Dd Review

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This is a copy of the slide show for the presentation at Semester 5 Intensive of Thesis studies at Boston Architectural College

Dd Review

  1. 1. RE-URBAN: CITy lIVING foR famIlIES WITH a SpaTIal qualITy INSpIRED by SubuRbS michael vala THESIS DESIGN REVIEW 08.15.2010
  2. 2. THESIS CONCEPT For more than half a century, it’s been the American Dream to own a home, with your own little piece of land - a place to raise a family, in a location where there are others with similar interests and values, where everything is just a short drive away. While, for many, this dream has become a reality, there are side-effects: traffic congestion, social isolation, and the demise of the city as a central organizing point. By recreating the ideals that the dream is based on - living spaces designed with families in mind, a renewed sense of community, control over individual privacy, and a walkable neighborhood with all the necessary functions closeby - in an urban location, suburban sprawl can be slowed down and city living encouraged by creating housing in a mixed-use city neighborhood by supplementing the characteristics of a traditional urban neighborhood with the aspects of a suburban neighborhood that many families find desirable; through an additive process of weaving, blending, and defining of public and private space.
  3. 3. METHODOLOGY • DEFINING WHAT SUBURBAN AND URBAN MEAN • COLLECTING A CATALOG OF IMAGES THAT DESCRIBE THE DEFINITIONS • COLLAGING IMAGES TO ILLUSTRATE IDEAS • START TO WORK ON SCHEMES THAT IN- CORPORATE THE SPATIAL IDEAS • COLLAGE OVER THE SCHEMES • PRECEDENT ANALYSIS REVISITATION • WORK IN DIFFERENT SCALES (MASTER- PLAN, PUBLIC SPACE OF NEIGHBOR- HOOD, UNIT)
  4. 4. LEXICON URBAN - WHERE SOMEONE COULD LIVE AND ACCESS MOST OF THEIR DAILY NEEDS AND WANTS WITHOUT THE NEED FOR A CAR (NOT TO SAY THAT CARS ARE NOT ALLOWED OR ACCOUNTED FOR, JUST NOT NECESSARY). AN URBAN AREA DOES NOT NECESSARILY HAVE TO BE A MAJOR METROPOLITAN AREA IF IT MEETS THE RE- QUIREMENT ABOVE. SUBURBAN - LESS CENTRALIZED PLACES WHERE A CAR IS NECES- SARY FOR DAILY FUNCTIONS - VERY FEW THINGS ARE ACCESSIBLE BY WALKING. HOUSING IS USUSALLY SINGLE-FAMILY STYLE, DE- TATCHED HOMES. BY THE HOMES BEING DETACHED, PEOPLE HAVE AN IMPRESSION THAT THEY HAVE MORE PERSONAL SPACE. NEIGHBORHOOD - A MIX OF URBAN AND SUBURBAN; COMBINING THE WALKABILITY OF THE CITY WITH THE MORE INDIVIDUAL SPA- TIAL FEATURES OF THE SUBURB. INCLUDES RESIDENTIAL AREAS, RETAIL, COMMERCIAL, SERVICE AMENITIES, COMMUNITY SPACES, ETC. ALL WITHIN A CITY LOCATION.
  5. 5. TERMS OF CRITICISM • IS THE NEIGHBORHOOD SUITABLE FOR FAMILIES? • DOES IT PROVIDE MOST (IF NOT ALL) AMENITIES THAT THE SUBURB PROVIDES? • DOES IT PRESERVE THE CHARACTER OF DOWNTOWN BY ACKNOWLEDGING THE CONTEXT OF THE EXISTING URBAN FABRIC • DOES IT ALLOW FOR RESIDENTS FLEXIBILITY/CHANGE AND GROWTH? • DOES IT ALLOW FOR MULTIPLE METHODS OF INTERACTION BETWEEN RESIDENTS? • DOES IT PROVIDE OUTDOOR SPACES THAT ARE ACCEPTABLE PLAY/RECREATION/RELAXATION SPACES? • DOES THE PLACE AND SPACES CREATED BY THE DESIGN ENCOURAGE AN AFFIRMATIVE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION, “WOULD YOU LIVE DOWNTOWN IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE HERE?”
  6. 6. SITE MAJOR HIGHWAYS DOWNTOWN CENTER SCIOTO RIVER PROJECT SITE
  7. 7. SITE 1 2 3 SITE
  8. 8. SITE FIGURE GROUND DIAGRAM OF SITE AND IMMEDIATE SURROUNDINGS
  9. 9. SITE DIAGRAM OF ADJACENT ACTIVITIES/ ATTRACTIONS/ AMENI- TIES (GREEN = 5 MIN WALK, YELLOW = 10 MINUTE WALK, RED = 25 MINUTE WALK)
  10. 10. SITE CONTEXT AROUND SITE
  11. 11. SITE SITE SECTIONS
