Location: Porto, Portugal Date: Fall 2019 With: Professor Gerard Damiani & Professor Mark Shapiro
A project that focused on extending the community of Bouca Social Housing designed by Alvaro Siza, into a triangular plot of land adjacently situated in the dense urban fabric of Porto, Portugal.
The forms created in this project were created by understanding the architecture and teachings of famous Portuguese modernists - Siza, Souto de Moura, and Tavora. The importance of creating connections in an urban density through the use of context is the most important parameter in good architectural and urban design.
This project sought to highlight the boundary block condition vs. the central, internal courtyard condition that is commonly seen in Porto blocks. The communal spaces were used to define the internal courtyard similar to the way that Siza highlights the street through his use of the communal spaces.