Timber in the City: Urban Habitat Competition

Senior Studio | ARCH 476
Assistant Professor Mark Taylor

CHALLENGE
The competition challenges participants to design a mid-rise, mixed-use complex with affordable housing units, a job training/educational facility, a center for innovative manufacturing of wood technology, and a distribution center. Aspiring to regenerate a dissipating urban manufacturing sector and address the housing needs of New York City, entrants will be asked to design a place for the creation of originative vocational opportunities embracing new wood technology. Entrants will be challenged to propose construction systems in scenarios that draw optimally on the performance characteristics of a variety of wood technologies. The project site is in Red Hook, Brooklyn a neighborhood in some flux, cut off from much of Brooklyn geographically, yet increasingly vibrant.

PROGRAM
The diversified program proposes several spatial conditions, span distances, and environmental criteria in order to elicit a diverse group of architectural compositions and technological solutions that incorporate the use of differing structural, framing, and detail-oriented components. Such conditions may be:

- Vertical mid-rise framing (i.e. Mass Timber Systems such as CLT and FFTT)
- Interior partitioning (stud framing or modular panelized systems)
- Exterior cladding (modular assemblies)
- Long-span structure (glulam beams, truss joists, or other composite members)

Residential Total            109,725 sqft
Bike Workshop             14,050 sq/ft
Wood Production          44,640 sq/ft
Digital Production         14,340 sq/ft