Building fabric: Weaving a new student union for New York University
Master of Architecture
Student Centers are typically iconic to a University, but are not always designed with their importance in mind. A student center serves anyone looking for a place to study, surf the web, be entertained, relax, shop, play billiards, eat, purchase books, meet, bank, or make travel arrangements. The program elements are distinct in function and require compartmentalized spatial organization. The services provided in a student center have various usage frequencies and times of activity. How can the design respond and create a relationship between program elements that have little relationship other than the fact that they are forced under a single roof? This thesis proposes a new Student Union for New York University's Washington Square Park campus in Manhattan. This project began with an exploration into the strategies of building fabric, and specifically weaving. Besides answering the need that NYU has vocalized for this building, the design attempts to translate the strategies used in building fabric to the scale of the building in an effort to create a "union" out of this set of compartmentalized programs.
Architecture; Communication and the arts