+ CITY CAMPING + ACTIVATING UNDERUTALIZED PUBLIC SPACES
Prompt: Explore architecture through a metabolic art/architecture laboratory lens while trying to replicate the rhythm and process that of a real-life professional study structure. Implement alternative urban planning and design practices within a local neighborhood that investigates local demand on consumables: food, water, energy, and materials. Coupled with the aim to increase efficiency (preservation, storage, and distribution) in the use of these will drive strategically urban, community-based, self-sufficient architectural scale proposals. How can we improve urban resilience by reducing the environmental impact on the global economy, with architectural interventions and /neighborhood strategies that propel macro-scale (city + regional) social and economic development?
This project is located in Downtown Miami and explores the possibility of city camping as a catalyst to activate underutilized public space and abandoned building intervention. These interventions include self-sufficient capsules that sit within a net that people can climb and reactivate the abandoned spaces. Each capsule has its own biomass system that creates the low energy needed for each capsule through algae. The process of getting a capsule includes getting to a building and receiving a key, which can then give you access to a capsule no matter where it is in the city. These capsules create a larger network, where people can gather and create informal communities. The building that is directly attached to the capsules is the McCormick Building, which will be transformed into a textile factory that produces the net for that particular part of the city.