CAPACITY STUDIES


HOUSING 

Location: Gants Hill, London, UK
Client: Urban Practitioners

[ URBAN DESIGN / HOUSING ]
[ 0516 ]

Housing capacity study of the Gants Hill roundabout/Tube station area. The study proposes an indicative master-plan to test and confirm proposed unit densities and massing. The study examines a number of issues in detail: access, car parking, circulation, amenity space, unit geometries; unit type mixes and architectural layout, tenure options, massing, and daylight penetration.


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CHARACTER + CAPACITY

Location: Dacorum, Hertfordshire, UK
Client: Urban Practitioners

[ URBAN DESIGN / HOUSING ]
[ 0603 ]

 

A series of specially selected sites were tested across the Borough for their capacity to absorb further housing. Particular account was taken of the Dacorum Urban Design Assessment in order to determine appropriate massing and plot configurations for new development. The findings of the study are used to extrapolate estimates for housing capacity for the Borough as a whole.

URBAN CAPACITY STUDY

A series of specially selected sites were tested across the Borough for their capacity to absorb further housing. Particular account was taken of the Dacorum Urban Design Assessment in order to determine appropriate massing and plot configurations for new development. The findings of the study were used to extrapolate estimates for housing capacity for the wider Borough. The project included training of Dacorum BC planning officers with the new recommendations.

CHARACTER STUDY

Assessment of urban characteristics of Dacorum’s towns and villages to guide urban design policies in the Council’s new LDF. The assessment makes a rigorous analysis across an array of criteria ranging from heights, densities, and setbacks, to materials/textures and street-scape elements.


ADAPTED MASTERPLAN

Location: Black Horse Lane, Waltham Forest, London, UK
Client: Urban Practitioners

[ URBAN DESIGN ]
[ 0615 ]

Alteration and further development of an existing masterplan. The study includes reconfiguring building heights and placements, calculation of dwelling unit types and densities, and resolution of parking and access configurations.


URBAN BLOCK 

Location: Clapham, London, UK
Client: Urban Practitioners

[ URBAN DESIGN / MIXED USE / HOUSING ]
[ 0512 ]

Options analysis for development of the urban block fronting Clapham High Street containing Clapham Baths. As the site is surrounded by established residential streets, contains existing mixed uses, and engages two Conservation Areas, the development options proposed strike a complex balance between market expectations and planning constraints.


FUTURE LOADING

Location: Leyton, Waltham Forest, London, UK
Client: Urban Practitioners

[ URBAN DESIGN ]
[ 0618 ]

Future loading on the transport infrastructure of this area of London was analysed in this study by desk modelling the housing capacities of available and upcoming sites in the surrounding catchment area.


HISTORIC PRECINCT

Location: Eastham, Newham, London, UK
Client: Urban Practitioners

[ URBAN DESIGN ]
[ 0611 ]

 

A development study for the historic Town Hall precinct in East Ham, London. The study area takes in a number of listed buildings over two city blocks, including the Town Hall, Old Technical College, Town Hall Annexe, and Old Gym.

Radically, the study proposes a new civic space parallel to Barking Road which works to group the historic buildings and focus new development. Indicative companion housing projects are also proposed. Whilst achieving required yields and meeting London Plan and Local Plan constraints, the proposed buildings maintain a dynamism and strong urban quality.


REDEVELOPMENT POSSIBILITIES

Location: Cranbrook, Kent, UK
Client: Urban Practitioners

[ URBAN DESIGN ]
[ 0701 ]

A site study exploring options for redevelopment of an existing community facility. The study focuses on issues such as area and unit yields, parking, amenity, potential uses, plot distribution, and massing.


INNER CITY BLOCK

Location: London
Client: Urban Practitioners

[ HOUSING ]
[ 0601 ]

 

A mixed use building with small commercial at ground floor and residential to upper floors on an inner-city London site. A new ground plane of amenity space for residents is formed over the commercial parking in the central block area. Units are clustered in groups around cores and provided with generous private outdoor space.


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RETENTION PLANNING

Location: Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK
Client: Urban Practitioners

[ URBAN DESIGN / EDUCATIONAL / HOUSING ]
[ 0523 ]

Study addressing the development possibilities and technical problems raised by two major landslips in the sloping terrain of Cliffs Gardens at Southend-on-Sea. A public gallery and museum is proposed on one of the slip sites, taking advantage of the vigorous topography, garden setting, and extensive views.

 


RESEARCH . CAPACITY 

'Uneven Tangier'   Young Joon Chung UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13 

'Uneven Tangier'   Young Joon Chung UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13 

'Uneven Tangier'
Young Joon Chung UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13 

Universitat D’Alacant. Linear City Plan. 1894. Image Source Http://WWW.ALU.UA.ES/A/ARG18/WEB/ARTURO_SORIA.HTML

Universitat D’Alacant. Linear City Plan. 1894.

