Due for Tuesday November 17th –

Video is posted

For next class we need to conclude our FAR and Massing Studies.  You will be required to complete the following –


As a group:

  1. Site Plan – proper labels and terminology – Site Area x FAR = Allowable for each
  2. Isometric Site Plan – same as above in 3d isometric – on each site extrude a 10 foot high mass on the site x FAR to visually represent the allowable massing.  Select two views from opposite sides so that all 4 sites are clearly visible.
  3. Isometric Zoning Envelope – apply the zoning envelope and show us how the massing gets modified based on your rules.  These drawings should match the two views you selected for the Isometric Site Plan.

As an individual:

  1. Isometric Site Plan with massing (pre-FAR Study design) – match the views from above.  Show the version of your design before you completed the FAR/Massing studies.
  2. Isometric Site Plan with massing (modified massing based on FAR study) – match the views from above.  Show your pre-FAR Study design – with additional massing stacked on top to visualize the mass you need to add to your design.
  3. Isometric Site Plan with massing (design sketches) – match the views from above. As my example in class demonstrated – for this step you can show possible massing alternatives to adding in the additional FAR – This is the only step that is optional.
  4. Isometric Site plan with Massing (current design) – match the views from above.  This is your current design with the integrated massing.  For this you must account for all the Allowable Square footage – (do not leave any money on the table) – For this study you must complete and include the calculations from the shared excel spreadsheet.

    You must add color & diagram your site plans (use the isometric views) to illustrate where the entrances of your building are located and if they are for residential, commercial or community spaces.  For each outdoor area indicate if the space is public like the green-way, private (only accessible by a single apartment unit) or semi-private (shared by residents of a building)  – a lobby or resident only outdoor space is semi-private.

    Rules to follow: (fill in your spreadsheet for the following)

    1. You massing must be contained within your zoning envelope.  If you need to go beyond it you must apply to the class for a zoning variance and make a good argument.
    2. If you are not building an a particular site (A/B/C/D) then you must transfer this square footage to another lot.  If you do not use all of the Allowable for a given site you must also transfer this square footage to another lot.
    3. If you have public outdoor space or indoor arcade spaces on your private lots (A/B/C/D) then you need to apply for a zoning bonus.  Check the NYC zoning rules for how this is multiplied and add this bonus to your Allowable buildable square footage. There is a different multiplier for outdoor and arcade spaces.  Add this bonus space to your spreadsheet.  If you leave a lot completely unbuilt (Lot C or D most likely) then you must apply for a zoning bonus and use this square footage on the other lots.   Remember that outdoor spaces shared by the tenants – is semi-private and cannot be used for a zoning bonus.
    4. Remember to calculate your total used square footage for your design and show that you have used all of your allowable square footage.

Screen Captures from Today’s Class

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November 10th – In Class Work

Videos are posted:

As a group:

  • 1- Site Plan
    • Take your calculations and present these on site plan
    • Parcel Name (A/B/C/D) (Lot Sq. Ft) x (FAR) = Total
  • 2- Isometric 3D of Same information as a mass sing – no setbacks
    • Lot A = FAR of 5 – so show a massing 10 foot floors x 5
      (5 story building covering the entire lot)
    • Lot C = FAR of 3.5 – (3 1/2 story building covering the entire lot)
  • 3- Overlay allowable FAR into the proposed zoning envelope
    • Lot A = Show Yard Setbacks – Setbacks – Sky Exposure
    • Fill in the Sq footage for Lot A – into the Zoning envelope

As an Individual:

  • 4- Calculate FAR of your current Project
    • Sq Foot of your buildings – x number of floors
    • Compare Lot A Allowable FAR to your used FAR
  • 5 – Modified Massing to add missing FAR
    • Add additional massing for missing FAR
  • Answer the following questions
    • Where are the building entrances?
    • How are deliveries made – move in/out – vehicle access
    • Public Space in addition to the green way
    • Private Space
      • What is the edge between public/private like?
    • How are you treating the lowest level of buildings – apt? commercial?

Screen Captures so far for today:


Additional Screen Captures



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Screenshots from Desk Crits on Thursday Nov 5th

HW for Tuesday November 10th:

Prof King for next 4 meetings.

1. Calculate your own SF of buildings – is it close to the allowable that you figured with your group? If it is not that close you will need to increase SF

2. Work on finalizing plans, units and floor plate.

3. Begin locating entrances, deliveries, parking… on site/buildings.

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Feedback from Midterm Review – Thursday class – update massing, plans

ZOOM: Prof Jill Thursday


  • Locate entrances for buildings for residents, deliveries, garbage and recycling, entrance from street, parking, and greenway
  • Look at light, air, views, privacy to make sure buildings respond.
  • What is the FAR of the different sites (A,B,C,D,E) ?? Do your building come close to this FAR? Look to increase your massings.
  • Define connections to greenway – from all streets, buildings….

