| Author: Jayesh Jain
| Tutors: Ferda Kolatan, Hart Marlow
| Pratt Institute School of Architecture
New Modes Of Densification : Speculations on New Types for Urban Densification
The scale and speed of urbanization and its transformative forces for metropolitan areas worldwide is unprecedented and expected to accelerate further in the future. New York City, based on its geographic and economic circumstances, has historically been a vital testing ground for different modes of urban densification. Manhattan’s high-rise typologies, sectional urban space along elevated infrastructure in Brooklyn, and social mega-complexes like Co-Op City in the Bronx, are some examples for urban densification models in New York. New modes of densification are needed.
Full-size blocks are usually divided into a series of individual lots and then developed with multiple projects. For Super-block Typology, the entire block as a singular mass will require strategies that incorporate courtyards and light-wells in order to make a single volume feasible for diverse programming.
The UD studio “New Modes of Dense” focuses on the problem of densification through speculative means. The main objective is to develop well-crafted and highly articulated schemes, which explore spatial, structural, and organizational qualities within a set perimeter. Various techniques of compressing -like packing, layering, and merging are used in conjunction with existing architectural precedents to generate novel prototypes. These prototypes will then be tested in the context of architectural space and scale. Urban Villa is a new expressions in design and a speculation of the idea of housing for the future cities citied in context similar to as Brooklyn. It incorporates the housing typology of a villa[upper-class country house] with relatively small row-houses and few other mixed use developments.
The idea is to compare the land acquired by x number of villas to the same in the urban villa. The project also integrates the new ideas of public spaces and landscape architecture into the super dense form of architecture and creating certain spectacular voids with difference in spatial and light experience. The new datum thus creates a new level of Interiority , which is a concept of increasing importance in the urban centers today. Cities will have to consider how to adapt and alter their existing structures to grow inward, to reconfigure their interior and to design for the discontinuities & temporal layering of their urbanity.