The Roundabout Town is a project developed for the Urban Design Studio ‘Architecture of the Territory’, instructed by Alexander D’ Hooghe at MIT School of Architecture and Planning the Spring of 2012. The Goal of the studio was to develop urban strategies based on infrastructures and more specifically to elaborate on the idea of Transit Oriented Development.
The basic idea behind my proposal was driven by the intense topography of the site, the loose urban relations between scarce districts, and the extensive surface parking around the area.
The site is located at the lowest point of a water basin, surrounded by two steep hills. The I-93 highway runs along a ledge, atop the east heel side and lands right between the urban fabric and the MBTA station, splitting the whole area in two. Finally, the extensive impervious surfaces that are in place because of the surface parking around major commercial and transportation nodes, render the area unable to manage the significant amount of runoff.
Status: School Project
Location: Quincy Center, MA, US