Community Design Prototypes

Family tree lineup

Supernormal worked with Crescent Communities, a real estate development company from Charlotte, NC, to create a research and development platform for community design and development. This design, development, and assessment process is designed to meet changes in culture, market demand, technology, and climate through systematic innovation and incremental bets on housing types as well as flexible development patterns that mitigate long term risk to accommodate future change.


American City Metrics

American City
Metrics Walksheds

We analyzed five-minute walkability conditions based upon pedestrian access and public space (black/gray) and primary vehicular use (white). Walksheds with more white space are less hospitable to pedestrians.

The American City Metrics project is an in-progress interactive web atlas and system of metrics that uses open, commercial, informal, and emerging Internet of Things data sources to evaluate local places across time and location, assess urban form, and improve future development patterns.


SolBe Learning Center Prototype

Dwelling Axon

The design and planning team is generating a design and set of urban values that enables the SolBe preschool concept to scale and engage across many local communities. The Boston Society of Architects recognized the project in 2016 with an Unbuilt Architecture and Design award.


Pittsburgh Urban Data and Development Process Analysis

Average daily rates on Airbnb, weighted for size

Average daily rate, weighted by size, for an Airbnb listing. Darker areas had higher daily rates.

With a rapidly growing set of open, controlled, and web-based urban data resources, the Heinz Endowments commissioned a study and set of recommendations on the improved use of these emerging resources for actionable community development and engagement efforts.


American Spirit Index

American Spirit Boston

We want to measure things that act as a proxy for cultural change related to larger neighborhood change.


Downtown Crossing Public Realm Analysis

Change over time

We analyzed anonymized mobile device data in aggregate to generate a high resolution view of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District.


Infilladelphia: A Template for Urban Infill Development


We are working on a prototype for urban infill development that focuses on the planning and design process at the neighborhood and block scale.


Big Data for Small Places Study


Big Data for Small Places is a growing body of applied research created to understand the implications and potentials of big data for the development of small places and the urban communities that create them.