Can cheap apartments foster a sense of identity and belonging? Can one experience novelty and affordability at the same time? I imagined a community focused, pedestrian centric complex on the site of Oak Pointe Apartments, about a quarter mile from the Candler Park MARTA station. I attempted to mimic the accidental dynamism of Italian hill town streets while regularizing building footprints. This method encourages neighbor interactions and explorations while enveloping the site in a semi permeable membrane that interacts with the neighborhood while providing privacy and shelter within.
The green building in the middle has an open area for picnic benshes and other shared amenities. The red marks are arches, demarkating the border of the complex.
A mixed use building is often imagined as having storefronts at street level with residential above it. But with modualar housing this typology could become much more flexible. In this project I sought to imagine what a building that incorporates single family residential, apartments, and retail might look like in a modular world.
The presence of interstate highways in urban cores is the bane of many urbanists, but a simple fact of life for most denizens. Flood recontextualizes this rift in the urban fabric as an attraction through tactical urbanism. Atlanta will shift from a car centric city to a beautiful river city by diverting the flow of the Chatahoochee river through the Downtown Connector.