The project proposes a new set of urban spatial typologies and programmatic combinations as a method of refocusing urban development and increasing inner city density. The thesis study centres on the Praski dock area within central Warsaw, Poland. The site was chosen as a direct response to the problems caused by the rapid expansion of this post-socialist city following the shift to capitalism and focuses on reconnecting the East and West banks by relocating and reinterpreting some of the functions of the recently dissolved ‘Russian’ outdoor market, the largest of its kind in Europe.
By focusing on the site as a point of exchange, and the premise that exchange is enhanced by increasing surface area, identified contextual programs were treated as a set of constituent spaces rather than singular constructions. Dividing these programs into their constituent elements and re-forming them into new program groups based on adjacency and opposition allowed for an exploration of new potential programs. This process of re-calibrating programs forms a new urban typology responsive to contextual conditions and providing variety and density within a city.