"Rezoning New York City through Big Data", as part of "Data and Matter" group
exhibition curated by Marcella Del Signore, Nancy Diniz and Frank Melendez, in
"Time Space Existence" curated by Foundation GAA-European
Cultural Centre, Palazzo Bembo, Collateral Event XVIth International
Riva del Carbon # 4793, 30124 Venezia, Italy.
May 26 - November
25th 2018. Participants include: Ila Berman, Mona El Khafif, Marcella Del
Signore, Steven Beites BBDE; University of Virginia, New York Institute of
Technology, Ryerson University / Carla Leitao and Ed Keller,
e(eiroa)-Architects "Rezoning New York City through Big data" exhibition proposes a new means of understanding cities globally in relation to the anthropocene, avoiding a separation between city and environment. The zoning project is an innovative means to understand City Planning and Urban Zoning, proposing a new fluctuating participatory democratic platform-system to regulate real time the relationship between architecture, the city, geology and the environment. The zoning proposes a virtual fluctuating building envelope that changes real time in relation to the built city and how it affects its environment. Issues such as the geological components below a city, the suppressed ecologies that usually cities try to cover, the hidden basins, the channeled rivers, the below grade topography, the heat island effect generated by buildings, the vortexes and wind patterns informed by buildings, all these conditions are gathered, mapped, calculated and measured and inform the zoning project through various means. Big Data gathering, processing and modeling informs the zoning project. The project develops also an open participatory platform in which zoning is informed by civic interests in coordination with environmental forces. Each time a building is developed following parameters in the zoning, it will inform and modify the environment. This cycle of continuous information feedback develops a robust modeling system that is actualized real time, balancing air rights and ownership in relation to environmental interests. Land ownership is seen as an integral civic responsibility in terms of a shared common environmental interest that affect the entire world, therefore air rights based on lot ownership are kept but transferred real time without compromising real estate depreciation and interests, but build up to a common global interest that does not distinguish between center and periphery, between city and environment or between income levels.
This is an ongoing ecological research-project that started back with tested experiments such as built park in Buenos Aires (1999), a proposal for the Rio de la Plata Bay (Ecoinduction 2011), a proposal for New York City's JFK airport expansion restoring the repressed ecologies of Jamaica Bay (2011), and that since 2002/2004 is understanding architecture's expansion as space-environment modeling space and environments topologically through fluid dynamic simulation and Big Data processing.