Framed Community

Arianna Schaden, B.Arch '24

ARCH 202A: Architectural Design II

Gallery: Environmental Design: Personal Space, Street Space, City Space

Instructor: Myrna Ayoub

This project looks at the ways architecture can attract a sense of community while aligning with certain tactics from blue zones around the world. Extrapolating Burbank’s grid onto the site created the positive space of apartment complexes and negative space of courtyards. There is a clear gradient from public to private zones. The framing structure is used structurally as well as a way to organize placement and dimensions. In the most public of spaces, the primary grid remains but as a space become more private, the grid becomes denser adding a secondary and tertiary frame.

Due to lack of green space in Burbank, this site utilizes every horizontal surface as an opportunity for outdoor living. The buildings are formed through a rotational transformation that allows each rooftop to be used as private outdoor space. The courtyards can then be used as public community niches where blue zone program can be incorporated.

Focusing on values such as natural movement, a plant based diet, and water contributes to the health of this community. For example, a continuous exterior circulation of stairs incorporates exercise into residents daily routines. Communal gardens would be used as the main food source, encouraging a plant based diet.


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