OPspace: open source urbanism
OPspace deals with the extreme landscape of inner-city void spaces. As stated by Alan Berger empty real estates and lots of transition are creating hollow urban cores, while our cities simultaneously grow rapidly at their edges. OPspace approaches the issue of extreme void spaces through the design and choreography of 4 spatial layers (architecture: hardware, programming: software, organizational frameworks: orgware, and communication: brandware) that operate cross scales. The large scale urban strategy developed re-codes the economical approach and transforms traditional rental models into short-term leases, while the small scale architectural strategy supports the need for flexibility and user adaptation.
Project lead Dr. Mona El Khafif, Associate Professor at CCA and project coordinator of URBANlab; Adjunct Professor Kory Bieg; and the following students: Josh Campos, Alexa Getting, Brittany Glover, Richard Lyttle, Carlos Martinez, Jeronimo Roldan, Lauren Tichy, Fabiola Vargas, Mike Vargas, Rachael Yu, Carmen Smith, Pia-Jacqlin Malinis, Matt Adams, Hiram Boujaoude, Maryam Zahedi, and Justin Mason (TheOverLayGroup)