City as Archipelago
The Cooper Union
Master of Architecture II | Fall 2015
Professor: Pablo Lorenzo-eiroa
1. 33rd & 34th Streets, 59th & 60th streets in Manhattan NY
2. Roosevelt Island, Queens NY
3. Long Island City, Queens NY
In order to understand the typology of Manhattan, it is necessary to look at the relationship between the sky and the underground conditions. Starting from the study of each of Manhattan, Roosevelt Island, and LIC’s unique ground formations (hard bedrock to soft silt ground), the environmental forces such as water runoff, floods, glacier movements that have influenced on the accumulation throughout history is researched and analyzed.
The extreme difference on the sky and the ground relationships/conditions between Manhattan and LIC largely involves the natural barrier, the East river, and the infrastructures, subways and LIRR (Long Island Rail Road). The reading of transitions from Manhattan’s underground, ground level which merges to LIC’s sky level, to LIC’s ground triggers questions, “if it is just the East river that is being a divider of two boroughs, how would we see their connection and transition in terms of their pure typological relationship and influence from environmental forces?” From these questions, this project proposes a new way of reading the cities: blurring the boundaries, revealing the porosity, and re-linking by only in consideration of the correlating conditions.