TECHNOLOGY + INNOVATION AS CATALYSTS FOR CHANGE IN THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY
PROJECT DETAILS: The instrumental and aesthetic implications of architecture’s engagement with science and technology has a long history, part of which includes the period following the Second World War. This interest in a futurist architecture suggested an approach to design based on interdisciplinary practice and technological extrapolation, encouraging architects to look beyond the limits of their own discipline as a means of discovering new forms of knowledge and expertise. Our contemporary moment can be seen as having many parallels with the postwar period, and not unlike the postwar generation of architects and thinkers, contemporary designers are inevitably faced with the challenge of engaging new technological advances and their implications for architecture. This preliminary proposal looks to explore such ideas further in an effort to radically transform the urban condition of the Hudson River Valley.
TEAM: Undergraduate Thesis
METHODS: Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign
IMAGE CREDIT - ARCHIGRAM ARCHIVAL PROJECT
THE INDEXICAL MACHINE
The works of the postwar architecture collaboration , Archigram, can be understood as a cultural seismograph of the postwar period. Feeding on the societal climate of a rising middle class and expanded vision of the future, Archigram generated a body of work which aimed to provoke the architectural discipline as a whole. The Hudson River Valley, a region largely in disrepair, is struggling to maneuver through the difficult economic conditions of the 21st century. Through an adoption of many of the critical means of thinking of the post-war period thinkers and designers, the project looks to engage the potential opportunities for new technologies, and the production of new technologies at the urban, building and individual scale.
RETURN TO THE VALLEY
As new industries return to the Hudson River Valley and new networks of infrastructure are created to support them, it is likely that many people who once fled the region will return as well. New High Tech industries already active in the Albany area have provided non skilled jobs for laborers complete with competitive salaries. The implementation coupled with rises of populations within the New York City metropolitan area suggests that expansion outward to other cities would likely occur with the creation of High Speed Rail projects throughout the state. New York’s Hudson River Valley has a long history of industry. By establishing nodes of new high tech industry within the region the initiative looks to generate a return to, and revival of the region.
Reviving the Hudson River Valley following its period of decline will not come without significant challenges. Through the implementation of contemporary clean tech industries in the form of technopoles, the region may begin to restore its position as an industrial and economic powerhouse. Suggesting a layering of systems of varying scales that must be instituted in order to revive the region which has seen such a high degree of decline in recent years.
The facade strategy looks to rethink traditional models of energy production and research strategies. The facetted facade panels are interchangeable, providing a platform for the application of commonplace systems and as a test bed for active research projects. By cladding the public space armature of the intervention in active infrastructural systems, the systems themselves become part of a larger exhibition of sorts.
At an architectural scale the project looks to engage with the post industrial context in three ways. Understood in terms of adapt, graft, and connect the project responds its context by reproposing and aggressively altering the artifacts of post industrial / heavy industries. The implementation of new clean industry via the technolopis strategy would act as a catalyst for the return to the region as a result of an improved economic and societal climate.