METROPARADISE explores the value of art and its integration with the built environment to tell the narrative of space/place. As may be seen through the underlying infrastructure of its neglected buildings, there is great potential in the aesthetics of downtown Kingston, Jamaica. Focusing on its strengths, this project envisions the city as an area that is welcoming and is a visual representation of local culture and landscape.
Considering present plans for the re-development of downtown Kingston, this concept not only acknowledges physical needs, but tells the story of Kingston through changes in its architecture. The project is a visual narrative of the city’s history prior to the devastating1907 earthquake which destroyed many of the city’s landmark buildings, current state, and a vision for the future based on good design principles.
This project has been divided into two sections:
DECONSTRUCTION, which begins with four (4) significant icons of Kingston’s heyday as Jamaica’s administrative captial during the pre-1907 Earthquake period. These are Religion, Politics, the Arts and Commerce, which are each symbolized by a different object of the time. They are followed by the dilapidated state of what exists on their footprints today, in many sections of Kingston.
RECONSTRUCTION, further divided into syncretic illustrations showing a concept for Kingston’s future.