The above redevelopment of the Farragut Houses focuses on the following Principles:
– Fluidity into and out of the ascribed territories of the Farragut Houses
– Mobility within the space
These objectives will be facilitated and ameliorated nominally through design by performing the following objectives:
1. Linking the surrounding automotive infrastructure so as to divide the super-blocks and segregate the buildings from one another. This Allows a sense of community to no longer be extended to a large group of buildings, but rather the buildings themselves. Increased activity in the vernacular landscape, as well as private outdoor space for the buildings add to the effect of reinforcing a sense of community for the occupants.
2. Increasing the population density within the territory with medium and high income residential towers so as to materialize diversity as a means of integrating the territory demographically.
3. Increase mixed use space by extending the boundaries of each building to the limits of the newly created blocks for the first five floors. Of which the first two floors will be dedicated to commercial use and the three top floors can service residential, office and/or commercial purposes. The Commercial Spaces will be divided into Mall and store front so as to accommodate a diverse scale of commercial capacity (Mall accommodating large scale businesses/ Store Fronts accommodating small and medium scale businesses). The effect is destined to increase job opportunity for the vernacular, satisfy the vernacular population and increase day traffic as a sustaining factor to the resilience of the micro-economy of the region.
4. Landscaping the Ground Level so as to invite pedestrians to a more hospitable setting via Parks, lawns, public seating, tree canopy, child recreational infrastructure and water features. (Interactive interfaces on history and impact of the region: Lost Heritage and impact of Mosean/Corbusier Public Housing and Highway development).
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