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Selected Projects

 

Commercial Projects: Eberjey store - Lido Marina Village × House in Long Island × RounGe NY × Reade Street Prep × New York City AIDS Memorial × Sarah Pacini × Union Square Laser Dermato­logy × Jean Michel Cazabat × Ash flagship store Soho × VPL × Zadig & Voltaire Soho × Stephen Talasnik’s Stream × Steven Alan Flagship Store × Zadig & Voltaire Meatpacking × Steven Alan Outpost × Steven Alan Brooklyn × Shilo Office × Steven Alan Showroom × Ronnybrook Milk Bar × New York Wine Company × Cecilia De Torres Gallery ×

Residential Projects: Brooklyn Loft × Country house in Argentina × Loft in Chinatown × Duplex in Carroll Gardens × Brownstone in Carroll Gardens × Malabia Condominium × House in New York State × Loft in Tribeca × SG House × West Village Residence × Vitale Residence × Haley Residence × Green Residence × Lamar House ×

Competitions: Walking on water - Bridge in Amsterdam × AIDS Memorial Park, 1st prize × Trenton Robbins Elementary School × Nouveau Musée Des Beaux Arts Lausanne × New England Biolab × Housing The Next 10 Million ×

Furniture: Rocking PacMan × Pizza Stool × Cangrejito × makingworks - SHOP × Capitol Bench × Triangular Shelves × Kitchen Table × round & round × Redwood bathtub × LiteBrite Menu × Tequilla Menu × KFA Bench × King Sized × Triangulated Cedar Style ×

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Brooklyn Loft   Brooklyn, NY

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Gut renovation of loft in Brooklyn. The goal was to combine two apartments into a large loft. Keeping as much as possible the original detailing and materials of the former factory building and using crisp new walls to define clean volumes defining the private spaces (bedrooms and bathrooms)....

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Country house in Argentina   Escobar, Provincia de Buenos Aires

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Private house in a Country Club near Buenos Aires. 

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Eberjey store - Lido Marina Village   Newport Beach, CA

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New EBERJEY store at the Lido Marina Village in Orange County is open - Photos coming soon. 

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Loft in Chinatown   Chinatown, New York City

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Gut renovation of a loft space in a historic cast iron building in Chinatown. 

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Rocking PacMan   Industry City, Brooklyn NY

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Rocking PacMan is a bench about trust, balance, and opposition. Best described as a “love seat see-saw”, it requires at least two people to activate; sitting on opposing ends of the bench, two people rock each other back with their feet like a see-saw.

Honoree for Best in Show: Bklyn Designs,...

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Pizza Stool   Made in Brooklyn

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By enlarging the standard plastic pizza saver to furniture scale, the “Pizza Stool” functions as both a humorous object as well as a bedside table or stool.
The challenge of the piece was to create structural elements necessary for furniture use, while maintaining the simplicity of a tripod...

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Cangrejito   Made in Brooklyn

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A new iteration of the “Triangulated” coffee table, this pentagonal table is comprised of 5 identical open faced tetrahedron. Held together with brass barrel bolts, the unit can be disassembled and nested for compact shipping.

Images here show a grey stained bamboo plywood, and a raw birch...

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Duplex in Carroll Gardens   Brooklyn, NY

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Two apartments were combined to make a new apartment duplex for one family in this Carroll Gardens building. The kitchen is opened to the dining and living room. A double height space connects the two floors through a new stair. 

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makingworks - SHOP   Sunset Park, Brooklyn

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Making Works is a branch of studio ai architects dedicated to the design and fabrication of object, furniture and installations. The shop located at Industry City, the new design and manufacturing center located facing the waterfront in Sunset Park Brooklyn, is lead by furniture designer Louis...

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House in Long Island   Long Island, NY

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Brownstone in Carroll Gardens   Brooklyn, NY

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Brownstone renovation in Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn. Although all the existing original details have been kept and restored, it is basically a gut renovation. The kitchen was relocated to the Parlor level to become the center of the house and connect directly with the living/dining room. A new...

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Capitol Bench   Station House condominium, Washington DC

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Custom bench designed and fabricated by Louis Lim becomes the center piece in the lobby of a Washington DC luxury condominium designed by the Rockwell Group. 

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RounGe NY   New York City

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Malabia Condominium   Buenos Aires, Argentina

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This development re-investigates the urban space of the typical Buenos Aires block and in the process of design, created a new building typology that takes the row-house that opens to the street and inverted it. The increased density in half the lot allows an inner-street, turning the focus away...

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Reade Street Prep   77 Reade Street, Tribeca, New York

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This is the second location within 2 blocks in Tribeca that we designed for Reade Street Prep, a 2-yr to 5-yr olds pre-school and pre-K. Our collaboration with Reade Street Prep is a design relationship that explored every aspect of how the kids will use and experience the classrooms and making...

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House in New York State   New York State

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Loft in Tribeca   Tribeca, New York, NY

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Gut renovation of 1,200sf loft in Tribeca. A former gloomy two-bedroom apartment was converted into an airy and bright one-bedroom apartment with custom sliding steel partition, bathroom and walk-in closet. 

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New York City AIDS Memorial   West Village, NYC

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Triangular Shelves   New York, NY

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We started off this project thinking about floating shelves and planks. As this unit is situated outside the kids room of the apartment, we knew that it had to be load bearing and not just decorative. As a result, we designed and fabricated a hollow triangular extrusion as the shelves. Using 3/8”...

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Kitchen Table   New York City- lower east side

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This table is made of solid ash with photo-etched steel legs. Our client needed a dining table but also a separation between the kitchen and the living room in a small apartment. By utilizing an existing column, we were able to maximize the space as well as create a unique custom built-in piece.

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Sarah Pacini   350 Bleecker street, West Village, NYC

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This is the first location in the US for the Belgian luxury brand Sarah Pacini. The intent of the design for this 4,000sf flagship store concept is to reflect Sarah Pacini’s design philosophy by showcasing the savoir-faire of the crafts men involved in this project: Belgian custom cement floor...

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round & round   Brooklyn, NY

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Round & Round is a circular communal bench and storage unit that is balanced on one single line. 

It was created as part of the 12x12NYC exhibit at Wanted Design 2012. It is made from a salvaged 6x6 heart pine beams.

The circular bench appears to be a solid mass of wood, but reveals itself to...

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Redwood bathtub   Brooklyn, NY

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We were asked by Creme Design to fabricate a bathtub out of salvaged redwood from a water tank. The initial concept was to use a finger joint box construction by first laminating walls, then assembling on site; the idea being that the water would swell the joints and provide a tight seal. Though...

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LiteBrite Menu   Atlantic City, NJ.

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Our second menu sign for Creme Design. Under Creme’s direction, we produced a light box that utilized the Lite Brite toy pegs as the material for the typeface. Each peg was glued to a steel perforated panel, backed by black foam core. We also integrated an acrylic panel at the bottom as a dry...

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Walking on water - Bridge in Amsterdam   Amsterdam

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Embracing Amsterdam’s symbiotic relationship with water, our proposal seeks to bring about interaction with the Amstel on a more intimate level where the water becomes an experience for the user, not merely an object to cross over. By floating the bridge at water level and allowing a thin sheet...

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AIDS Memorial Park, 1st prize   New York, NY

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THE MEMORIAL
The act of memorializing the AIDS epidemic with a physical gesture goes beyond remembering and honoring the dead. AIDS is not a war, nor a disease conquered. There are no definite dates or victims. In our design process, we emphasize the changing and varied ways through which AIDS...

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Tequilla Menu   Palms Spring, CA.

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Working with Creme Design for the first time, we were asked to produce these menu signs for the El Jefe restaurant in California in a very tight time frame. After presenting a few graphic layouts for their approval, we hand rolled acrylic gradients on the backs of 1/2” acrylic panels. The front...

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KFA Bench   New York, NY

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This 16’ long bench was made from two planks of American Walnut. Dovetail joints secure the seat to the legs. We used a foxtail through mortise to expose the structural beam beneath the seat, as well as to keep the legs from racking out of the dovetails.

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Union Square Laser Dermato­logy   19 Union Square West

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Union Square Laser Dermatology is located in a state-of-the-art 9,000 square foot full-floor facility, in a landmark building in the heart of Union Square. The design is a stylish, loft-like space with treetop views of Union Square Park. 

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King Sized   New York, NY

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This was a king size bed we custom built in our shop. All rails and frames were made from walnut. Ash slats were used for the main bed base. 

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Jean Michel Cazabat   West Village, NYC

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In an intimate setting inspired by Jean Michel loft in Soho, the 1,500 sq. ft. store is his first retail store in New York. The store is organized around a limestone fire place, with low storage on the side and a gold leaf framed display wall in the back. Using simple materials and textures, and...

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Triangulated Cedar Style   Brooklyn, NY

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Four irregular tetrahedrons are created from splined cedar planks. The modules are held together with a japanese style wedge fastening system. Designed and Built by Louis Lim. 

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Ash flagship store Soho   New York, NY

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2,300 square foot retail space in the heart of New York City’s fashion forward Soho neighborhood will reflect the glamour, edginess and originality of the shoes and accessories that are always at the base of the philosophy of the brand. With high ceilings, plaster walls and a mix of wood and...

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SG House   Singapore

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Completed in late 2010, this corner terrace house was demolished to the structural elements and extensively renovated. The entire bulk of the existing footprint was cladded with wood louvers to provide privacy, shading and to minimize the visual chaos of the existing structure. A back extension is...

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VPL   New York, NY

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VPL’s very first flagship store consists of a 800sf retail space inspired by a 1920’s gymnasium.  With the use of hanging manila ropes, stretch bars and exercise rings, the space has a playful spirit with a vintage feel mixed in with some modern elements like the plywood lightbox signage and the...

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Zadig & Voltaire Soho   New York, NY

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This is our second project working with the French high end casual wear brand Zadig & Voltaire. The new store, that opened in June 2010, is their second New York store located in the heart of SoHo on Mercer Street.

