Defining a human realm
BLF 03 - 16 - 2010

My project is designed to create density in an area of the city that has survived without it. A massive block has been on the site, but it has been like a spaceship, hovering near but never really interacting with the community. There may have been abductions in the past... oh bother. I am proposing a design that creates tall buildings (70') in a neighborhood with short buildings (20'-30'). This means an increase in density and proximity, and altering the dynamics of the population that inhabits the space. This makes any designer nervous, but I am lucky to have a precedent on my side. The neighborhood I am looking at previously had row housing on the site. The only question I deeply need to question is not density, but organization. How should the buildings enclose space, to create private space, or open to create circulation and encourage activity? In Budapest, we found a 'castle' that had been built in 1896. on one side, there was a gateway and a bridge. the closed off feeling of the keep was made friendly by the evergreens surrounding it. coming into the space, Paths weaved between the enclosure. buildings bent to enclose and claim their own 'front porch' but their height and variation created a sense of public realm as well. the amount of planting in the courtyard allowed for the building to make a smooth transition into the large open park beyond. There was life in this space, even though the density did not match adjacent spaces. thier was draw created by the history, the location, and the opportunity. Home hospital has the same siting. If I follow the same patterns, then I hope to infuse the same benefits into the community. I have developed a plan that creates density, and leaves space for open for recreation. the east is more densely structured, and the west has individual opportunities in the park that will mimic the diversity and structure of the built forms.

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