Overview Building Models

From left to right: models of Queensbridge Houses, Penn South, and Silver Towers.

The exhibition cases feature models of housing projects at the same scale. One might think that an easy way to increase density is to add more floors to a building. But these projects show that more height does not necessarily mean more density. The “people per acre” density calculations for these projects – left to right: Queensbridge, Penn South, and Silver Towers – are 189, 302, and 76 ppa. That is because lot coverage and unit size are factors affecting the average density.