KNOWLTON.WORK celebrates student work from the 2019-2020 academic year at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University.

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Doug Graf

In homage to Robert Venturi’s “Projects for a Small Town in Ohio”, the studio designed three buildings for the center of the town of Yellow Springs: a Library, a Town Hall, and an Inn. The Library was designed and overall site strategies and building locations were developed over the course of the first 7 weeks. The Inn and the Town Hall were investigated simultaneously over the last half of the semester. The goals were mixed: to produce an object that could be interpreted as a narrative; to deal with the site in ways that made use of existing fabric, but to build on it and make it work in unexpected ways; to respond to the program in ways that enhanced its effectiveness and quality of experience; to focus on the system of circulation paths to develop systems of interest and reveal the structure of the various narratives and reveal programmatic pieces and their relationships through a thoughtful movement choreography; to design the spaces outside the buildings as components with as much validity and usefulness as the enclosed program and to develop relationships between the two systems, to produce a sort of Nolli plan of Yellow Springs; and to study a variety of compositional strategies for the elevations to make them perform as usefully as the plan strategies and to look at the degree to which the interior elevations were part of the same continuous system.

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