MLA Capstone | Ford Assembly Plant | St.Paul, MN | 2013

A framework to mine the site for materials during deconstruction.  Various pieces of infrastructure determined during deconstruction remain in place on site and create “ruins” as a way to remember and enjoy what was once there.  Materials deemed as usable during the deconstruction become other elements in the site’s program.

The point is to retain the memory of a neighborhood cornerstone through existing site materials while creating a future that mimics the generative nature of the Ford plant.  This can be done by exposing the elements underlying what the Ford plant stood for during operation and selectively deconstructing the pieces that contradict this.  It becomes a way to edit the site to tell two stories:  that of the past and that of the future.

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