The generation of 2D spatial layouts are primarily useful as a spectrum from which to generate a modular system for populating the urban block, and to generate 3D forms for the urban block.

In creating urban blocks, the architecture must respond both to a macro and micro scale. The macro scale encompassing scale of the region – which includes streets, parks, and surrounding buildings – may dictate the height, density, and aesthetic of the overall block. The micro scale, focussed on the individual module, how this responds to the patterns of internal space existing in the city, and how this is populated internally to make the space useful for the required functions. Thus far, my explorations in to each have been largely separate. The drawings below look to begin bringing these two scales together where modules are notionally indicated in the section and people are shown as inhabiting the external spaces.

Drawings and model photographs exploring the 3D form of the urban block through stacked floorplates and developing a sectional drawing through the block.

Drawings and model photographs exploring the 3D form of the urban block through stacked floorplates and developing a sectional drawing through the block.

 

The introduction of layouts for individual modules of different functional use, and identification of key public and semi-public shared spaces will allow the idea of a block shown above to align more closely with the reality of making architecture in the city.