West End in Layers

The West End underwent a drastic change during urban renewal. Prior to that, the West End had a lot of layers which gave it culture, diversity and vibrant life. Now it is stark and lifeless. There is a lack of activity and foot traffic due to disorientation and lack of diverse programs. There are also distinct visual and physical barriers that discourage access from the outside. In return, they were able to provide a safe area with a lot of green spaces. Unfortunately, those green spaces are without people and activity. 

Concept: Layers

I used urban design to reanimate and revitalize the West End by using the concept of layers. Layers enable me to maximize the area by adding program while maintaining the green spaces. The green spaces are vital to maintain due to the surrounding highways that produce toxic fumes. 

Existing Urban Fabric and Grain Diagram

Existing Urban Fabric and Grain Diagram

Existing Car and Pedestrian Traffic Analysis

Existing Car and Pedestrian Traffic Analysis

Layering Strategy

Layering Strategy

Lower Ground Floor Plan

Lower Ground Floor Plan

Upper Ground Floor Plan

Upper Ground Floor Plan

I tried to use the same concepts of layering on my residential units by bringing the greenscape inside the building and stacking them. I may not have been as successful in following the same concept as the urban scale within the building scale. If I had more time to develop the concept, I would now focus on the buildings. However, I was more interested in the spaces and voids that the building create which I used to sculpt the green spaces. 

Site Rendering

Site Rendering

Apartment Floorplan

Apartment Floorplan

Rendered View from Upper Ground Floor

Rendered View from Upper Ground Floor

Rendered View from Lower Ground Floor

Rendered View from Lower Ground Floor

Physical Model

Physical Model

Final Presentation Boards

Final Presentation Boards


Urban Design Principles
RISD Fall 2013 
Prof. Anne Tate

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