Thesis - Master of Architecture in Urban Design
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Martin Bucksbaum Professor in Practice of Urban Planning and Design
My master’s thesis, titled Morphologic, studied an unexplored territory using people-centered data. I researched the relationship between population density and urban morphology to test the spatial quality of this relationship as an active tool during the design process. First, I compared two ways of measuring population density: the traditional way that gives equal value to each land unit and a new way that gives equal value to each person, developed by the U.S. Census Bureau. Second, I compared both formulas using New York and Los Angeles. And third, I tested my hypothesis in Mexico City. My conclusion confirmed the correlation between urban morphology (building typologies, blocks, and public space) and the spatial quality of population density when it gives equal value to each person. This study has the potential to influence housing, transport, and green space policies by promoting controlled growth at a local scale.