Shad Everet Calvetti
Architecture as Membrane: New Opportunities for Social Interaction in the City
Master’s Project Spring 2009
Rick Lewis Studio
Interstitial spaces, space left over, and spaces in between are often overlooked as locations for the revitalization of our cities. They take the form of indistinct realms between the public and private domains and when realized often consist of poorly utilized infill developments. Looking at architecture as a membrane for connecting disregarded bodies offers new potential places for social interactions.
This project looks broadly at sites along the “drainage ditch portion” of the San Pedro Creek as new opportunities of viable interconnected developments. It then focuses specifically on one such opportunity, behind the Alameda Theater in downtown San Antonio. The design objective for this site explores how the courtyard in dialog with its built environment can promote and display internal/external and private/public relations within a mixed-use infill complex.
The physical forms that connect/separate the courtyard consist of fabricated steel and wood structures, and are infilled with glass and wall panel systems to simplify constructions on such a constricted site.