The Hult Plaza

Intership at Speranza Architecture + Urban Design

In the age of social network, meetings and gatherings can often take place over virtual environments, placing greater emphasis on the immaterial over the physical. Once vibrant and well used, many public spaces gradually became forgotten and neglected. How can information and digital technology play a role in reinvigorating these critical urban nodes? Commissioned by the City of Eugene, we re-envision a new public plaza at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts that engaged the public in immediate social interaction and to expand one’s social networks. Using Rhino modeling and scripting, we investigate the potential of a parametrically controlled, dynamical geometry that facilitates a wide range of uses and interactions.

Type: public space design study
Role: rendering, computational design, development for data analysis tools
Location: Eugene, OR, USA
Date: 2016

Images and drawing credit: Speranza Architecture + Urban Design

Proposed re-design for the plaza at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts

Summer nights moving screening

Eugene urban analysis: social interaction and cohesion

Early design strategies

Computational design for the mound geometry

Mound prototype

Acrylic model +  motion/proximity activated lighting

Public Exhibit at Jacobs Gallery at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts