9. Speculative Design (PNCA Commons Redesign)

PNCA Swigert Commons Redesign project

aerial view of the open commons space with no setup for lecture or performance

Aerial view of the open commons space with no setup for lecture/performance.

commons big setup from balcony

Commons redesign showing the setup for a large lecture/performance (from East balcony)

Commons Redesign Class (With Stephen Weeks/BOORA Architects)- a proposal for a PNCA Swigert Commons design modification that would address some of the current problems with its function as a venue for lectures and performances.  Sound, light, intimacy and definition, ease of adaptability and setup, and of course cost were among the constraints we considered in our design.  This work represents a collaboration with Lauren Shaefer and Emma Conley.

  • Acoustics- The current commons space is giant and vacuous and audio (particularly with lectures) has proven to pose a problem with echos and sound waves conflicting with one another.  This was the chief problem that we attempted to address.

  • Lighting-the use of heavy materials would have helped to

  • Adaptability

    • …feeling of intimacy for smaller events

    • …addressing the needs of larger events

  • Ease of set up and flexibility- in addition to setting up the folding chairs, we designed the curtain walls to live on an organic and flexible track system to allow for ease of use.

  • Stage/Infrastructure- we can to design with the existing audio/visual setups in place

  • Budget – we proceeded as if the budget was nothing above a “shoestring”
commons open aerial view

Aerial view from the South of the open commons space with no setup for lecture/performance and curtain walls all drawn back.

commons open approach from front

View from the front door approach of the open commons space with no setup for lecture/performance and main curtain walls drawn back and secured.

commons big setup aerial

Aerial view from the South of the commons setup for a large lecture/performance with full capacity seating and all the curtain walls extended.

commons big setup approach from front door

View from the front door approach of the commons setup for a large lecture/performance with full capacity seating and all the curtain walls extended.

commons big setup plan view

Plan view from of the commons setup for a large lecture/performance with full capacity seating and all the curtain walls extended.

commons small setup plan view

Aerial view from the South of the commons setup for a small lecture/performance with full capacity seating and all the curtain walls extended.

commons small setup 2

View from the front door approach of the commons setup for a small lecture/performance with full capacity seating and all the curtain walls extended.

commons small setup 1

Aerial view from the South of the commons setup for a small lecture/performance with full capacity seating and all the curtain walls extended.

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