Group 1:


Look at buffer from housing to greenway- Look at Pierhouse in Brooklyn Bridge park. Also look at Studio Gang 11 Hoyt as they have a raised outdoor space just for the people living there.

Maybe look to remove or disconnect the middle lower portion of your massing. Maybe a community space for residents?

Work on sections of different widths of the residential. Some are single loaded corridors, some double… some may have large spaces in middle for common uses – storage, gyms…

Locate parking – off of Congress



Need to work on grade – currently flat. Greenway raised.

3 bedrooms need work – look at other 3 bedroom units.

Egress – corridors need to connect all buildings/units. Look at which side the units are on and views. Watch dead end corrdidors. Travel distance to vertical circulation (Fire Stairs) 200’ travel distance…

Site: show greenway to congress connected to U-shaped massing. How do people get to the greenway from the buildings?



Who will go through the arcade? Corner of Atlantic and Columbia more prevalent. If the site is sloped, how do the buildings sit on that slope? Find images of the ramp/stairs. Look to create the outdoor space over the off-ramp on Columbia as a semi-private outdoor space for residents. Re-work plans and blowups. Overall plan needs to eliminate large wasted area in center of building. Look at each floorplate how it steps back (read Jessicas comments- zoom together.)



Crop and zoom in on your concept models

Dome – this can be a connector to bridges over Atlantic, Columbia to the residential building… Maybe cut off at street? Look at what happens to this sphere and materials, open at base?

Work on iterations at curved façade – balconies cantilevered, recessed or combination. Keep apartments rectilinear.

Need a bit of work on blow-up units.


Group 2: Check  on your circulation maps – bus only on Atlantic not Congress or Hicks.


Concept models are very strong – go back to these and work on the transition to the hybrid model/site models. Look at these models not to be the same height – look at concept models. Check the location of the buildings on the site – how does it relate to the views and sun? Walls around kitchen??? Look at other examples of apartments.



Nicediagrams. The buildings work with location and parti – but appear very small. Look to bring up the massing of the residential. Diagram should address community spaces – not Commerical?



Massing needs to make sure that there is ample space between u-shape for light and air and privacy on the building closest to Congress. Look at air, light and privacy for these apartments. How are the views? I am seeing broken chains – can they be linked? Maybe not physically, but through landscape?



“It doesn’t matter what side you are on, what is missing is listening to each other and coming together.” Parti- bridging and connection

Nice drawings. Study sun. Entrances are along greenway, but where are the street entrances? Create ground plan and see how buildings sit on the new site. Overall plans neew work – hallways will need to be single loaded in some locations, May need to rework massing to accommodate apartment depths in some areas or create cores.



Massing seems like two different buildings. Go back and define your parti and create a strong design that reinforces your parti. Models are very strong, but massing is too busy. The parti needs to be shown in the site work also. Bubble diagram for site would be very useful.

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Today’s Screen Captures and Comments

Jill will add he comments here –

Screen Captures from Today




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Presentation for Tuesday November 3rd

Remember that we have a presentation on Tuesday. 

We will be using Prof. Jill’s Zoom Video Link.

In addition to the design work you already plan on showing please include the following site development information

  • Site Sections to help explain change of grades – for each of you we selected specific recommended sections.
  • Site Development Precedent Images – In order to give us an idea of your intent for your outdoor spaces located images of outdoor spaces that give a sense of your intention.  Please have at least one image for each major openspace.  Consider what you want to happen in the space and locate an image.  These need to be keyed or shown on a site plan.

Screen Captures from Today’s Class:


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Homework for Thursday 10/29

Attend class through Prof King’s zoom link

Laurens Video

  • Update 1,2,3 bedroom floor plans
  • Layout overall floor plate with (2) fire stairs and (2) elevators – see Day 16 MIRO for egress lecture
  • I can look at these for you and mark them up.
  • Finish group special zoning intro on midterm MIRO board
  • Finish posting the images for your midterm presentation 11/3.
  • Add contours/fill to your site.


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Day 16 – Due Tuesday October 27th

Typical floor plate showing egress – 2 fire stairs minimum and elevators. Locate apartments 1,2,3 within floor plate. Refer to Miro Board 16 for details.

Massing on site.

Prof Jill will be holding class on Tuesday.

Mid Term is November 3rd – here is an example of the work

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Day 15

1, 2, 3 bedroom layouts based on the requirements reviewed in class on 10/22

Miro Board Day 15

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