A College of Design at College Park: Adaptive Reuse of Cole Field House
Newburn, Charles Matthew
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Both art and architecture deal with the physical environment, and both disciplines deal with the interpretation of history to manifest something new. This thesis proposes a College of Design to combine the University of Maryland's fine arts and design programs into a single entity in one instructional, collegiate live-work complex. The new facility will be an expression of a set of design values including a commitment to sustainable building practices, the conservation of the existing building fabric through reinterpretation, and a critical disposition towards design practice and studio culture. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary environment which facilitates collaboration and encourages experimentation.