Intimate Routine | Urban Commute
Intimate Routine | Urban Commute
Intimate Routine | Urban Commute is a housing proposal for the city of Hoboken, New Jersey and focused on the issues of overlapping transportation and domesticity. The physical displacement performed by an individual on a reoccurring basis, commute, occupies the blurred territories of home and transportation - a transition of not only body but mind. Each mode of transportation in the urban environment is connected to a specific set of displacement criteria, offering its own unique environment through which one moves. Variability of speed, flexibility, and exposure generate different scales of connectivity to these environments and the occupants within. Experiential connectivity calibrates the different moments of motion, pause, and stop in order to expand connection to one another at a multiplicity of scales from the intimate routine to the urban commute.

Located on the site of the Hoboken Rail Yard in New Jersey, thousands of new resident’s area integrated into a new kind of urban fabric which links the most intimate of living routine to the urban fabric of nearby New York City. Residents are no longer isolated within a massive housing armature or tiny residential pods, but instead offered a new residential landscape at both ground and mid-rise level. At the base, transportation and circulation are organized around communal parks and plazas, creating nodes of density and dispersion. At the vertical levels, ‘stoopscapes’ created by pulling the housing apart, expose circulation and living patterns and offer a chance for intimacy between residents.



Completed in collaboration with Jennifer Chang. A product of a housing studio, taught by Karla Rothstein, at Columbia University’s GSAPP.