Friday, November 2, 2007
thinking out loud
Looking down the unaccepted street-kaleidoscope opens up a myriad of strategies and forms. These streets are envelopes in which anything is possible. Zoning becomes irrelevant: we are building on public land and therefore what manifests as form is what the public desires, or what the specific conditions of site dictate. A top-down regime of this-is-industrial, this-is-that-neighborhood, you-can't-do-that-here, need not apply.
Where I am going: while still interested in the atmosphere of water on the site, my program has ballooned from a hygiene station for truckers to an entire self-contained city above the street. Housing will pay for all the parasitic goodies: rooftop garden (using compost from the dwellers plus the produce district), rain water collection, grey water recycling, trash compaction and re-use. All in the sky. A cloud of housing, a city-cloud.
Posted by Nick Sowers at 12:42 AM