Horizontal City
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With Kyuseon Hong and Kyung Jae Kim

The water-edge condition of Manhattan has been gradually changing from a swampy, sloped, wetland to a horizontal, hard-concrete structure. Even though we have more area for development along the hardened horizontality, the natural environmental qualities have been drastically reduced. Furthermore, the concrete edge also limits the boundary of Manhattan’s growth with strict lines. The goal of this project is to redefine new qualities for Manhattan’s edge with a new method of construction and landfill. In order to make new landfills, we propose a porous structural system instead of the solid traditional methods. These self-supported structural units could create a vast waterfront area which has the possibility to grow and provide mass housing with waterfront quality of living. These structures will solve the chronic shortage of housing supply and relieve some of the traffic in Manhattan. By assembling the expandable units along the water's edge, we expect more people to enjoy the waterfront. Furthermore, those systems can re-connect the urban fabric which has been damaged by the highways alongside both rivers

Special Mention in Evolo 2007 Housing Competition, New York