American City X: Syracuse After the Master Plan by Mark Robbins

By Mark Robbins

In American urban X, editor Mark Robbins, former dean of Syracuse University's university of structure, argues that cutting edge and compelling structure cannot basically improve the best way a urban is perceived, but in addition switch how it works. seeking to Syracuse, long island, because the archetypal "American urban X," the e-book showcases tasks that reveal strength optimistic futures for submit business towns around the nation. that includes renovations and ground-up constructions—ranging from landscapes to structures and infrastructure—at either residential and institutional scales, the profitable contemporary paintings in Syracuse addresses sustainability, fabric and formal experimentation, and artistic use of house for evolving group wishes.

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Review spaces, a reading room, faculty offices, and a cafe surround the central atrium, providing a setting that encourages interaction among students, faculty, staff, and visitors. 59 60 American City "X" Slocum Hall 61 Opposite, top: Atrium and skylight Opposite, bottom: Fourth-floor atrium and stairway Above: Slocum Auditorium Left: Slocum Gallery 62 CARMELO K. ANTHONY BASKETBALL CENTER Client Syracuse University Design Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Architect of Record King + King Architects Project start 2006 Project completion 2009 Cost $19 million Opposite, top: Exterior at night Opposite, bottom: Rendering of practice area The 54,000-square-foot Carmelo K.

All the projects in this volume have been conceived within the past ten years, and many have been completed within that time, employing a variety of means. All required a strategic use of funds, as well as a careful selection of both site and architect. Some of these projects were done through traditional means of site acquisition, commissioning, and/or renovation. Others were built through hybrid funding, with sources including New York State, Syracuse University, and private developers. They are located on campus, in the downtown district, and in locations that span and connect those areas, and they range from buildings to landscapes to infrastructural work.

Though its median household income of $11,500 makes it one of the poorest census tracts in the United States, as a whole it offers a scale like the city itself, in which modest projects will have an impact. The Near Westside Initiative (NWSI) was founded as a nonprofit development corporation by Syracuse University to work intensively in this community. 8 million through the state as a nucleus for building acquisition and construction, with funds divided among the Syracuse University School of Architecture, the NWSI, and the Center of Excellence (CoE), a state-funded facility devoted to technology.

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