As a new interpretation of the traditional factory housing, this proposal suggests new types of dwellings that deviate from the usual relationship between residential, industrial, and commercial zones. The deployment of this new housing prototype will act as an economic driver in critical areas and a dry edge against coastal storm surge – its purpose is to stimulate growth. Acting as a new city center, it will ensure continued density and activity within and around itself. The proposal looks at two distinct sites in Bridgeport: Sikorsky, an existing helicopter factory, and Steel Point, a new commercial development. In each case, this project looks at Bridgeport in terms of its large scale, isolated building types, and posits an urban prototype for revitalizing and densifying these introverted islands.
The Liquid Threshold Between Order and Chaos
This seminar explores the design of complex three-dimensional structural systems. Through discussions on existing projects, including some of the instructors’ own, and also modeling and testing new systems to destruction, both physically and digitally (using tools such as Karamba 3D), the seminar intends to foster a deeper intuitive understanding of structures. At what point do you know a structure is at its limit?
Visualization IV: Esherick House
The idea of architectural ruin goes beyond the effect that time and the environment has on building materials. In many ways architecture can also be ruined simply through proximity; here the billboard dwarfs the monumentality of Kahn's Esherick House, essentially ruining the intent of the architecture.