Yukie Takasu has completed her Masters Thesis at Architectural Association in London, and will be returning to co+labo her ambitious plan with another Masters Degree at Keio University. In this brief summary she explains her AA project entitled Multi-level Ecology (see images below) as "an exploration of multi-leveled open spaces in high-density urban environments. The lack of public spaces in contemporary cities is a pressing concern as it correlates to physical and mental illnesses and social isolation. An alternate circulation system at higher levels is proposed to enhance urban connections where the population density increases vertically. The research aims to incorporate more than the provision of spaces, by enhancing programmatic variation, where once isolated institutions - residential, commercial, office, leisure, now overlap through these spaces, creating multi-layered opportunities in the urban area. Exploring varying sets of urban conditions, this research proposes an integrated response that generates spatially diverse public spaces.
A multi-scalar approach incorporated in addressing the problem at the urban as well as the local scale establishes the need to accommodate a layered network of recreation, culture, and wellness."