URBAN ECOLOGIES, RISD PROFESSOR ANNE TATE
This project involves the creation of a housing complex consisting of 150 units along with community spaces. Situated in South Providence, the development site sees a vast separation in the area because of the large parking lots. The project investigates the development of an elevated modular building block system that frees up the ground and creates a series of continuous spaces to encourage interaction.
Inspired by the idea of creating public spaces without sweeping out the initial urban fabric, the superstructure is built above parking spaces and made of CLT, that has a low impact, as the primary building material.
The superstructure is built on a 30’ x 30’ grid system of beams and columns. This modular structural frame interlocks and provides flexibility for expansion and contraction.
2/F COMPLEX PLAN
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The units are double-height studios and three-bedroom units that are prefabricated. These units then act as blocks, slipping and sliding on the frame, creating different qualities of spaces and openings within the structural framework. The openings bring in light and air. The voids created in this way are connected visually and physically.