Preliminary collage and diagram studies

ARC605 | Spring 2020

The history of Hamlin Park is a history of juxtapositions and misalignments: while the original housing stock was historically designed from European-inspired housing typologies, black residents brought a unique set of spatial practices into these homes. As a result of these diverging cultural practices—one predominantly black and one predominantly white—the architectural expression of Hamlin Park’s housing stock does not fully represent the cultural diversity of its residents. Students started the semester with making spatial patterns of black residents visible by creating collage studies of the juxtapositions and misalignments that black residents introduced to the housing typologies of Hamlin Park, and then diagramming the spatial complexities of these situations found in the black household.