Wild Urbanism: Vertical Ecologies in Manhattan
Personal and shared events have led me to regard nature as providing a space in which certain beneficial experiences are unique. Reinforced by popular culture and scientific inquiry this primordial disposition to the environmentally natural is hardly investigated through architecture. The term ecological in design is mostly attributed to bio-mimicry form making and resource sustainable design, but is under-explored as a purely human psychological benefit. Evidence of the unique American connection to nature is clear in our tradition of exploration and camping. While the current disconnect with nature is tied directly to politics, economy, and urban extents of the American landscape. Traditional urban parks find subtractions in the city to preserve or sometimes create a natural environmental state. The last century of urban disinvestment combined with the aforementioned hinterland expansion has led to even less creating of parks, and more hyper-capatilistic intrusion into the public realm. Most recently a wave f downtown resurgence, both by the citizen and developer makes it the ideal spot for a ABSTRACT new civic park. This vertical park located in the Financial District of New York City will respond to the ultimate of American urban verticality and synthetic form. And its purposeful ineff iciency as a profit generator can partially sustain itself through luxury profit nodes catered to the surrounding community. Inspired by computational design, Japanese patterns and layers, and synthetic replication of the organic; the towers only resemblance to typical skyscrapers is in its ambition.