Thursday, December 6, 2007

take one---not enough space!

Up-space in the city is the public's overhead right of way. Verticality in the city can be more than simply the result of land pressure, and should be emphasized by public space (an urban amenity) that recognizes the value of a z-coordinate for re-orientation, the unused landscape of roofs, and various ways to access and occupy air space from streets that have otherwise gravitated toward increasingly private use. Unaccepted streets offer geometric conditions (narrowness primarily in this case) that appear limiting, but which highlight the potential for lofting what might typically exist on the ground, or not at all in a dense and hilly city. Above the streets, we can spin in gear, let our hair down, slow down, soak in the light washing the white city, and revel in ubiquitous hipness and dilettantism.


Nick Sowers said...

you had to end on a cynical note didn't you!

where do the paths to the up-space fit into the logic--are they about orientation in the city? also, how does the seismic upgrade work with the thesis--is it about reciprocating to the adjacent residents their lost light and private space by giving them a free seismic anchor?

Christian said...

--nothing wrong with hipness and dilettantism! perhaps they're indicative of advanced leisure society.

The path is about orientation (the cinematic unfurling), and potentially releasing internal circulation (reclaiming the interior stairwell). And yes, the seismic infrastructure is the private bonus, but the goal would be not to reduce the light in narrow alleys (that's why i turned to the upspace). There are some geometrically similar streets (as far as width, length, and use go) that have very different relationships to buildings, so that's the interesting challenge in moving to 10 streets.

Nick Sowers said...

I found that the varying geometry (of freeways and rooftops) was the most interesting challenge for me in moving from one site to multiple sites.

chris d said...

what is/are the variables of the system that get parametricized to the other streets? your system frachises infrastructure using the (strong) alibi of the seismic upgrade, and program's based on local conditions. but what's the decision framework (system) for making decisions about the path of the ramp, etc.? is that determined by the most favorable position of the columns (for the homeowners) at any particular UAS?