|M.Sc Student||Datz Lior|
|Subject||Towards Architecture in the Ecological Era and Increasing|
Density - Development of an Integrating Model for
Examination and Evaluation of the
bounding Density and ...
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisors||Professor Michael Burt|
|Professor Daniel Czamanski|
The process of urban densification is natural and inevitable, resulting from demographic forcasts and depletion of buildable and green land resources and it is in accord with the sustainable development doctrine, preaching the restriction of urban growth to the boundaries of existing cities.
The main dilemma is: how to increase density and still maintain urban attractiveness? and in other words: how to provide for a significant densification and still maintain appropriate measurable levels of urban welfare parameters and especially those relating to environmental quality in the private and the public domain.
The thesis, while exploring the possibilities to resolve this dilemma through the examination of various conceptual-morphological design presuppositions, is focusing mostly on the existing mutual relations and the interplay between urban density and the normative welfare parameters.
Within this framework a novel mathematical model is developed which is capable to relate total built (usable) areas and the required normative private and public open spaces responsive to the mode of ground area exploitation.
The proposed model enables to conduct an integrative, objective and “transparent” examination of the programmatic deliberation process, which defines the needs and the standards of environmental quality of high-density urban residential fabric.
It facilitates a tool that is capable to challenge existing bounding density presuppositions, and to grade design alternatives of built environments as dictated by desired densities and desirable environmental quality norms.