28-02-12

Final thesis title and description


Shape a community & Coop in the Crown Heights grid
How a community center and a cooperative housing project can cross-fertilize each other.

The existing real estate crisis forces us to rethink building typology so they are more resistant to fluctuations in the economic market. Cooperative housing is a good example of this kind of typology but it is a difficult project to realize. By combining the Coop with a community center, the existing structure of the community can be used as the fundamental basis to set up the project. The mix of these features in one site creates a tension between the microculture and the community culture respectively created by the Coop and the community center. The generic grid of Crown Heights creates the perfect condition to rethink this new housing typology.

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