The mediating condition between street and building has historically taken on a number of other roles that qualify the relationships between architecture and the city that go beyond pragmatic necessities.  Such roles would include transition, internal conditioning, narrative content, and contextual connections.
-Richard Scherr



West Hollywood,CA

FALL 2001

Sited along what was once known as the fabled route 66 I was inspired by the means people are moved specifically how can architecture move people.  I defined three main modes of movement: movement in tandem, movement between and through, and movement to and along.

Movement in tandem.

A facade is changed or altered by the owner, according to the time of day, hours of operation, or special events.  The building itself accomodates this flexibility in attracting, repelling, screening, or advertising.  People are moved to a business because the look of the building moves too.

Movement between.

Buildings and parts of buildings serve to transition from one kind of place or space to another.  From a place of public use to one of private use, or from a state of movement to a place of rest.  People will move as a result of this kind of dichotomy, and the relationship of opposites serve to move people.

Movement along.

Buildings inherently establish rhythms and cycles with patterns of their elements.  They can create order within its structure, finish of the facade, placement of openings, canopies, etc.  Rhythm can also serve to designate an order for something beyond itself.  The rhythm of property lines for instance give order to a city and thus to the street edge.  The cycle of time gives order for events to occur, openings and closures of business, and schedules for bus routes.  It is the patterns of both building and of human kind that implies a sort of infinite path, where any variance in that rhythm would promote question or perhaps entry.

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