February 01, 2010
For decades, the metropolitan area of Phoenix has been growing faster than that of any other city in the United States.
The result is a 1300 km2 oil stain, resulting from detached housing development around golf courses, which spills over onto the plains of the Sonora desert. In Phoenix it is understood that the vastness of the desert is there to be occupied by a low-density residential fabric, which has led to a vast sprawling city.
The urban structure repeats the patterns of the majority of US cities: the historic downtown area has specialized in business and is surrounded by a highway belt allowing the workers to abandon the area in the evening. Amidst the skyscrapers and expressways there exists a conglomerate of empty lots, large car parking areas and low quality dwellings.
The PRD845 project is framed within growing awareness to the environmental and social consequences of unlimited urban sprawl and makes use of the land of a former car park only two km from the centre. Three building strips house a total of 12 business/dwelling units of 90 to 220 m2. Between them two strips of free space organise vehicular and pedestrian access.
Photos taken by Javier Arpa, available under request.
777 W Roosevelt St
Phoenix, Arizona, United States 2007