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Manhattan Urban Renewal

M. Arch I Urban Core Studio, Spring 2019

Yale School of Architecture

Professor: Dragana Zoric


Studio Partner: Jonathan Palomo

Site: New York City, New York

This proposal explores how an individual processes and reacts to spatial cues within the urban fabric of Manhattan. Derived from cognitive science research, a kit of conditions was developed and applied to the existing site that focuses on human navigation, pattern recognition, and narrative sequencing. This research and analysis resulted in abstracted volumetric forms and deliberate sight lines that create visual signals to inform human behavior and interactions. Furthermore, the cognitive conditions encompass both the built and natural environment, and therefore the proposal strives to seamlessly harmonize the two. Within this hybrid environment, the individual is able to develop a sense of place through a psychological understanding of the urban intervention.

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