Infrastructural Infill: Fantastic Offense
1. State Your Name/firm: Firm: Fantastic Offense (fantasticoffense.co) Name: Bryan Maddock
3. Name of your project Infrastructural Infill
The urgent reality of the affordable housing crisis in growing cities around the globe illustrates a desperate need for diverse strategies that can become the underlying framework of the future city. Simultaneously, alternative models for housing within cities lacking the mechanisms to meet future demand must also anticipate hybrid functions beyond basic shelter if they hope to attract the varied workforce that underlays the competitiveness of the city in global markets. In response, Infrastructural Infill advocates for the possibility of a strategic infill housing typology that opposes urban expansion and seeks to reestablish architecture as a science of the city.
Infrastructural Infill is a reaction to the increasing realization that the city cannot continue to sprawl for the reasons that the quality, specificity, and contrast of the city would be sacrificed in favor of a market-driven, limitless, and homogeneous territory. Capturing population growth in a dense urban environment is essential for the long-term global competitiveness of the city as a built ecology of living, working, creation, socializing, transport, and culture. This research was conducted in hopes that there are alternative models for meeting and exceeding the projected demands of the future city.
Looking specifically at New York City as a case study of a global city in which the creation, affordability, and diversity of new housing is key to its long-term prosperity, the proposed architecture is a strategy born from an investigation of the DNA of the city fabric instead of being an applied model. Unlike existing proposals for multiple new satellite centers scattered across all of New York’s five boroughs, Infrastructural Infill discovers unused and over-looked space in the heart of Manhattan that can match the largest of these satellite projects, while also providing new affordable forms of housing, working, and transportation.
In the context of New York City’s known demands and the foreseeable failure to meet them, architecture can become a tool for proposing alternative models that suit the functions of the future city.