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OneLab NYC Masterplan

Designs for the future New York City were made in teams of 4 before successful designs were brought to a larger discussion and pursued in depth. Designs greeted expected conditions of future climate hostility, population increase and considered new material and structural components.

Though each design raised pressing questions regarding future challenges, successful designs were those that acknowledged the temporality and evolving dynamics of environmental conditions. Such designs offered strategies that dialogued with the environment and, in cases offered back to it. This could allow architecture to assume new definitions regarding its role in the biosphere. Now becoming part of the environmental physiology.

The design strategy met shifting climate conditions by offering a multifunctional component role where pieces of the strategy assumed several functions that came into operation at different time-scales. These ranged from flood-able stadiums to piezoelectric sea wall foundations.

By accommodating environmental flux architecture departs from protective tendencies of Vitruvian times and moves toward a state of symbiosis with the natural world. If humanity derives from and is reliant on the biosphere then why should design fortify against it?

 

This design was requested for the London International Design Festival in fall 2012 and now resides on Govenor’s Island, NYC, by request of the mayor.

 

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© Hayden White