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Liao He



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Over the course of the semester, students spoke with residents, visitors and organizations involved in Grand Center, as well as professionals in the fields of real estate development, public policy, public art, architecture and urban design. Students drew upon their mapping analysis and these conversations (and from existing plans completed for the area over the past few years) to create a set of goals that informed a new framework proposal for the district. The framework then formed the basis for individual speculative student design proposals on selected sites that explore formal approaches to ideas within the framework. Build an open block community for SLU students and faculty, with using typology combination to achieve shared publicity, mixed use and diversity.

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Spring 2016


Washington University in St. Louis


(c) 2016 Liao He

Walkability, Porousity & Typology: An Open Block Community Designed for Youth Life
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