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Scott Slarsky


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I love cities!

I crave places where people gather to live, work, fight, read, study, think. I am a student of Hannah Arendt's "The Human Condition," a world where the 'Space of Public Appearance' governs our engagement in the drama of living. I search for the places where people engage with one another in ways that enhance and deepen opportunities for thoughtful exchange.

My attitude toward design was nurtured in the studios of Rafael Moneo and Juan Navarro Baldeweg in Madrid as Spain was engaging in a post-Franco Renaissance. For a young American architect, it was eye-opening to witness the celebration of civic freedom given form in architecture as Spain emerged from decades of oppressive dictatorship.

In America, public space is a rare commodity. The sense of private privilege and the dominance of the automobile have created a physical template that prioritizes speed and privacy. The last bastion in America for the development of the public 'Space of Appearance' exists on the American academic campus.

Academic campuses are utopian experiments that provide us with opportunities to create places for learning, gathering, and living that represent ideal forms of habitation and exchange. The care and pride taken by the stakeholders of American academic campuses reflect the sense of stewardship that is necessary to protect these moments of public celebration. Partnering with an institution for the kind of change that we undertake must be understood as a long-term relationship of kindred spirits: encountering purposeful change that will be the catalyst for deepening the communal values of any institution.

For me, architecture is not about making buildings, it is about maximizing the moments for public interaction that will nurture our humanity. These moments can happen across a table, through an atrium, under a bridge, on a rooftop... everywhere.

Projects

University Center
Lehigh University

Hayden Library Renovation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Neilson Library Redesign
Smith College

Master Plan, Biddeford and Portland campuses
University of New England

Master Plan - Tangier campus
University of New England

Kennedy Library Master Plan
California Polytechnic University

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