Investigating the relationship between bicycling, urban design, and housing, based in the Netherlands because it is there that bicycles are used most extensively. According to one study, 37 percent of all trips under 2.5 kilometers are conducted by bike.
Short distance is key. Statistics show that people will not travel more than 7.5 km to a destination on bike.
70% of bicyclists use the bike for traveling under 7.5 km.
Bicycle parking facilities could occupy much less space than parking lots for cars. These facilities could be incorporated into the urban infrastructure or contained within individual buildings.
The Netherlands is known for stimiluating clients and employees arriving to work by car to switch to the bicycle or to a combination of bicycle and public transport.
The Dutch government and general public make driving expensive as well as inconvenient in central cities through a host of taxes and restrictions on car ownership, use, and parking.
Known as “The Bike Capital of the World,” the people of Holland have the highest rate of bicycles per person, at 1.1.
Whereas most countries view the bike as a sign of poverty, in the Netherlands it is representative of living a sporty and environmentally friendly lifestyle.
The bike helps promote individuality. The bike allows people of all age to let go of their dependency of the car and participate in more activities independently.
Instead of catering to motor vehicles by expanding roadways and parking facilities, Dutch cities have focused on serving people by making their cities people-friendly rather than car-friendly, and thus more livable and more sustainable than other major cities.
Based on the research, the area between Rotterdam and Schiedam needed a new urban center. The master plan features a main public square that brings people together via two main axes, one that connects to Schiedam and a second linked to Rotterdam. Individual housing units are oriented so as to reinforce usage of public streets and the central square. The offered proposal reflects on the role of the bicycle in the contemporary city.
Conflicted Unity is about identity and urban growth. The concept is that the units are undecided about the city to which they are aligned. Some units feel closer to Schiedam, while others, to Rotterdam.
Conflicted Unity is located in Lot A of the “New” New York housing development consisting of: 10 Three-bedroom units 5 Two-bedroom units 5 One-bedroom units
The world in the past 100 years has changed dramatically. At the turn of the last century, we saw a series of industrial revolutions across the western hemisphere. Today at the turn of this century, we are seeing a similar boom in the East with China, India, Russia and with Brazil in South America. With all the investments we made in technology, medicine and agriculture have all allowed us to live better and longer. Today there are more of us alive than ever before in our history. In October 2011, the United Nations have estimated there are 7 billion people sharing our planet. This growth have created a challenge for us, the question of where we are going to house all these people and all the growth in industry have caused environmental impacts. The UN has predicted a 1 meter (3.3ft) rise in sea levels at the end of the century and if we continue to release all the green house gasses and causing glacial ice to melt at an alarming rate which can cause flooding to our coastal cities. My site Hong Kong, is about the same size of New York City, has a comparable population size, but only about half the buildable space, due to mountainous areas and parks reservations is the perfect place to experiment with this new building prototype.
My proposal is a housing neighborhood in Hong Kong Harbour. There is a shortage of land in the city of 7 million. It is about the size of New York City but only has less than half the buildable land area due to steep hills, mountains and reservations to country parks giving it one of the most densely populated areas in the world. In Kowloon, a district in Hong Kong, the population density is over 40,000 people per square kilometer. Its unique location and history makes it Asia's place to be.
My proposal would employ similar technologies as the cultural center in Seoul, South Korea where the building would be supported by a buoy structure. This structure would be held in place by mooring chains guided by GPS to keep its location and prevent drifting in the waves.
To ensure that the islands stay in place during bad weather and floods, 28 three-ply weather-resistant mooring chains anchor the complex in place.
The structures sit on a buoy, which is built with the aid of giant rubber airbags, each weighing about 2 tons and can support a weight of 380 tons on water and 10,000 tons on land.
The structures are held in place by chains and maintained by winches and a GPS system to keep it in place.
Aggregation and cohabitation: living, working and public space.
Combining dwellings into a cohesive habitable entity must balance the resultant intimacy of individual dwellings with communal objectives. Societies values towards the house, property and neighborhood are often be in contrast to those of the family and balancing private and public functions is essential.
Combine 3 units on a 25ft x 60ft site. The eastern adjacent rare lot can be used for light and air only. The short side of the lot faces the street.
One - 1BR @ 500SF One - 2BR @ 1000SF One - 3BR @ 1500SF
The Hudson Natatorium, a community facility designed primarily for public recreation but also for competitive events, supports swimming and other fitness programs for children, teens, adults and seniors. Similar to the YMCA, the HN offers Red Cross swim lessons and is home to several swim and water polo teams from local schools that do not have swimming facilities.
The facility has several components: the enclosed 25-meter short course swimming pool with its deck, which must be double height and column free with natural light; the men’s and women’s locker room with separate men’s and women’s spa for hydrotherapy and relaxation; workout and fitness areas; administrative offices; retail space; juice bar; community space; and a significant outdoor outdoor landscape.
The goal is to develop a unified architectural and structural idea providing a long span open space (swimming pool) with the emphasis of the development on the sustainable approach to building systems and articulation of facade through proportion and materiality.
My concept after visiting the area would be to leave as much space possible for the general access as public space in Manhattan is limited. My idea is to completely lift the building up to create an outdoor space for the public’s use.
This also creates a 360-degree view of not only the city but also of the New Jersey skyline.
Raising the building up also aids in getting natural light and ventilation into the building and the park below.
Hunters Point Collective Dwelling and Social Space for the Urban Waterfront
Designed, developed and investigated a large mixed-use program for a site in the Hunters Point South district of Queens, NY.
A 60-unit collective housing mixed-use development: 20 - 1BR units @ 500SF 20 - 2BR Units @ 1,000SF 10 - 3BR Units @ 1,500SF 10 - Lofts @ 1,500SF
Circulation - 6,000SF Lobby - 1,500SF Bike Room -1,500SF Laundry - 1,000SF Mail, Storage, Office - 800SF Recycling + Trash - 200SF Tenants Amenity - 6,000SF Total Building - 76,500SF
Tom’s Shoes Flagship Store
Design the headquarters for a cutting edge shoe designer.
The shoe designer is interested in a building that will allow the various parts of the shoe business to work in a more cohesive fashion. In addition, it is extremely important that the building be used as an opportunity to establish and to create a specific brand identity.
The TOM’S shoes brand has a very important social agenda. The founder of TOM’S shoes, Blake Mycoskie, will donate a pair of shoes to a child in a need in a developing country with the purchase every pair. Their slogan “ONE FOR ONE” symbolize their dedication.