Excavating the Armory

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Excavating the Armory

Excavating the Armory

A participatory exhibit about the past, present, and future of the New Haven Armory on Goffe Street. Excavating the Armory launched at City-Wide Open Studios Armory Weekend, October 14 & 15, 2017, and continues as an online forum and citizen organization with the goal of conserving the Armory as a shared civic resource.  We join those who care about the future of the Armory and invite your participation.

At the Armory, we created a five-part strategy to uncover the physical and social qualities and potentials of the building:

  1. A collective social history timeline to generate individual, shared, and possibly conflicting memories and associations with the Armory.
  2. An architectural vocabulary to introduce a descriptive language for the building’s physical and spatial presence.
  3. An urban diagram that draws connections and suggests relationships at the scale of the neighborhood and the city.
  4. A precedents study, suggesting models of continuing use, adaptation, and stewardship of old armory buildings.
  5. And a forum on armory futures, featuring a cut-a-way model to imagine new programs and activities for the Goffe Street Armory.

Excavating the Armory is a collaboration between the Yale School of Architecture‘s Urban Research and Representation seminar, led by Elihu Rubin; high school students from the New Haven Academy; and Artspace New Haven.

Yale School of Architecture:  Isabel Balda Moncayo, Jonathan Hopkins, Jincy Kunnatharayil, Javier Perez, Evan Sale, Armaan Shah, Priya Sheth, Fran Xavier

New Haven Academy: Justin Aresta, Alexis Badger, Katie Castillo, Karynn Hardy, Karlyse Pollard, Daniel Ramirez

Thank you: Greg Baldwin, Deborah Berke, Sarah Fritchey, Meredith Gavrin, Nadine Horton, Helen Kauder, Bill MacMullen, Marium Majid

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Contributing to the Armory Futures Board
Presenting the Excavating the Armory boards at the Whalley-Edgewood-Beaver Hills Community Management Team (WEB-CMT)
Contributions to an Interactive Social History of the Armory
Goffe Street Armory See map
270-290 Goffe Street
New Haven, CT 06511
United States