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NEW YORK 2106:
SELF SUFFICIENT CITY
History Channel: City of the Future
Competition Winner

Volunteers: Mitchell Joachim, Makoto
Okazaki, Kent Hikida, Serdar Omer,
Andrei Vovk, Noura Al Sayeh, Byron
Stigge, Nathan Leverence, Oliver
Medvedik, Lukas Lenherr, Matt
Kipilman, Adam Watson, Craig
Schwitter and part-time salaried critic:
Michael Sorkin

1.
New York Times  cover story
2. Architect Magazine
3. NY Press

Our project seeks to reinforce what is
best about the city – in both its
forms and its life –by speculating
about the
consequences of a radically new
level of sustainability. We base our
project on one clarifying hypothesis:
in the future New York will become
self-sufficient in its vital necessities,
including energy, food, water, air
supply, employment, housing,
manufacture, movement systems,
waste processing, and cultural life.
We propose transformation via a
radical strategy: the reversal of figure
and ground, of public and private
property. We begin with citywide
"greenfill," the immediate transfer of
half the aggregate of street space
from the vehicular to the pedestrian
and public realm. Terreform proposes
covering New York City with vertical
gardens and urban farms to become
self-sufficient.
Later, the streets become building
sites and, as new, highly autonomous,
buildings grow in intersections and
wind their way down streets and
avenues and through vacant lots, the
old, deteriorated, fabric will fade
away to be replaced both by an
abundance of productive green space
and by a new labyrinth of irregular
blocks, a paradise for people on foot.
Fast movement will be accomplished
underground in a superbly
modernized subway and along the
rivers and new cross-island channels.
The city streets – extended in their
length but reduced in their area –
will support a marvelous technology
we know to be just over the horizon,
some fabulous and slow conveyance
summoned with a whistle or collapsed
into a pocket.
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