Preserving Change, Changing How We Preserve
Vosmek, Maureen Hogan
Wortham-Galvin, Brooke D.
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This thesis investigates how infill development within a historic urban setting acts as part of the continuous spatial evolution of cities through time and views buildings as a living, changing artifact of human use imbedded in a complex, stratified and interconnected environment. As an addition to the Schuler School of Fine Art, located in the Station North Arts District of Baltimore, Maryland, this thesis weaves new construction through the negative spaces defined by existing historic structures. This overlapping of new and old creates an experiential quality that allows for a temporal reading of the site and the school. This project attempts to mend a broken fabric while reflecting evolving paradigms of preservation, style, social patterns and environmental concerns. Design emphasis is placed on the shared character of the contiguous buildings, and the exposed quality of joining elements between new and old.