GSD Harvard, Harvard, codes, architectural codes, Tokyo, New York City, US, density

The architecture acts in and upon the city through mediums of code-building codes, zoning codes, civil, social, environmental codes,etc. It should be less considered the simple design of objects – it is more the configuration of multiple and differentiated codes into new sequences and relations. The code is a systematic arrangement of relationships that specifies the legitimate and illegitimate function of the objects and behaviors. The contemporary city is one dense mesh of codes, overlapping into frantic dialogue. Whatever the design begins from –  politics, economics and finance, the codes always exist in advance.

Unlike in a conventional design method, this design project required to encode and test whether the intended code worked properly or not. In order to encode the specific code, the group of GSD Harvard students, authors of this project, researched Tokyo city. Unlike other cities, Tokyo has evolved based on train transportation system, and it has diversified local culture at every station. The interesting fact is that Tokyo still has a form of livable city, despite his very dense populated condition.

Therefore this project aimed to make a low rise, highly dense city. In order to achieve the goal of this new type of the city, the authors minimized the rules, because the intention was to make atypical city bottom-up, rather then a top-down one. To make a livable city, they adapted the certain angle of sun and set up a courtyard based on site conditions. Both codes employed – the city and the architectural one, were set up based on the main concept of making one livable city with very high density. The unique urban framework was proposed in this particular solution.

GSD Harvard, Harvard, codes, architectural codes, Tokyo, New York City, US, density

GSD Harvard, Harvard, codes, architectural codes, Tokyo, New York City, US, density

GSD Harvard, Harvard, codes, architectural codes, Tokyo, New York City, US, density

GSD Harvard, Harvard, codes, architectural codes, Tokyo, New York City, US, density

GSD Harvard, Harvard, codes, architectural codes, Tokyo, New York City, US, density

 

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