Tactics for Transforming the Housing Structure, New Housing Models. Upgrading Novo Maalo, Skopje, Tactics for Transformation of the Housing Texture

Gordan Petrov


We are witnessing a dynamic development of our society, which undoubtedly require integration of new architectural concepts that will suit the modern way of life in the city. Subject of analysis and design of this master thesis is the contemporary transformations of urban texture in marginalized areas which undoubtedly belong and are part of the urban fabric, finding an alternative solution for the physical and social devastating processes that are fragmenting and deconstructing the residential tissue of the city. 
The first part of this paper treats topics that indicate different types of upgrading and layering of the urban tissue, followed by a number of historical examples and projects. The next step is chronological and morphological decomposition of Skopje, recognizing the urban fragments in the city and the urban layers created at the end of the XIX and throughout the XX century. The design concept for the chosen fragment is a totally new re-thinking for a possible transformation; it fits the current needs and resolves the existing problems but in the same time it is a recognizable, in terms of that is based on the already processed theories of transformation and reconstruction of the city. 
The project proposes to retain the existing structure of the neighborhood (Novo Maalo), not because it is in good physical condition, but because of the very people and for their convenience of the human scale space, the atmosphere that reigns in the neighborhood, a sense of belonging and of course, the social aspect of the neighborhood. It allows through tactics of upgrading or adding another, parallel level of the new neighborhood, shape defined by the street pattern of the neighborhood. The line bridge structure functionally connects two parts of the city, also retaining and complementing quality of life and finally giving a response to the current destructive processes of the housing texture in the neighborhood.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3889/seejad.2015.10004

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