400,000 Houses

The Future is Open (Linux ad copy)

In reaction to both the failures of Modernism’s closed compositions and Post-Modernism’s praise of non-designed street life, we propose an open-ended paragenetic system, a strategy of restructuring and synchronizing surrounding settlement patterns to offer a new urban infrastructure with variable boundaries. Our intention is to vary the housing types and ownerships in order to seed the intentions of individual interconnected neighborhoods, dense nodes of central activity, and civic space fostered by both economic and public endeavors. Paragenesis develops from a mapping of the existing long lot configurations present already within the site and surrounding landscape. The long lot configuration, more than simply mute existing geometry, speaks about the delineation of land, land ownership, and agricultural appropriation. They are markers, references, and historical descriptions of ownership, use and land pragmatics. Thus if we seek to transform the land striations– taking familiar dimensions of land– and transform them into new widths based on the connection to the old ones, then we are re-appropriating the landscape, re-dimensioning it in terms of the possible multiplicity of configuration. The connections, however, not only imply major axis or circulation routes, begin to also organize the systems of land: ownership, densities of inhabitation, commercial nodes, public space, water infrastructure, etc.

The Future is Open project proposes an economic and spatial organization that accounts for minimum and maximum conditions of spatial appropriation for housing, commerce, and public space. It seeks to avoid the recent divisions that allow for both our desires of exclusivity and lifestyle as well as foster haunted divisions of elitism, ghettoism, and real estate fashion. Rather than “location, location, location” to describe a triple intensity of site importance for one site (site3), this term is redefined to imply that the variable boundaries imply that there are actually three locations overlapped within one (site + site + site).