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Reciprocity: Urban Effects

conceptual urban plan


Conceptual Design Diagrams

01: select houses

02: houses shift urban block

03: anomaly houses diagonal

design axon

anomaly houses


Anomalous Houses Displacement Diagrams

Harvard University Graduate School of Design  |  Fall 2011
Professor: Inge Rocker
Studio: Architecture Core I
Program: Residential Urban Design

The project seeks to investigate the effect of a shifting operation performed on two typical singe family houses on an urban fabric. The shifting operation was controlled by a Grasshopper script with parameters given by the studio coordinator Preston Scott Cohen. The shearing of one of the houses away from the other produces a domino effect on the immediate adjacent buildings.  If the shearing happens in multiple directions, the undulating urban blocks produce pockets of space which then become public parks that release the density of the urban fabric.  An anomaly is introduced diagonally between two shifted houses.  The anomalous houses shift in the vertical direction in addition to the horizontal to produce a dynamic elevation change.  The facade design of the anomalous houses is intended to register the displacement of the anomalous houses in relation to the typical houses.  Windows, gabled roofs, chimneys and stairs are kept stationary as the rest of the house shifts producing an extrusion effect on these particular elements.