Due to its decades of contraction, the city of Buffalo has infrastructures to serve a population at least twice its current size; how to “right size” these extant systems is a relevant design question to any shrinking city, and particularly timely during a period of economic challenge.
This studio delved into the infrastructure of the city of Buffalo in search of opportunities to re imagine and re purpose outsized or under utilized elements / areas into distributed networks of ecological services – “ecological infrastructures”. It broached the question of how the redundant systems of this city can provide for ecological as well as (or in place of) human function.
The studio’s research culminated in the design of a small intervention which layers an ecological function onto an existing service structure, and creates a space for observation and discovery.
Off the Grid
This project was a part of Architectural Design Studio. The project was to design an off-the grid-housing community in 8,500 square foot site in Hunter's Point, Queens, New York.
The site was divided into 3'X3' blocks and packed into 3 levels.Blocks were extracted from the pack keeping three things in mind:
- 1. Solar gain for each block at three different times of the day.
- 2. Wind direction and ventillation.
- 3. Community space for each block.