A late project is an architecture of the city, one which undergoes constant construction, deconstruction, and restructuring, existing in a perpetual state of incompletion and indeterminacy. Relationships between buildings and larger urban forms disappear and reappear over time. Lateness thus offers us the staging grounds within the city’s latent potentialities. Our project thus seeks a reconceptualization of architectural form over time.
Firstly, framing lateness in terms of the city of New Haven, our site’s contested relationship with the Green and the greater nine square grid cannot be ignored and offers an opportunity for action. Secondly, we reject the idea of closed form; we position the site as open ended, with a rich variety of scales, orientations, and types at play. Already intrinsic to this site are centuries’ worth of displacement, grafting, and addition; rendered legible through the plans and volumes of the buildings.
Our urban gesture operates in continuity with this ongoing process; we are proposing the displacement of Leigh Hall and the new Adams Hall buildings of the music school to create a new frontal relationship with their surrounding buildings. This displacement initiates a shearing of the site itself. Rather than trying to create a cohesive homogeneous whole of the site, our project perpetuates, heightens the open ended nature of the site.
At the architectural intervention, we are are focusing on the new relationship between these displaced buildings, we are operating through a grafting technique which introduces a poche architectural into a wall vocabulary.
The dialogue of the city is thus never complete and therefore never stops. Each piece acts like a comma, rather than a definitive period, completing what came up to that point but also creating new potentialities.