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ARCHITECTURE FOR THE REVITALIZATION OF COMMUNITY

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While human society has changed a great deal through time, our need for community has remained prevalent. Architecture is a reflection of this need for community in its ability to gather people together by its definition of space, even in that of the basic plane of the public plaza. Though there are many factors to creating a sense of community, architecture and the manipulation of our environment can act as a tool for drawing people together and encouraging interaction between them. The community of Holyoke was at one time a thriving industrial community in the 1900’s. With the passage of time, the mills have closed and industry has sharply declined, leading to an economic shift and the struggle for a new community identity. In addition, there has been a shift in the ethnic groups residing in the area. At its beginning, Holyoke was comprised of mostly Irish and French Canadian residents. Today, the composition of the city is almost 50% Latino. The challenge will be designing the built environment in a way that will create spaces to accommodate a new community, while allowing the existing community to flourish.
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2014-05-01
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