Graduate Architecture

Daniel Silverman

Golden Age, Brian Phillips

Fall 2017

Golden Age explores the potential for amplifying multigenerational social engagement. The United Nations has declared an increasing concerned about aging, and its impact on society. The current reality is one of the rapid graying of cities in developed countries and an increasing social gap with younger generations. Different age groups are not engaging with one another as new media continues to encourage sticking together with “like” social circles creating a shortage of multi-generational common ground. 

Fishtown exemplifies this demographic trend of increased aging plus an influx of youth culture. Presently the two groups appear to coexist in parallel with minimal day to day interaction. However, this project suggests that people between the ages of 20-35 and 55-70 have more preferences in common than one might think. What if we could create an architecture of analog curiosity that encourages residents to explore, discover and socialize in ways that create surprising new links of mutual interest and support?

More work form this studio can be seen in Pressing Matters VII.