This urban design studio focused on the analysis of 2 miles of the South Lamar Corridor. The initial analysis was done in teams with the purpose of developing a master plan and zoning code that would address issues of walkability, density, economy, and congestion.
In response to the chaotic nature of the South Lamar Corridor, our team developed a strategy of consolidated shared parking, boulevard side walks with larger sidewalks and slower traffic, and increased green space and biodiversity. We sought to provide a map for future development so south South Lamar evolves with a more cohesive language.
Within the framework of our master plan, each student designed a housing project that would validate and embrace the vision of the master plan. My project was site near the intersection of Mary St. with Lamar, a space currently occupied by a automobile paint shop. In conjunction with our master plan, I designed a mixed-use development with retail space, a restaurant, a private library, public and private courtyards, and apartment units, of which some are affordable units.
The building takes its shape from existing trees on the site and the desire to preserve specific open spaces. The layout and size of the units shifts according to location with the building. The metal screen that weaves its way between the buildings is alternately movable or fixed, allowing light into certain areas such as the living room public areas and blocking light from others, such as bedrooms.