Dining to Densify

“Intricate minglings of different uses in cities are not a form of chaos. On the contrary, they represent a complex and highly developed form of order.” Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacob’s idea is that well-functioning neighbourhoods have public centres responsible for facilitating the transfer of resources from the city to the street.  The proposal seeks to stabilise the district of Calton by reinstating its civic centre.

Dining to Densify explores how a hybrid program of civic activities centred around dining can facilitate opportunities for exchange that can help strengthen cultural identity within the district.  The program draws on the shared eating experience to create a typology that addresses the exchange of knowledge, resources, and production.

The proposal draws on the historical typology of courtyards as central exchange spaces.  The use of the courtyard further provides direction to the internal and external circulation.  The archway transition spaces into the courtyard differentiate between the public and private exterior areas while still visually connecting the vistas.  Each proposal program has its front door from the courtyard, promoting cross-exchange between users.  The forecourt and reception along London Road help to reanimate and engage the closed street edge.

Civic Culture Typology Analysis

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Courtyard Analysis

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Plan diagrams

Dining Ritual

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Urban Diagrams

Architectural Technology Solution

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Section B.B

Axonometric of Scheme

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