Paderewski Retrofit

Group 3
ARC605 | Spring 2016

Seemingly stable urban-ethnic identities are often malleable, and could evolve over time toward rich and more culturally hybrid neighborhoods. Focusing on a secondary street, Paderewski Drive, housing several educational, social, and commercial assets, this project proposes to retrofit and complete a historically Polish-American neighborhood inundated with vacant lots and dilapidated properties. By relying on an existing resilient housing typologies and intelligently reconfiguring the lot orientations, these simple modular dwellings provide well-calibrated urban relationships to create new conditions of frontage, programmatic richness, and an improved streetscape.