Andrew Diehl

Andrew Diehl

Seattle, WA, US


Extending Inhabitation

Bridging has conventionally been used as a method to connect two discrete points by spanning a specific barrier.  The contemporary urban environment, however, is composed of complex social and cultural networks where these points and barriers are not as clearly defined and thus require new modes of connection.  It is relevant to reconsider the role of bridges in this context, as they are capable of operating as networks within the urban fabric.

Within this framework, architecture can function as the built manifestation of an ideological link, utilizing the technique of bridging to facilitate the creation of this deficient unity.  Architecture enables the exploration of new realms of inhabitation by developing a connective tissue that traverses boundaries and constructs unique spatial experiences.  An explicit intervention between the existing Morningside Heights and future Manhattanville campuses of Columbia University in New York City investigates the relationship between the two entities and the capacity for architecture to create a physical and ideological bridge.

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