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THE ARTICULATED STRIP:
OR, HOW THE STRIP MALL CAN SAVE SUBURBIA
Architecture can catalyze new ways and orms o (sub)urban lie in evolving suburbs. The
proposes that the (oten vilifed) standard orms and condi-tions o suburbia – here, the strip mall and the superblock– can be the generative agents o suburbia’s re-ormation.In other words, the strip mall can save suburbia.The strip mall has a remarkable systemized exibility; itcan accommodate many programs, be deployed manyplaces, and produce many versions o its standard orm.
However, this potential has never been ully explored;rather, in its current guise, the strip mall typically producesislands o architectural and programmatic sameness, urtherisolated by seas o surace parking. The
proposes a new, opportunistic strip typology that is highlyadaptable to the specifc conditions o its implementation,both programmatically and ormally. A base o retail, live/work, and/or civic programs is stacked with housing typolo-gies that can be adjusted – in type and density - or thetarget population(s). Parking, which remains a crucialcondition o suburbia even in walkable scenarios, is“ipped” behind the strip, creating a new programmaticzone at the street that is specifc to the new residen-tial populations and responsive to adjacent conditions.Residential parking sits between base and top, revealingthe sculptural and kinetic qualities o the car, and providingeasy access to the walk-up residential units. The
can be deployed across medium or large sites,but is particularly eective at the scale o the suburbansuperblock, where its adaptability becomes most explicit.typical existing conditionmaintain easily accessed retail parkinginject uses to catalyze new relationshipsdetermine type and density o housingcombine into new whole