In creating a new type of community for New Bedford, MA, there was an awareness of both the existing community, context, and people, while realizing a need for change. The design uses the concept of adapting the existing density into two modes. First, merging the existing residential fabric and merging it with a public program including both commercial and retail development. Second, focusing that new typology into a smaller more refi ned space, while creating new public areas for communal enjoyment and development. Creating such an idea of living takes the existing unused exterior spaces allotted to the typical housing blocks, and combines them into a far more versatile and useable space for enjoyment by all.
Cate, Matthew J.B., "Creating Community: Mixed Use Development in New Bedford, MA" (2010). Architecture Theses. Paper 24.