Non-Invasive Urban Regeneration
In a time of increasing homogenization of cities, the preservation and transmission of memory and history is crucial. As we respect architectural and urban heritage, can we find a non-erasing, non-invasive and gentle approach to urban renewal? This respect and appreciation for memory and existing facts is the anchor point for my architectural exploration at Cornell. Each city has its own unique memory, which may be cultural, material, geological, political, or simply a subjective human perception. Unique memories produce unique spatial experiences, and such spatial experiences make each building different, which is also at the root of citizens’ sense of belonging. But with advanced technology, architects can easily realize any design idea. Moreover, when designers' desire to express their architectural ambition overshadows their respect for culture, history and memory, and when the local government also considers the architectural heritage and urban history as old and useless, the city loses its character and become homogenized. During my educational journey at Cornell, I wanted to explore a non-invasive and gentle approach to urban regeneration. Therefore, I participated in studios and electives courses that explored related topics, including the preservation and redesign of geological memory, material memory, urban history and human memory. In the design studios, two main design ideas were experimented with: transforming memory into monument and making architecture a reflection of existing facts (or relative actors). In this summary document, I show how my design methods transform and redesign ancient buildings or cityscapes that have been classified as ‘dilapidated things’ by the government as well as how existing facts about buildings and neighborhoods that have been ignored by the public can be resurrected, giving them fresh blood and letting them better integrate with the surrounding environment of this new era, so as to form a brand-new community, within a cityscape for the future.
Architecture; Memory Preservation; Monuments; Socialization; Urban Regeneration; Urbanism
Cruvellier, Mark R.
Master of Science
Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dissertation or thesis
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