Most of the work done by Stull & Lee done in the Lower Roxbury area starting in 1970 has had placed focus on community engagement through both client and resident requests. As architects and community members Stull & Lee were known to question and ponder solutions to problems that themesleves and others in the african american & urban community of roxbury faced during these formative years.Meet the Architects
Lower roxbury is a place of rich history of social and community activism of all kinds. It is also home to one of bostons most diverse neighborhoods that is currently being subject to a similar type of renewal that it underwent in the early 70's. Along with this work there is a promise and hope that the work done will help raise community living standards.
Inspiration for this project comes from a video interview with Kenneth Guscott, a prominent community member and real estate developer in the greater Lower Roxbury/Dudley Square areas in the years after his service in the second world war.
Guscott has witnessed his community become built up over the course of the years, he was also around when the population dwindled in early part of the 20th century was rapidly dwindling. Roughly 60,000 people left Roxbury from 1950 up until 2000, according to city data.
"Take care of your family, take care of your children, take care of your community"
Nowadays as he reflects, the biggest thing for Guscott is how we know the community has benfited and will benefit from these changes & developments in the area.
This project aims to take a retrospective look at some of the more well known projects in the area, using working drafts, community correspondance and other architectural documents to see if we can gain any insight into how those who plan and build the physical community work. The following questions were used as a guide to choosing relevant documents:
We may also gain knowledge about how sensitive these people were to one of bostons most diverse communities and their needs.
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