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Territory

THE RIGHT OF WAY IS THE RIGHT TO THE CITY
Toronto, Canada

DREDGESCAPING TOLEDO

Toledo, USA

EN POINTE!

Kagran, Austria
w/ Lorena Del Rio Architect

CONSTELLATORY COVE

Porto Brandao, Portgual
w/ Lorena Del Rio Architect

RECON-FIGURE
Far Rockaway, USA

UNLOCKING AMERICA'S CORE
White Space, USA

IN GRID WE TRUST
Manhattan, USA

LIQUID COMMONS
Hudson Strait, Canada

ICEROADS/ TRUCKSTOPS
Contwoyto, Canada

OUTLINE OF THE CORE
Rotterdam, NL

PLINTHESIS
Toronto, Canada

THE NEW MONUMENTALITY
Passiac, New Jersey, USA

Architecture

VARNA PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE
Varna, Bulgaria

STEAM STRATUM
Liepaja Latvia

FIRE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS
San Francisco, CA

CONSERVATORY HOUSE
London, UK

DRIFT HOUSE
Arctic, Canada

TORONTORIUM
Toronto, Canada

THE INFRASTRUCTURAL SPACE OF APPEARANCE
Toronto, Canada

BRUCE MAU DESIGN OFFICE
Toronto, Canada

Installations

SCAFFOLDIA
Oakland, USA

FORMWORKS
San Francisco, USA

RE-RIGGING AIR
Copenhagen, Denmark

GARDEN OF DISPLACED ROOTS
Grand Metis, Canada

ENVELOOPS
Toronto, Canada

INTERLACE
Los Angeles, USA
w/ MG&CO

The New Monumentality in New Jersey
Passiac, New Jersey. 2006
Awarded: OAA Honorable Mention Award 'Concept' 2007; OAA Honorable Mention Award 'Image' 2007

The “grey goo” of New Jersey is emblematic of first ring suburbs throughout the United States: a vast and fractured landscape of strip malls, big box retail, homogenous residences, and large infrastructures. The “grey goo” has no inherent identity - the only element which changes from suburb to suburb is how the regional infrastructures were organized. New retail types appear to cling to infrastructure, as a recognition that a gathering of people can be predicted on the entrances and exits of highways and train stations. Perhaps these are the last predicted “communities” within the suburbs save for the shopping mall. Infrastructure has also created fracture lines in the suburbs - severing greenbelts, street grids as well as residential fabrics. Fracturing the physical grain of the suburbs has transcended into a fractured society. Demographic analysis and census studies reveal clear “zones” of different socio-economic demographics that are divided by these infrastructures.

This project attempts to reconcile both by-products of infrastructure by exploiting their congestion and stitching back the fractured landscape. This “reversal of fortunes” transforms the most residual and fractured zone lying between two infrastructures to the most central and connective piece within the project.The programme of the project is twofold: a transfer station to exploit the convergence of flows and a vertical University Campus with large public library to elevate and educate the public. The transfer station allows for residents to switch between rail, automobile and ferry transport. It is this artificial community created by these flows that is exploited by the University Campus. The University Campus is placed in the most residual areas of the site, connecting across infrastructures and stitching the landscape. Ultimately, by stitching the fracture at its most divided point (ie. where 2-3 infrastructures cross) and through this gesture creating a regional form that provides a legible marker for this intersection, the project is able to offer a new identity to the suburbs.