HOUSING IN URBAN CORES

Modify date: 2020-01-26

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Abstract

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Basic Info

Category Professional work of urban design
Location South Boston, MA
Date of design Sep 2019 - Oct 2019
Tutor Peter Rowe, Yun Fu
Collaborator Cadence Bayley
Size 0.5 kmĀ², around 4,300 households

Design Stages

Risk And Potential

Like other areas in Boston, the site faces the risks of rising sea level and annual flood. By the year 2070, half of the site will be submerged. Besides, there are some industry relics on the site, including the brownfields that used to be oil tanks and the power plant.

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The project is proposed as an extension of the existing grid in South Boston neighborhood and as the connection to the MBTA transit system.

The road and infrastructure system overrides the flooding area in the future to make room for housing, with the walk lanes going over the water between the housing area.

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Zoning Strategy

Zoning Strategy Based On Risks Of Sea Level Rise, Concerns On Sunlight, And Treatment Of Brownfields

In the areas facing fewer risks of sea-level rise, the density tends to be higher with more towers in the north row, to make the community more accessible to the marsh parks.

The power plant is partly reserved as the MBTA transit center and the commercial area. On the site of brownfields, there should be public buildings as the brownfields being treated gradually.

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Housing Types & Scenarios

Basically, in concern with the sunlight, each west-east main district contains two rows of housing buildings - the 3-floor row houses with gardens on the south and the towers or bar buildings on the north.

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Chronological Design

Chronological Design Of Housing And Progressive Design With The Brownfields

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Detail Design

Detail Design Of The Core Area Near The Transportation System And The Infrastructure

The power plant is partly reserved and redesigned as the transit center for MBTA, the commercial center of the site, and the outdoor green space. Other industry relics are developed as the library and museum.

The bar buildings around the core area are treated differently, considering the commercial space and landscape.

The infrastructure network goes with the main roads inside the platforms, including electricity, gas, and water.

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