Thursday, January 20, 2011

Rethinking San Diego's urban landscape

Architecture students, whose teachers assign projects of ever increasing complexity, eventually have to break loose and prove they can tackle a project of their own choosing.
The results from this year’s graduating seniors and master’s degree candidates at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design downtown show they can compete with the best of the seasoned professionals.
From a creative reuse of Qualcomm Stadium as a “Museum of Light” to an experimental urban agricultural think tank, the solutions for many urban development issues were described as brilliant and provocative.
But architecture for most laymen is looks – and Jonathan Massie blew away the competition in his design for a cruise ship terminal in Nassau, the Bahamas, that could just as easily be built on San Diego’s waterfront.
warehouse temporarily converted to cruise use 15 years ago – and it’s still standing.

San Diego Convention Center, photo by Mastery of Maps

more urban readings about California:

Sustainable Development Ends Suburban Sprawl

San Francisco’s Big Plan: The Eastern Neighborhoods

Integration of landscape fragmentation analysis into regional planning: A statewide multi-scale case study from California, USA

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