Physical & Digital Product
After the San José Repertory Theatre filed for bankruptcy, the city turned the vacant plaza and interior space into a collection of pop-up shops for the winter holiday season. Despite a promising experiment, it was removed shortly after the end of the holidays. The Hammer Theatre Center, as it has been renamed, is undergoing a process of revitalization under new management of San José State University. While this space should provide many new opportunities and benefits for the local residents, the plaza adjacent to the theatre remains barren of shade, seating, and activity in general.
My objective for the Hammer Theatre Center was to create a recognizable and memorable place for the community. The primary goal was to create an ample amount of seating for users to relax and enjoy themselves; secondly, was to try and create a space that could reflect ideas and activities inside the theatre.
The elements of the Core plaza are made of simplified hexagonal shapes that align to an isometric grid. These elements are made to join and stack to create different arrangements to allow the local community to have flexibility activating their public spaces.
This online tool is intended for organizers to preview arrangements and plan different layouts for upcoming events. Users are able to insert four predetermined shapes then move and rotate it until it is a place.
Core is a product that communities can add to their cities as a way to jumpstart the process of activating public spaces. While it is not the end-all solution to a city’s problems, it can hopefully engage communities to create safer and more comforting spaces.'
Credits: Professors Julio Martinez and Ginette Wessel & the SJSU Graphic Design Faculty.