Increasing the residential density of our cities, “densifying”, is considered as an effective way to ﬁght against urban sprawl and to foster a sustainable urban transformation that increases the individual’s quality of life and solves their transportation problems. But without dismantling existing buildings the only way to substantially increase the density is to make use of the “left over” spaces. Such pieces of land are usually small or have puzzling dimensions.
By using Toronto as a case study, the authors have identiﬁed a multitude of such “left-overs” on which they have developed a new housing typology matching the unusual framework conditions, e.g. the unfavorable geometry of the real estate, the adjacent buildings and the possibilities for access.
The result of their efforts is a series of creative but unusual housing designs that perfectly utilize these small gaps in the urban fabric. Interesting is the thought that these partially “eccentric” housing units will respond to a tremendous demand due to the increasing social differentiation of urban society.See more
“Next Generation” 2nd prize was awarded to an urban residential densification project in Toronto, designed by architects Chenlong Wang and Lingchen Liu of Beijing, China. The proposal creates a series of unusual housing designs that perfectly utilize small gaps in the urban fabric.Top sustainable construction projects in North America honored » pour en savoir plus (French) »
Increasing residential density can limit sprawl and foster sustainable urban transformation. One instrument of change is building in between existing structures on “leftover” space. For each type of site, Residential density for urban spaces develops a new type of house. At times eccentric, these designs perfectly utilize small gaps in the urban fabric, and create a new overall aesthetic.Download project entry poster (PDF, 3.63 MB) »