A Harlem Village



Period: Fall 2013 
Instructor: Rafi Segal 
Location: Park Ave. 131th St., New York  
Building Use: Research Laboratory  
Team Work (2)

 

PUBLIC  SPACE  FOR  HOUSING

Harlem, a place with cultural and ethnic diversity, acts as a platform for exchange, with active public spaces. However, through the research, it has proven that many public spaces are disconnected spaces. For a housing project to succeed in Harlem, it is presumed that housing fits and participates in a
system of public spaces which allows housing to reconnect the public programs. The project performs as an agent of socializing where units and public spaces are standardized as predetermined prototypes, allowing for a more unconventional configuration of unit to public space .

 

SITE ANALYSIS & CONCEPT DIAGRAM

Site analysis began through the research and tracing of programs around the site and more particularly its activity vs. inactivity. The site at East Harlem had many active public spaces yet disconnected.
There are a lot of religious places nearly 2 or 3 in one block. The area represented in a thick black stroke are the place where multiple programs occur, showing a high level of density around, thus creating intensified activity. The public programs in a site analysis are employed in housing. A list of public spaces including playground, track, park, gym, library, garden, and community center creates a network of tenants and their priority for public space. Each neighborhood is decided by their needs and interests.

 

activity and inactivity

 

CONCEPT DIAGRAM 

 

DEMOGRAPHICS AND UNIT

According to demographics research, types of tenants and unit prototypes are decided. From the statistics collected, the ratio of each type of tenants was defined, providing the exact number of tenants and households per community or village. 

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SYSTEM OF AGGREGATION

The aggregation of units and public spaces is based on the social needs acquired through demographic research. This network allows the project to perform as socializing agent where units and public spaces are standardized as predetermined prototypes, allowing for a more unconventional configuration of unit to public space. Availability and proximity of standardized public space the unit is relative to the tenants’ social needs.

 

EAST VILLAGE  VIEW

 

TYPICAL PLAN

SITE STRATEGY

After addressing the site through analysis, a list of public spaces where chosen based on the needs of the community. This allows to create a network of tenants and their priority for public space. This “tenants to public space relationship” allowed for the standardize a system, which placed tenants near public spaces by priority. 

 

GROUND LEVEL VIEW