Speranza Architecture + Urban Design was commissioned by the Director of Cultural Services of the City of Eugene to redesign the Hult Performing Arts Plaza, specifically requested to use technology to empower community connectivity. Urban analysis for this project began with an adapted Social Interaction and Cohesion Tool for visualization, stakeholder interviews done with Catalan urban psychologist Ana Paricio and CNC digitally fabricated of site models of downtown Eugene and proposed design work. The community engagement activities suggested by interview are supported through a parametric topography of mounds that support outdoor cinema, children playing, people meeting and vegetation growth. Interactive lighting at the mounds will connect rain and fog phenomena with human activities at the various scale of immediate site, downtown Eugene and the neighborhoods of the city. The work resulted in a public exhibition sponsored by the City of Eugene.
Architect: Speranza Architecture + Urban Design; Philip Speranza, Principal; Ana Paricio, Urban Psychologist; Ryan Kiesler, Vincent Mai, Julia Frost, Zeta Fernando,
Exhibit: Chazandra Kerns, Hector Rodriguez, Sean Henderson, Ryan Kiesler, Vincent Mai, Julia Frost
Social Interaction Tool Data Collection: Ryan Kiesler, Daniel Matallana-Mejia, Julia Frost, Taylor Baek, Katherine Brown
City of Eugene: Tomi Anderson, Director of Cultural Services