David Himelman

Thesis: Leftovers

The site is a dilemma; a notorious intersection, but totally generic. It is isolated and afloat among a set of enclaves, altogether determined and sealed by the same stretches of asphalt. It is leftover, defined by boundaries, not edges.

On a site that is so out-of-step with traditional ideas of urban scale and form, it is only through a strong, unexpected gesture that any sense can be made of the assemblage. The architecture of the site could be the key to a new coherence that is predicated on inhabiting the boundary and thickening it, offering an opportunity for legibility.

Doubleness, a ready characteristic of the site, becomes key in creating buildings that produce their own unstable context, charging themselves and the spaces around them, promiscuously coupling with themselves and adjacent buddings. A new form of connectivity is created, not through obliterating boundaries, but through marking them precisely.