NEIGHBOURHOOD NETWORKS


NEIGHBOURHOOD NETWORK

Location: North Lawndale, Chicago, USA
Client: Chicago Architectural Club
Collaborator: Adam Lubinsky

[ URBAN DESIGN/HOUSING ]
[ 0521 ]

Competition for new housing in Lawndale, Chicago, USA. The scheme proposes urban ‘strings’ of new mews-like streets threading across Chicago’s wide grey-stone street grid, bringing much-needed density and services to the impoverished Lawndale area. Lined with economical low rise housing, the strings align to form protected routes to proposed schools at the neighbourhood scale.

The Neighborhood Network asserts that the combination of family housing and strong schools creates sustainable neighborhoods. This proposal develops a site-specific strategy for a pedestrianised network of new family housing and small schools as a means to supporting North Lawndale's diverse population of many cultures and incomes. 

The Neighborhood Network begins with an urban increment that links through and across city blocks with the development of clusters of vacant lots. This increment reinvents the "mews" - originally stables created behind the houses facing the street. While mews have historically been converted into houses, this proposal makes the modern mews an essential element in linking clusters of family housing along walkable paths to neighborhood schools. 

The mews has been applied in three variations.

The first variation is a string of two-storey family units. These units form an intimate social grouping of homes overlooking a pedestrian route through the block with new pocket parks at the block's perimeter. Each two-storey unit is efficiently designed to contain three bedrooms and a terrace garden with the potential to expand upward.

The second variation utilises the mews for family housing and - where there are additional vacant lots adjacent to the mews - employs L-shaped apartment buildings along the streetfront. These buildings, employing unit types for singles and couples, would begin to fill out the blocks. 

The third variation employs the mews for new schools. Drawing from the 'Small Schools' movement, these schools - for 200 students and grades K-4 or 5-8 - would link to the new housing and be open to all residents. Each school would offer a unique facility, allowing public use and fitting within a network of services shared by surrounding existing schools.


NEIGHBOURHOOD NETWORK

Location: Gravesend, Kent, UK
Client: Urban Practitioners

[ URBAN DESIGN ]
[ 0412 ]


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NEIGHBOURHOOD NETWORK

Location: Dover, Kent, UK
Client: Urban Practitioners

[ URBAN DESIGN ]
[ 0515 ]

Analysis and masterplan strategies setting out urban principles for Dover, together with a sequence of site studies along the two main spinal routes of the central district.

The studies and recommendations are for a variety of urban elements including built form, open space, axes and sight-lines, water, vegetation, and not least, the extraordinary local topography.


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.


 
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Location: Sixfields, Northampton, UK
Client: Urban Practitioners

[ URBAN DESIGN ]
[ 0423 ]

Design for a District Centre involving the formulation of new residential, retail, and industrial areas and considerable alteration of local highways. The study contributed to the Council’s Area Action Plan and assisted the determination of current applications.