Testing Grounds

CITY AS INFRASTRUCTURE

This design explored concepts of landscape and urbanism through a focus on shaping the future The Bronx, taken as testing ground for the implementation of hydrogen-generated energy and its social implications.The site, located between the River and the Zerega Avenue, is one of the most problematic locations in New York. Despite many inappropriate urban planning, this location offers a potential for renovation not only for the South Bronx, but also possibly for the whole Borough. In this sense, the site is taken into consideration as the promise of a new future for the Bronx. The proposal put the relationship between housing towers and public space into question, creating a dynamic relationship between representative and social, vertical and horizontal spaces by means of an iconic use of hydrogen energy.The challenge of this project was to cross-link separated areas of the South Bronx by inventing hybrid architectural landscapes and land uses.

 

DEALING WITH DENSITIES

Land use and zone maps show the origin of a disperse social distribution, with clear effects on urban conditions and deficiencies in the urban fabric coherence. The lack of a comprehensive transportation system combined with a mono functional distribution affects both site and neighborhood scales.

The social approach of the project is omnipresent: people not only participate from the public spaces, but become the very reason of the energy cicle: experience and transportation are one entity, enriching both inhabitant's public and private lives.

"The World's oil reserves are running out. Within the next few decades, the growing severity of oil shortages will lead to sharp increases in the oil price and a growing dependence upon the oil-producing nations. Add to this the rising emissions of CO2 that harm the environment, and it is clear that it is high time to find an environmentally sound replacement for oil. Hydrogen is the answer!

H2PIA is a vision for the hydrogen society of the future, where citizens will produce the energy they need for themselves. H2PIA will show how we can develop from a society that produces energy by burning oil, coal and gas, to a hydrogen-based, independent, and pollution-free community. H2PIA will represent freedom, clean energy, and creativity and innovation:

- Freedom because the citizens of H2PIA are independent of oil. They produce and store their own fuel in the form of hydrogen.

- Clean energy because hydrogen is produced from renewable energy sources: sun and wind. And the only exhaust product left over when it is used is pure water.

- Creativity and innovation because the creation of H2PIA demands a close cooperation between the private and the public sector and cooperation between people who work with technology, architecture, design and transportation." (From: H2PIA Brochure)

This design explored concepts of landscape and urbanism through a focus on shaping the future The Bronx, taken as testing ground for the implementation of hydrogen-generated energy and its social implications.The site, located between the River and the Zerega Avenue, is one of the most problematic locations in New York. Despite many inappropriate urban planning, this location offers a potential for renovation not only for the South Bronx, but also possibly for the whole Borough. In this sense, the site is taken into consideration as the promise of a new future for the Bronx. The proposal put the relationship between housing towers and public space into question, creating a dynamic relationship between representative and social, vertical and horizontal spaces by means of an iconic use of hydrogen energy. The challenge of this project was to cross-link separated areas of the South Bronx by inventing hybrid architectural landscapes and land uses.

 

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