In an economy of increasing scarcity, rehabilitation and reuse of historic fabric will become more and more necessary. SLICE is a novel and logical approach towards reinhabiting abandoned and undervalued urban properties. This design research project, inspired by a historic building in downtown Providence, was supported by a 2018 grant from the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. The 84-page book is now on sale at Amazon. Download the PDF for free. Here is also a recorded presentation at Venture Cafe PVD.
In 1923 George C. Arnold built a three-story namesake building on a plot just 13 feet deep. After World War II, the buildings behind it were torn down for parking lots. The Arnold Building survived on its shallow stretch along Washington Street, appealing to businesses that needed high visibility and low rent. DUAL investigated the potential of this remnant of a fully-occupied block to conceptualize a new model of adaptive reuse.