Natalie Schelew earned her Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in Art History and Economics in 2009. She is interested in the relationships between the built environment, culture, social life, standards of living and communication, at all scales.
ad hoc [ad hok; Lat. ahd hohk] adj. & adv.
1. Formed for or concerned with one specific purpose, characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique
2. Improvised and often impromptu, unplanned, when need arises, temporary
As cities continue to densify and privatize, public space and the freedom and equality it engenders must be provided in alternative ways and scales. How can free space be created with an organic sense of program within the precisely defined city?
Cities, communities and culture are defined by their architecture, public spaces and the events that occur within them. The systemic changes of the past few years have created a climate of mistrust in government, institutions and corporations. Communities and individuals are responding by looking back onto themselves- towards the local, the independent and the temporary for solutions. International urbanization and the growing demand for public space together create the need for interstitial, aprogramatic public spaces designed for appropriation and perhaps new social, political and economic opportunities. As cities continue to grow vertically, densify with people and intensify with program, community spaces diminish relatively. Alternatively scaled public spaces designed for self organization are needed to serve public needs and the desire for spontaneity, collectivity and perhaps spirituality lacking in the current, sanitized public realm.
(Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture)