Considering the future of New York, it is undeniable that its ancient technology needs thorough replacement, and not fixing. We propose two major insertions to reduce pressure on the island of Manhattan: a new system of floating islands and an offshore dual traffic system, which simultaneously provides renewable energy for the urban region. Manhattan, now one of the islands in a natural floodscape of New artificial islands York, will be free to become what it wants to be: a relaxed urban landscape where living is easy and tourism celebrated. In this proposal, we envision the future of New York City as transformed in four fundamental ways:
- A network of artificial floating islands will fill the upper Hudson Bay, stitching together the five boroughs with New Jersey, and creating a distinct landscape for the New York of 2106. As semi-international zones, the islands provide for an open economy, tax-free shopping, and a new international personal travel hub.
- These new islands constitute a distributed landscape of urban productivity, providing for renewable energy resources while simultaneously capturing opportunities for a new typology of urban recreation.
- Connecting these islands is an automated intraurban transit system which will activate the river surface and diminish coast to coast distance, thus alleviating major traffic congestion from the heart of the city, and from poorly maintained highways and bridges. At the mouth of the harbor a new international transport hub provides vital connections for high speed global travel.
- The island of Manhattan evolves to house mostly residential and tourist destinations. The City is serviced by a dynamic combination of ‘zip cars’ and ‘zip flats’ which can be either plugged or unplugged from the power grid, or a hybrid version of both.
Year: Exhibition 2006
Location: The Tri-State Area
Project Type: Urban Plan
Design Team: Principal in charge: Winka Dubbeldam, Assoc. AIA | Project Leader: Thomas Barry | Archi-Tectonics Team: Bittor Sanchez, Robert Mezquiti, Brian Holland, Owen Gerst, Patrick Wong, Monty Foreman, Greg Getman