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Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee propose moveable city for New York’s abandoned air-right spaces

United States Architecture News - Apr 25, 2017 - 12:54   9646 views

Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee propose moveable city for New York’s abandoned air-right spaces

Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee of Atelier L proposed a moveable-grided structure called ''Instant City: Living Air-Right'', considering New York's abandoned air-right spaces of existing buildings. 

Envisioning a particular response to the lack of home ownership in New York City, the architects designed white-coloured lattice, which can be filled with new living space, be a terrace, shelter, a park or added more floors on top of each other. 

Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee propose moveable city for New York’s abandoned air-right spaces

''In New York, more than 75% of residents rent rather than own. In response to this increasing, a 'Instant City' is proposing new affordable housing design combined with public programs in order to not only provide sufficient living spaces but also foster community-based activities by reconsidering air-right of the city that has been overlooked for a long time,'' said the architects.

Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee propose moveable city for New York’s abandoned air-right spaces

The multi-dimensional 'Instant City' provides interaction between habitants and city structure while maintaining habitants' daily activities within the condition of new urban life.

Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee propose moveable city for New York’s abandoned air-right spaces

''Collecting of Air-Right brings opportunities to maximize capacity to contain affordable housing units within the limited spaces, but also it gives another level of community composition which is flexible and open to existing city plot. This project seeks to utilize abandoned air-right spaces as new possibilities for affordable housing,'' explained the architects.

Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee propose moveable city for New York’s abandoned air-right spaces

Since each building categorized by zones has every different restriction in terms of FAR, 'Instant City' respects divers contexts of the existing neighborhood in Manhattan. 

Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee propose moveable city for New York’s abandoned air-right spaces

'Instant City' also offers a new type of community platform called 'Living Surface'. By differentiating sizes and materials of the platform, the surfaces serve a lot of community-based functions to encourage the interaction between residents and to let people share their culture together.

Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee propose moveable city for New York’s abandoned air-right spaces

Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee propose moveable city for New York’s abandoned air-right spaces

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