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Olivia Lau

Olivia Lau

New York, NY, US

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The view corridor lines from within the city, as well as the layering of historic pier outlines, serve as informants to derive the geometry of the upperscape buildings. By extrapolating points of intersection among these sets of lines, the buildings are tectonically connected to each other and to the urban fabric.
The view corridor lines from within the city, as well as the layering of historic pier outlines, serve as informants to derive the geometry of the upperscape buildings. By extrapolating points of intersection among these sets of lines, the buildings are tectonically connected to each other and to the urban fabric.
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Thesis | Combinatory Urbanism

The project proposes a new urban ecology that employs a multiplicity of forms and functions to produce a diverse system formed by:

  • the potential for merging private development with a vibrant and accessible public realm;
  • the reinvention of the city edge as a place that mediates between the city, sky, and water; and
  • the integration of ecological and synthetic systems.

The edge simultaneously denotes the physical limits of the built environment and allows for boundless opportunities to connect with light and air. The implementation of new architecture requires the edge to expand, enticing people out from the center and toward the periphery. Here, spaces can open to expose occupants to the exterior, visually pulling them up and out of the project.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: New York, NY, US

 
project plan from W. 14th Street to Clarkson Street/Pier 40
project plan from W. 14th Street to Clarkson Street/Pier 40
aerial view of project proposal, from W. 11th Street above Pier 46 (left) to Clarkson Street and Pier 40 (right)
aerial view of project proposal, from W. 11th Street above Pier 46 (left) to Clarkson Street and Pier 40 (right)

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