50 Urban Blocks

50 Urban Blocks

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ISBN 978-84-617-9436-2

Density Series

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55 cards (13x8 cm)


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50 Urban Blocks is the first in a collection of flash cards aimed to simplify architectural design. This first set of cards contains 50 new examples of how to design a block, how to organize space and ultimately how to build the city.

Each 13 x 8 cm double-sided card proposes a possible urban form including measurements and data on density in the city. Units are in feet&metres.

Their reduced size and individual format mean that it is possible to lay out the 50 urban forms proposed in the pack all at once in front of you. This means that the architect can compare, order and disorder the cards so as to select the ones which best adapt to his scenario and combine the different forms to design his project.

The collection of flash cards is especially useful for students and young architects looking for inspiration in their first approach to an architectural project.

Example: front of 2 cards


Example: back of 2 cards



This pack of cards contains:

50 Ways to build the city
50 Options for occupying an urban block
50 Reflections on land use
50 Ways to combine urban forms
50 Alternatives for organizing solids and voids
50 Guidelines for growth and expansion
50 Examples of how to relate to the setting
50 Types of co-existence
50 Strategies for organizing space
50 Scenarios for gross floor areas
50 Indicators for floor area ratio
50 Indexes for coverage
50 Densities classified by grades
50 Intensities which can exist side by side
50 Attempts to obtain the ideal urban block
50 Cards suggesting...
    An infinite number of ways to imagine the city. 


"Cards of the Moment". "I could see the 50 Urban Blocks being particularly helpful for students as well as young architects in need of some ideas on how to move forward with a project." John Hill, Archidose

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