Rising waters, escalating temperatures –
and growing populations are particularly challenging in urban centers, where vertical living is the norm, and nature has long been an afterthought. We imagined a future New York where green is the word, in the streets, on the rooftops, in the sky, and on the waterways.
*On the main photo Kate: Cape by Celestino Couture; Earrings by Deepa Gurnani. Bike by TKTK.
This architectural collection features extensive vegetation, resource circulation, and community space to create social, ecological, and economic sustainability. Its special features range from greywater systems to passive heating, while add-ons are built with ideas of portability and adaptability in mind.
“There’s a river somewhere that flows through the lives of everyone.”— Roberta Flack
A Pavillion, designed by Dutch architects Delta Sync and PublicDomain Architects is a community of floating houses The translucent shelter relies on solar energy, and its structure is made of anti-corrosive plastic ETFE, which is 100 times lighter than glass and therefore ideal for a floating structure.
This building top features communal green balconies watered by a central greywater system. The rooftop features a community garden using portable agriculture stands and agricultural bins.
This community building can function both –
as a structural additive as well as a stand-alone edifice. Its interior provides the opportunity for communal shelter, while the roof is sloped for rainwater collection.
This building top has windows on all four sides –
outlined in vegetation and is crowned by a large rooftop gathering area surrounded by greenery. All vegetation is watered by a central greywater system.
“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”—Henry David Thoreau
“The nation behaves well if it treats its natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.” —Theodore Roosevelt
This rooftop gathering space features windows lined with natural vegetation maintained by a central greywater system.
This community fountain has circular seating centered around a pond, and it functions as space for community gathering and waterfront relaxation. Portable agriculture pots can accentuate the area by providing easy-to-maintain greenery
Pots with curved edges create easy-to-maintain greenery that can be placed in any setting. With an opening that slims into a small bottom spout, pots can additionally be applied to greywater systems, soil plots, or water bodies.
These towers allow for portable agriculture with sides sloped to facilitate rainwater and plant boxes oriented to allow for equal distribution of running water. Sides may be collapsed together to create a piece that is flat-pack.
A facade covered by diagonally-rising plant boxes transforms ecology into an art form, while the three other walls featuring inset windows provide ample natural lighting. Vegetation may be watered by a central greywater system.
Photography by Andrew Matusik, Matusikart.com Image Compositing by Andrew Matusik Sustainability Designer: Noemi Florea, Architecture Consultant: Luke Hellkamp
All production on location in Studio, 333 Park Ave, NYC
Stylist: Laurean Ossorio