| Metabolizing Acme |

Large buildings were erected to cater to huge demand, and as the demand for production fell, the buildings were used as ‘dumping grounds’ for the materials that were manufactured within them, which lead to the formation of the Rust Belt.

This thesis is in line with the recent phenomenon of ‘Rust Belt Revival’-one that values the production of things over its consumption-directly opposing the context of the Industrial Revolution.

The structure that has been selected to implement this research is the National Acme Co., in Cleveland. Built in 1930, it has a rich past, rooted in history, and has a sense of nostalgia associated with it. Previously, it had been used for machine tools, metalworking, foundry equipment, and electrical controls-but is currently in disuse, due to the conditions of the Rust Belt.

This project DEconstructs the building structure and material, and proposes alternative REconstructive iterations and programs that promote intimacy of human interaction with the building.

Comparative land use maps showing decreasing industrial area around the Acme Co, and subsequent decline of the surrounding neighborhood.

Comparative land use maps showing decreasing industrial area around the Acme Co, and subsequent decline of the surrounding neighborhood.

DEconstruction and REconstruction process

Diagrams showing the three iterative processes of deconstruction, restoration and reconstruction by community members.

Diagrams showing the three iterative processes of deconstruction, restoration and reconstruction by community members.

Conceptual Master Plan showing proposed iterative transformations of the existing building and structure

Conceptual Master Plan showing proposed iterative transformations of the existing building and structure

Diagram showing the Reconstructed iterations of the DEconstructed material and structure of the industrial shed.

Renderings of the various iterative transformative possibilities of the building.

Renderings of the various iterative transformative possibilities of the building.

Physical model of the National Acme building showing the iterative processes described above

Final Graduate Thesis Board Presentation.

Final Graduate Thesis Board Presentation.