Architectural designers look to reference city’s history when designing new buildings or refurbishing existing ones. Redesigning Syracuse can be transformative without being disruptive. As Syracuse continues to go through a period of escalated construction, we have an opportunity to shape the buildings as well as to affect our lives as we take in what the city has to offer and what we can learn from other cities.
In Boston for example, architects have taken their ques from historic context, but designing in such a way as to be more modern and up to date while respecting the historic nature of past projects in the area. Read more here. Theaster Gates is a great example of civic responsible designer, I had the pleasure of hearing him lecture at the AIA National Convention in Chicago this past June. Read more about him here.
What’s more is that citizen action in other cities have shown that large developments don’t need to be the only way to build, but multiple smaller projects can assist in the revitalization of an area, particularly where public-private partnerships prevail.