Reproductive Resource Hub
from Design 5 Architecture Studio with Prof. Ryan Glick
To diminish the stigma of sexual health, the Reproductive Resource Center aims to directly engage with the community of Fairmount through program and form. This project will provide spaces for health examinations, such as checkups, ultrasound screening, and STD testing. Additional services will include individual counseling for family planning, postpartum depression treatment, and education for sexual health and safety practices. The ground floor is open for community members to gather through a series of indoor/outdoor leisure spaces that bring users and sexual health resources closer together. The surrounding urban context heavily informed the order of the building.
The design of this project draws influence from Philadelphia's street grid, and the unique site geometry massing rises out of the intersections of these lines as they are drawn across the site. These lines are extrapolated and used to inform wall and floor placements and provide relief to the rigidity of the grid.
What Influences you?
My love for maps and geography is implemented into every design I produce. Studying the environment from a bird's eye view allows me to see and understand all the systems and lines that make up every aspect of our world. These systems can manifest themselves as anything from clear-cut transportation and circulation lines to more ambiguous cultural and economic divisions. The way our world is divided and the procedures that they follow can greatly inform any project depending on whether or not the goal is to unite/divide, conform or break the established rules of the earth.