Urban Debilitation in New Haven
Name: Shiyan Chen
Institution / Company: Bates Masi Architects
Name: Kunhee B Chang
Institution / Company: Yale University
-FINALIST of Non Architecture Award Competition | Category: Urban
The Parc de la Villette proposal by OMA is both an ideological and formal urban model that breaks from the city, acting autonomously and non contextually as an urban fiction. Formally, the urban model manifests as homogeneous horizontal stripes. The project’s goal is to find the threshold between what belongs to New Haven and a fidelity to the Parc de la Vilette’s urban model. The debilitation of the stripes happens elevationally through an excavation under the Oak Street Connector. Hence, many of the stripes become occupiable spaces, creating a variation between what is ground and building across the site. Debilitation also happens in plan through contextual moves that result in shifts or mis-registry of stripes. The homogeneous widths of stripes in the original urban model are weakened by an alteration of density throughout the site.
Roads throughout the site follow the horizontal language in order to accentuate the presence of the urban model. The project makes sure there is clear accessibility to and from the Union Station, Oak Street Connector, and the Police Station. The “confetti” of the original model change in scale and orientation when brought into New Haven. They are light-wells and courtyards that cut into stripe buildings to allow for air and ventilation.
Project Type: Urban Development
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