Middle East — Again

 

- WHAT -

A juvenile rehabilitation center

- WHEN -

Sep - Dec '16

- WHERE -

Baltimore, MD

 
 


"In a country where our basic principle is equality under the law, too many individuals, particularly young people of color, do not feel as if they are being treated fairly."
- The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing

BALTIMORE'S MIDDLE EAST

Baltimore's Middle East experiences a 47% high school dropout rate, a juvenile arrest rate and violent crime rate twice that of the city's, a homicide rate three times that of Baltimore City. Juveniles nationally have a recidivism rate of 80% in 3 years. The Middle East neighborhood has, for decades, been, not only ignored, but under the political and economic control of nearby Johns Hopkins. The tumultuous relationship, one that often describes Hopkins as the plantation owner and the Middle East as the plantation. Recent attempts by Hopkins to correct their past have been misguided, ill-received, and too-little too-late.


THE COURT

Positioned across the street from a new (Hopkins funded) elementary school.  The elementary school is designed to mimic the row house block, each grade having its own section, its own community.  The elementary school ironically closes its lawn, overcharges for community facility use, and doesn't enroll nearly half the kids in the neighborhood. The fixation of the building around this open, always accessible, basketball court is a given, a move to create public space; the symbolism of the basketball court as an equalizer also strives to bring disparate populations together, specifically, police and the juvenile rehabilitation residents.

Site Plan

Site Plan

PROGRAM

This is the description of the program.

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PRIVATE + SHARED

Housing units sit around a communal courtyard that provides the homes with growing space. Just off the courtyard are smaller shared spaces consisting of lounges, kitchens and eating areas. Each of these shared spaces leads to two or more units of private sleeping and bathing areas, with some units offering private recreation space as well.


PRIVATE + SHARED

Housing units sit around a communal courtyard that provides the homes with growing space. Just off the courtyard are smaller shared spaces consisting of lounges, kitchens and eating areas. Each of these shared spaces leads to two or more units of private sleeping and bathing areas, with some units offering private recreation space as well.