Urban Design Theory

The graduate course - Urban Design Theory - was comprised of a series of short projects that examined how people interact and engage with the city on different scales. The final project in the course - Superblocks - was an exploration in breaking up a eight large blocks located between Northern Liberties, Chinatown, and the Delaware River in Philadelphia. In a neighborhood with little to no neighborhood identity, these blocks were filled with large warehouse-type buildings in an area that was historically industrial.

This project uses pedestrian networks and neighborhood streets to add a residential community and break up the 'superblocks.' As a part of this assignment were tasked with creating building typologies to weave together the space and promote integration between public and private spaces. The result were three simple building typologies and a site plan for new community.

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