urban village

Year: 2013

Status: Upenn 501

Instructor: Lasha Brown

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Team: Adrian Subagyo

The current system of creating density through vertical stacks has an issue of secluding its dwellers per floor slabs. Student housing as an extension of tool for learning needs a different system that embrace collaboration and trigger innovation. Innovation is an unpredictable result, however, it is possible to create an environment to embrace the process. Therefore collaborative events need to be curated as a media to condition individuals to interact and create an active interdisciplinary network.


Research on fashion precedence is conducted to distill a certain strategy that can potentially be applied in solving the architectural issue. Pleating - Ruching and Bundling are seen for further exploration.


Bundling strategy is found to provide unique property between each cells and the relationship of cell to the bundle, a bundle to each other, and aggregation of bundles. Multi-level spatial interaction is an area of interest to create a platform of hierarchical social system that interact with each other in multiple level.


The bundle system provides a dynamic stack of arrangement between two opposite sides. It creates the opportunity to interact between different unit dwellers. This new social interaction mode embraces the emergence of a micro-community on each bundle.


An active beneficial interaction network happens through the creation of multi-level hierarchical communities in the ecosystem. The same operation of vertical stacks is solved through blurring the boundary between public programs. Each segments represents the change of fashion program as students progress through their study. This gesture allow constant movement of agents between programs resulting dynamic mixture of different agents throughout the building,