Yike Peng (website)
Columbia University GSAPP
Advanced Studio
Faculty: Juan Herreros, José Aragüez (website)


When you change the use of something, actually you change the definition of it. This process can be considered as a kind of alienation. In this project, changing the basic use of architecture elements is a new strategy to explore how far we can push the residential architecture. The project is aimed at misusing the regular residential building as an infrastructure and creating divergency zone of private and public. Bring Chinatown people to the riverside and revitalizing by attracting more people outside the Chinatown is the main strategy. Programmatically setting a new relationship among the project, river, FDR and the existing building revives the ordinary order a new potentiality and unfolding new typology. The proportion of different programs is based on the idea that “megastructure as reinforcement”. After analysising the proportion of each program and comparing to the average level of the Manhattan, the multi-family residential program and public institution program are condsidered as the major embedded program. Meanwhile, bring the commercial program as the “watcher” to the public area is responding to Jane Jacobs’ idea to avoid the public space deteriorating.  


↑ arial view ↑ building 00, 01, 02 physical model ↑ chinatown urban section analysis ↑ chinatown population map ↑ multiuse plaza perspective ↑ isometric diagram ↑ masterplan +6,000 ↑ building group east-west section ↑ building 02 section ↑ building 01 exploded diagram ↑ specific levels diagram ↑ matrix diagram for levels ↑matrix diagram for program ↑ matrix diagram for plans ↑ unit interior design

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