2010 // Dingbat Trio /
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Dingbat Field
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This project approaches the Dingbat construction as a series of ever-expandable agencies yielding to spatial and economic logic. There are three main characters performing as housing typologies that generate the overall system: Stack Waffle, Vertical Hut, and Drift Paradise. Each option and arrangement would facilitate multiple existing lifestyles and speculate on well-fitted forms for habitation. A heterotopic slab emerges as the horizontal binding agent to connect the three characters into one ad hoc entity. The slab produces shared public zones that hybridize different usages and programs. This Dingbat field is designed to grow progressively and is calibrated to coexist with the current typology on site; furthermore, it is seeking to transform the Dingbat into a more urbanized identity.
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The consideration for building each individual Dingbat probes the prefab culture and industrial design as a departure for research on possible material and assembly methods. Each unit and the sum of its parts are engineered to establish interchangeability and cross-characterized intelligence for the demand of various consumption desires and needs. The planning for parking and nature-scape are also priorities for establishing the character design and spatial type for this Dingbat field. They are valued based upon degrees of physical proximity in relation to the actual living quarters and privacy. It is a spatial and material phenomenon generated by the constant demand for more open space and mobility in our world. This Dingbat field is a direct reflection on the current with a heightened supposition as our proposal.
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Dingbat Intelligence
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A. Stack Waffle:
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It is a primarily horizontal system, typified as shared space living that is similar to a dormitory configuration with common kitchen, bathroom, and dining areas. The bedroom units are each expandable. Stack Waffle is the most economically organized of all Dingbat characters, and also the least private. As start-up living with limited, non-designated parking on an adjacent lot, this system is befitting for commuter students and working class families, having the additional versatility with sharing amenities. Public transportation and bicycling would benefit the dwellers in the complex for mobility due to its more distant connection to the centralized raised slab level.
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B. Vertical Hut:
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It is all vertical with the least amount of voids within the construct, and constituted of solitary cellular pods. Vertical huts are small container units with limited footprints and domestic program arrangements. It is most suitable for single or young couple dwellers and privacy is ensured within the studio/loft units. However, all parking is pre-designated and green space is shared on the ground level. There are two types of Vertical Huts: a duplex or bi-level configuration, and four-level apartments. Vertical Hut is the most mixed-used and emerging area on the ground, forging a direct access to the raised slab level in the overall Dingbat field.
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C. Drift Paradise:
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It is the most related to traditional single family housing or town house typology. The parking and yard space are considered completely private for ownership. In this scheme, these are plug-ins that can be bought or sold separately from the housing unit. It is an option that keeps the dream of complete property ownership intact with reasonable conversion of resources we have today. Drift Paradise is the premium version of Dingbat in this field with the characteristic of diagonal spatiality despite having the most defined boundary of estate. The section within the housing typology is connecting the ground level to the raised slab area, portraying a drift zone that provides the option to link in with the shared terrain or to remain independent.
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*This Dingbat project is defined as character design and spatial typologies.
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Project Team: Juan Azcarate, Andy Ku, Kam Ku, Kin-Tak Yu

                           

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