48-500 EpiFLO Urban Computation Studio I Spring 2015 I Professor Dana Cupkova
Situated on the right bank of the Danube rive, the construction of the Petržalka neighbourhood in the 70s, under the socialist regimen, completely cancelled a part of Bratislava’s history, imposing a completely different urban character. Today the area is obsolete, connected to the rest of the city only through highways and out of scale buildings, without reference points or public spaces.
After visiting the site, my partner and I focused on solving Petržalka’s shortage in parking. We noticed that cars parked everywhere. There were no guidelines or restrictions because they simply didn’t have enough room. Thus, common green spaces were eaten away by cars randomly parked on different spots. Our solution was to create subtle undulations in the landscape that contain multi storied parking garages within. These undulations free up the greenery from the chaos of cars parked above and allow people to enjoy what little shared space they are given. The challenge we faced was solving how our design responds specifically to the ecological flows on the site without causing additional impediments. To solve this issue, I utilized environmental computational analysis tools such as Ladybug, Honeybee, and GIS databases to analyze weather data, run radiation analysis and shadow studies, and finally view this analysis in order to formulate our undulations in an environmentally-conscious way.