Date of Award

Spring 6-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master in Interior Architecture [Adaptive Reuse]


Interior Architecture

First Advisor

Eduardo Benamor Duarte

Second Advisor

Markus Berger

Third Advisor

Yaminay Chaudhri


Issues of overcrowding and overstimulation plague urban environments, which exacerbate social isolation and, in turn, heighten city dwellers’ levels of stress and anxiety. How can architecture mediate stimuli to be positively conducive to mood, behavior, and overall health? Given that social isolation is an intrinsically spatial issue that design can address, this thesis proposes a small-scale community living model with the intent of improving mental health and clarity for a user group of young, mentally vulnerable professionals in New York City.

16 E 16th Street becomes the architectural framework for addressing these issues. Moving away from the capitalistic endeavor of squeezing as many units as possible into a building, this thesis sets out to create a dedensified residential program detatched from the streetside facade. In the subtracted void spaces, pockets of nature provide platforms for residents to decompress and fend off overstimulation from the concrete jungle.


View exhibition online: Peter de Lande Long, Regenerative Residences



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