Image Source Http://WWW.ALU.UA.ES/A/ARG18/WEB/ARTURO_SORIA.HTML

UNEVEN TANGIER

Location: Tangier, Morocco
Research Student: Young Joon Chung UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13 

[ RESEARCH / URBAN DESIGN ]

The Tangier Urban Agency currently proposes a new urban boundary for the future expansion of the city. This new limit is a bigger radius of the present centre, without correspondence to topography. Selecting this form of growth restricts access to public transportation and sanitation. It will cause an increase in tariffs for poorer users, resulting in areas lacking connection to the basic infrastructure of the city.

The project proposes to control growth of Tangier with new quality of life from mobilising infrastructure. It aims to expand Tangier linearly towards the new town of Chrafate by legally hijacking the basic infrastructure being installed to feed the new town. In the long term, This settlement will equalise with the satellite city giving more sustainability rather than isolation from Tangier. Growth is aimed not only in connection two cities together but also suggests a new strategy of urban growth for the whole Tangier-Tetouan region.

COMPACT

Location: Tangier, Morocco
Research Students: Zhi Chen, Yangxiaxi Liu, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14 

[ RESEARCH / URBAN DESIGN ]

Tangier is currently undergoing rapid development and modernization. The increased connection of Tangier to Morocco and Europe through high speed rail links will lead to reorientation of the commercial sector of Tangier to the East.

The coastal, eastern areas of Tangier are European in their urban plan structure. The original plans were never fully realised and respond poorly to the north African climate. These streets strain under pressure to provide for the populace whilst responding adequately to climate.  

The proposal seeks to provide a series of insertions to densify the existing urban blocks through decreasing street cross-sections. Through growth of the existing fabric upwards and outwards the insertions will also change the way in which the public realm and building interiors interact.

'Compact'   Zhi Chen, Yangxiaxi Liu, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14 

'Compact'   Zhi Chen, Yangxiaxi Liu, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14 

'Compact'   Zhi Chen, Yangxiaxi Liu, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14 

'Compact'   Zhi Chen, Yangxiaxi Liu, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14 

Women smuggling goods from Ceuta/ Brignon, Arno. “The end of Europe in Ceuta.” Digital image, 2013.            Image source: http://www.arno-brignon.fr/ 

Women smuggling goods from Ceuta/ Brignon, Arno.

“The end of Europe in Ceuta.” Digital image, 2013.            Image source: http://www.arno-brignon.fr/ 

OVERLAPPING TERRITORIES

Location: Tangier, Morocco
Research Student: Iulia Fratila, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13

[ RESEARCH / URBAN DESIGN ]

Every year thousands of 'irregulars' die trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar. Every day 30,000 Moroccans cross the border of Ceuta to 'offer' themselves as cleaners, traders, smugglers. Much like other areas in Africa, this is a country which still struggles with poverty. The '97 Declaration of Barcelona brings up a new tool for fighting the root causes of migration to the north i.e. the establishment of free-trade zones in the south.

As an immediate effect, we see the apparition of the Ceuta fence in 1998 and the 'electronic wall' along the coastline as predictions of the primary special economic zones that have been set up in the past years in the Tangier-Tetuan area.

'Overlapping Territories' Iulia Fratila, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13

'Overlapping Territories' Iulia Fratila, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13

Modelling of the free zone market in this context of increasing social inequality and militarisation of borders, this project starts by questioning the city's relationship with its forbidden hinterland and how it relates to the far territories, and asks, can this spatial binary between Morocco and Spain be reversed?

The proposal acknowledges the Moroccan government's plan of building a new commercial free zone near the border of Ceuta and tries to shape it into an instrument for social development, not only economic growth. The project proposes scenarios in which this exceptional space (juridical and economical) could feed the traditional space of the street market.

Studying the rate by which Fnideq has been growing and setting
the aim of providing a new opportunity for its inhabitants in
terms of jobs and housing, the design was conceived as a
new neighbourhood of approx. 10 000 people, which could
accommodate enough commercial spaces to create the minimum
amount of 3000 new jobs.(that is the approx. number of smugglers that deal with border commerce).

'Overlapping Territories' Iulia Fratila, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13

'Overlapping Territories' Iulia Fratila, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13

'Overlapping Territories' Iulia Fratila, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13

'Overlapping Territories' Iulia Fratila, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2012/13

Spatially, the neighbourhood occupies the valley and is defined
by two urban grids - the “carved“ one for the free-zone and the
overlaid “constructed“ one for the residential blocks.

The limit for the proposed development is set to maximum of
6% slope in the cross section, to ensure pedestrian and disabled
access even to the edges of the neighbourhood. The main spine is set through successive sections so that all the segments ensure the max 12% slope for car access, but a preferred 6% is maintained as to also accommodate the generous pedestrian side walks. The secondary streets are set perpendicular to the main commercial axis and will ensure a more “local“ character. All streets (except for the large retail area and the coastal plaza) are thought to be used as a shared space for cars and pedestrians.


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