Working Futures

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Design Futures        

Urban Design

Skyscraper

Alternate Cannon

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.

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Distant Towers Advanced Studio

Spring 2019

Architecture Department

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.

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The building contains rentable, flexible space accessible 24 hours a day to accommodate a multiplicity of working typologies.

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The spiral winds up to create space that is fragmented and decentralized- where anyone can find “home space”

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Each floor has inhabitable fins that break or create an array of inclusive environments.

4th floor split-level  Double height spaces have an internal spiral, for related but separate programming.

4th floor split-level

Double height spaces have an internal spiral, for related but separate programming.

14th floor hourly/daily rentals  In the totally rentable space, lockers and storage spaces are integrated for renters.

14th floor hourly/daily rentals

In the totally rentable space, lockers and storage spaces are integrated for renters.

6th floor long term/childcare  Permanent offices are combined with a childcare center.

6th floor long term/childcare

Permanent offices are combined with a childcare center.

 
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The tower is situated on a shattered ground, hosting varied and programmable plazas.

 
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In its inefficiency and decontextualization, the tower rejects corporate greed and models a more pluralistic, community driven future. 

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