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SANAHIN YEKANIANS MArch. Ryerson University s.yekanians@gmail.com


design concept Sanahin Yekanians A City is a Living Organism with a Complex Tissue of Events

THICKENING OF THE CITY

Design intervention

_ Superimposing the ‘old’ city texture over the ‘new’ one

The industrial revolution and Modernism brought dramatic changes to our cities and had a negative effect on people’s social lives. This thesis considers cities as living organisms and develops systems thinking in city design with the aim of providing a vision that includes a healthier social life. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate how an architecture that views cities as social and natural systems can mitigate the negative effects of the industrialized era on our cities and bring social life into our neighbourhoods. Since the primary emphasis of this thesis is on the design process and the logic behind the application of some new scientific fields, an abstract architectural formal language is employed to illustrate the design development. The result is an iterative design process that has been repeated in a variety of mediums. The process uses Five Topics from different disciplines. At each stage of the research, some of the data collected supports a distinct approach to design intervention. However, in order for the Five Topics to work at the same time, the design intervention proposes a three-dimensional solution for the city instead of a two-dimensional traditional plan. Consequently, the thesis design provides an abstract model for the thickening of the city. This model applies some well-studied social principles to the existing pattern of the city.


school

parking areas

walk-in clinic

gym

clothing

food market / restaurant

daycare

ferry terminal

green spaces

the vestige of private massing pixels

external walking paths

the vestige of public massing pixels

conceptual 3D zoning

open spaces

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library

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office spaces

THICKENING OF THE CITY

confectionary


A City is a Living Organism with Complex Tissue of Events

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THICKENING OF THE CITY

residential tower

pathway around the lake

connective routes

neighborhood park

outdoor public space ferry terminal

moulding


design development to the ferry terminal to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre

fast flow routes distributed system

to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre

to the ferry terminal

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to the movie theater

THICKENING OF THE CITY

to Harbourfront canoe and Kayak Centre

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to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre


2

3D zoning development

1

to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre

to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre

to Harbourfront canoe and Kayak Centre

to Harbourfront canoe and Kayak Centre

to the movie theater

to the movie theater

to the ferry terminal

to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre

Sanahin Yekanians A City is a Living Organism with Complex Tissue of Events

THICKENING OF THE CITY

to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre

to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre

to the ferry terminal

to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre

to the ferry terminal

to the ferry terminal

4

3

to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre

to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre

indoor shopping areas

to Harbourfront canoe and Kayak Centre

to Harbourfront canoe and Kayak Centre

outoor shopping areas open public spaces residential units office spaces school parking spaces

to the movie theater

to the movie theater to the ferry terminal

to the ferry terminal to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre

to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre

to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre

to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre

to the ferry terminal

to the ferry terminal


neighborhood image

residential units

office spaces

parking spaces

vestige of connective paths

indoor stores

THICKENING OF THE CITY

outdoor stores

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daycare public square

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school


mid-rise high-density housing Sanahin Yekanians Celebrate the Natural Light

URBAN HOUSING INTERVENTION

This project provides housing units for both Market and Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) Housing at Regent Park in Toronto. The site is located at the North-East corner of Dundas street East and River Street. Unit sizes vary from one-bedroom to five-bedroom. The U- shape building created poor conditions for the larger units to get natural sunlight and ventilation for all bedrooms. If we imagine a hallway in the middle of the solid mass in each floor and stack units around it, then the majority of these units will have long, narrow lots with the smallest side facing the natural light. This design explores possibilities to increase sunlight exposure for all units. 10 m

DUNDAS STREET EAST

Because of their open-endedness, their complexity in detail, fractals seem to address the paradox of order within apparently chaotic situations. _Rosemarie Bletter

The design concept was inspired by a cube called “Fractal cube�. Each part of the cube has the same aesthetic character as any other part of it. As a result, the exponential growth of the voids into the mass creates opportunities for each part of the cube to get almost the same amount of natural light as the other parts. The design is influenced not only by the Fractal Concept, but also by the interior program. This back and forth process creates larger voids beside larger units with more bedrooms. These voids become shared spaces for the larger families and also play a major role on social vibrancy of the area. Finally, the main central void becomes a public gathering area for all residents. Its location on the South facade brings natural light into the courtyard and makes it bright during the day. Orange is used to emphasise the voids and create a warm environment for gathering areas where you can expect the spark of many laughs and interesting conversations.

Distinctive floor plans create variations for the units at each level.


Call Main() Sub Main()

frame series

Option Explicit Randomize 'Script written by <Sanahin Yekanians-Tazehkandi> 'Script version November 5, 2008 11:38:33 AM

Dim firstPolyID Dim i Dim baseID, rotatedID, scaledID Dim scaleBase, scaleIncrement, scaleMin, scaleMax,scaleCheck scaleMin =0.995 scaleMax = 1.015 scaleBase = scaleMax scaleCheck =False scaleIncrement = getRandomInteger(10, 30) firstPolyID = MyAddPolyline(10) baseID = offsetPolyline(firstPolyID,1.2) rotatedID = rotatePolyline(baseID,-3) If(i Mod scaleIncrement = 0) Then If (scaleCheck = True)Then scaleCheck = False Else scaleCheck = True End If

SYSTEM STALKER: DESIGN + DEPLOY

For i=0 To 200

scaleIncrement = getRandomInteger(10, 30) End If

End Sub

Next

Call Rhino.Sleep(0)

'Creates polylines, asking for "n" points to start. Function MyAddPolyline(n) Dim arrIDs() Dim arrPoints() Dim thisPoint Dim i Dim pointID Dim polyID Dim thisZPos: thisZPos=0 For i=0 To n-1

'Call Rhino.Print("im for loop") thisPoint = Rhino.GetPoint("choose a point")

Next

ReDim Preserve arrPoints(i) arrPoints(i) = thisPoint

ReDim Preserve arrPoints(n) arrPoints(n) = arrPoints(0) If IsArray(arrPoints) Then polyID = Rhino.AddPolyline(arrPoints) 'Call Rhino.CloseCurve(polyID) End If MyAddPolyline=polyID End Function

'Offsets polylines in z direction Function offsetPolyline(polyID, dist) Dim newpolyline newpolyline=Rhino.CopyObject(polyID) Call Rhino.MoveObject(newpolyline, Array (0,0,0),Array(0,0,dist)) offsetPolyline=newpolyline End Function

'Rotates polylines Function rotatePolyline(newpolyline, angle) Dim newrotatedpolyline newrotatedpolyline=Rhino.RotateObject(newpolyline, Array (0,0,0), angle) rotatePolyline=newrotatedpolyline End Function 'Rescales polylines Function scalePolyline(newrotatedpolyline,scalefactor) Dim newscaledpolyline

Exercise in programming

firstPolyID = scaledID

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If(scaleCheck) Then scaledID = scalePolyline (rotatedID,scaleMax) Else scaledID = scalePolyline (rotatedID,scaleMin) End If


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