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Urbanism Starter Kit: Market-driven Prototypes Urbanism Starter Kit: Market-driven Prototypes

With funding from Yale University, Utile developed nine market-driven building types as a kit-of-parts to inform the graduate urbanism studio, a course that Tim Love coordinated and taught in 2009. These buildings were conceived to allow for more informed early-phase testing of urban design proposals for Beacon Yards, a 77-acre tract of land acquired by Harvard University for real estate development adjacent to its planned science campus. The building types, conceived parametrically with embedded data, not only allowed for the rapid prototyping of physical proposals, but also a detailed understanding of the density, program mix, demographics, and parking requirements of each of the development scenarios.