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Sociogenetic Architecture: Fostering Connection in Urban Dwelling

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posted on 22.05.2021, 18:05 authored by Joseph Ball
Modern global metropolises like Toronto are constructing high-density condominium towers to accommodate rampant population growth and to combat the economic, environmental, and social complications associated with sprawl. However, the rapid adoption of the point-tower condominium as a solution to this densification has led to progressively smaller dwelling units poorly suited to family life, and a dwindling supply of shared spaces to provide recreation and respite. Point towers are not conducive to a sense of community between residents, or supportive of the spontaneous social interaction particularly important for children and youth. This thesis investigates design strategies that promote high-density urban living for families and communities. A terraced courtyard typology provides overlook and a gradient of privacy to residents. Transitional recreational spaces provide the amenity, sense of place, community, and therapeutic social benefits of open shared space. The sight and sound of others in these communal spaces encourages social interaction.





Master of Architecture



Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type