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HYBRID PERIMETER: WILLETS POINT HOUSING
Harvard GSD, Core Studio
Spring 2011 
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Selected for Studio Works Honors
Exhibited in GSD Platform 4 Exhibition Spring 2012
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Hybrid Perimeter proposes a new formulation of a low-rise housing block by hybridizing the ideas of the mat building with the typology of the perimeter block.  Located on the contentious site of Willets’ Point in Queens, NY this block provides 90 units of housing for a diverse population.  The project was developed out of an urban master plan, which established the density of the site, and relationship to the larger urban infrastructures of landscape and highways/roads.  Collective programs, including medical clinics, daycare, and athletic facilities are located on the ground floor, and connect to the adjacent urban park.   The units are 5-sided duplex configurations which created a modulated surface on the interior courtyard, extending views in a constrained space.  Difference is expressed through the scale of aperture in the facade, and the configuration of terrace spaces, which form larger openings in the continuous perimeter.