Urban Terraform is an experiment in deeply sustainable, urban architecture. We define sustainability broadly as a multi-layered composite of urban, architectural, environmental and economic considerations. The project uses everyday program typologies as a point of departure for new hybrid conditions, and looks to wire them into the existing energy of the city as a method for creating a busy, twenty-four hour precinct for both locals and visitors. We look to invite the vibrant red umbrella markets adjacent to our site as a new connective tissue to enliven surrounding urban streets.

Our overall goal is to create a new hybrid urban building that is equally attractive to both locals, business people, students, and tourists without the stigma of projects customized to any one group. By bringing this diverse set of actors into close, comfortable proximity – economic, social and cultural advantages are achieved.

Principal: Brian Phillips

Credits: Josh Freese, Joe Piorkowski, Ryan Wall