FLEXIBLE CITY | Brooklyn, NY
High-rise, high-density, superblock development is becoming ubiquitous in urban settings around the globe. In a climate shaped by rapid economic turnover, these developments fail to acknowledge change over time: a change in use, a change in infrastructural needs, and a change in built context and environment.
This alternative proposal for Atlantic Yards embraces the developer’s program as a challenge to offer a new model for urban development at this scale - one that is programmatically, infrastructurally, and contextually flexible to the forces that define its long-standing value. Value is defined by both its relevance in the community as well as its resulting (developer) profitability.
Maximum flexibility is achieved through a complete separation between inhabitable volume and infrastructure. As such, each is allowed to operate at full potential. Volumes move freely across the site and plug into its infrastructural wrapper at core locations. Various re-use scenarios and contextual relationships can be optimized while also offering new typologies and scales of open space. Rainwater collection “plates” lie above and below each volume and double as public indoor and/or outdoor space. This movement and potential misalignments between “plates” and volume roofscapes effectively doubles SF for both infrastructure and public space.
STATUS: Design Development for upcoming exhibition. MORE COMING SOON!
In collaboration with Matthias Altwicker, AB Architekten
Modelmaker: Natalie Jaggernauth