NEW MODES OF DENSE: NEW YORK ART CENTER
Brooklyn, New York
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 with elevated infrastructure in Brooklyn, and social mega-complexes like Co-Op City in efforts provide us with an intriguing catalog of references, they are mostly too outdated to meet the complex challenges the city faces today. New modes of densification are needed.
Hyperdense buildings today are discovered to lack of sense of social coherence. They are seen as generic, uniform, and disconnected superblocks or high-rise towers. Culture is a connector to make the community closer together in a hyperdense environment. To maximize the urgent need for housing, the exterior of the superblock is all normal housing units. The interior becomes nature landscaped parks, cultural centers, offices, sports fields, and auditoriums. Large void sky openings allow light and air to come through the superblock and enable people to enjoy their lives.
Full-size blocks are usually divided into a series of individual lots and then developed with multiple projects. Creating new typology by treating the entire block as a singular mass, requires strategies that incorporate courtyards and light-wells in order to make a single volume feasible for diverse programming. This strategy will be exploited towards new expressions in design and innovative organizational/structural schemes. The scale and speed of urbanization and its transformative forces for metropolitan areas worldwide are unprecedented and expected to accelerate further in the future.
Critic - Ferda Kolatan
Design - Yan Zhuang