Four innovative projects designed by Process Architecture promote community and social responsibility
An awareness of climate change, expensive energy and a rapidly expanding population are the major issues that the leaders of the 21st century are faced with solving. If architecture is to remain relevant in this current epoch, the profession must design buildings that have more to offer than style and image. Architecture should emerge from a process that is focused on creating architecture that adds value to the clients and the communities that they serve.
The work presented here is informed by a collaborative process that is inclusive of the client, fabricators and contractor, but also exhaustively examines economic, sustainable, accessible, social and political issues.
In the design of the Lite Stop the inaccessibility of public transportation by the visually impaired is exposed as a social inequality. The design of the City of Orlando commuter rail station repurposes the remains of a historic mid-century modern structure in an effort to preserve the city’s disintegrating history. Both of these projects question the stigmas associated with mass transit in Orlando, by proposing designs that allow their beauty to be an expression of their value.
The Fairview Park shelter ignores the less degenerative prototypes encouraged by LEED in favor of a regenerative structure that produces more clean water than it needs, and makes use of photo catalytic cement to reduce the pollution levels that plague Cincinnati. The design for the Paramore Health Clinic responds to Florida’s unique climate through the use of a unique bris-soleil double-skin system, while also giving the impoverished town of Paramore the flexibility in use, combing health clinic, event space, civic center and town hall into a single structure. The above designs maximize the potential of the resources they consume, and allow the value inherit in the problem to express itself in what is an architecture of the greatest value.