Project description:

“The most dynamic cities of the 21st century, such a s New York, are anthropomorphic alloys that act as engines for innovation and social cohesion. These cities, with their continually evolving demographics, will forge the dynamic societies of the future. With the rapid rise of near instantaneous communication, a city’s livability has gained prominence as an attractor for top minds. In order to secure its future as the leading global center, New York needs to continue to grow in smart ways.
We see the opportunity to draw the energy of Manhattan out int o the four other boroughs without disrupting existing land use. We propose a residential typology rooted in the remnant spaces surrounding the intersection of transportation infrastructure, such as elevated train lines and freeway interchanges. With the proposed design and specified materials, we aim to optimize a heterogeneous and highly linked set of living environments capturing the air rights above these systems.
Diagrid Structural Steel:
1. Unlike concrete structures that benefit from a very regular floor to floor height because of the need to reuse formwork, steel structures can efficiently be constructed with each unique member cut by an automated system.
2. GPS systems can handle geometric complexity of the overall structure via locating each member during the erection process.
3. Cantilevers – favorable strength to weight ratio allowing large cantilevers and small footprints
4. High recycled content and positive life cycle analysis
Unitized Curtain Wall System:
1. With the rapid acceleration of automated manufacturing processes, mass customization and automated assembly has begun, and will replace traditional building techniques.
2. Precision
3. Slender structural profile – maximizes views and daylight
4. Ability to efficiently Unitize
The combination of escalating land prices and the acceleration of city migration have made urban renewal based modes of densification unfit for the contemporary city. Urban Alloy is the symbiotic repurposing of the air rights above transportation corridors in New York. Urbanist’s have long touted the benefits of greater housing density near public transportation hubs – Urban Alloy proposes the advancement of this idea by locating the system directly on the intersections between surface and elevated train lines. We have chosen the intersection of the LIRR and the 7 train as a test case. The paradigm of one size fits all is obsolete. Urban ci tizens want diverse living situations where they can work, play, eat and rest within a pedestrian zone. As technology creates the market desire and a conditioning for personalization, society is more willing to pay a premium for spaces that are tailored to their particular needs.”Read more.