basis.
On the neighborhood scale, the project reinforces community ties by integrating storage with community events. Essentially, the building behaves as a neighborhood association and a place of public exchange (in the form of yard sales). The design of the building itself is a strategy that transforms the building as a storage facility, and includes enough flexibility to quickly adapt to the various needs of the community.
By converting an abandoned building into storage that facilitates income and allows it to behave as a community center, the facilities can network at the city scale and have a much larger impact.
Urban Garage: Jennifer Dunnam
Timeline: Chris Malcolm, Alex Marshall, Chris Miller
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Architecture + Urbanism