professor | Mary-Lou Arscott location | Baltimore, Maryland duration | 5 weeks
10 E North Ave in Baltimore, Maryland is a site and building rich in history. The original building, built in 1932, has gone through many different tenants and programs. The original use was a car dealership, followed by a church, theater, and bank. Today the building is undergoing transformation into a film school for John Hopkins and MICA.
As a film school, the place is meant to present itself as a tool for learning and understanding. Both by the students and the community. In other words, the proposal seeks to actively engage people in the process of not only creating, but reflecting on film since film has an incredible potential to captivate and present different perspectives on topics relating to social, economic, and political issues. Currently, around the surrounding neighborhood of Charles North, establishments are popping up that are opening themselves up to the public. Area 405 and the Tool Library are two examples of such places where the education of the public is an integral part of the program’s purpose. Thus the proposal seeks to continue this momentum and expose itself to the public as well as the students in order to create a contextual understanding of the area and its matters by magnifying film’s reach through architecture.
To achieve this, the spaces make use of light as a strategy for awareness. The areas of light reveal an outward understanding of the neighborhood by framing views outwards to the community while areas of darkness shift the focus inwards towards the processes of the school and the content being produced. Through ramping and the juxtaposition of views with exhibition spaces, the inhabitants will then have the ability to reflect and contemplate on the films and their community, hopefully generating discussions.