Critic: Pier Vittorio Aureli
Project Team: Aaron Dresben, Nicholas Kehagias
This project asserts the necessity of a new form of housing for “the creative class” in the city of Newark. In opposition to contemporary notions of flexible and informal spaces for living and working, the project seeks to create a clearly defined space that provides accommodation, work space and library facilities for two hundred and fifty creative workers and local residents.
The project draws on the typology of the hortus conclusus as the formal and programmatic foundation for the design of an architectural archetype that brings together public housing and public information. This archetype is deployed on a number of vacant lots in Newark, defining a constellation of framed, empty spaces which serve as the catalyst for the emergence of a new form of collective identity for creative workers.