Kit Krankel McCulloug

STANDING IN PLACE

We begin with the experience of our being, in the place that we are.

No matter where we are in the world, we each have feet, a head, eyes, ears, skin. We each feel heat, see light, hear sound. The ways in which our bodies respond to place create patterns of living that remain timeless and universal. 

But light, heat, sound are particular to place. The activities of daily life shape spaces in response to the phenomena of place. Patterns of living in place form typologies that are specific to locale. Perception is exquisitely localvore.

Our study of patterns operate at multiple scales: We examine the patterns of place and typologies that serve as increments of neighborhood. We study the patterns of living that inform increments of housing. 

We examine patterns of occupation that shape rooms, and the patterns of activity that shape the increments of rooms: doors, windows, thresholds. We study the patterns of daily life—sleeping, bathing, cooking, eating—that create the places we call our homes

We explore how place shapes the architecture of housing, and how housing shapes the life within.

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Student Work

Yuchun Huang + Yuxin Lin + Kun Zhang

Site Weaver takes its site as an inseparable part of the surrounding places.

The onsite elements are respected and retained, with bricks and stones, plants growing on the ground, and even gravel of original paths repurposed. The three existing houses are redesigned into new common spaces at the heart of each of three subgroups of dwellings. The original plants and stones are replanted according to the distribution of roads and buildings, arranged to form a natural scattered landscape.

Site Weaver respects the particularity of the surrounding environment.

It changes housing scales and privacy gradients according to three main orientations. A loose road grid is generated to weave the natural feeling from Butzel Park into the groups of dwellings while also taking advantage of the original woods to have a natural transition between public space and residential space. Different building scales respond the different street frontages: an intimate neighborhood scale along residential Townsend Street and a larger scale to help define the commercial corridor of Kercheval Avenue.

Site Weaver respects the diversity of the occupants.

Site Weaver accommodates a diversity of evolving family types and encourages interaction to enhance community. The housing types and the facade material are deformed to respond to the diversity of household composition.

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