A Graphic History: The Integration of Architecture and Graphic Design to Represent the Evolution of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine Community
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Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine is possibly the city's most historic neighborhood. From its German origins to its strong Appalachian and African-American culture, it has had a rich and diverse history. But with recent gentrification, rapid development, and prior neglect, Over-the-Rhine is quickly losing the rich history of its evolution. Fifty-percent if its historic building stock has disappeared over time, and the longtime residents of the area are being forced to relocate, unable to afford this new urban "renaissance". The various histories of the neighborhood are in jeopardy of being forgotten. This thesis explores the potential of expressing and integrating the historical personality of Over-the-Rhine into a community museum and graphic urban path. These elements will inform the new demographic exploring the area, as well as serve the existing population. A graphic heritage trail will move through the urban environment, highlighting past history and culminating in this cultural center. The museum exhibits will be housed in the abandoned Clyffside Brewery built in the mid 19th century, and a new adjacent structure will contain active program to serve the district. By using graphics and architecture inspired by Over-the-Rhine, this proposal offers a framework that encourages local involvement, community activism, and an exploration of the expressive history of the neighborhood.
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