Unit 10: Self Sustaining Artists' Community

Denver, Colorado
This project was a one year long conceptual thesis project completed at Philadelphia University in 2009. My chosen building was the old Gates rubber factory located just south of downtown Denver. The project was an ambitious one that took on the idea of preventing demolition of the residing structures in order to redevelop the site into a community that would embrace its surrounding artistic districts.

Named after its formal documentation name, I worked closely with Unit 10--a portion of the Gates complex which is close to one million square feet in size.

In essence, this particular project aims to create a self-sustaining live/work community for artists. Through the redesigning of an existing factory and its site, the facility will provide beyond the general resources of shelter and protection by respecting needs specific to artists and creative thinkers. The spaces designed throughout the course of this project will maximize flexibility and will be recognizable as exciting spaces that are undeniably conducive to prolific development. Considering artistry as a life-long journey, the design of this community will address the importance of experience and will emphasize the necessity of nourishing atmospheres. Additionally, the intention of this project holistically is not to simply produce a stable community within the buildings walls, but also to promote social interaction and collaboration outside of them. Through heavy consideration of urban planning, landscape design, and architecture, the overall design will include a fusion of disciplines and ideals that combine to improve the quality of the immediate outdoor environment and promote living in and outside of space as we understand it.
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Design for a self sustaining artists' community.
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