Final Review for the 2011 China workshop – project: lou Tower

The following statement was presented at our final review at Tsinghua University in Beijing:

Shanghai is changing rapidly. Horizontal expansion is not feasible or sustainable, leaving few options to remedy rapid growth. In the past vernacular housing has been destroyed to make way for new residential towers, which in themselves have exasperated the problems arising from the nong tang.  Although there are inevitable negative aspects to these units, such as overcrowding and poor sanitation, the cultural identity and traditional relationships have been maintained. The integration of vertical towers into the site, without destroying the existing neighborhood, levitates the pressures of horizontal growth and provides a viable infrastructure; promoting growth and self -sustainability. With these criteria in mind, a cellular arrangement of modular housing units follows in the traditional way of construction. This holds true to the concept of family identity, communal prosperity, and integrated layering of privacy.

Cellular voronoi geometry defragments the housing clusters into micro communities that engage in commercial or business activities, while providing the adequate support for residential investment and growth.

One of the main issues arising from the economic boom during the late 90s and the first decade of the new millennium was the spiking population density that interrupted the spatial continuity of commerce. The infrastructure provided within the Lou House helps identify and create an indigenous settlement pattern that creates a living environment with the assistance of emerging technologies. Additionally it provides high real estate opportunities while maintaining graded privacy for communal activity, which the modern high rise apartment building lacks.

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