It is the abstract that never ends

Posted in Uncategorized by johnsnavely on September 19, 2007

Let’s try the abstract again….


In 1914… blah blah…. you’ve read this paragraph here already.

In this example, we find a variety of programmatic function contained in a single building. This result is driven by the extraordinary demographic change in the surrounding urban site. And this result could continue as a successful, vernacular response the site conditions for years to come. There are, however, a couple things that this lacks that might benefit from a designed intervention. One: overlapping program. Elsewhere, we see this as a useful strategy for co-existence and compaction. It’s rare as a natural phenomenon, but the Brooklyn is home to many planned examples. Secondly, we rarely see program that can be shared by multiple groups; we see increased specialization instead of crossover. Although programmatic specialization functions well in mono-cultural neighborhoods, the shared boundary of these neighborhoods, such as the area of this site, calls for a different approach.

This thesis forces both those issues by reintroducing a performance space/movie palace, into the building. The original program, however, is not displaced. Since there isn’t the physical space to accommodate separated programs, overlap and layering must occur.


Maybe there’s a hotel/motel in here? I’m still thinking about the third program. Housing seems generic, but I’m not sure what to replace it with. The 99 Cent Movie Palace has a nice ring to it. The 99 Cent Movie Palace Hotel (and spa!)? Hmmm… I’ll have to think it over.


The drivers of the project are programmatic overlap and the typology of the movie palace.


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