Project recognized with Highest Honors by ETSAM student Mavi Gómez Voyer - Unit Ribot, Undergrad-P4
The project’s main objective is to create an extensive city by joining previous projects developed by last semester students, creating a linear city that combines all kinds of programs, as every high density city should have.
Readapting industrial structures is the main strategy used to create this urban fabric, exploiting the capabilities of projects such as “Glenn Martin Assembly Hall” to the West, and “Ford Engineering Labs” to the East, both by Albert Kahn .
A public space corridor runs through the city assembling every project with a common tram line and a bike lane. In the project, these flow through a fragmented area comformed by Ford’s structure containing sportive, comercial, and cultural programs.
Four linear structures based on the “MFO park” go North to South acting as a support for the covering trusses of the “Glenn Martin Hall”, which are used here to support the upper part of the project.
This part acts as a decomposed covering of the public space, that lets sunlight and air flow through the entire project. It is formed by 5 meter high trusses that hold a green walkway on their lower level and the housing units on the upper one. Since it’s in Detroit the location of the project, having a bioclimatic desing that minimizes the energy and heat loss on the buildings is key to the city’s development. Therefore the housing units are equipped with greenhouses on the south facade that manage solar gain. And thick, very isolated walls with minimal opertures on the north facade, to prevent heat from leaving the building.
The project altogether achieves a “structural simbiosis” mixing the genetics of both structures in a way that allows them to coexist in the same 180x100m space complementing each other and working as a whole, complex city.
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