My Home Among the Hills: Revitalizing Placemaking and Identity in West Virginia
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This paper will explore the current model of museums as a civic institution, their current role in society and why a reevaluation of contemporary civic institutional design is needed; especially in rural regions. Critiques on museums by outside sources and examples from vernacular architecture will help provide the insight necessary to understand the potential of a civic institution. Is it possible for these two models of architecture to come together to aid in the revival of mountainous rural areas such as West Virginia? Can these two architectural models work to create a strong community, to educate, and to integrate technology and work as a hub for outer lying regions? The current outlook on the state is problematic to the citizens of the state and their ability to further strengthen their cultural identity. The paper exploration will be tied with a design exploration to introduce a new kind of civic institution directly catering to the mountainous region of West Virginia.