Name: Małgorzata Andrzejewska
Institution / Company: Poznań University of Technology
– HONOURABLE MENTION of Manhattan Wildscraper Competition
Manhattan is confronted with many problems – from air pollution, lack of greenery in the city to housing shortage. MANA-HATTA 2.0 is a project for a series of skyscrapers suggesting possible solutions to the problem in a maximally ecological and affordable way.
The MANA-HATTA skyscraper is a vertical park. Building’s skeleton is constructed from recycled steel, or using an existing, ‘stripped down’ structure. Its openness and flexibility enable it to be freely filled with the functions needed. One module (level) houses one of four functions – housing, urban farming, public functions (including office buildings, shops, workshops) and non-human wild level. Each module can be freely supplemented with smaller, individual and self-made constructions complemented with greenery.
In the name of the third landscape theory, the main task of the skyscrapers is to restore biodiversity to the island. The theory consists in minimal interference in nature, giving it a chance to renew itself. This means trying to preserve greenery rather than tame it for purely aesthetic purposes. In the first instance buildings should be greened with the help of people, preferably with species found locally, then depending on the function of the particular module they should be more or less ‘tamed’ giving them the freedom to develop.
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