School of Architecture


Architectural Design VIII: High-Rise Urban Housing

Architectural Design VIII focused on high-rise urban housing in New York City. The course began with a group study of current high-rise urban housing in New York, familiarization with the New York zoning code and the development of its various districts and requirements, and a study of the various waters-edge districts of Manhattan. Students reviewed sites for possible use as they developed a program based on precedents here and abroad. The studio also included the study of contemporary apartment layout and design in Europe and the United States. Students focused on the interplays between the urban experience in the specific places we study and the design of comfortable, marketable interior environments. Each student was asked to provide a descriptive analysis of one unique, mid-level high-rise with drawings entirely by hand.