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Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown

Brighton, MA, US

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SHAPING URBAN SPACE

The project proposal for vacant Piazza Ghiberti is to design a new entrance for the adjacent architecture school, and design a new market space and student dorms.

The concept for the design for the market in Piazza Ghiberti in Florence, Italy grew from another piazza and market analysis directly adjacent to the site. The study of Sant Ambrogio market showed the need for a more temporary flexible market, that could be one place during the day and another at night. The design concept for the Piazza Ghiberti market is about flexibility.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Florence, Italy

 
The piazza is divided into two parts, allowing a path down the middle of the piazza from the architecture school entrance to the student dorms. One half is the flexible market area, which places the markets on tracks which can be hidden when desired and pushed underneath the elevated student dorms. The other half of the piazza is an open field for activities. The open field idea came from a daily observation of the piazza, showing activities such as soccer and kids and dogs playing.
The piazza is divided into two parts, allowing a path down the middle of the piazza from the architecture school entrance to the student dorms. One half is the flexible market area, which places the markets on tracks which can be hidden when desired and pushed underneath the elevated student dorms. The other half of the piazza is an open field for activities. The open field idea came from a daily observation of the piazza, showing activities such as soccer and kids and dogs playing.
There was a need for flexible living just as there was a need for a flexible market. The design for the architecture student housing grew from the flexibility concept of the market. The furniture mimics the colorful market stalls making the space changeable and free.
There was a need for flexible living just as there was a need for a flexible market. The design for the architecture student housing grew from the flexibility concept of the market. The furniture mimics the colorful market stalls making the space changeable and free.

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