  12. 12. PROCESS URBAN-SUBURBAN STUDIES: BY COLLAGING IMAGES THAT HAD A SUBURBAN FEELING INTO A DOWNTOWN SCENE, I HOPED TO DISPLAY THE TYPE OF URBAN ATMOSPHERE I AM TRYING TO CREATE.
  13. 13. PROCESS
  14. 14. PROCESS
  15. 15. PROCESS
  16. 16. PROCESS A SPATIAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUBURBAN AND URBAN LIVING IS THE PHYSICAL SIZE OF THE SPACE BETWEEN PEOPLE - SUBURBAN HOUSES HAVE FRONT YARDS TO ACT AS TRANSITION ZONES BETWEEN THE PUBLIC STREET AND THE PRIVATE HOUSE. IN THE URBAN SITES, THE ZONES BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ARE MUCH MORE CONDENSED.
  17. 17. FRONT YARD STUDIES: PROCESS STUDYING THE TRANSITION FROM THE STREET THROUGH THE FRONT YARD
  18. 18. PROCESS
  19. 19. PROCESS TRANSITIONS FROM THE STREET TO FRONT DOOR : SKETCHES TO STUDY DIFFERENT WAYS TO MAKE A THRESHOLD FROM THE SIDE- WALK TO THE ENTRY OF THE UNIT.
  20. 20. PROCESS UNIT STUDIES: MIXING TOWNHOME & FLAT UNITS WITH BUSINESS UNITS
  21. 21. PROCESS ACTIVE NEIGHBORHOOD: STUDY TO CREATE AN ACTIVE NEIGH- BORHOOD THROUGH MIXING RESI- DENCE AND BUSINESS FUNCTIONS.
  22. 22. PROCESS UNIT DESIGN: THE FOCUS WAS ON THE WHOLE UNIT - FROM THE STREET TO THE ENTRY TO THE ROOF TO THE BACK YARD. RECESSED ENTRIES ARE PROVIDED TO GIVE THE SUBURBAN FAMILY THE SAME SENSE OF SPACE THAT THEY GET FROM THEIR NEIGHBORS IN SUBURBIA - THERE ISN’T SOMEONE ELSE SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH YOU AS YOU OPEN YOUR FRONT DOOR. THIS SCHEME GIVES AS MUCH OUTDOOR SPACE AS POSSIBLE, WITH THE MOST CONTROL OVER THE INTERACTION WITH THE CITY, THROUGH ENCLOSED OR ELEVATED (ROOF) OUTDOOR SPACES.
  23. 23. PROCESS WEAVING MULTIPLE UNITS TOGETHER: TESTING HOW THREE UNITS CAN WEAVE TOGETH- ER SO THAT EACH CAN HAVE GROUND LEVEL AC- CESS AND ACCOMODATES INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES AS WELL AS PRIVACY FOR EACH OF THE RESIDENCES. ‘THE SPACES BETWEEN’
  24. 24. PROCESS
  25. 25. PROCESS
  26. 26. PRECEDENT BORNEO SPORENBURG AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS VARIED FACADES VARIED HOUSING TYPES CREATES COMMUNITY THROUGH CLOSENESS “THE DEVELOPMENT DEMON- STRATES THAT FAMILY HOUSING IS NOT INCOMPATIBLE WITH DENSE URBAN AREAS.”1 1 - http://www.cabe.org.uk/case-studies/ borneo-sporenburg
  27. 27. DESIGN CONTEXTUAL DESIGN: IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE DESIGN IS IMPACTED BY THE ENVIRONMENT SURROUNDING THE SITE, A STUDY OF ONE SPECIFIC SPOT (AS A STARTING POINT) LOOKS AT THE NEW COURTHOUSE ADJACENT TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE SITE. THE COURT- HOUSE HAS A CERTAIN HORIZONTALITY TO THE FACADE, AND A COMBINATION OF SOLID AND TRANSPARENT MATERIALS. AN ELEVA- TION DEVELOPED WITH THOSE CHARACTERISTICS IN MIND LED TO AN AXONOMETRIC STUDY OF THE SPACES FROM THE STREET TO THE MIDDLE OF THE BLOCK.
  28. 28. DESIGN MORE ITERATIONS OF THE AXONOMETRIC STUDIES, LOOKING AT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FACADE, THE STREET, AND THE CONTEXT ACROSS THE STREET; THE SPACE BETWEEN THE UNITS, AND HOW THE ‘BACk YARD’ INTERACTS WTIH THE UNIT.
  29. 29. DESIGN
  30. 30. DESIGN MASTERPLANNING
  31. 31. DESIGN
  32. 32. DESIGN
  33. 33. DESIGN SECTION 1
  34. 34. DESIGN SECTION 2
  35. 35. DESIGN
  36. 36. NEXT STEPS UPCOMING WORK: DEVELOP CONNECTIONS TO THE SURROUNDING GREENSPACES/PARKS. DESIGN CORNER CONDITIONS FOR DIFFER- ENT LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE SITE THAT ARE UNIQUE. CONTINUE TO DEFINE THE TERMS OF THE STUDY - CLARIFY WHAT IS IMPORTANT FROM SUBURBIA & HOW THAT CAN BE TRANSLATED TO DOWNTOWN LIVING.

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