Saturday, February 18, 2006

Week 4 - Conglomerative Prototypes

Here's a web based version of my initial diagrammatic program study (in slightly more dynamic form - Flash):

and a more dynamic version that blurs the lines of unit types (Flash):

and another view of the deconstructive models (LARGE 1MB+ Flash movie):

Best viewed 1024 x 768 screen resolution. Shown here also in plan:

floors, top-bottom, left-right: 1-2-3, 4-5-6, 7-8

- Max

Here's a 1/32" scale model and some quick renderings of my initial 28 unit housing project. Notice the setbacks from the streetface to create a semi-public space in front of the lower units, as well as the terraced outdoor spaces throughout the building.


My housing project is being developed with specific attention to how light enters both the project as a whole and each individual unit. Here is my first rendered diagrammatic layout at three specific times during the day. - Cheryl

Week 3 -Historic / Precedent Studies

This housing analysis explores the characteristics of the typical metropolitan interior courtyard as well as the interaction between adjacent residence.

This step explains both the process of 'The Whale' and my process for the '28 unit housing exercise'


The project ‘de Landtong’ on the 'Kop van Zuid', is a 4 hectare new urban development in the old harbour area in the southern reaches of Rotterdam. The sheer magnitude of the project, the contrast between unity and variety in programme and size, and the history and topography of the locality together form a unique framework. It makes the project a 'city within the city', a new urban typology within the austere urban master plan.
While the classic block is defined by continuous edges, the complex morphology of ‘de Landtong’ is the outcome of a three-dimensional composition of slabs, towers and strips, with form related to programme and orientation. The programmatic requirement of 625 houses made it possible to design houses and apartments of an unprecedented typological abundance.
Diversity was also possible in terms of public circulation, private outdoor space and articulation of fenestration. Street facades are generally orthogonal, with occasional punctuation by descending volumes.

-Antony- Sam- Kevin-

The BedZED urban system reconciles high-density three-story city blocks with high residential and workspace amenity. Workspace is placed in the shade zones of south facing housing terraces, with sky gardens created on the workspace roofs, enabling all flats to have outdoor garden areas, with good access to sunlight, at the same time as providing well day lit workspace. The combination of super-insulation, a wind driven ventilation system incorporating heat recovery, and passive solar gain stored within each flat by thermally massive floors and walls - reduces the need for both electricity and heat to the point where a 135 kW wood fuelled combined heat and power plant (chp) can meet the energy requirements for a community of around 240 residents and 200 workers. -Cheryl

The apartment study turned in to a definition of ownership. If a person claims the façade of your building through photograph or if they claim the façade of the building through graffiti, who is the true owner?

Likewise, if an outside constituent claims visual ownership through apertures, does this diminish the private space? Where do the boundaries begin and end in a dense housing situation?

labeled facade photo with grafitti and general graffiti from windows

This is the study of visual privacy and visual boundaries. This issue is of particular importance in dense housing, because density=demand=higher price$. Actual private space is forfeited by the very light accommodating apertures that inhabitants demand. Physical boundaries take on a different meaning than just “wall” and “window” when addressing the concessions and compromises you have to make in an urban setting to attain privacy. Private space is literally whittled down.

Privacy of the entrace and semi-private circulation foyer to street - sight lines

Privacy in plan and section of apartment from interior to street - sight lines


Week 2 - Historic/Precedent Studies

Students were asked to research housing in the attempt to understand how successful communities could be developed. The research ranges from analytic models to plan, section, and descriptive drawings documenting the organization of the dwelling units and the situational circulation patterns. Complex systems became evident, and through the investigation of the housing blocks an attention developed towards complex variable organizational systems.

The Historic Precedent Research phase accounts for two weeks, and provides insight towards understanding potential solutions when addressing contemporary housing.

Studio participants include:


Thursday, February 16, 2006

NYIT Housing Studio | Palazzolo Studio Introduction


Contemporary housing exists as a complex tapestry of economic, social, and political factors. These factors combined with local, regional, and global concerns about density and population provide a fertile ground for new developments towards architectural innovation. How can one use precedents from the past to inform current discussions through the forum of architectural design? How can the strategic organization of housing units become a critique on contemporary conditions while simultaniously providing a comfortable complex for residents.

Over the next 12 weeks, Third-year Architecture students of New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design will attempt to answer these questions through a sequence of design problems. Prof. Jamie Palazzolo will serve as the moderator of this program. The students will be given open access to the service provided by this blog, while keeping in mind the advantages of weekly postings to show process and development.