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West Village Residence   New York, NY

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This is a thorough renovation of a loft space in the West Village. The 2200 sf space was completely gutted and redesigned with a contemporary feel. The living/dining/kitchen area which occupy half of the floor plan was designed with exposed brick walls and wood structure in an open plan layout to...

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Stephen Talasnik’s Stream   Storm King Art Center, NY

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Stephen Talasnik’s Stream: A Folded Drawing, commissioned by Storm King Art Center on the occasion of it’s 50th anniversary. A site-specific construction consisting of about 3,000 bamboo poles tied together to form a monumental yet delicate structure some 12 feet high by 90 feet long, which...

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Steven Alan Flagship Store   Tribeca, New York, NY

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This renovation for the Steven Alan Flagship store in New York gives a facelift to a well loved shopping destination in the TriBeCa neighborhood. The design balances the “found-objects” with selected new, clean displays, all within the context of a flexible retail space with distinct designer...

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Zadig & Voltaire Meatpacking   New York, NY

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This is the first store in New York for the frenchy and arty brand Zadig & Voltaire. This high-end store keeping with the design philosophy of all the other ZV stores worldwide is a perfect white box with the feel of an art gallery. All custom millwork, large display areas and oversized center...

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Steven Alan Outpost   Los Angeles, CA

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The store, the fourth in the Los Angeles area for Steven Alan, was designed to embrace the SA sprit and maximize the space so that it can serve as a retail store and as the LA area office. The use of everyday objects to fit-out the space allowed us to keep the cost down and allow the sense of...

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Steven Alan Brooklyn   Brooklyn, NY

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Steven Alan’s first store in Brooklyn was designed with a “guerilla” operation in mind. Simple light fixtures and a canvas backdrop anchors the exposed pipe fittings, keeping the space simple on this busy thoroughfare in Brooklyn. 

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Shilo Office   Tribeca, New York, NY

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The best ideas often happen when there are many design criteria and even more design latitude. With Shilo, we were able to take the conventional ideas of an open workspace and really make an open space without walls. The desk that stretches through the entire space is a true collaborative process...

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Vitale Residence   Rye, NY

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In this renovation of the house that was originally designed by and for Ezra Stoller, the clients want to bring back the original spirit of the Stoller House, while at the same time update it for modern living and a growing family. Research into archival photos and a detailed design process with...

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Haley Residence   Tribeca, New York, NY

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This is a thorough renovation of a loft space in Tribeca. Design features included updating of an old kitchen to a modern open plan kitchen with a large marble countertop island and an oversized walnut sliding door to open and close off the master bedroom to the living space, maintaining the...

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Steven Alan Showroom   87 Franklin Street, Tribeca NY

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With the opening his first store in 1994, Steven Alan quickly became known not only for the emergence of the casual cool world of shirting, but also his special finds and curated pieces from up and coming designers. Recognizing the need to assist those emerging designers in navigating the build...

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Ronnybrook Milk Bar   Chelsea Market, New York, NY

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How to create a fresh new look to the old fashion dairy store experience? Combining retail, take-out and bar seating, the design embraces the idea of organic dairy product from upstate New York using recycled materials from the farm and making it accessible to all ages. Designed with Ronnybrook...

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New York Wine Company   Warren Street. New York, NY

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Located in Tribeca, this wine showroom had to accommodate both a large display of premium wines, as well as function as a wine tasting event space. By creating a movable office box in the center, the design allows the display and event space to vary in size depending on the store’s needs.

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Green Residence   Queens, New York

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This small multi-family building houses three generation of the same family under one roof. The owners wanted to have a distinct design from the standard wood frame-siding houses in the neighborhood within a limited budget. Under the constraints of zoning rules, the two houses maximizes allowable...

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Trenton Robbins Elementary School   Trenton, New Jersey

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The Robbins Elementary School is situated in one of poorest sections of a once vibrant city. The old stately building is not only overcrowded but scarred after years vandalism and fences and bars have been erected to fortify the school against the neighborhood. The proposed design more than...

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Cecilia De Torres Gallery   Greene Street. New York, NY

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This interior renovation provided a much needed update for both the gallery functions and the living quarters in this landmarked Soho loft. 

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Nouveau Musée Des Beaux Arts Lausanne   Lausanne, Switzerland

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The design of a waterfront museum is also part of the larger context of integrating the waterfront into part of the city’s new expansion of cultural and recreational use in what used to be a port and industrial neighborhood. The proposal museum is a series of open/closed boxes connected both by...

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Lamar House   Patagonia, Argentina

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This house is designed to be built by local tradesmen by using local
 materials and the simplest construction methods, at the same time it responds to a unique site and program with a minimalist design. 

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New England Biolab   Ipswich, Massachusetts

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Competition entry for the New England Biolab 150,000sf headquarter. In order to minimize the building foot print and reduce the impact of the new building in this beautiful site, the design intent was to create a linear extrusion with a series of labs, offices and public space following the...

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Housing The Next 10 Million   California, U.S.A.

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California housing trends are headed towards disaster with increasing water scarcity, tillable land scarcity, farmland scarcity and influx of residents. This study looks at the problem from a larger context, investigating the use of marginal farmland for use, and creating a new density to support...

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