Where Bryan, TXWhen 05/14/2013 at 11:49PM
90% of design is contracted by the top 2% of Americans. So, I went door to door in my neighborhood to offer design services to the middle class.
In the end I decided to work with Meredith and Loretta Patranella, the mother-daughter owners of Patranella’s Bakery. Ultimately the project led to the design and construction of a front porch for the bakery.
Of course the project benefits the bakery by improving curb appeal and added seating, but we were more interested in the porch as a public space. Porches have always been an interstitial space between public and private realms. A portion of one’s private property that is offered up to the public as a place for meeting, celebrating community, and sharing iced tea. But as garages have gained prominence in American neighborhoods, porches have diminished. Today they are all but extinct. With Patranella’s porch we aim to rebuild a piece of that American neighborhood by offering a place for everyone to come, sit, and stay a while.
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