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Communities Within Communities Flatbush is a community facing issues of gentrification, displacement, and community identity. Aiming to mediate between the existing community and modern developent, the Commo acts as a transitional building for mixed income residents. The site is slanted between the suburbs and the surrounding midrise development and encloses open programmable spaces.

Site Elevation 1:300

To reflect the diversity of the community, the Commo is composed of four different community experiences. The Commo utilizes different layers of community nested within each other. From the greater community of Flatbush, to the housing project, the core courtyard between them, to the courtyards in each building, the buildings are curated to create shared moments through circulation and balconies. The housing project was envisioned to be open and accomodating socially , giving rise to its name, “Commo�, a root word of accomodation, the definition of community.

Income Comparison

Cost of Living

NYC Average Income - $ 49,000

Cost of Living (NYC) - $2,500

Brooklyn Average Income - $55,000

Cost of Living (Brooklyn) - $1,500

= 10,000 USD

(single person)

= 500 USD

Communal Space

Unit Distribution

Site Highlights

East Site Entry

18 Senior Housing Units

Dialogue Balcony

5 Minute walk from MTA 46 Market Housing Units 27 Affordable Housing Units

Public theatre + Recreation

Commercial Servies Flex Program


Community Levels The Intimate The Communal

Level 1 Level 2

The Poetic The Charismatic

Level 3 Communal Space Shared Balcony/Courtyard

The Enticing

Level 4 Site Plan 1:300

 Site Legend


Mid-Rise Housing


Experiential Values


Single Family Housing Arterial Road Church

Residential Roads





Police Station

Diagram Legend Market Rate Housing Affordable Housing Senior Housing Commercial

Site Isometric 1:300

Profile for Pauline S

NOMAS Competition - Flatbush, New York  

Main role: Planning + Rendering

NOMAS Competition - Flatbush, New York  

Main role: Planning + Rendering

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