Bridge, housing, public space, retail, typologies
Architecture | Historic Preservation and Conservation | Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Building typologies are generally well defined and functionally specific. A church is for worship, a house is for living, and a theater is for performing. In certain instances, these basic building typologies have been combined to form composite structures such as mixed-use housing/retail projects, or a house on a boat. The opportunities created by composite typologies have allowed for broader economic development, more complex and integrated programming, greater utility and richer social structures. A specific combination of typologies--the mix of infrastructural bridge with housing/retail/public space--has produced a few historically successful models[...] Over time, the bridge was developed from a simple viaduct to become part of the urban infrastructure of Florence and cultural and social life along the Arno River.
Driscoll, Chris, "Bridge_Works" (2009). Architecture Senior Theses. Paper 32.