To mark the hundredth anniversary of the New York City’s zoning code, we propose the next dimension of zoning, a 4-dimensional Hypercube that un-crams Manhattan’s 2nd and 3rd - dimensional congestion. By projecting the grid’s coordinates into a large Hypercube [the fourth dimension in mathematics], we developed a typology that falls between the scale of a city block and a building. A city in a city. Located at the water edge of the East river, this becomes a new terminal building, a domestic /commercial hybrid that takes the notion of Sharing to a new level. This waterfront site gives not only access to the new 2nd Ave subway line, the new water ferry lines and the LaGuardia water taxi.
Sharing Economy - This 4-dimensional framework will re-activate Manhattan’s forgotten East Side. The Hypercube is flanked by a large suspended [shared] public park and pool. Sixty percent of the Hypercube is a public and shared program, while 40% is occupied with mixed-use space and housing. Inhabitants are encouraged to share domestic appliances and tools. Who needs a vacuum cleaner every day? This new economy distributes the allowable 10 FAR of the site over the Hypercube up into the air, with parks and outdoor space elevated, it creates a new way of shared city living.