Spectra’s block is the smallest social unit of the city empowered to make decisions over its space and connections to neighboring spaces. A block’s decisions directly impact the design and function of its courtyard, the ground level below, and the size and shape of the surrounding residential spaces. Aside from blocks, there are other cooperative layers that leave their mark on the city through their decisions: clusters are groups of up to nine neighboring blocks which share decision-making power over their common spaces and connectivity.
Blocks and Clusters
This project is an exploration of a virtual block rearrangement process that allows block-based communities to reposition themselves next to other blocks in the virtual world based on interests and alliances. Once a minimum of two blocks have paired, they can start to develop together strategies for improving the public spaces between them. When nine blocks come together, they form a cluster and start functioning as a neighborhood or superblock. Reaching cluster level unlocks organizational and functional strategies with larger impact on the city.