Harvard GSD Masters Thesis
Spring 2010

My thesis research began with investigating new formats of knowledge transfer in today's Information Age and their effect on the physical spaces where people meet. In researching historical precedents on these 'knowledge transfer points,' I saw an imminent need for a return to a kind of agora, where oral histories and person-to-person contact, both on the decline today, were paramount.

My key to testing this proposition was situating it a contemporary, inconspicuous, and well-trafficked plaza -- a large municipal parking lot in Queens, NY. Through negotiating the presence of cars and people in the lot, I developed a design that would highlight the intersection of vehicle, person, and architecture through new circulation and zones created on site. A series of light poles placed throughout the lot serve as palimpsest of the original parking grid and also as a beacon of movement and activity at the various nodes on the site, negotiating a changing poché created by the cars, the architecture, and the zones in between.