Twin Bridging

Year: Spring 2016

Place: University of Pennsylvania

Studio Critic: Marion Weiss, Michael Manfredi

Infrastructural systems are the enduring forms of urban evolution, multiply as cities grow and requiring expanding swaths of territory to accommodate more and more monofunctional requirements. As the very momentum of exchange incrementally overwhelms our urban landscapes , we wonder what new forms of public nature might emerge if highways, communication right of ways, flood resistant structures, railways, subway lines, and distribution grids were to become institutions of culture and recreation.
Infrastructures are vital for human life and economy.  And within the transportation infrastructures, bridges are key elements for connecting places and delivering goods. For this reason, bridges have been built since many centuries ago. In some way, the advances of cultures have been related to their ability of constructing bridges.Realizing the limitations of monofunctional infrastructure, we advocate for a more hybrid, resilient, “thick” infrastructure where large scale regional ambitions We imagine a definition for an evolutionary infrastructure that is both projective and pragmatic, an intrinsically agile prototypical ideal, capable of optimizing ecological and social agendas .
We see great potential for alternative strategies that structure more lateral, resilient, and pliable systems capable of hosting unpredictable uses and activities, absorbing cycles of flooding, accommodating variable traffic volumes, and generating cultural value. By bending the loose ends of architecture, landscape, and engineering together, we imagine an alchemy that transcends the limitations of single use infrastructure, generating a more bountiful and inhabitable interpretation of its potential. 
During periods of rapid urbanization,with the shortage of available build land in Manhattan Island, New York City is looking for new development chance and motive. This Twin Bridging project challenge the monofunctional bridge infrastructure, aim to construct a city block dimension bridge as an extension of urban fabric and urban life which connect Queens and Roosevelt Island. Even in the future the large scale infrastructure could extend to Manhattan .Within these two bars, Incubator spaces  are located along a pedstrain path, which can be occupied by Cornell Tech and emerging high tech companies. Cone structure afford a exterior hang out space with amazing water front landscape around Roosvelt Island.

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