New York, NY | 1999


Cities are the nexus of material and informational flows, developed within multiple infrastructures of transportation, distribution, culture, and knowledge. The increasingly interconnected world has produced cities where global systems are intermeshed in local environments, and scale shifts rapidly from the local to the regional and international. As the locus of intense economic, social, and idea exchanges and connections at all levels, the city of the 21st century must support these vital urban interactions, and design new meeting, working, and entertainment environments. With this competition comes the opportunity to reinvent this site by transcending the separation and monofunctionality of many of its large infrastructural elements through a mode of operation we term 'infrastructuralism.' There are very real benefits - social and political as well as functional and economic - to the loosening of the stratification of infrastructure and activity in this area. It is at this level that we would operate to produce change in the form of the city.

Project Info

IFCCA Competition for Manhattan  |  Size: 8 City Blocks Long by 5 Wide  |  Type: Mixed-use Urban Landscape  |  Structure: Spaceframe, Concrete, Glass


Project Credits


Jesse Reiser + Nanako Umemoto


Design Team

Yama Karim, Jason Payne, David Ruy, Nona Yehia


Interns and Assistants

Astrid Piber, Wolfgang Gollwitzer, Matthias Blass, Keisuke Kitagawa, Ade Herkarisma, Joseph Chang


Structural Engineer

Ysrael A. Seinuk


Planning and Transportation Consultant

Paul Buckhurst, Georges Jacquemart

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