Andrea MacQueen Swartz, architect                                                                                                                                     A to z

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AIA 1 x inifinity design competition

design entry:  "Occupying Haynie's Corner"

Honorable Mention Award

The goal of this competition is to explore the intrinsic differences between designers and how they approach creative challenges. We ask designers (students, interns, architects and artists) to collaborate with us to create designs for an urban lot in the downtown of Evansville at the corner of Adams and 2nd street. This lot is known as Haynie's Corner and is historically significant and serves an important anchor of the Art District. We do not own this lot, and we are not seeking legitimate proposals for things to do with it – the site is just a representation of a common design problem in urban areas. Rather, by asking all of the designers to approach precisely the same problem using the same format, we seek to draw a contrast between the designs themselves.  (Text from

Occupying Haynie's Corner submission by Andrea Swartz, BSU

​Design lives when community inhabits.  The programmatic desires scribed with chalk on the existing wall at Haynie's Corner provide the design's organizational template, their authenticity resulting in occupation.  The spine of a shipping container "art gallery" is a  temporal enough construction if community desires change.  The containers also serve as a dedicated "graffiti wall."  Attached to the east end of the art gallery spine, is a hoop to play basketball.  Juxtaposed perpendicularly to this are the programmatic strata of food ("grill hamburgers, food trucks"); places to sustain "a peaceful mind" (waterfall, plants, gardens, seating living wall, roof garden); live music performances with video screens.  Design as an armature for community occupation. © Andrea Swartz

(process work below)