The Upper city

dc.contributor.authorRadeef, Ruba Ahmeden
dc.contributor.committeechairde Hahn, Henri T.en
dc.contributor.committeememberGipe, Andrewen
dc.contributor.committeememberBraaten, Ellen B.en
dc.contributor.committeememberAl, Stefan Johannesen
dc.description.abstractThis architectural thesis challenges the conventional perception of cities as horizontally sprawling realms dominated by towering edifices and skyscrapers. Inspired by Rem Koolhaas' influential book "Delirious New York," which argues that each block represents an independent fantasy, which creates a more cohesive and united version of the city (Koolhaas, 1994). This thesis introduces a groundbreaking outlook that envisions cities as complex networks of functions, neighborhoods, and pathways within an immersive three-dimensional framework. The proposed approach seeks to merge the established city of Manhattan with a new counterpart, driven by enhancing residents' quality of life and addressing the challenges of metropolitan areas. Three key factors underscore the significance of this approach. Firstly, there is a current dearth of connections between buildings and floors, impeding the cohesive fabric of urban life and hindering social interaction and community engagement. Secondly, the rapid population growth in Manhattan has strained the city's surface, leading to challenges in space availability. Additionally, there is a significant lack of public spaces that cater to the community's needs for socializing, outdoor recreation, and access to nature. Moreover, the looming threat of rising sea levels amplifies the urgency of these challenges. By addressing these key factors, the proposed approach aims to revolutionize the urban fabric, creating a more interconnected, sustainable, and resilient cityscape that elevates the well-being of residents and harmonizes with the dynamic nature of urban life. To address these issues, the thesis examines specific components such as existing voids, the street network, and building elements. Through reimagining and redesigning these elements, the goal is to create a unified and sustainable urban environment that aligns with current trends and harnesses emerging technologies. The ultimate aspiration is to achieve a cohesive urban milieu that enhances and reshapes the well- being of residents while adapting to the dynamic nature of urban lifeen
dc.description.abstractgeneralThis architectural thesis challenges our traditional view of cities as sprawling landscapes dominated by tall buildings. Taking inspiration from Rem Koolhaas' exploration of Manhattan's unique block fantasies in "Delirious New York,". This thesis presents an exciting new perspective. It envisions cities as vibrant hybrid networks, blending various functions, neighborhoods, and pathways within a three-dimensional grid. The proposed approach seeks to merge and integrate the existing city of Manhattan with a new one, aiming to improve the overall quality of life for its residents while addressing the challenges of metropolitan areas. Three significant factors justify this approach. First, there is a lack of connections between buildings and floors, which limits the cohesiveness of urban life. Second, Manhattan's surface is strained due to population growth, demanding innovative solutions. Public spaces encouraging socializing, outdoor activities, and access to natural environments are also insufficient. The rising sea levels add an extra layer of concern. To tackle these complex issues, the thesis explores specific components such as underutilized spaces within the city, streets, and existing buildings. Through imaginative redesign and reimagining, the goal is to create a more harmonious and sustainable urban environment that responds to current trends and technologies. By integrating these elements, the thesis aims to shape cities into vibrant, inclusive, and interconnected spaces that cater to the needs of their communities.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Architectureen
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.subjectupper citiesen
dc.subjectthree-dimensional Griden
dc.subjecturban fabricen
dc.subjectelevated streetsen
dc.subjectNew York Cityen
dc.titleThe Upper cityen
dc.typeThesisen Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen of Architectureen


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