(Re)program for an art district
Master of Architecture
Buildings such as factories and warehouses are attractive to artists due to the presence of large unprogrammed spaces and massive amounts of natural light. Around the world, these districts have evolved somewhat spontaneously, as abandoned warehouses or other large buildings satisfy a need for a space that is programmed enough to be comfortable and flexible enough to create what is desired. There is an area in the city of Monterrey, Mexico, populated with buildings that are currently used as factory and warehouse space, it will soon be abandoned. This thesis project addresses the resultant unprogrammed spaces, represented by the existing warehouses and factories, and their relationship with the programmed spaces, represented by housing, green space and retail; proposing that both can work successfully together as the first art district of the city. With techniques such as repetition, juxtaposition and deconstruction a different architectural program can be reconfigurated into a building before it can be called obsolete. One can analyze its potential for adaptive re-use and give it new architectural value. Any typological building can accommodate different programs through strategies of organization.
Architecture; Communication and the arts