Rethinking Urban Domesticity

Re-scaling Manhattan blocks
as an experiment of reshaping urban form

GSD MAUD Core Studio, 2014, Manhattan, NYC

New York block has always been the classic model for urban design and development. The studio’s goal is to encourage student to re-exam the formation of “Block” in the context of NYC on the condition of establishing a good knowledge of NYC block system. The given site is located at the east end of 42nd st, with the special location to south of UN headquarter. The project’s main strategy is to exploit the dropping topography, organize pedestrian and vehicular circulation accordingly, and develop a dynamic, mix-use community extended from 42 st plaza to waterfront promenade.