Co-op city

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Site Coverage  
Parking Ratio
income group Mixed
Range Heights 3-33
basic project statistics
gross building area 3535661
units 15372
population 55000
site area 1294994 sq. m
coverage 25.00
parking 0
seniors 0
families w/ children 0
singles/couples 0
other 0
Co-op City, located in the Baychester section of the Borough of the Bronx in northeast New York City, is one of the largest cooperative housing developments in the world.[1] Situated at the intersection of Interstate 95 and the Hutchinson River Parkway, the community is part of Bronx Community Board 10. If it were a distinct municipality, it would be the 10th largest "city" in New York State. Nearby attractions include Pelham Bay Park, Orchard Beach and City Island.

Construction began in 1968 and was completed in 1973. Its 15,372 residential units, in 35 high rise buildings and seven clusters of townhouses, make it the largest single residential development in the United States.[2] It sits on 320 acres (1.3 km2) but only 20% of the land was developed, leaving many green spaces. The apartment buildings, referred to by number, range from 24 floors to as high as 33. There are four types of buildings Triple Court, Chevron, Tower and Town House. The 236 townhouses, referred to by their street-name cluster, are three stories high and have a separate garden apartment and upper duplex three-bedroom apartment.

When comparing Co-op city in New York with Taikoo Shing in Hong Kong, both neighborhoods use tower typology similar to the Radiant city proposal. They also house similar amount of population about 50000. The major difference is that their site coverage Co-op city (25%) and Taikoo Shing is much higher (41%). Also, the site area of Taikoo Shing is only 20% of Co-op city. In addition, the space per person in Co-op city is in general higher. For example, as a 3 bedroom flat in Taikoo Shing, the area of the unit is around 800 sq feet, but in Co-op city is more than 1200 sq feet. The proximity between towers in Taikoo Shing also makes the neighborhood more walkable.