A community network : a neighborhood multi-service center prototype

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dc.contributor.advisor Wyman, John E.
dc.contributor.author Kutche, Eric J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:42:30Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:42:30Z
dc.date.created 1995 en_US
dc.date.issued 1995
dc.identifier LD2489.Z52 1995 .K88 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/188573
dc.description.abstract As individuals living within a western society, Americans seek an ideal existence which is free from the care or worry that is inherent in our surroundings. This utopian ideal is seen as unrealistic and unattainable to most, if not all, of those who dream and strive for it. The reason for this is simple: Americans, by the very nature and stricture of their society, are resistant to change. This change is a natural and inherent function of the world in which we live, and by opposing this variation within our environment, all for which we work and strive for, eventually, is in vain. This reality differs from the reality that most Americans see from day to day. Westerners, by nature, are not intentionally self-destructive; they truly feel that by following the laws of the land and by living within their established framework for the physical environment that solutions to every day problems, such as crime and community growth, will become, naturally, solved; however, the fact that westerners look at change and evolution as problems within our society is the very reason for responses to natural needs within a community becoming "problems." Westerners must rediscover the impacts that personal and individual intuition have upon logical and analytical thinking and practice. All of us as a "community" must begin to look at our laws and our physical environment as spatial entities which have multiple and infinite linear possibilities imbibed within them.Any physically designed response to the needs or a community must, likewise, recognize the ultimate fact that our urban communities and neighborhoods are in a constant and natural state of change and evolution, and must reinforce this natural state by creating building design systems which are flexible to community needs yet stable within the neighborhood network; changeable to reflect the individual within the community yet permanently and securely, an instrument for the entire neighborhood; and tuneless fret contextual in both concept curd product.The end product of this exploration is a social service/neighborhood center that will conceptually act as the "community nucleus or hub" for the network of human services within the neighborhood. Any urban community, in order to remain stable, must effectively deal with human service issues. This proposed "neighborhood network hub" has the primary role of dealing with these social problems. Community Centers of Indianapolis (CCl) and its main financial funder, the United Way, have for 13 years led the promotion of social services in Indianapolis; therefore the choice to model therefore of these pre-existing facilities for this exploration is quite logical. CCI's programs and services consist of but arc not limited to the following:Offering assistance in jobs, food, clothing, and financial help;Providing housing for amen, families. women, senior citizens, those withchemical dependancy, and those needing a housing subsidy:Providing for needs in the areas of legal aid. medical and dental care,parole and probation, chemical dependancy and counseling;Providing educational opportunities, and:Providing social services and recreation for youth and senior citizensAs the hub, this center must be capable of receiving new "pieces" of tlw community network as the neighborhood's needs change. The concept is tadivide the building, functionally, into the following spatial and module ty- es:Administration/Referral Module:Consolidates counseling services, administration offices. and other specialized program spaces.GroupMeeting/Classroom Modules:3 Clustered together to make levels in center.Commons Module:Can be of different types including activity spaces, kitchen, dining room, and gmnasium/auditorium.Can function independantly of the rest of the center for community and after hours uscage.Corridor Modules:Containing lobby areas. IIVAC system and other mechanical systems elevators, and stairs arc inserted between the classroom, administration, and commons modules.Can be of various sizes and shapesServe as the core knuckles that permit the prototype components to join at various angles and levels, allowing flexible adjustments to accommodate site conditions and additions.The advantages to this system is that it can lessen the time it takes to create a building by compressing site selection, design, and construction document time by reducing the construction period through the use of identical structural components and systems.The image of such the center should be very contextual, in form, architectural language, materials, etc; however, the design shall be such that can be manipulated to evolve and grow with the community in which the center is sited.The proposed site for the first multi-service center (MSC) prototype is located just southwest of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana at the intersection of Morris and Kappes Streets. Due to its history as an elementary school site, this location has, in the past. played the pivotal role of the central hub of the neighborhood network. After the school was closed due to the budgetary cuts of the Indianapolis Public School's (IPS) Superintendant, this area lost its primary congregating center in addition to forcing students to be bussed out of the community to various different schools. The rebirth of thisproperty as a "community hub" is desired by all of the residents within this area, and is one of the reasons for CCI and the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center's acquisition of this site from I.P.S.As a final thought, it must be said that theft, is no final thought. Instead, this thesis is a. layer of understanding which is as arbitrary as any other interpretation. It is hoped that the complex issues within this exploration will be rediscovered at a later date by another reader/designer, and thereby expanded upon or re-examined. I believe that will prove to be the real goal of this thesis: to look at the community/neighborhood that you live in as a shared network of knowledge which belongs to no one yet is possessed by everyone.
dc.description.sponsorship College of Architecture and Planning
dc.format.extent 95 p. : ill. ; 23 x 29 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture. en_US
dc.title A community network : a neighborhood multi-service center prototype en_US
dc.type Undergraduate 5th year College of Architecture and Planning thesis.
dc.description.degree Thesis (B. Arch.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1270319 en_US

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