Title page for ETD etd-110399-004405


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Huebner, Scott Matthew
Author's Email Address g_shuebner@hotmail.com
URN etd-110399-004405
Title Philadelphia Public Housing: Reknitting the Urban Fabric
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Frascari, Marco Committee Chair
Kagawa, Ronald M. Committee Member
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member
Keywords
  • housing
  • genius loci
  • community
  • urbanism
Date of Defense 1998-05-07
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Our world continues to undergo significant and extraordinary changes. Technology is firmly becoming embedded into society, population is steadily increasing, and a greater awareness of our fragile environment is emerging.

Cities are responding.

There is a reclaiming of the American downtown. Suburban USA still sprawls at alarming rates, but cities are beginnng to shed their image of havens for crime and the homeless.

A more acute investigation at the neighborhood scale reveals situations more reluctant to adapt. Pieces of the urban fabric over time have been torn from their whole. Some, the result of neglect, while others are the victims of sweeping Modernist ideas that never came to fuition, leaving racial, social and economic barriers that halt the momentum of change. This thesis project, Philadelphia Public Housing: Reknitting the Urban Fabric, addreses these issues by forming a bridge between a place, with its inherent urban language and the people who inhabit that place.

In an age of mass produced housing, how does one create an architecture at the urban scale that harmoniously coexists in an environment of crafted, historic housing, while embracing a standardized set of parts and assembly, maintaining integrity and promoting the building of community?

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