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Audi Urban Future - Project NY / Air Rights-of-Way

A maximized build-out of Manhattan might very well be in our future, but that condition need not be bleak: the potential area for new and additive construction could be seen as a resource for an efficient and sustainable city.

A translation of Cloud 9’s Audi Urban Future Initiative project for the dense urbanism of NYC, Air Rights-of-Way suggests that the future of urbanism is inherently tied to localized energy production, envisioning a Manhattan wherein a maxed-out built condition is achieved through new, adaptive zoning rules that focus on energy. Scripted for specificity in regards to each building and the ever-changing skyline, the new rules are not merely restrictive, but also productive, encouraging the addition of biological and technical systems that work to support the city, forming a closed loop wherein buildings, citizens, and modes of transportation are continuously sustained.

Occupying the space between roofs of existing buildings and maximum building envelopes are greenhouses, algae gardens, water collection systems, and photovoltaic arrays. The adaptive rules define the limits of these interstitial spaces as geometries which attain maximum efficiency for the given system, taking into account the effects of adjacent buildings and solar angles. The products of these systems supply biofuel production, and combined parking / recharging stations define a rhythm in the living-machine city.

This project was exhibited at The 2011 New Museum Festival of Ideas For The New City, as part of the Audi Urban Future Initiative: Project New York.

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