Re-integrating the City

A scheme for the densification of an under-used urban site in Belgrade

Student: Lucie Castillo-Ros

Title: Re-integrating the City: A scheme for the densification of an under-used urban site in Belgrade

Semester: 2022

Teachers:  Pierre Jennen, Jorge Mejia Hernandez, Aleksandar Stanicic

How can we tackle the renovation of small abandoned sites within the central fabric of our cities in order to provide affordable housing ownership opportunities?
In a world where densification usually results in demolitions and gentrification and is only possible through masterplan efforts, this project proposes an alternative approach: one which respects the existing context and users, one which identity and formal implantation is site specific, but scalable and replicable through a unified construction strategy. Rather than proposing a solution to the housing crisis, the project proposes a local intervention which uses the government as a leading actor of change while simultaneously using the presence of local actors to encourage appropriation and a more bottom up densification of our cities.
This project therefore proposes a strategy combining infill and top-up strategies, using local materials and simple construction techniques. It focusses on one government owned site in the city-centre of Belgrade, while also suggesting a wider masterplan of potential action.

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