By transplanting a precedent from the global south to midtown Manhattan, I learned how to destabilize hierarchies of past, and use architecture to advocate for a pluralistic future.
Distant Towers Advanced Studio
Critic: Ajay Manthripragada
Beginning with Malwiya Mosque in Iraq as a precedent, I propose a new working tower in NYC designed for a pluralistic future. The project is committed to challenging hegemonic space hierarchies and symbolism, such as the corner office.
The building contains rentable, flexible space accessible 24 hours a day to accommodate a multiplicity of working typologies.
The spiral winds up to create space that is fragmented and decentralized- where anyone can find “home space”
Each floor has inhabitable fins that break or create an array of inclusive environments.
The tower is situated on a shattered ground, hosting varied and programmable plazas.
In its inefficiency and decontextualization, the tower rejects corporate greed and models a more pluralistic, community driven future.