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Thefirst half of the studio researched the logistics and amount ofstorage required for both institutional and residential. Takingpart in the inst… Read More
Thefirst half of the studio researched the logistics and amount ofstorage required for both institutional and residential. Takingpart in the institutional group, my task was to research all majorevents and paradigm shifts that have occurred for institutionalstorage and to document that as a time line. A method that couldallow prediction of future paradigm shifts. Thesecond half of the studio focused on developing future possibilitiesof storage that may occur in the future. I was interested in asking‘What if all storage occurred in abandoned structures?’ Thisresulted in using fiction as a platform for realistic invention. Inteams of two we developed this selected topic with curiosity of thecomplacency around the activity of storage and the isolated andreserved space it occupies. Bostonbecame our city of investigation. There is currently over anestimated 7.5 mill SF of personal storage space in areas in andaround 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. Thesespaces are largely occurring in residential areas Theproposal has three aims which address three different scales. Thefirst, 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 culturearound storage and exchange. Theproposal develops strategies for utilizing maximum use of space byproviding a pick up and delivery service. This also allows to alterthe working plan for a storage facility by providing flexible spaceon a need-basis. Onthe neighborhood scale, the project reinforces community ties byintegrating storage with community events. Essentially, the buildingbehaves as a neighborhood association and a place of public exchange(in the form of yard sales). The design of the building itself is astrategy that transforms the building as a storage facility, andincludes enough flexibility to quickly adapt to the various needs ofthe community. Byconverting an abandoned building into storage that facilitates incomeand allows it to behave as a community center, the facilities cannetwork at the city scale and have a much larger impact. Read Less
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Urban Garage
Abandoned Buildings For Storage