University of Illinois at Chicago
critic: Judith DeJONG.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Jacob COMERCI: Tyson’s Corner, Virginia is a unique urban condition in that it straddles the line between city and suburb. . . .
With a projected 100,000 residents by 2050 (currently 20,000) and the rapid decline of single family homes in exchange for higher density living, it’s clear at this point that Tyson’s is edging toward mega-density.
With this unique scenario of urban growth in mind, the project aims to address the increasing demand for higher density housing while maintaining the intimacy and community that suburbs can offer. As such, the city calls for new housing typologies that can fulfill these unique demands. The proposal for a new housing typology in Tyson’s Corner appropriates organizational strategies from successful shopping malls and supplants them into a residential zone. With the advent of online shopping, surviving malls have adapted by introducing more activity based program such as theaters, salons or interactive toy shops for children. Housing, too, must adapt to a changing economy in many of the same ways that malls have, effectively generating a new lifestyle center, particularly in a location such as Tyson’s Corner.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
JC: Online shopping and edge cities.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
JC: Reading: Lars Lerup, “Stim & Dross”, Jeffrey Kipnis, In the Manor of Nietzsche.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
JC: Nils-Ole Lund, Sam Jacob/FAT, and John Hejduk.
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