Urban Retail

In the not so distant past, the rise of the shopping mall captured retail and pulled it into the suburbs where rent was lower and automobiles were prevalent. This make the shopping mall the de facto standard for retail. In more recent years, retail has returned to the city center making the urban experience dependent on the retail experience. The city provides the individual store more opportunities to make a sale; there is more money per square foot due to the density and also more pedestrian traffic, aka window shopping.

Self Storage

The erecting of self-storage facilities, and the evolution of the self storage as a building typology, is one specific to the last century. The initiation of the movement was based on a human need. As the need for storage evolved real-estate developers realized that economic profits available in the industry of storage. Therefore most economic efficient means were utilized in the formation of facilities to cut upfront costs and increase profitability. It if the economics that shape the form of this typology.

Subsurface Urbanism

As a city responds to its environment, it grows either outward, upward or both. This book focuses on underground construction as a response to urban development.

Parking

The purpose of this book is to define the essential design criteria for architects conceptualizing new parking structures.

Precast Concrete

This book looks at the structural system of precast concrete through a discerning lens. The authors have decided to examine the process inherent to this building material instead of creating a survey of precast concrete use.

Air Rights

Construction over air rights parcels offers the potential triple benefit of increasing density in prime locations, concealing unsightly and noisy infrastructures, and establishing connections in the public realm. In Boston, there are 23 rights parcels along I-90 (aka. the Mass Pike or Turnpike) that, despite several attempts, are yet to be developed. Why?

Live/Work

Live/Work spaces are appearing at an alarming rate throughout the country. While many live/work projects have appeared throughout history, what defines these spaces as live/work today? Our study is divided into three basic parts: definitions, an analysis of the sub-types, and the future of live/work.

Flood Plain Urbanism

The need for architectural intervention to accommodate environmental changes has become a global priority, as cities struggle to update aging infrastructure. Interventions to protect our cities are of new architectural significance, and are a pivotal factor in imagining the future of the city. For the scope of this research Northeastern University’s School of Architecture has focused on America’s Northeast corridor that lies within FEMA’s designated 100 year flood plain.